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May 19 09:17

In Bed With the Enemy: Foreign Leaders CIA Helped Bring to Power

Brazil has been rocked by massive political turmoil on a scale unseen in decades, with many calling Dilma Rousseff's removal from power a coup that can be traced back to Washington. This would make it the latest victim of the Central Intelligence Agency, which has been in the business of regime change since the 50's; here are two early examples.

May 19 08:06

WE WANT FOOD!': VENEZUELA CRISIS DEEPENS

It was around noon when a food truck rolled up to a Venezuelan state-subsidized supermarket in the town of Guarenas just east of the capital. But, to the fury of the long line of people waiting out front, the cargo wasn't unloaded. Instead soldiers took it away. "We want food!" the crowd roared in protest, to no avail. Some tried to run after the truck. Under the state of emergency imposed by President Nicolas Maduro, the military, along with government-organized civilian committees, ensures that food packets are delivered door-to-door in order to -- as officials say -- cut out black market operators.

May 18 19:42

Monsanto Is Halting New Soybean Technologies in Argentina

Monsanto said on Tuesday it would suspend future soybean technologies in Argentina, a move that could limit output of the country’s main cash crop, after a disagreement with the government over inspections of genetically modified soybeans.

The dispute blew up after Monsanto asked Argentine exporters to inspect soybean shipments to ensure growers had paid royalties for using the company’s products. The Argentine government told the world’s largest seed company that such inspections must first be approved by the government.

The U.S. company issued a statement saying it was “disappointed” that talks with the Argentine government had not yielded an agreement on the inspection issue.

May 18 11:07

"Chavez was murdered because he wanted to terminate the domination of dollars"

"The disease that led to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, was caused by how he would not be allowed to interrupt the dominance of the dollar and the change in the international currency system," said Vice President of Venezuela Aristobulo Isturis, agencies report.

- Hugo Chavez has become the main target, the enemy number one of major financial centers, so they killed him. We all know that, but we can not prove. Chavez had planned to overthrow one of the strongest eyes for dominance of the people, the international currency system and the precedence of dollars - hard Isturis, agencies.

Lacking evidence for his theory, Isturis said that a number of politicians who at the moment are at the forefront of countries in the region at that time also had symptoms of oncological diseases.

May 16 11:52

No CIA Regime Change in Venezuela

May 16 11:19

"We're Going To Do It, F**k It" - Venezuela's Maduro Orders Military Exercises For Next Weekend

Over the past several days, things in Venezuela have not only taken a palpable turn for the worse, but now seem to be moving at an accelerating pace toward the inevitable endgame for the Maduro regime and whatever happens next.

As we reported on Friday night, following dramatic scenes of violence in the streets, things escalated when some 5,000 starving locals looted a supermarket looking for food, leaving countless injured. The result was an immediate, if long overdue acknowledgement by US officials that "a crisis is coming" who added that Maduro "was not likely to be able to complete his term, which is due to end after elections in late 2018" implying that a coup is likely imminent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has been trying to impose puppet rule over Venezuela since Chavez was in power.

May 16 10:48

Israeli-born Economist Eyed as Brazil’s Central Bank Governor

Ilan Goldfajn set to accept position amid scandal of President Dilma Rousseff's suspension and impending impeachment trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you had any doubts that Brazil was another US-backed coup for economic reasons, this should end them.

May 16 10:40

Latin American leaders refuse to recognize Temer’s government

Several Latin American countries have refused to recognize Brazil's new interim government as people take to streets of Sao Paulo to demonstrate against President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And another US-backed coup descends into utter chaos!

May 16 09:52

"Seven Dead Babies a Day": Economic Collapse Has Turned Venezuelan Hospitals into the Worst Horror Film You Can Imagine

Here's how well socialism works.

Because there's no money for supplies like clean linens, soap, toilet paper, medical supplies like disposable gloves or even basics like a clean sheet of paper, let alone medicines such as intravenous solutions and antibiotics, and because the country is suffering rolling blackouts and money-saving government-imposed "holidays" that only leave people with two days of reliable electricity a week, the ill and wounded including newborn babies are dying left and right in Venezuela's crippled hospitals.

Here are just a few of the horrifying highlights.

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May 16 09:39

Former Argentine president faces 20 years behind bars as she is indicted for 'defrauding her country out of $5BILLION'

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was indicted on Friday for defrauding the state out of an alleged $5.2billion.

Federal judge Claudio Bonadio said a scheme to inflate the Argentine peso by selling the central bank's US dollars below market value would not have been possible without Fernandez's approval.

May 15 09:15

U.S. intelligence officials fear Venezuelan coup, government crackdown

U.S. intelligence officials said Friday they are concerned Venezuela is slipping into a crisis that could lead to a coup attempt or a government crackdown on dissent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is what the US government wants; to finally replace Venezuela's elected government with a US puppet.

May 14 11:56

Scenes From The Venezuela Apocalypse: "Countless Wounded" After 5,000 Loot Supermarket Looking For Food

Over the last several years we have documented with clockwork regularity Venezuela's collapse into failed state status, which was cemented several weeks ago when news hit that "Venezuela had officially run out of money to print new money." At that point the best one could do was merely to step back and watch as local society and civilization turned on itself, unleashing what would ultimately turn into Venezuela's own, sad apocalypse.

As we wrote then these are simply hungry Venezuelans protesting that their children are dying from lack of food and medicine and that they do not have enough water or electricity. As AgainstCronyCapitalism added, this is a country with more oil than Saudi Arabia, and the government has stolen all the money and now they bottleneck peaceful protesters and threaten them with bombs (or haul them to prison and torture them).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, economic mismanagement, coupled with US sanctions, and a strong appetite to bring down what had been a reasonably functional socialist country in South America, which committed the unforgivable sin of selling its oil in other currencies than the US dollars, are all converging on Venezuela simultaneously.

Watch, in the not to distant future, for the Maduro government to fall, and be replaced by a more US-Centric, right-wing government, which, at the end of the day, will bring no more help or comfort to its people than did the present government.

May 14 10:59

Venezuela’s Maduro Declares Emergency, Cites U.S., Domestic ‘Threats’ To His Rule

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government.

Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last year, suspended constitutional guarantees in those areas, except for guarantees relating to human rights.

Earlier on Friday, U.S. intelligence officials told reporters they were increasingly worried about the potential for an economic and political meltdown in Venezuela and predicted Maduro was not likely to complete his term.

Venezuela’s opposition is seeking to recall the unpopular leader, 53, amid a worsening crisis that includes food and medicine shortages, frequent power cuts, sporadic looting and galloping inflation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maduro is correct in his assessment.

And, as reported in presstv.com in March of this year (with scant to zero coverage here in the US):

US President Barack Obama has renewed an executive order that declares Venezuela a threat to the US, extending sanctions against the South American country for one more year. In renewing the measure, Obama said on Thursday that the situation in Venezuela constituted an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States" and that he was declaring a "national emergency" to counter that threat. The Obama administration first issued the executive order against Venezuela in March of last year, which provoked a storm of controversy inside the country and a backlash throughout Latin America. Following last year’s decree, Obama ordered sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials, whose economy has been battered by the steep drop in global oil prices. Venezuela has condemned the measure as a sign of Washington’s perpetual hostility towards the Latin American nation. The National Emergencies Act is a tool American presidents possess that allows them to impose sanctions on a country under certain circumstances that go beyond what Congress has approved. The executive order also authorizes the US Treasury Department to impose additional sanctions on those found to have committed either "actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions" or rights violations against persons involved in anti-government protests, the White House said. US presidents have declared about 53 states of emergency since Congress passed the National Emergencies Act in 1976. The state of emergency forms the basis for most US sanctions against Iran. The declaration would expire if the president expressly terminated the emergency or did not renew the emergency annually.

One has to ask, why this overblown rhetoric, characterising Venezuela as a "threat" to the US?!?

Very simply, because, before the huge plunge in oil prices, Venezuela had been a socialist country in South America which had actually been functioning successfully; American corporations could not bear to see this happen much longer.

They are also selling their oil in currencies other than the US dollar.

But now, with its society heading into chaos and self-destruction due to the horrific poverty the lack of oil revenue here has caused, Obama smells blood in the water.

Watch for some rightist "people's movement" to at least attempt remove Maduro in favor of some more "US-Centric" leadership.

The big question now is, how will Venezuela's military respond to both the chaos and economic misery which has become the new normal here, and how much they believe that Maduro has caused it... or not.

May 14 10:54

Former Argentine president faces 20 years behind bars as she is indicted for 'defrauding her country out of $5BILLION'

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was indicted on Friday for defrauding the state out of an alleged $5.2billion.

Federal judge Claudio Bonadio said a scheme to inflate the Argentine peso by selling the central bank's US dollars below market value would not have been possible without Fernandez's approval.

Bonadio is investigating whether the move, enacted in the last few months of her second term, was a deliberate attempt to sabotage her successor, the Argentina Independent reported.

May 14 09:32

Scenes From The Venezuela Apocalypse: "Countless Wounded" After 5,000 Loot Supermarket Looking For Food

Over the last several years we have documented with clockwork regularity Venezuela's collapse into failed state status, which was cemented several weeks ago when news hit that "Venezuela had officially run out of money to print new money." At that point the best one could do was merely to step back and watch as local society and civilization turned on itself, unleashing what would ultimately turn into Venezuela's own, sad apocalypse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 13 16:37

WikiLeaks Exposes Newly “Selected” Brazilian President as Puppet for US Intelligence

By Jay Syrmopoulos

The transparency organization WikiLeaks has exposed acting President Michel Temer, who ascended to the Brazilian presidency after a soft coup deposed President Rousseff, as having been an intelligence informant for the United States.

Temer, who has served as Brazil’s vice president since 2011, took power Thursday after Brazil’s parliament suspended Rousseff pending the results of impeachment proceedings.

The cables — marked “sensitive but unclassified” — contained summaries of conversations Temer, a Brazilian federal lawmaker at the time, had with the U.S. intelligence officials...

May 13 16:31

Dilma out: Brazilian plutocracy sets 54mn votes on fire

Never in modern political history has it been so easy to “abolish the people” and simply erase 54 million votes cast in a free and fair presidential election.
Forget about hanging chads, as in Florida 2000. This is a day that will live in infamy all across the Global South – when what was one of its most dynamic democracies veered into a plutocratic regime, under a flimsy parliamentary/judicial veneer, with legal and constitutional guarantees now at the mercy of lowly comprador elites.

After the proverbial marathon, the Brazilian Senate voted 55-22 to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for “crimes of responsibility” – related to alleged window dressing of the government’s budget.

May 13 14:00

Brazil’s President Rousseff Suspended for Impeachment Trial

With a vote of 55 for and 22 against, senators decided to suspend Rousseff from her post for up to 180 days while they conduct an impeachment trial.

With the Senate decision, Vice-President Michel Temer will assume the Presidency. Rousseff exonerated most of her cabinet members so that Temer would not have to fire them. One of the only officials to remain is Central Bank President, Alexandre Tombini.

Minutes after the end of the voting session, Rousseff wrote on one of her social media accounts. “Unable to point out the crime committed, the Senate decided to suspend President Dilma (Roussef) and proceed with the impeachment.”

“Attorney General José Eduardo Cardozo, stressed that a historical injustice is being committed, where procedures such as the right to defense, are used to provide legitimacy to a process which is ripping up the Constitution” the post said. Rousseff is expected to release a taped statement later on today to the Brazilian people.

The government’s Senate leader, Humberto Costa told reporters that the PT (Workers’ Party) will continue to fight against the impeachment of President Rousseff ‘in Congress, in court and on the streets’.

May 13 12:35

Another US-Sponsored Coup? Brazil's New President Was An Embassy Informant For US Intelligence

As it turns out, the Temer presidency may be nothing more than the latest manifestation of the US state department's implementation of yet another puppet government. We know this because earlier today, Wikileaks released evidence via a declassified cable that Brazil's new interim president was an embassy informant for US intelligence and military.

As a reminder, the last time the US instituted a puppet government, was in 2014 when in yet another "bloodless coup", the president of Ukraine was overthrown and replaced with a billionaire oligarch, a scenario comparable to the one in Brazil.

We don't have to remind readers that as a result of the Ukraine coup, relations between the US and Russia are multi-decade lows, the cold war is back and - as of yesterday, so is the nuclear arms race. We are curious what the consequence of yet another US state coup will be, this time in Latin America's largest country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question now, is, will Temer remove Brazil from the status of being a member of the BRICS ecoomic group?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against it: time will tell.

May 13 10:11

Brazil's acting president used to be US intel informant - WikiLeaks

Brazil's new interim president, Michel Temer, was an embassy informant for US intelligence, WikiLeaks has revealed.

May 13 09:49

As Predicted, Brazil and its Olympics Embroiled in CIA Fallout

The Coup Plot That Seeks to Oust Brazil’s President … Russia Blames ‘Foreign Interference’ for Brazil Coup … CIA has an extensive record of carrying out covert operations around the globe aimed at destabilizing governments that refuse to comply with U.S. interests. – Telesur

May 12 15:52

Following Rousseff's "Coup", Brazil's Problems Are Only Just Starting

Following today's Brazilian Senate vote, which as reported earlier was expected to vote overwhelmingly to endorse Dilma Rousseff's impeachment and did just that in a 55-22 vote, Rousseff appealed to the public in a televized broadcast and condemned the move to impeach her as a "coup" and a "farce", denying she has committed any crimes.

She was addressing the nation on TV for the first time since senators voted overnight to suspend her for budgetary violations and put her on trial after being accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014. Rousseff responded that her government was "undergoing sabotage".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is trying to get the "B" out of "BRICS."

May 12 15:27

Brazil to Suffer Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal

Brazil’s Democracy to Suffer Grievous Blow as Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal is Installed
Glenn Greenwald

In 2002, Brazil’s left-of-center Workers Party (PT) ascended to the presidency when Lula da Silva won in a landslide over the candidate of the center-right party PSDB (throughout 2002, “markets” were indignant at the mere prospect of PT’s victory). The PT remained in power when Lula, in 2006, was re-elected in another landslide against a different PSDB candidate. PT’s enemies thought they had their chance to get rid of PT in 2010, when Lula was barred by term limits from running again, but their hopes were crushed when Lula’s handpicked successor, the previously unknown Dilma Rousseff, won by 12 points over the same PSDB candidate who lost to Lula in 2002. In 2014, PT’s enemies poured huge amounts of money and resources into defeating her, believing she was vulnerable and that they had finally found a star PSDB candidate, but they lost again, this time narrowly, as Dilma was re-elected with 54 million votes.

In sum, PT has won four straight national elections – the last one occurring just 18 months ago. Its opponents have vigorously tried – and failed – to defeat them at the ballot box, largely due to PT’s support among Brazil’s poor and working classes.

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May 12 12:41

Brazil's suspended President Rousseff calls impeachment a 'coup'

"I confess, I never imagined it would be necessary to fight against a coup in my country,” Rousseff said in a speech to the nation. “Our democracy is young, made by struggle, made by deaths, it doesn't deserve this."

Brazil's suspended President Rousseff calls impeachment a 'coup'

(*Now where would she get an idea like this ?
& Who'd do something like that ? )

May 12 08:51

Brazil’s Democracy to Suffer Grievous Blow Today as Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal is Installed

So if you’re a plutocrat with ownership of the nation’s largest and most influential media outlets, what do you do? You dispense with democracy altogether – after all, it keeps empowering candidates and policies you dislike – by exploiting your media outlets to incite unrest and then install a candidate who could never get elected on his own, yet will faithfully serve your political agenda and ideology.

That’s exactly what Brazil is going to do today. The Brazilian Senate will vote later today to agree to a trial on the lower House’s impeachment charges, which will automatically result in Dilma’s suspension from the presidency pending the end of the trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Brazil deserve so much better than what they will get with Temer; and that is the real tragedy of this impeachment.

May 12 08:43

Colombia Fears U.S. May Reject Peace Plan To Protect Pharma Profits

The Colombian Embassy is concerned that lowering the price of a major cancer drug may jeopardize American funding for peace talks in the South American nation, according to a leaked embassy memo.

In February, President Barack Obama committed $450 million to aid peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Marxist rebel group known as FARC. The money would help the Colombian government fight the illegal drug trade and retrain FARC members.

But in an April 27 memo, Colombian diplomat Andrés Flórez said he was worried the U.S. would withhold peace funding if the Colombian government lowered prices on the drug Gleevec, also sold as Glivec. The memo was first posted by the think tank Knowledge Ecology International.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember this about pharmaceutical companies; it is never really about health and care that these drugs are manufactured; it is all about the money, and preventing cheap, generic equivalents from ever getting on the market.

This article makes that painfully obvious.

May 12 08:37

Brazil Senate Puts Rousseff On Trial

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended Thursday to face impeachment, ceding power to her vice-president-turned-enemy Michel Temer in a political earthquake ending 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America's biggest nation.

May 12 08:36

Venezuela Opposition Ramps Up Recall Push Against President Maduro

Venezuela's opposition on Friday vowed to speed up efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro after he defied lawmakers by securing emergency powers to intervene in the crisis-hit oil state's economy.

May 12 07:39

BRAZIL PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF SUSPENDED, TO BE PUT ON TRIAL AFTER LOSING IMPEACHMENT VOTE

In a vote whose outcome was largely expected, moments ago the Brazilian Senate concluded a marathon 21 hour session with a 55 to 22 vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff from office to face an impeachment trial, ushering in a new government to take command of Latin America’s largest economy. Rousseff will be tried on allegations she illegally doctored fiscal accounts to mask the size of the budget deficit.

When officially notified later on Thursday morning, Brazil's first woman president will be suspended, ending 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers Party, and the "market friendly" Vice President Michel Temer will become acting president during her trial.

As Bloomberg adds, "from the moment she receives the notification, the process of impeachment for the crime of responsibility takes effect," Senate President Renan Calheiros said after voting ended. She is expected to be notified within hours, and give a press conference at 10 a.m. local time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is covertly trying to get the "B" out of "BRICS!"

May 11 15:43

Raw Venezuela: Looter Burned Alive, While “Streets Filled With People Killing Animals For Food”

The situation in Venezuela is reaching all out chaos... not only was an accused mugger burned alive on the streets, but people are reportedly eating stray animals to survive:

Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food.

Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger. People are also reportedly gathering vegetables from the ground and trash to eat as well.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

May 11 13:25

VIDEO: VENEZUELAN MUGGER IS BEATEN TO THE FLOOR AND BURNED ALIVE BY LYNCH MOB AFTER STEALING FROM PEOPLE

An alleged thief suffered the most brutal mob justice in Caracas, Venezuela, when he was beaten up and burned alive in the street. Roberto Fuentes Bernal, 42, was reportedly caught trying to mug passersby in the Venezuelan capital, and before police arrived at the scene, the crowd took the law into their own hands.

May 11 06:47

CIA-NSA Supported Brazilian Coup Back On, Rousseff Ousted Wednesday?

One day after the Brazilian people breathed a sigh of relief after the lower house impeachment vote was annulled, that decision was unheroically walked back, creating what may become a gory constitutional crisis.

May 10 16:31

US Senate Extends Sanctions against Venezuelan Officials through 2019

With little fanfare, the US Senate’s Committee of Foreign Relations and the Senate floor approved on Thursday, April 28, an extension of economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government through 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep. The regime change is on!

May 10 12:38

NYT Endorses US-Sponsored Coup Attempt in Venezuela

The Times is a longstanding mouthpiece for wealth, power and privilege. Its record is deplorable - pro-business, anti-populist, endorsing all US wars of aggression, color revolutions and coups by other means against sovereign independent states.

It denigrated Hugo Chavez throughout his tenure, calling him “a would-be dictator…a populist demagogue…an authoritarian caudillo (strongman),” among other pejoratives.

It bashes President Nicolas Maduro the same way. Its history shows a consistent record of supporting despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia, other repressive Gulf States, Egypt, Turkey and Israel among others, while opposing sovereign independent democratic governments Washington doesn’t control.

Majority US supported Venezuelan National Assembly fascists openly call for ousting democratically elected President Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The support of coups on governments not to the US Governments liking are, unfortunately, as American as apple pie.

Unfortunately, however, some really bad planning on the part of Maduro's government goes right to the heart of the problem. As reported yesterday at bloomberg.com:

Making sense of the rolling political and economic disaster in Venezuela isn't easy. But the bigger mystery may be why the whole country isn't flooding into the streets to demand the end of the social revolution that's left one of Latin America's most resource-rich nations in a shambles. Start with the riddle of why the country with the world's largest crude oil reserves has suffered constant power outages. (Spoiler: instead of using oil to generate electricity, the government has relied on hydropower while failing to plan for this year's punishing drought; it neglected to build new power plants or invest in its crumbling infrastructure.) And how has President Nicolas Maduro responded to the energy crisis? He cut the work week for public servants to two days. Along with the furlough, Maduro -- who also is presiding over the world's worst recession -- ordered a 30 percent hike in the national minimum wage. Just how much the crowd-pleasing bonus will matter in a country with high triple-digit inflation, where consumers queueing for hours can't find eight out of 10 staple goods at grocery stores, is debatable. Not to mention that Venezuela is literally running out of bank notes. Venezuela's Revolution The fact is, the Maduro government may have lost its way, but it's still got an iron grip on this nation of 30 million people. And that residual clout, coupled with disarray among the president's political foes, has given the regime the benefit of public doubt even in desperate times.

May 09 19:50

Chaos in Brazil as Rousseff impeachment vote ‘anulled’

The impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was thrown into confusion Monday when the speaker of the lower house of Congress annulled an April vote by lawmakers to launch the process.

Waldir Maranhao, the interim speaker of the lower house, wrote in an order seen by AFP that a new vote should take place on whether to impeach Rousseff.

The surprise move came just as the Senate was preparing to vote this week on whether to suspend Rousseff from office while an impeachment trial gets underway.

Maranhao’s order said that legislators should hold a new vote in five sessions time.

May 09 12:01

VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION LEADER ASSASSINATED DAYS AFTER 1.8 MILLION SIGN PETITION TO OUST MADURO

The situation in hyperinflating socialist paradise Venezuela just moved one step closer to chaotic totalitarianism. With President Maduro clinging to power (thanks to his military 'assistance') amid growing social unrest (1.8 million signatures gathered seeking a referendum to remove him), FoxNews Latino reports German Mavare, leader of the opposition UNT party, died Friday after being shot in the head, asassinated in the western state of Lara, according to his organisation. Maduro has appeared on State TV tying Mavare to "armed groups" and suggested that more right-wing politicians are potential targets.

May 09 11:11

Brazil Real Plummets With Stocks as Impeachment Hits Roadblock

Brazilian assets plunged after the effort to impeach President Dilma Rousseff appeared to hit a roadblock, spurring concern that some of the world’s biggest stock and currency rallies would be undone if the current administration remains in power.

The Ibovespa stock benchmark plummeted as much as 3.5 percent as the real weakened as much as 4.6 percent, the most since September 2011, after the interim chief of Brazil’s lower house called for a new vote on the impeachment, accepting an argument by the attorney general that the ballot last month had procedural irregularities.

The Ibovespa and real have posted the biggest rallies among major markets this year on speculation an impeachment would usher in a new government better able to pull Latin America’s biggest economy out of its worst recession in a century, tame inflation and shore up a fiscal deficit. The Senate had been scheduled to vote this week on whether to move forward with the impeachment and compel Rousseff to stand trial on allegations she used state banks to shore up the government’s accounts.

May 07 12:15

Eva Golinger: I Believe Chavez Was Assassinated

I believe there is a very strong possibility that President Chavez was assassinated. There were notorious and documented assassination attempts against him throughout his presidency. Most notable was the April 11, 2002 coup d’etat, during which he was kidnapped and set to be assassinated had it not been for the unprecedented uprising of the Venezuelan people and loyal military forces that rescued him and returned him to power within 48 hours. I was able to find irrefutable evidence using the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), that the CIA and other US agencies were behind that coup and supported, financially, militarily and politically, those involved. Later on, there were other attempts against Chavez and his government, such as in 2004 when dozens of Colombian paramilitary forces were captured on a farm outside of Caracas that was owned by an anti-Chavez activist, Robert Alonso, just days before they were going to attack the presidential palace and kill Chavez.

May 07 09:26

VICTORY! Munduruku People Win Fight Against Tapajós Dam

By Derrick Broze

The Munduruku Peoples of the Brazilian Amazon are celebrating a victory in their fight to protect their lands from planned hydroelectric plants.

The National Foundation for the Indian (FUNAI) has issued a historic ruling that will demarcate and protect a 700-square-mile territory of the Munduruku Peoples along the Tapajós River, in the Brazilian Amazon. The ruling is the latest decision in the Munduruku’s fight to protect their ancestral lands from flooding as part of planned hydroelectric dams. The demarcation and protection of the lands will now prevent the Munduruku’s land from being flooded. The final demarcation must be approved by presidential decree after 90 days before becoming law...

May 06 10:39

Ecuador Shocking Footage Of Earthquake

May 06 10:31

Venezuelan Opposition Activates Recall on Maduro?s Presidency

Steve Ellner says deep discontent across the political spectrum in Venezuela is creating a political vacuum

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, this is another US-orchestrated takedown of a government and installation of an obedient puppet.

May 05 20:50

The Next US Coup in Latin America: Obama Takes Aim at Venezuela’s Maduro

Unsatisfied with only ousting Brazil’s President by leaking NSA surveillance to the country’s judiciary, Washington now seeks to break the back of Venezuela by fracturing the powerful Petrocaribe energy alliance.

May 04 08:48

How A Collapse In South America Could Trigger Martial Law In The U.S.

By Brandon Smith

If an economic system collapses in the woods and no one is paying attention, are there any consequences outside the woods? Well, yes, of course. As with most situations financial and global, however, consequences are not usually taken very seriously until they have spawned a vast bog of sewage we all have to then swim through.

The issue is and always will be “interdependency,” and the dissolution of sovereign borders. Take a close look at the European Union, for example...

May 03 09:17

Monsanto Set To Fight Argentina Over “Royalties” Owed By Farmers

While the Argentine government has recently shown signs that it may take the side of farmers over Monsanto, the international agricultural corporation is not willing to simply accept defeat. Nor is it even willing to accept a minor obstacle in its attempt to dominate the food supply.

Shortly after the government of President Mauricio Macri passed a resolution officially giving control of the analysis of seeds, Monsanto is now set to challengethe Argentine government’s decision.

While the Argentine government has agreed to collect monies owed by small farmers in royalties on genetically modified soybean seeds, the government requested additional time to do so. Even this, however, was unacceptable to Monsanto as the corporation rejected the government’s request according to two unnamed Monsanto staff members cited by Bloomberg News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Monsanto proves that corporations are starting to think they are governments!

May 01 10:46

As Obama Preps To Send Troops Into Syria The US Gov’t Is Already Planning Their Next Major Coup

By Claire Bernish

A nonviolent coup to depose a democratically-elected president and install some of the most corrupt politicians — who, not coincidentally happen to be favored by the U.S. political establishment — is currently underway in Brazil. As the public’s attention zeroes on the readying of troops for deployment to Syria, the U.S. government has been able to quietly lend its approval to the crooked and baseless move to oust Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Indeed, though the controversy over quintupling U.S. ground troops in Syria — despite vows by the Obama administration at least 16 times there would be ‘no boots on the ground’ — constitutes a valid and pertinent debate, it can’t be allowed to obfuscate what’s taking place in Brazil...

Apr 28 09:12

This Is The End: Venezuela Runs Out Of Money To Print New Money

And then, as if on cue the WSJ responded: "millions of pounds of provisions, stuffed into three-dozen 747 cargo planes, arrived here from countries around the world in recent months to service Venezuela’s crippled economy. But instead of food and medicine, the planes carried another resource that often runs scarce here: bills of Venezuela’s currency, the bolivar.

The shipments were part of the import of at least five billion bank notes that President Nicolás Maduro’s administration authorized over the latter half of 2015 as the government boosts the supply of the country’s increasingly worthless currency, according to seven people familiar with the deals.

Apr 26 09:34

Argentina: Government Shows Signs Of Siding With Farmers In Dispute With Monsanto

The world’s third largest soy exporter may have just dealt another blow to the multi-national agricultural company Monsanto. A simple decree by the Argentine government regarding food inspection may signal an even bigger...

Apr 25 17:32

Peruvian Farmer Wins Monumental Battle Against U.S. Mining Giant

By Amanda Froelich

Acuña’s inspiring story is proof that activists’ efforts do matter, and that even the world’s largest companies will be held to account.

Peruvian activists knew they were entering a David-and-Goliath battle when they decided to shut down the creation of a $5 billion open-caste gold and copper mine next to a pristine lake, but they have so far succeeded.

However, much of the community’s success in this endeavor can be credited to Maxima Acuña, a farmer who owns a 60-acre plot of land on the exact site where the giant Newmont Mining Corporation desires to dig...

Apr 25 10:12

POLICE SWEEP AWAY BRAZIL’S ‘STREET CHILDREN’ AHEAD OF OLYMPICS

With a faltering economy and an $11 billion investment at stake, Brazil wants nothing more than to stage a successful Olympic Games come August. The government is building new transportation and sports venues, hiring security guards and deploying soldiers, and sprucing up Rio de Janeiro’s most-visited areas. But “cleaning the streets,” as the project is euphemistically known, is not an effort to haul garbage but to sweep away homeless people and drug dealers—including the often drug-addicted children who live on the sidewalks of some of Rio’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

In the Copacabana and Maracanã areas, two of the neighborhoods preparing to host the Olympics, teenagers and children as young as 7 sleep by the roadside or beg for change. Boys often join gangs and sell drugs to survive while girls frequently turn to prostitution. Many smoke crack or sniff glue. Some live on the streets full time; others spend nights in the favelas, or nearby shantytowns.

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A society should be judged on how it treats the most vulnerable of its citizens; what Brazil is doing to the most impoverished, and most vulnerable of its street kids demonstrates a complete, and institutionalized, emotional callousness to the conditions which put these kids on the streets to begin with.

Even with the Olympics coming in August, this will not end well for the Brazilian government, or its people.

Apr 25 10:05

POLICE SWEEP AWAY BRAZIL’S ‘STREET CHILDREN’ AHEAD OF OLYMPICS

This story originally appeared on the International Business Times. With a faltering economy and an $11 billion investment at stake, Brazil wants nothing more than to stage a successful Olympic Games come August. The government is building new transportation and sports venues, hiring security guards and deploying soldiers, and sprucing up Rio de Janeiro’s most-visited areas.…

Apr 22 11:42

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington Launches Its Attack Against BRICS

Having removed the reformist President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Washington is now disposing of the reformist President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.

Washington used a federal judge to order Argentina to sacrifice its debt restructuring program in order to pay US vulture funds the full value of defaulted Argentine bonds that the vulture funds had bought for a few pennies on the dollar. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/27/us-vulture-funds-argentin... These vultures were called “creditors” who had made “loans” regardless of the fact that they were not creditors and had made no loans. They were opportunists after easy money and were used by Washington to get rid of a reformist government.

President Kirchner resisted and, thus, she had to go. Washington concocted a story that Kirchner covered up an alleged Iranian bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994. This implausible fantasy, for which there is no evidence of Iranian involvement, was fed to one of Washington’s agents in the state prosecutor’s office, and a dubious event of 22 years ago was used to clear Kirchner out of the way of the American looting of Argentina.

Apr 21 13:26

BOMBSHELL: PANAMA PAPERS EXPOSE CLINTON’S ELITE AND CRIMINAL CAMPAIGN DONORS

As her clearly delusional and overtly corrupt supporters cheer her on, Hillary Clinton manages to avoid prosecution, scrutiny and maintains a public persona, thanks largely to the mainstream media, as if she is the nation’s wonderful mother figure. To the Futurama fans out there, however, the only motherly figure Hillary Clinton resembles is the not-so-wonderful Mom, from Momcorp. Still, her ardent supports overlook ties to the banking elite, her complete lack of accomplishments, and her horrific record overseas. But, thanks to the recently leaked Panama Papers, that public persona is getting peeled back layer by layer. Recently leaked names from the papers link the campaign financed-careers to Hillary and the former President Bill Clinton to those who use the offshore tax shelters. Not only do their financiers use unethical offshore tax-havens, but many of them out downright criminals.

Apr 18 07:41

Brazilians Celebrate As Rousseff Loses Congress Impeachment Vote

Brazil's congress has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of tampering with government accounts. Report by Jessica Wakefield.

Apr 17 09:51

Dozens of casualties, massive destruction in Ecuador struck by 7.8 quake

At least 77 people have been killed and 588 injured in a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the Ecuador coast. The quake was followed by a series of strong aftershocks. The disaster has ravaged coastal towns and left thousands of households without power.

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