The government of Ecuador and the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) announced an agreement Sunday night that is likely to bring to an end a wave of 11 days of protests in the country and restore peace. President Lenin Moreno stepped back and agreed to the repeal of the decree removing fuel subsidies. Protesters celebrated the deal on the streets of the capital, Quito.
At least four people were killed and dozens were injured during demonstrations Friday in Port-au-Prince and other cities in the country against Haitian President Jovenel Moise. The spokesman for the Haitian National Police (PNH), Gary Desrosiers, only confirmed to the media that one person was injured in St-Marc, about 100 kilometers north of the capital. Opposition protesters responded with great anger.
Deforestation in the Amazon grew 92.7% between January and September this year, compared to the same period last year, according to data released this Friday by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The destruction of the forest in these first nine months has already surpassed by 58.7% recorded in the year 2018.
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has proposed a face-to-face dialogue with indigenous leaders after demonstrations became increasingly violent on Friday. Protesters clashed with security forces in Quito on Friday, continuing their rejection of economic adjustments Moreno made with the International Monetary Fund. “The country must regain calm. The country must know we have the will for dialogue,” said Moreno after the call of the indigenous leadership to radicalize the actions after the failure of dialogue first attempt.
Venezuela denied responsibility on Thursday for oil spills that polluted more than 130 Brazilian beaches. In the community, Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said Brazil’s accusations about the origin of the oil are unfounded. “PDVSA categorically rejects statements by Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, who accuses Venezuela of being responsible for crude oil that has contaminated the beaches of northeastern Brazil since early September,” the state-owned company said.
Thousands of students marched on Thursday in the main cities of Colombia to demand the government increase the budget for public education. In Bogota, where the demonstrations were the most numerous, these ended with small clashes between the police and hooded groups. Even several journalists were intimidated by strangers, but the students themselves fixed the situation by moving them away.
Five people have died, 554 have been injured and 929 have been arrested since the beginning of the protests a week ago in Ecuador, according to the Ecuador Ombudsman. The fatalities are due, protesters say, to the excessive repression carried out by the police force. One fell from a bridge next to another protester during police harassment; another due to causes not yet clarified. An indigenous leader was killed too.
Nearly 800 people have been detained in Ecuador since last Thursday when protests broke out against the elimination of fuel subsidies, in the framework of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund. Guayaquil and Quito cities in Ecuador recorded the highest number of arrests. The most numerous demonstrations on Wednesday were registered in the capital.
Former leaders of Colombia’s once-largest guerrilla group recognized their “ethical and political” responsibility for the numerous kidnappings of civilians committed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. FARC is suspected to be responsible for kidnapping at least 522 missing people. “We are reflecting deeply over the acts of war so that we can ask for forgiveness for the errors committed,” said Rodrigo Londono, president of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, FARC’s political party.
Prices rose 4% in August, as a result of the devaluation suffered by the Peso a month ago, and year-on-year inflation stood at 54.5%. The data is more serious when it comes to food, which increased by 4.5%. Shortly before the National Statistics Institute released the data, the Chamber of Deputies approved a declaration of food emergency that meant a 50% increase in the budget.
Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, announced that he would not go to New York during this years’ session of the UN General Assembly, in which leaders from around the world are expected to participate. The event is scheduled for September 23rd. Maduro, however, took part in last year’s event.
The persistence of fires unleashed a month ago in Bolivia has spread despair among residents and authorities, and has also fueled a political dispute. The multiple active fires in Santa Cruz, in the east of the Bolivian territory, on the border with the Amazon, have razed almost two million hectares, 30% forested area. The fire has affected protected areas rich in flora and fauna.
Amid global concerns over severe fires in the world’s largest rainforest, seven South American states have agreed on measures to protect the Amazon. Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname have signed an agreement to establish a disaster response and satellite surveillance network.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Friday evening that he will deploy a number of members of the armed forces to cope with the huge number of fires that swept the Amazon jungle. “Forest fires can occur in any country and should not be used as an excuse for international sanctions,” he said in a televised address.
In the Argentina primary election Alberto Fernández and his running mate, ex-president Christina Kirchner, out-performed President Mauricio Macri by 15 points. Macri secured just 32 percent of the primary vote, while Fernández/Kirchner received 47 percent, making them the favorites to win the presidency in the October elections.
The Venezuelan government has officially distanced itself from participating in the new round of talks with the opposition held in Barbados, the Caribbean. The mediation efforts are being spearheaded by Norway, and initially scheduled to take place on Thursday (today) and Friday. The late Wednesday decision by the Maduro Government came a day after the United States announced sanctions on individuals and companies negotiating with the Venezuelan Government.
It is now even more evident that the push by the US to have Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro vacate office is still actively on. In the most recent move to frustrate Maduro’s administration, US President Donald Trump has imposed a total blockade on the state assets of the Venezuela government in the US. The move by Trump is most likely aimed at imposing a future total embargo on Venezuela. Before Venezuela’s inclusion on the list, the blockade of state assets in the US was only effective on; Cuba, Syria, Iran, and North Korea.
The Guatemalan Human Rights Procurator, Jordan Rodas, on Monday asked the Constitutional Court to curb the pact signed on Friday between the Government of Donald Trump and Jimmy Morales. As agreed, refugees seeking refuge or asylum in the United States can receive the same protection in the Central American country and, having passed through it before, will be channeled back to Guatemalan soil. A formula that, in diplomatic political jargon, implies making Guatemala a “safe third country.
The Brazilian Police have arrested three people suspected of having participated in the theft of 718.9 kilos of gold committed in the cargo terminal of Guarulhos international airport, the largest in the country, according to official sources. These are three workers from the airport itself, located in Sao Paulo metropolitan region, according to news sources confirmed the case.
At least 57 prisoners died Monday in a prison riot in the city of Altamira (in Para State, north of Brazil). The state prison system superintendent has reported that the origin of the disturbances was a fight between factions that began at seven in the morning (local time) when prisoners from one prison wing entered another wing where inmates of another group were locked up. The same source said that when the incidents began, the facilities was locked down and the prisoners who started the attack set fire to mattresses, so that some of the victims died of suffocation.
Guatemala has signed an immigration agreement with the United States on Friday, according to which people who want to apply for refuge or asylum in the United States and have passed through Guatemala must do so in the latter country. The pact was closed a few days after Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the Central American country if it does not accept more asylum seekers.
The United States Supreme Court has okayed President Donald Trump’s usage of $ 2.5 billion (£ 2 billion) of Pentagon funds for a section of the wall on the southern border with Mexico. The court ruled by five votes against four to block a ruling by a federal judge in California that prohibited the president from spending money on the wall. The wall, which would divide the United States and Mexico, was Trump’s main campaign promise during the 2016 elections.
The US government warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he has a “short term” to leave power if he does not want to face international justice and new US measures. US officials expressed confidence that the Lima Group will send the same message soon to Chavismo.
The United States government said yesterday it will never grant asylum to immigrants who did not request it in a “safe third country” in a new attempt to reduce the flow of migrants along the border with Mexico, mainly from Central America. Strict measures should reach migrants arriving along the Mexican border. Strict rules are making it difficult to grant benefits to applicants who have transited through other countries before arriving in the US.
Nearly six months after the dam burst on an iron ore mine in Brazil, a court has sentenced Vale mining company to pay for the damage. More than 200 people died and massive environmental damage has remained.
Barely half a year after the devastating breach in Brumadinho, Eastern Brazil, a court has ruled for the first time and ordered the Vale mining company to make amends. A judge ordered the company must pay for any damage. “But the company did not commit any damages for the time being. This can not yet be quantified,” Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira said.
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- EU: President Trump in an early morning tweet on Tuesday touted his administration’s tariffs on $11 billion of European Union products in the wake of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling.”The World Trade Organization finds that the European Union subsidies to Airbus has adversely impacted the United States, which will now put Tariffs on $11 Billion of EU products!” he said.
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