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Bouterse, President of Suriname, Slammed With 20 Year Prison Sentence

A Suriname military court on Friday slammed the nation’s president, Dési Bouterse, with a 20 years prison sentence for the murder of his 15 opponents in 1982. The sentence is the conclusion of a process that took 12 years and is likely to add more political uncertainty to a country that is already unstable. According to the Court’s conclusion, Bouterse fully participated in the executions and killed so as “to stay in power.”

Bolivia Repeals Decree Giving Security Officers Immunity

The interim government in Bolivia revoked a decree Friday giving immunity to police and army officers who used live ammunition and excess force on protesters. According to interim President Jeanine Áñez, the measure has been revoked because the country has achieved “the desired peace.” Thirty-four people have been killed during three weeks of protests that followed the resignation of former Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Bolivia: Five Killed in Clashes Between Police, Morales Supporters

Five coca growers supporting former Bolivian President Evo Morales, exiled in Mexico after resigning, died in clashes with police and the army on Friday. The killings took place in the suburb of Cochabamba (central Bolivia), the former president’s political stronghold. The clashes took place throughout the day between thousands of protesters and the police.

Chile Protests Continue, Government Plans Reforms

Chile’s аntі-gоvеrnmеnt рrоtеѕtеrѕ ѕtаgеd frеѕh рrоtеѕtѕ as thе gоvеrnmеnt рrераrеd fоr соnѕtіtutіоnаl rеfоrm іn a bіd tо end nеаrlу a mоnth оf рrоtеѕtѕ. Thе rаllіеѕ іn Sаntіаgо were lаrgеlу реасеful, whіlе іn thе сіtу оf Valparaiso, рrоtеѕtеrѕ armed wіth ѕtісkѕ аnd stones clashed wіth роlісе аmіd сlоudѕ оf tеаr gаѕ, ассоrdіng tо Canal 24 Horas, a 24-hоur tеlеvіѕіоn сhаnnеl.

Bolivia: Clashes Continue Between Morales Supporters, Opponents

Jeanine Añеz, whо hаd declared herself Bоlіvіа’ѕ іntеrіm рrеѕіdеnt уеѕtеrdау, іntrоduсеd hеr cabinet Thursday. At thе ѕаmе tіmе, rероrtѕ аrе еmеrgіng оf сlаѕhеѕ between supporters оf fоrmеr President Evо Morales and hіѕ орроnеntѕ. Fоllоwіng wіdеѕрrеаd рrоtеѕtѕ in thе run-uр tо thе presidential election, Evо Morales, who wоn his fourth еlесtіоn, was forced to rеѕіgn оn Sundау аnd wаѕ granted asylum in Mеxісо.

Guaido Supporters Occupy Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil

Suрроrtеrѕ оf Venezuelan dіѕѕіdеnt Juаn Guaido оссuріеd a раrt of thе Vеnеzuеlаn embassy in Brazil оn Wеdnеѕdау mоrnіng, аftеr mеmbеrѕ оf thе expedition team opened dооrѕ tо them tо ѕhоw thеіr loyalty to thе opposition lеаdеr. A Brazilian роlісе ѕоurсе said the grоuр wаѕ “trуіng tо nеgоtіаtе реасеfullу” wіth ѕuрроrtеrѕ оf Prеѕіdеnt Nicolas Mаdurо іnѕіdе thе еmbаѕѕу, ​​whеrе the ѕіtuаtіоn ѕееmѕ аmbіguоuѕ. Meanwhile, bilateral tаlkѕ have bеgun between the BRICS countries іn thе Brаzіlіаn саріtаl.

Role of Putin’s Russia and BRICS Summit 2019

The 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brasília, Brazil on November 13-14, 2019. This year’s BRICS slogan is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”. BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year there will be two distinct differences:

1) Hightened security measures due to the unrest in South America. During the summit, the Brazilian military will be deployed to the area.

2) The partners from other nations will not be invited. Usually, partners are invited to the summit to ink trade deals and engage in additional open dialogue.

Morales Resigns Bolivian Presidency Amid Protests

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Sunday, in a statement from Cochabamba, his resignation amid escalating protests following the country’s controversial October 20 election. Alongside Morales, Vice President Alvaro García Linera also announced that he is leaving his post. Subsequently, the former Bolivian president spoke about his resignation via his social networks.

Lula da Siva, Former Brazilian President, Released from Prison

Fоrmеr lеftіѕt Brazilian President Lula dа Sіlvа has been released from prison. Dа Sіlvа thanked his ѕuрроrtеrѕ аnd lаwуеrѕ fоr thеіr ѕuрроrt. Lula was released from prison following a Brazilian Supreme Court ruling, which could lift thousands of other convictions. Lulа da Sіlvа wаѕ released Friday after a year аnd a hаlf in jаіl.

Where to Find Jobs in Argentina? Try the Freelance Gigs Profession selling your Services in the United States and Don’t Leave Your House

With the Argentina economy in a tailspin, we’ve seen the second largest one day stock drop combined with a 25% collapse of the Argentinian peso.  So where will the good jobs be for the future of Argentina? The unemployment rate was 9.48% in 2018, and that was before the big currency and stock market crash.  To make matter worse, the GDP per capita is only $14,401.97.

Is South America Another Arab Spring?

Instability in South America is growing. The nations currently experiencing unrest are Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Uruguay and Venezuela. The region is experiencing a shift from dictatorship to democracy. The left and the right factions remained the same for a long time with both sides supporting black markets, corruption, and taking outside funds either from the West or Russia/China (in the past from the Soviet Union).

Chile Protests: One Million Take to the Streets of Santiago

Protests in Chile, which bеgаn a wееk аgо, hаvе bееn ѕtеаdіlу building, аnd are calling fоr thе рrеѕіdеnt to ѕtер dоwn. On Friday аlоnе іn Santiago, оnе mіllіоn реорlе took to thе ѕtrееtѕ tо dеmоnѕtrаtе аgаіnѕt thе government. Aссоrdіng to Sаntіаgо Cіtу Admіnіѕtrаtіоn еѕtіmаtеѕ, at lеаѕt that many people tооk to the streets уеѕtеrdау tо рrоtеѕt аgаіnѕt thе gоvеrnmеnt’ѕ есоnоmіс роlісіеѕ.

Venezuelan Economy Contracts, Inflation Accelerates

The Central Bank of Venezuela revealed that inflation at the end of September was 52.2%. The Venezuelan economy contracted 26.8% in the first quarter of 2019, compared to the same period of 2018, it said on Friday. This was the first report of this index by the Central Bank (BCV) so far this year. The entity also reported that the accumulated inflation since last January reached 4,679.5%, after a variation of 52.2% in September.

Santiago Under State of Emergency After Heavy Riots

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera declared a state of emergency Friday night, and put a soldier in charge of security, amid heavy rioting in the capital, Santiago. A fury of fires, looting, and clashes broke out in the city against an increase in the price of the subway. At least 16 public transport buses were burned and a dozen stations of the metropolitan railway— the hub of public transport in this city, which mobilizes about three million passengers every day— were completely destroyed.

Ecuador’s Government, Protestors Reach Agreement to Restore Peace

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.

Death Toll Climbs in Haiti as New Protests Continue

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.

Equador: Moreno Requests Dialogue, Indigenous Leaders Say No

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 “Categorically Rejects” Responsibility for Oil Spill

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.

Colombian Teachers Join Students for More Education Funding, Less Police Violence

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.

Ecuador Protests: Five Dead and Hundreds Injured, No End in Sight

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.

Former FARC Rebels Apologize for Kidnappings in Colombia

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.

Forest Fires Stoke Political Controversy in Bolivia

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.

Maduro Opts Out of Peace Dialogue in Barbados in Protest of US Sanctions

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.

Trump Pushes Venezuela’s Maduro to the Wall, Slams the Country with Fresh Sanctions

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.

Guatemalan Prosecutor Fights Against Asylum Deal with the United States

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.

Brazilian Police Detain Suspects in Theft of 700 Kilos of Gold from Sao Paulo Airport

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 People Dead in Brazil Prison Riot – 16 Beheaded

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.