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Jan 18 07:43

The Russians are coming? What Moscow could do to make life difficult for the US in Latin America

As the US refuses to halt the march of its NATO military bloc, in Eastern Europe, Moscow could leverage its ties with friendly Latin American states to ruffle Washington’s feathers. But would such a course of action be worth it?

Cuba and Venezuela suddenly made the headlines alongside Ukraine and the Baltics states after Russia made remarks about putting military hardware in Latin America. RT looks at the potential cost of deploying Moscow's forces in what the US counts as its "near abroad," "hemisphere" or "sphere of influence," depending on whom you ask.

As Moscow and Washington negotiated security arrangements in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov made a statement about Russia’s capabilities on the other side of the pond.Amid strained relations even a very evasive statement from Russia about the prospects of deploying military infrastructure in Cuba or Venezuela was something of a bombshell for some observers.

Jan 16 08:58

Bolivian intercepts US weapons shipment to right-wing separatist region

Jan 16 08:46

FLCCC Weekly Update Jan. 5, 2022: Brazil Research Studies

Watch as four leading doctors—Dr. Kory, Dr. Marik, Dr. Kerr, and Dr. Cadegiani—discuss definitive results from the largest study of IVM in COVID-19, proving it an unequivocal public health game changer. Plus, the docs discuss the ever present omicron variant and answer important questions from participants.

Jan 16 06:27

Munchausen's White House

Munchausen Syndrome and Munchausen by Proxy are two forms of a rare, grave mental illness in which a deranged person seeks attention, power, and admiration by faking sickness and malady, including unnecessary hospitalization, in themselves or in a proxy. The proxy is a vulnerable person over whom the unhinged person has power. The proxy form of this characterological mental illness occurs when a caregiver with a pathological need to appear devoted and caring inflicts, worsens, and dramatizes illness in a dependent person. People with Munchausen by Proxy (MSP) enjoy medical and hospital environments, seek close relationships with medical personnel, and revel in being admired as devoted caregivers who have turned over their lives to care for sick family members. The MSP abuser fears that his victim will be given the appropriate treatments and recover, thereby risking discovery of his malignant mishandling of another's health.

Jan 15 08:28

Russia Remains Open About Military Deployment to Cuba and Venezuela Amid Security Guarantee Impasse

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that he will not confirm or deny anything regarding the possibility of the deployment of Russian military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela.

"I don't want to confirm anything, I won't rule anything out either", Ryabkov told RTVI.
He noted that the possibility of such options depends on Washington's response to Russia's security guarantees. The deputy minister stressed that President Putin had already described what the Russian Navy can do if the US continues to provoke Moscow, but also stated that a diplomatic solution would be preferable.

The statement comes after US-Russia and Russia-NATO talks earlier this month, regarding security guarantees that Moscow offered in a bid to ease tensions and mend ties. The draft agreements stipulate limits to troop, aircraft, and warship deployments, as well as missile deployment for both sides, and also suggested that NATO stop its expansion near the Russian border.

Jan 15 07:21

Nephew of late Argentine cardinal accuses Pope Francis of covering up homosexual abuse

The nephew of Pope Francis’ predecessor as archbishop of Buenos Aires accused the pope of covering up homosexual clerical abuse in a recent interview and blasted Francis for the leadership style “of a despot.”

Speaking with Gloria.tv, Dr. José Arturo Quarracino, a teacher and nephew of the late Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, said that Francis protected homosexual priests for years after succeeding his uncle, who led the archdiocese of Buenos Aires from 1990 to his death in 1998.

Dr. Quarracino said that he ran in the same circles as the future pope, Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, while the Argentine Jesuit served as provincial superior of the Society of Jesus in the 1970s.

“From 1995 to 2002, I worked in Bergoglio’s environment,” Quarracino added. “He was chancellor of the Universidad del Salvador, where I worked.”

At the time, Bergoglio, who was appointed archbishop in 1998, “maintained a very Jesuit profile, very pious, very pastoral,” according to Quarracino.

Jan 14 08:22

If we don’t report it, it’s not happening! Brazil stops monitoring deforestation in the Cerrado, the world’s most species-rich savanna

Brazil will stop monitoring deforestation in the Cerrado, the world’s most species-rich savanna, a government researcher said on Thursday citing a lack of funds, days after data showed destruction hitting a 6-year high in 2021.

The Cerrado, which neighbors the Amazon rainforest and stretches across several Brazilian states, is a major bulwark against climate change due to the carbon it absorbs. It is often likened to an upside-down forest because its plants sink roots deep into the ground.

Deforestation rose 8% to 8,531 square kilometers (2.11 million acres) in the Cerrado for the 12-months through July, data from national space research agency Inpe showed on Friday.

The decision to stop monitoring the Cerrado was made because of budget cuts, said Claudio Almeida, a scientist who coordinates satellite monitoring at Inpe.

Jan 14 08:00

US will act ‘decisively’ if Russia deploys military to Cuba or Venezuela – White House

The American authorities would act “decisively” if Russia deployed its military to Latin America, the White House said on Thursday, following suggestions that Moscow could station some of its troops in Venezuela or Cuba.

United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan called the idea “bluster in the public commentary” and noted that the deployment of Russian military infrastructure to Latin America was not a point of discussion at the recent Russia-US Strategic Stability Dialogue in Geneva.

“If Russia were to move in that direction, we would deal with it decisively,” he said, responding to a question from a journalist.

The US opposition to Russian troop placement in the Americas may raise some eyebrows in Moscow, which has repeatedly complained about US armed forces being located near Russia’s western frontier.

Jan 13 12:27

Russia May Deploy Troops To Venezuela, Cuba If Tensions With US Continue To Rise

Amid stalled talks between Russia and NATO over what is effectively a novel split of Europe into geopolitical sphere of influence, Russia has decided to take the show on the road and demonstrate to the US what it feels like to be surrounded by military bases along your borders, and on Thursday, after saying talks with the U.S. over the security situation in Ukraine had stalled, Russia’s deputy foreign minister suggested that Moscow could dispatch a military deployment to Venezuela and Cuba, as the Kremlin seeks to pressure Washington to respond to its demands to halt Western military activity that it says threatens Russia.

Jan 12 14:22

Russia readies to deploy missiles in Cuba and Venezuela

The information about such plans appeared several weeks ago. There is no official confirmation to such reports, but it transpired that the airplane of Russia's Federal Security Bureau (FSB) paid a number of visits to Venezuela and Cuba over the past two days.

According to publicly available air flight monitoring services, a Russian Tu-154M aircraft that most likely belongs to the FSB of Russia, was seen in Venezuela's and Cuba's airspace on January 9 and 10, Avia.pro website reports.

It remains unknown who might be staying on board the aircraft and for which purpose the airplane visited the two countries. It is not ruled out that the Russian side could conduct negotiations with Cuba and Venezuela about an opportunity to build Russian military bases and facilities in the two countries. At the same time, experts draw attention to the fact that it is other departments that should be engaged in dealing with such issues.

Jan 10 07:01

The Cruel Farce of U.S. Regime Change Policy in Venezuela

The Biden administration is continuing the farce that is our government’s regime change policy in Venezuela:

The United States continues to recognize the authority of the democratically elected 2015 National Assembly as the last remaining democratic institution and Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president. We welcome the agreement reached to extend the authority of the National Assembly elected in 2015 and of interim President Guaidó as its president.

It was a mistake to recognize Guaidó when he had some fig leaf of legitimacy three years ago, but to continue the charade now several years later when he and his allies have even less influence and standing than they did before is truly absurd.

Jan 09 07:19

Venezuelan Government Demands Alex Saab Release, Return of Stolen Assets to Resume Mexico Talks

Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) President Jorge Rodríguez reiterated that the dialogue process in Mexico will restart once government envoy Alex Saab is released by Washington and the US-backed opposition returns seized foreign assets.

“Enough hypocrisy. If you want dialogue, release Alex Saab. If you want dialogue, return our assets abroad and our gold [withheld by the Bank of England] which you stole,” Rodríguez stated on Wednesday during an AN session to inaugurate the 2022 legislative period.

The AN president added that the opposition led by self-proclaimed “Interim President” Juan Guaidó must recognize “the crimes committed against Venezuela.” Rodríguez recalled the seizure of Colombia-based petrochemical Monómeros and US-based oil subsidiary CITGO. Both companies were handed to Guaidó by Bogotá and Washington in early 2019 and are currently on the brink of being taken over by creditors.

Jan 08 08:14

The Cruel Farce of U.S. Regime Change Policy in Venezuela

The Biden administration is continuing the farce that is our government’s regime change policy in Venezuela:

The United States continues to recognize the authority of the democratically elected 2015 National Assembly as the last remaining democratic institution and Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president. We welcome the agreement reached to extend the authority of the National Assembly elected in 2015 and of interim President Guaidó as its president.

Jan 04 07:37

Has The Mystery Been Solved? We Just Got Some New Numbers That Nobody Can Deny

Any doubt about how evil our system has become has been completely removed, and anyone that continues to support such a deeply corrupt system is willingly choosing to side with evil.

Jan 03 10:13

China unveils plan to 'take over' Latin America

Chinese Communist Party officials have unveiled an “action plan for cooperation” with Latin American countries that amounts to a “comprehensive” plan to influence the region and threaten U.S. interests, following a new summit with the nearest neighbors of the United States.

“The Chinese don’t say, ‘We want to take over Latin America,’ but they clearly set out a multidimensional engagement strategy, which, if successful, would significantly expand their leverage and produce enormous intelligence concerns for the United States,” U.S. Army War College research professor Evan Ellis, a former member of the State Department policy planning staff, told the Washington Examiner.

Dec 26 09:30

Your $1.7 billion of gold is now ours, UK tells starving Venezuelans

The recent decision, CNN reported, “ruled that recognition of heads of state and government was solely the responsibility of the British government, which had recognized [opposition leader Juan] Guaidó as Venezuela’s Constitutional interim President.”

Like most duplicitous corporate media, CNN pushed the narrative that Nicolas Maduro isn’t actually Venezuela’s elected president (he “claimed” the “widely disputed” election). But, as I wrote in March, he is president, and “Venezuela’s election process has been recognized as transparent and effective, with former US President Jimmy Carter in 2012 calling it ‘the best in the world.’ On the other hand, the Venezuelan opposition, as well as Western nations, have interfered with and attempted to sabotage elections.”

Dec 21 09:43

Caracas: Decision by UK Court on Venezuelan Gold Poses Major Risks for Investors

Venezuela has condemned the decision by the UK Supreme Court on Venezuelan gold, saying that the ruling creates serious risks for investors who have entrusted their funds to the British financial system, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

"This decision violates the norms of Public International Law, the Venezuelan constitutional order, and British legislation, at the same time it represents serious risks for the investments that the international community has entrusted in the United Kingdom's financial system, since it resorts to fraud to illegally seize the resources entrusted to it", the ministry said in a statement.

Dec 16 10:20

Violent pictures of North Korean anti-American propaganda art, 1950-1970

These propaganda pictures show how North Korea sees cooperation between the US and the West. They depict the alleged mass murder of Sinchon civilians between October and December 1950.

The regime claims that around 35,000 people were brutally tortured and executed by the US military during that time. Nightmare photos showed soldiers pulling out teeth, carving open skulls, and burning people alive.

After North Korea invaded its southern counterpart in 1950, the US dropped about 635,000 tons of explosives on North Korea, including 32,000 tons of napalm, during the Korean War.

Although the North Korean invasion prompted this retaliation, the country's then-leader, Kim Il-sung, quickly realized that the fear of this barrage of American shelling had become a major factor in the lives of his citizens.

Dec 14 07:10

After Nicaragua flips, U.S. sanctions seen pushing Central America towards China

A creeping barrage of U.S. sanctions on top Central American officials has made China an attractive partner for governments resisting Washington's push to tackle corruption and democratic backsliding in the region, officials and analysts say.

The trend was thrust into focus this week when Nicaragua re-established ties with Beijing, severing a longstanding relationship with U.S. ally Taiwan, which relies heavily on diplomatic recognition from small countries.

Dec 14 06:43

Explosion at Colombian Airport Reportedly Kills Two Police Officers

According to Caracol broadcaster, a major blast has hit Camilo Daza International Airport, located in the Colombian city of Cucuta, near the border with Venezuela.

The report suggested that a man with explosives had been spotted near the takeoff strip.
The blast has prompted the suspension of flights at the airport and caused damage to several buildings, the broadcaster added.

According to Norte de Santander Governor Silvano Serrano, there were two suspects who entered the airport, and one of them left an explosive device there. He added that several servicemen trying to defuse the bomb were killed by the blast.

Dec 13 11:37

Brazilian Ministry of Health suffers cyberattack and COVID-19 vaccination data vanishes

Websites under Brazil's Ministry of Health (MoH) have suffered a major ransomware attack that resulted in the unavailability of COVID-19 vaccination data of millions of citizens.

Following that attack that took place at around 1 am today, all of MoH's websites, including ConecteSUS, which tracks the trajectory of citizens in the public healthcare system, became unavailable. This includes the COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate, which is available via the ConecteSUS app.

According to a message left by the Lapsus$ Group, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, some 50TB worth of data has been extracted from the MoH's systems and subsequently deleted. "Contact us if you want the data returned", the message said, alongside contact details for the authors of the attack.

Just before 7 am, the images with the message left by the hackers were removed, but the websites remained unavailable.

Dec 13 08:13

Honduras, Venezuela, and Reversing American Coups

In 2002, Venezuela’s democratically elected president, Hugo Chávez, was removed in a US sanctioned and supported coup; the people of Venezuela put him and his party back in power. In 2009, Honduras’ democratically elected President, Manuel Zelaya, was removed in a US aided and supported coup; the people of Honduras put his party back in power.

In the past couple of weeks, the people of both Venezuela and Honduras, given a clear choice, reversed US coups. The people of Venezuela have been doing it repeatedly and insistently for almost twenty years; the people of Honduras got the chance for the first time at the end of November.

Dec 12 08:42

Brazilian Ministry of Health suffers cyberattack and COVID-19 vaccination data vanishes - ZDNet

Hackers claimed to have copied and deleted 50 TB worth of data from internal systems.

Written by Angelica Mari, Contributing Editor
Posted in Brazil Tech on December 10, 2021 | Topic: Security

Websites under Brazil's Ministry of Health (MoH) have suffered a major ransomware attack that resulted in the unavailability of COVID-19 vaccination data of millions of citizens.

Video commentary: https://www.bitchute.com/video/T8LlGkryIxf8/

Dec 11 07:14

Hundreds of migrants traveling north through Mexico block highway between Mexico City and state of Puebla and bring traffic to complete standstill

Hundreds of migrants traveling north to the US border blocked a crucial highway between Mexico City and the state of Puebla, bringing traffic to complete standstill.

Pictures of the scene on Thursday showed the migrants, many with children in tow, carrying backpacks and other belongings while walking between cars and trucks, with one witness telling Reuters that some even slept on the road to rest.

The migrants departed San Martin Texmelucan in the east-central state of Puebla Thursday morning after beginning their journey in late October from the southeastern state of Chiapas.

Dec 08 09:24

Canada, the Bad Neighbor

Canada is proving to be a very bad neighbor indeed to Venezuela, and, also in the process, to all of Latin America. Because of Ottawa’s staunch adherence to USA foreign policy it is largely viewed in the region not as a “partner” of the USA, more like its servant or lackey.

There is no greater indication of how Canada is regarded internationally than its failure -twice- to get a seat at the UN Security Council. A vote for Canada was considered a vote for Uncle Sam. The reaction of the Canadian government to the elections in Venezuela on 21st of November 2021 have sealed this perception of Canada.

Dec 05 10:34

These color photos capture the newly-recruited tank crews training at Fort Knox, 1942

In 1942, Office of War Information photographer Alfred T. Palmer visited Fort Knox and captured these stunning photographs of tank crews in training.

With the outbreak of World War II in Europe, the US Army made preparations with the creation of the Armored Force and its headquarters at Fort Knox in the summer of 1940. It was responsible for establishing armored formations, doctrine and training in the use of armor. Vehicle.

Selective service was enforced and thousands of civilian soldiers were ordered to Fort Knox and introduced into tanks. The post had to undergo massive building booms and land acquisitions to support these troops.

Dec 05 10:25

Robert McGee, the man who was scalped as a child by Native American warriors, 1864

Robert McGee is one of the few people in American frontier history who survived by ripping his flesh out of his skull. In 1890, the photographer E.E. Henry took this rare photo of Robert McGee showing off his scaling marks. This is the story of how Robert McGee was dug up by Sioux Indian warriors in the summer of 1864 and lived to tell the story.

In 1864, 14-year-old Robert McGee and his family decided to migrate west, as was the custom of many immigrants of the time, to seek a better life on the American frontier. The family joined a wagon train bound for Leavenworth, Kansas. Somewhere along the way, Robert's parents died, and he became an orphan.

Once at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, Robert applied to join the army, but was not accepted, as he was too young. Desperate for work, Robert took a job with a freight company to supply Fort Union in New Mexico.

Nov 28 07:10

Mexican Authorities List Conditions To Reboot "Remain In Mexico" Program

Mexican authorities have laid out a series of conditions for reviving the “Remain in Mexico” program, the Trump-era framework under which asylum-seekers were returned to Mexico to await the processing of their claims, with the development coming in context of the Biden administration’s plans to reinstate the policy following a court order.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a Nov. 26 announcement that talks have “intensified” with the United States on rebooting the program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), but that Mexican authorities are waiting for a formal response from the Biden administration on a number of concerns.

Nov 20 07:07

Biden’s meeting with Canada & Mexico was more like a hostage scene than a summit

Justin Trudeau and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met with President Joe Biden at the White House this week. Both would do well to seek out more reliable, beneficial partners than the perennially controlling US.

As someone who grew up near the Canada-US border in the last quarter of the 20th century, my country was directly dependent on a strong American economy and defense. Which is why I, like so many – particularly on the right side of the political spectrum – advocated in favor of it. But times have changed.

Conventional defense, involving direct confrontation with traditional weapons, is rapidly fading in practice, in favor of more covert hybrid (and less easily attributable) tools like electronic and cyber warfare, drones, proxy fighters and information operations that target “hearts and minds” without firing a single conventional shot.

Nov 20 06:43

Mexican National Guard Deploys 1,500 Troops To Cancun Amid Cartel Chaos 

Mexico is deploying National Guard troops to high-end resorts in Cancun down to Tulum amid a spate of cartel shootings that have killed and injured tourists this year.

The Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, reported the creation of the Tourist Security Battalion of the National Guard that will deploy 1,500 Guardsmen "to ensure the tranquility of tourists," according to Yucatan Times.

The presence of military personnel in the state of Quintana Roo has steadily increased this year as multiple cartels are battling for control of the drug trade.

Weeks ago, cartel gunfire erupted on the beach of a high-end resort in Cancun. Dozens of shots rang out, and two rival cartel members were killed. In October, a cartel shootout killed two female foreign tourists and injured three others. Of the two women who were killed, one was from Germany and the other India.

Nov 20 06:36

Bodies found hanging from overpass in Mexico as cartels battle for territory

In the latest sign of Mexico’s staggering levels of violence, the bodies of 10 men were found hanging from a bridge on a federal highway in northwest Zacatecas state. The bodies were a sign of the brutal battles between rival drug gangs that have bloodied the state.

The men apparently were kidnapped from the rural town of San Pedro Piedra Gorda, about 20 miles from the capital city of Zacatecas, according to news reports. They were tortured and hung from a bridge, and then their assailants opened fire on the bodies, according to the reports.

One of the bodies fell to the ground before authorities arrived at the scene.

Nov 19 07:26

White House Says Border Crisis ‘Not a Real Focus’ at Summit with Mexico and Canada

The White House said President Joe Biden would not focus on the border crisis during the North American Leaders’ Summit on Thursday.

“There’s not a real focus, this time around, on our borders,” a senior White House official told reporters during a press briefing call previewing the summit.

The North American Leaders’ Summit, also known as the “Three Amigos” summit, will be hosted at the White House as Biden will meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The White House official was asked about whether Biden would address the possibility of reactivating the Remain in Mexico to help stem the flow of migrants coming into the United States.

Nov 17 08:39

Cases similar to mad cow disease in Brazil not linked to beef consumption, may be caused by vaccines

Brazil recently saw cases of neurodegenerative disorder similar to mad cow disease, but authorities clarified that these cases had nothing to do with beef consumption.

On Nov. 11, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) confirmed two cases of suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in Rio de Janeiro. The ministry said both cases had “no relation with consumption of beef or sub-products contaminated with bovine spongiform encephalitis, known as ‘mad cow’ disease.”

Nov 17 06:47

MEXICO’S WORLD BANK-FUNDED MANDATORY BIOMETRIC DATABASE RAISES SERIOUS ETHICAL AND LEGAL QUESTIONS

Mexico’s government wants the biometrics of all its citizens. Given the fragility of its institutions and organized crime’s infiltration of both government and law enforcement, this is a major cause for concern.

Mexico has a serious problem with identity theft. Last year, the country ranked eighth worldwide in terms of the incidence of the crime, according to data from the country’s central bank, Bank of Mexico. Since then the scale of the problem has done nothing but grow, as huge amounts of work, leisure and consumption have migrated online.

A cybersecurity study conducted by Citrix found that 60% of the Mexican companies it consulted had suffered some form of cyber attack since the start of the pandemic, including identity theft and ransomware. Mexico is also one of the countries most frequently targeted by Trickbot, a Trojan horse whose main function is the theft of banking details and other credentials, according to a recent report by the newspaper Milenio.

Nov 16 14:15

Cases similar to mad cow disease in Brazil not linked to beef consumption, may be caused by vaccines

Brazil recently saw cases of neurodegenerative disorder similar to mad cow disease, but authorities clarified that these cases had nothing to do with beef consumption.

On Nov. 11, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) confirmed two cases of suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in Rio de Janeiro. The ministry said both cases had “no relation with consumption of beef or sub-products contaminated with bovine spongiform encephalitis, known as ‘mad cow’ disease.”

Prior to MAPA’s confirmation, health authorities in Rio De Janeiro said the Fiocruz public health institute had already flagged two cases of “prion disease.” They added that the two cases found in the city’s suburbs had already been referred to state health authorities.

Nov 16 07:26

MEXICO’S WORLD BANK-FUNDED MANDATORY BIOMETRIC DATABASE RAISES SERIOUS ETHICAL AND LEGAL QUESTIONS

Mexico’s government wants the biometrics of all its citizens. Given the fragility of its institu

Nov 12 11:11

Brazilian President tells WHO Director “People are Dying” After COVID Shots – Pleads with WHO to Publicly NOT Recommend it for Children

A video shot from a cell phone has surfaced of what appears to be an impromptu meeting between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Tedros Adhanom, the director of the World Health Organization, during the recent G20 Summit in Rome.

Present along with Bolsonaro was Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga, and a translator who translated from Portuguese to English, as President Bolsonaro is asking his questions to Tedros Adhanom in Portuguese, while Adhanom replies in English.

The audio is difficult to hear, but someone has made a 2-minute clip with English subtitles, which we have uploaded to our Bitchute and Rumble channels.

In the clip, President Bolsonaro is complaining to Tedros Adhanom that the lockdowns have destroyed the economy and that people are having a hard time feeding themselves.

Tedros Adhanom replied that he didn’t think we needed more lockdowns.

Nov 10 06:13

80% of Venezuela’s Second-Largest City Without Traffic Lights Due to Looting

An exposé published Monday by La Patilla estimated that as many as 80 percent of traffic lights in Maracaibo, Venezuela – the second-largest city in the country – are not functional, in need of repair, or simply unusable due to residents looting electric wires.

The result is an anarchic situation in which traffic accidents are a routine occurrence as many cars do not bother to stop at intersections. La Patilla reported that the socialist mayor of the city, Willy Casanova, had indicated no interest in improving the situation and said that local residents had accused him of having “dementia” – or, in some cases, simply faking it – to avoid answering questions about how dangerous the city had become.

Residents told the outlet that, despite the widespread lack of traffic signals, no police officers or traffic directors observe intersections, indicating the socialist regime has no interest in making the streets safer for residents.

Nov 09 08:10

THE FACEBOOK TEAM THAT TRIED TO SWING NICARAGUA’S ELECTION IS FULL OF U.S. SPIES

Facebook claims that these accounts were bots engaged in “inauthentic behavior.” Considering that around half of the country uses the platform for news and entertainment, the decision could barely have been more heavy-handed and intrusive. However, early reports show that if their goal was to swing the result, it has failed badly and the Sandinistas have achieved an overwhelming victory.

“This is appalling interference by Facebook in particular (which is the most popular social media outlet in Nicaragua). They allege that they’ve stopped a government-deployed troll farm but what they have actually done is to close accounts of ordinary Sandinista activists, particularly young people, often with many followers,” John Perry, a journalist living in the city of Masaya, told MintPress.

Nov 09 07:52

Biden Administration Threatens Action Against Nicaragua After Election

The Biden administration is threatening to take action against Nicaragua over the election held on Sunday resulted in Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega securing a fourth term.

President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken both released statements declaring the election a “sham” and threatening new sanctions.

“We will continue to use diplomacy, coordinated actions with regional allies and partners, sanctions, and visa restrictions, as appropriate, to promote accountability for those complicit in supporting the Ortega-Murillo government’s undemocratic acts,” Blinken said on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Undemocratic acts?!? Look who is talking!

Nov 08 07:25

There's a new target on the US regime-change list. It's been there before

The US has a long history of meddling in Latin America. This week, US lawmakers have approved legislation calling for more sanctions to increase pressure on President Daniel Ortega ahead of Nicaragua’s election on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the bill known as the Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER) Act. The move – a response to an alleged crackdown there on the opposition – came just days ahead of the November 7 presidential election, where Ortega is set to win a fourth straight term. Washington has already denounced the vote as a “sham.”

But given the US’ past interfering in the region and its bloody regime-change operations, does anyone still believe it cares about the Nicaraguan people?

Nov 05 06:29

Meet the Nicaraguans Facebook falsely branded bots and censored days before elections

Just days before Nicaragua’s November 7 elections, top social media platforms censored top Nicaraguan news outlets and hundreds of journalists and activists who support their country’s leftist Sandinista government.

The politically motivated campaign of Silicon Valley censorship amounted to a massive purge of Sandinista supporters one week before the vote. It followed US government attacks on the integrity of Nicaragua’s elections, and Washington’s insistence that it will refuse to recognize the results.

The United States sponsored a sadistically violent coup attempt in Nicaragua in 2018, which resulted in hundreds of deaths in a desperate effort to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Daniel Ortega.

Oct 30 05:08

Clark: Don’t Get Distracted — Cartels Move More Than a Migrant Caravan Daily into U.S.

As attention is focused on a single caravan in Mexico consisting of an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 migrants headed to the U.S. southern border, cartels separately move the equivalent into the states each day.

The caravans capture significant media attention by design. They are politically organized and seek to use the clout to bring policy changes. The caravan in Chiapas hopes to force Mexico City to discontinue migrant containment efforts and allow unfettered travel to the United States–with the ultimate goal of softening enforcement protocols in the U.S.

A caravan was an unheard-of term in Border Patrol circles prior to 2018. Despite their hype, caravans are generally unsuccessful in reaching the U.S. intact.

If the latest caravan succeeds in forcing the Government of Mexico to change policies and give migrants free roam to their destination, another pull factor will be established.

Oct 28 18:11

Venezuelans Turn to Gold Nuggets as the Local Currency Implodes

By Joseph Salerno

The Venezuelan government recently lopped off six zeros from its hyperinflating currency, the bolivar. The highest denomination currency note of 1 million bolivars, worth less than $0.25, was replaced by a one-bolivar note. At the same time, a 100-bolivar note, worth about $25.00, was introduced as the new highest denomination of the bolivar. The currency conversion was designed to spare the government the embarrassment of having to issue a 100-million bolivar note to enable people to purchase everyday items without having to carry around bundles of notes, given that the price of a loaf of bread had risen to 7 million old bolivars. Of course, the arbitrary scaling down of the denomination of the currency will not slow inflation, because the new currency notes can be printed just as cheaply as the old. The bolivar has already lost 73 percent of its value in 2021 alone and the IMF estimates the annual inflation rate will reach 5,500 percent by the end of 2021.

Oct 27 08:14

CENSORED: Brazilian President Bolsonaro Reads Report Connecting COVID Vaccines To AIDS

Oct 27 06:33

Otoniel: Colombia’s most wanted drug lord captured

Security forces in Colombia have captured Dairo Antonio Usuga, the country’s most wanted drug trafficker.

Better known as Otoniel, the leader of the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia or the Gulf Clan, was captured on Saturday in a rural area in the Uraba region.

Oct 25 09:51

Mexico's war on cartels has created 400 new gangs that are taking on the police and cartels that are left

Over the past 10 years, the makeup of Mexico's criminal landscape has shifted from a handful of big cartels and some splinter groups to more than 400 gangs operating all over the country, many of them with ties to the US.

A 2008 intelligence report by the Mexican army detailed the first fragmentation of what then was Mexico's ruling cartel: Arturo Beltran Leyva's split from "The Federation of Sinaloa," which was run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.

Beltran Leyva founded his own cartel, naming it after himself, but by the end of 2009, Mexican Marines working with US agents had located Arturo Beltran, killing him in a raid in the resort city of Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City.

The fragmentation has continued since then. Now more than 400 gangs operate in Mexico, according to the most recent report by Lantia Intelligence, a Mexican consulting agency specializing in criminal organizations and security analysis.

Oct 21 05:47

Brazil Deploys Troops After Killings on Indigenous Land Farmed for Soy

Brazil's Justice Ministry has dispatched security forces to an indigenous reservation in the south of the country where two people have been killed in a dispute over renting land to soy farmers.

Federal police said they are investigating the fatal shooting of two members of the Kaingang tribe on Saturday during a wave of violence fueled by dissent in the community over distributing the farming income.

Iuri de Oliveira, the officer leading the investigation, told Reuters that Rosenildo Batista and Lucas Caetano were killed after being expelled from the reservation over a disagreement with the tribal leader. He said police have identified suspects in the killings but have not made any arrests yet.

Human rights groups and members of the Kaingang community say the murders are related to an arrangement to grow cash crops on the Serrinha reservation, a 12,000-hectare area in Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Oct 20 10:30

Iran, Venezuela To Sign 20-Year Economic Cooperation Deal While Facing US Sanctions

Iran and Venezuela have announced a plan to sign a 20-year economic cooperation deal as the two countries continue to strengthen their trade relationship in the face of US pressure.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia met with his Iranian officials in Tehran on Monday. After meeting with Plasencia, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the deal will be signed when Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visits Tehran in the "next few months."

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the two diplomats "decided to hold a joint economic commission of the two countries in the near future and to compile and finalize a comprehensive plan for the 20-year economic cooperation between the two countries."

Oct 19 13:34

After Years of Delays and Alarmingly Flimsy Evidence, Security Expert Ola Bini’s Trial Set for This Week

By Jason Kelley

For over two years EFF has been following the case of Swedish computer security expert Ola Bini, who was arrested in April, 2019, in Ecuador, following Julian Assange’s ejection from that country’s London Embassy. Bini’s pre-trial hearing, which was suspended and rescheduled at least five times during 2020, was concluded on June 29, 2021. Despite the cloud that has hung over the case—political ramifications have seemed to drive the allegations, and Bini has been subjected to numerous due process and human rights violations—we are hopeful that the security expert will be afforded a transparent and fair trial and that due process will prevail.

Oct 16 06:49

U.S. Gives Central America, Mexico Another $20mln in Humanitarian Aid

The United States is providing more than $20 million in additional humanitarian aid for nearly 700,000 asylum seekers, refugees, and vulnerable migrants in Central America and Mexico, the State Department said on Friday.

In total, the United States has provided more than $331 million in such aid in fiscal year 2021, the department said in a statement.

Oct 14 06:05

Mexican President AMLO Pleads with Biden to End Failed Trillion Dollar “War on Drugs”—But Powerful U.S. Interests Prefer Deadly Status Quo

In June 2021, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) told U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Mexico City that he wanted to end military cooperation in fighting drug trafficking and to instead promote economic development.

“We don’t want military cooperation,” he said, “we don’t want it to be like it was before when they brought us a helicopter gunship and a photo was taken of the U.S. ambassador with the president,” he said.

“We want development cooperation. We don’t even want to hear about the Merida Plan anymore.”

Launched in 2008, the Mérida Initiative aimed to combat drug trafficking with U.S. military equipment, technical support, and training for security forces in Mexico and Central America, which have received billions of dollars in aid.

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Oct 11 07:52

Brazil’s Bolsonaro unchained: ‘If you accept this vaccination passport’ it will lead to ‘population control’

Speaking in Portuguese in a translated clip posted to Twitter by Daily Veracy founder Vince James, President Jair Bolsonaro warns that governors of large Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo will issue decrees via the vaccine passport system. “Only those who are vaccinated can go to school, only those who are vaccinated can do such a thing, those who are not will not, would you issue a decree in this regard,” asked Bolsonaro to a member of his government. The man said no.

“Either we have freedom or we don’t. And the story says that anyone who gives up a part of their freedom for security, ends up without freedom and without security,” asserted Bolsonaro. He then warned that if cities accept the vaccine passport, “another requirement will come soon, and another and another, and you know where it will stop then?” Bolsonaro explained, “Population control. The people who most accused me of being a dictator are the ones who are doing it now.”

Oct 02 10:41

Burst of Joy, 1973

After spending more than five years in a North Vietnamese camp, Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Sturm reunited with his family at Travis AFB on March 13, 1973. Burst of Joy is a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph by Associated Press photographer Slava. Years" Vader. The picture marks the end of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, and the prevailing sentiment that military personnel and their families can begin the process of healing once they have endured the horrors of war.
Prisoners of war freed from prison camps in North Vietnam land at Travis Air Force Base in California. Although there were only 20 PWs on the plane, around 400 family members arrived to return home. Vader was part of the big press show and recalls that: "You could feel the energy and raw emotion in the air". In the photo, United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Sturm is shown reuniting with his family after spending more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. The centerpiece of the photo is Sturm's 15-year-old daughter, Laurie, who is enthusiastically greeting her father with outstretched arms, as the rest of the family follows directly behind her.

Oct 02 10:21

The only known picture of President Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe together, 1962

This black-and-white image, taken by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, is the only known photograph of JFK and Monroe together. Monroe is still wearing the infamous tight-fighting, sheer rhinestone-studded dress she wore while singing at Madison Square Garden.

President Kennedy, with his head slightly bowed, looks down as he listens to Marilyn. His brother, Robert Kennedy, stands beside the pair, watching. Singer Harry Belafonte is in the background and historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who served as a consultant at the Kennedy White House, stands on the sidelines smiling.

The photo was taken at a private location in the Manhattan home of film executive Arthur Krim and his wife Mathilde, and the image's existence was kept a secret for decades.

Oct 01 11:27

The parallel world of American advertising targeted toward African-Americans, 1950-1960

It is said that many of these advertisements were literally created by John Harold Johnson, the founder of the Johnson Publishing Company dynasty. His hugely successful magazines Ebony and Jet – as well as other titles – catered to the black middle and upper classes and he felt that readers would be more inclined to buy from mainstream companies that really liked him and his spending power. used to accept.

John Harold Johnson personally branded the idea that they should use Black models for their audience if they expected to see high sales. When some companies (reluctantly) tried it, they realized that the results were so dramatic that it made sure they would continue. As a result, Johnson's publication and, later, others like him, saw an explosion of targeted ads.

Oct 01 10:53

The extraordinary life aboard NASA’s Skylab, 1970s

Skylab was America's first step towards creating something other than a good place to visit. Developed in the shadow of the Apollo Moon mission and using hardware originally built for Apollo, the Skylab space station took the nation's astronauts from space explorer to spaceflight. The program proved that humans can live and work successfully in space.

To many members of the public, Skylab is probably best known for two things - its beginning and its end. During the launch of the Skylab workshop in May 1973, an unexpected problem damaged the station and its way into orbit. And of course, Skylab caught the world's attention in 1979 over the Indian Ocean and Australia and made its furious return.

Sep 30 11:24

The story of New York City’s swimming pools through photographs, 1930-1960

New Yorkers have been taking the plunge in the Big Apple since the late 1800s, when the state legislature passed a law mandating free bathrooms in cities with populations of more than 50,000.

The state believed that it was necessary to provide bathing facilities for families in overcrowded homes, where hygiene issues were a major concern. Swimming pools' predecessors, bathhouses, were initially used for cleaning and therapeutic purposes, but over the years became more geared towards entertainment.

As well as the bathhouses, New York City also claimed "floating baths" along both the East and Hudson Rivers. These wooden baths were filled with river water and protected by pontoons boasting dressing rooms for men and women. However, these beautiful watering holes were short-lived due to the growing concern of river pollution and the limited number of seasons in use.

Sep 30 06:31

Brazil’s Bolsonaro: UK PM has asked for ‘emergency’ food deal

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has requested Brazil for an “emergency” trade deal to provide some food products lacking in the UK, amid concerns about further supply shortages in the market.

“He wants an emergency agreement with us to import some kind of food that is lacking in England,” the Brazilian president said on his weekly webcast to supporters on Friday.

Bolsonaro said he had passed the British premier’s request to Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina, but did not name any particular product.

Sep 27 06:33

Exclusive-Under U.S. Sanctions, Iran and Venezuela Strike Oil Export Deal - Sources

Venezuela has agreed to a key contract to swap its heavy oil for Iranian condensate that it can use to improve the quality of its tar-like crude, with the first cargoes due this week, five people close to the deal said.

As the South American country seeks to boost its flagging oil exports in the face of U.S. sanctions, according to the sources, the deal between state-run firms Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) deepens the cooperation between two of Washington's foes.

One of the people said the swap agreement is planned to last for six months in its first phase, but could be extended. Reuters could not immediately determine other details of the mwpact.

The oil ministries of Venezuela and Iran, and state-run PDVSA and NIOC did not reply to requests for comment.

Sep 26 07:55

Prosecutors in Mexico seeking arrest warrants for more than 30 scientists

Mexico’s scientific community has reacted with outrage after the country’s chief prosecutor requested arrest warrants for 31 scientists, researchers and academics on accusations of organised crime, money laundering and embezzlement – charges that could land them alongside drug cartel kingpins in one of the country’s most notorious lockups.

A judge at the maximum security Altiplano prison – from which Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped in 2015 – denied granting the arrest warrants on Wednesday. But the federal prosecutor immediately announced plans to pursue arrest warrants for the third time.

The university professors have been accused of violating a law that prevents members of an advisory board from receiving money from a government science fund. But that law was passed in 2019, and the scientists got the $2.5m years earlier when it was apparently legal. Those involved have denied the funds were illegal or misused.

Sep 23 06:36

The World's Largest Log Cabin

At the turn of the 20th century, the city of Portland in Oregon, United States, was a major economic center, with a flourishing wheat and flour industry, a unique lumber industry, and a rapidly growing shipping port. Portland claimed the largest flour mill on the Pacific Coast. Its lumber industry was important because of Oregon's vast forest of Douglas fir, western hemlock, red cedar, and large-leaf maple trees. Portland's location at the Willamette's confluence with the Columbia River gives it a deep port accessible to large ships.

Sep 22 05:40

Chile earthquake: Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks South America nation

The quake struck offshore Bio-Bio and 158.88km northwest of Lebu, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) has confirmed. Its epicentre was near Concepcion, Provincia de Concepción, Region del Biobio in Chile. The EMSC added it was at a depth of 2km. Shallow earthquakes are often felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface.

Sep 16 05:51

Election Is Coming Up in Virus-Sanity Nicaragua and the Empire Is Readying Its “Color Revolution” Bag of Tricks

It is an irrefutable fact that the United States orchestrated, financed and unleashed the violent coup attempt in 2018 against the democratically elected FSLN government.

Spokespeople of the U.S. establishment, from former president Trump, extreme right-wing senators and deputies, all the way down the food chain of its formidable ‘regime change’ machinery, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, the CIA, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and, of course, USAID, repeatedly stated their aim was to bring about ‘regime change’ in Nicaragua.

In this connection, the significance of U.S. Nicaraguan proxies is ephemeral and purely utilitarian (does anybody remember Adolfo Calero, Miami-based Contra leader?). Such proxies are activated to sow chaos, violence and confusion to facilitate a U.S.-driven ‘regime change’ intervention, but for the huge U.S. democracy-crushing machine, when plans do not work, its proxies are disposable human assets.

Sep 14 06:01

Single shot of Sputnik V effective against Covid hospitalization & deaths among elderly – Argentine study published by The Lancet

A single dose of the pioneering Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine better protects the elderly against serious Covid-19 infections than a similar regime of certain other leading vaccines, a major new study from Argentina has shown.

The findings were published online by the EClinicalMedicine, which is run by the British peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet.

Sep 09 04:51

Brazil's Independence Day and a protest for FREEDOM!

Sep 08 07:26

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits southwest Mexico

Sep 08 07:08

In world first, bitcoin becomes legal tender in El Salvador

El Salvador on Tuesday became the first country to embrace bitcoin as legal tender, with consumer demand crashing its brand-new cyber "wallet" system even as the currency's value seesawed against the US dollar.

Under the initiative of President Nayib Bukele, Salvadoran consumers can now legally use bitcoin -- along with the US dollar which has been the official currency for two decades -- to pay for any good or service.

Aug 29 05:34

Brazilian President Tells Supporters "Buy A Gun, Damn It" Amid Impending Chaos

Why on Earth would Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tell supporters on Friday that "everyone should buy a rifle"? Is the unstable South American emerging economy, suffering from the virus pandemic, rapid food inflation, and out-of-control poverty about to stumble into further socio-economic chaos?

"Everybody has to buy a rifle, damn it! The armed people will never be enslaved. I know it costs a lot. An idiot says: 'Ah, what you have to buy is beans,' if you don't want to, don't buy the rifle, but do not come to disturb whoever wants to buy it," Bolsonaro told reporters.

Latin American Telesur's Nacho Lemus recorded video of the president telling supporters that "in a country with more than half of the population under food insecurity and in the midst of a new increase in the price of food, gasoline, gas, and electricity" now is the time to buy a gun.

Aug 27 13:14

Massive Indigenous Protests in Brazil Ahead of Landmark Ruling on Land Rights

By Andrea Germanos

Indigenous groups from across Brazil have been protesting this week ahead of an expected Supreme Court decision determining the fate of Indigenous lands in the country and which allies fear could unleash “devastating consequences” for human and environmental rights.

The court said Thursday that the ruling would come next week.

“The Bolsonaro government wants to do away with us. If it was up to [President Jair Bolsonaro] there would be no Indigenous people left in Brazil,” said Xukuru chieftain Ricardo, one of the approximately 6,000 protesters outside the high court in Brasilia Wednesday, reported Agence France-Presse.

Aug 25 08:10

Covid vaccines killed 32,000 people in Brazil, sources say

A Brazilian media outlet with similar online readership to CNN.com is claiming that at least 32,000 people in Brazil have died thus far as a result of getting “vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

Right now, Brazil has authorized the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford shot, as well as Pfizer-BioNTech, Coronavac (also known as Sinovac), Johnson & Johnson (J&J)-Janssen, and Butanvac. Over the course of about five months, these injections have ended tens of thousands of lives.

The 32,000 number being reported is likely an undercount, experts say, because much like how the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) operates here in the United States, many cases of injury and death are never officially logged into the system.

“We are always alerting people to wear masks, wash their hands, use alcohol gel, and avoid crowds,” announced Brazil’s health secretary, still sticking to the script. “Even if we are vaccinated, we can acquire the virus and have complications.”

Aug 23 06:03

The Staggering Death Toll of Mexico’s Drug War

Over the course of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the number of civilian deaths has been staggering. In Afghanistan, more than 26,000 civilians are estimated to have died since the war began in 2001. In Iraq, conservative tallies place the number of civilians killed at roughly 160,500 since the U.S. invasion in 2003. Others have put the total closer to 500,000.

But as U.S. involvement in each nation has dropped off in recent years, killings much closer to home, in Mexico, have steadily, if quietly, outpaced the number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

Aug 22 05:21

Mexico President Would Consider Freeing Drug Lord Jailed for Killing U.S. Agent

Mexico's president on Friday said he was open to freeing drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, jailed for the 1985 murder of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent, on the basis of old age and poor health.

A legendary figure in the drug world and co-founder of the Guadelajara cartel, Felix Gallardo was a pioneer in trafficking large shipments of cocaine to the United States in alliance with the deceased Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

But his empire crumbled after the murder of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, an undercover DEA agent behind a string of successful drug busts. Camarena's killing triggered a large DEA investigation and damaged U.S.-Mexico ties.

In a prison interview aired this week by NBC News, a frail-looking Felix Gallardo, 75, praised leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador "as a man of goodwill" and commended him for fighting social injustice.

Aug 21 05:56

Over 32,000 People Dead in Brazil Following COVID-19 Vaccines According to Official Media Report

A Health Impact News reader from Brazil has alerted us to official media reports stating that during a 5-month period, over 32,000 people in Brazil have died following a COVID-19 injection.

Currently in Brazil, the following vaccines are authorized for use: AstraZeneca/Oxford, Pfizer/BioNTech, Coronavac (also called Sinovac), J&J/Janssen, and Butanvac.

The report was published on uol.com.br, which reportedly has about the same number of pageviews as CNN.com, according to data from SimilarWeb. It is so big, that ICANN has given its own domain: .uol.

Aug 21 05:31

Bolivia charges ex-President Anez with ‘genocide’ over death of protesters in 2019

Bolivia’s former interim president, Jeanine Anez, has been charged with genocide and other crimes over the deaths of 20 people who protested the ousting of the country’s longtime socialist leader, Evo Morales, in 2019.

The charges against Anez, who seized power in the Latin American nation for a year, have been “provisionally classified as genocide, serious and minor injury, and injury followed by death,” Attorney General Juan Lanchipa announced on Friday.

According to Bolivian law, the ex-president could face 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

The accusations relate to two rallies in the town of Sacaba near the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba and the town of Senkata in the El Alto area outside the capital, La Paz in November 2019, in which 20 demonstrators were killed and dozens more injured in clashes with security forces.

Aug 16 09:13

And so it begins – Thousands of cattle are literally dropping dead from starvation in Northern Mexico

A lot of people didn’t think that it would ever come to this. Many simply assumed that conditions would return to “normal” eventually and that everything would work out just fine somehow. But here in the middle of 2021, everything is definitely not fine. In fact, cows are literally dropping dead from starvation in northern Mexico in very large numbers. This isn’t the sort of thing that is supposed to happen in North America.

Aug 15 07:09

Brazil’s Corn Farmers Face Devastating Drought, Frost

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Famine is coming!

Aug 14 05:45

Lima Group Loses Lima

The Canadian instigated Lima Group has been dealt a probably fatal blow that ought to elicit serious discussion about this country’s foreign policy. But, don’t expect the media or politicians to even mention it.

In a likely death knell for a coalition seeking to overthrow the Venezuelan government, Peru’s new Foreign Affairs Minister called the Lima Group the country’s “most disastrous” ever foreign policy initiative. Héctor Béjar said, “the Lima Group must be the most disastrous thing we have done in international politics in the history of Perú.”

Two days after Béjar’s statement St Lucia’s external affairs minister, Alva Baptiste, declared: “With immediate effect, we are going to get out of the Lima Group arrangement – that morally bankrupt, mongoose gang, we are going to get out of it because this group has imposed needless hardship on the children, men and women of Venezuela.”

Aug 13 12:15

Brazil's Bolsonaro defeated over printed ballot proposal

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has suffered a defeat in Congress, after his plan to change the current electronic voting system in elections to one with a paper trail failed.

The proposal fell well short of the three-fifth majority required for a constitutional amendment.

Mr Bolsonaro, who is planning to run for a second term next year, says the current system is open to fraud.

The electoral tribunal has dismissed the allegation as "disinformation".

Aug 11 07:47

Frost Bites Brazilian Sugar Crop As Prices Zoom Higher 

Brazil's top producing regions for coffee, oranges, and sugar have been devastated by the worst weather in decades and could leave a lasting impact on prices, according to Bloomberg.

The South American country is one of the world's leading coffee, sugar, and orange producers experienced a cold snap and drought this growing season in the Center-South area that has significantly damaged crops.

We have focused on coffee and orange markets and how prices are sloping higher after harvest output will likely come in well below average.

Now we're setting our eyes on the sugar market, where losses in production, exacerbated by an already tight global supply, is fueling higher prices that may be sticking around for the next 18 months.

Aug 11 07:20

Soaring Number of Nicaraguans Seek Refuge in Costa Rica Amid Domestic Crackdown

Costa Rica received the highest number of refugee applications from Nicaraguans in July since the 2018 protests in Nicaragua, according to Costa Rican government data, following a wave of arrests against opponents of President Daniel Ortega in June.

There were 5,379 refugee requests by Nicaraguans submitted in July, Costa Rica's migration agency told Reuters, triple the May figure.

The spike came as the Nicaraguan government arrested some 30 activists and political opponents, including potential candidates in the November presidential election.

The July figures also top the requests made in the same month of 2018, when thousands of Nicaraguans fled to the neighboring Central American nation amid a crackdown on protests that began in April of that year and left more than 300 dead.

Aug 10 07:31

Brazil Faces 10 Million Bag Loss Of Coffee: Preliminary Assessment

A wicked cold snap and massive drought in July have devastated Brazil's coffee belt. According to Bloomberg, preliminary reports show the South American country may lose millions of bags of arabica coffee.

A formal damage report of Brazil's coffee belt is due in the coming weeks. The government report is set to show up to ten million bags (each bag weighing 132 pounds) of arabica coffee, or one-third of annual purchases by the U.S. may have been damaged.

Aug 05 05:54

Mexico Sues US Gun Makers For "Arming The Drug Cartels" In Unprecedented Federal Filing

"Guns don't kill people, the cartels do..." or so we thought. Perhaps we could add corrupt government and police officials do too, by facilitating or turning a blind eye to the soaring violence which has long made Mexico rank within the top 20 most dangerous countries in the world based on murder rate.

But apparently Mexico officials think it's in reality the US gun companies to blame for fueling the violence with their products. Bloomberg reports Wednesday, "Mexico filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court Wednesday against Smith & Wesson Brands Inc., Glock Inc., Sturm, Ruger & Co. and other major gun manufacturers, accusing them of contributing to gang violence south of the border."

The companies stand accused of wreaking havoc in Mexican society "by persistently supplying a torrent of guns to the drug cartels," according to the civil suit filed in a Massachusetts federal district court.

Aug 04 13:10

Mexico Launches $10-Billion Lawsuit Against U.S. Gun Makers

Taking a page from gun control activists, the Mexican government is now suing several U.S. gun companies in federal court in an attempt to pin the blame for cartel violence on American-made firearms. Smith & Wesson, Glock, Barrett Firearms, Colt, Sturm Ruger, and Beretta are all named in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Boston on Wednesday, which alleges that the companies are making guns that they know will end up in the hands of drug cartel members south of the border. -- The Mexican president won’t declare war on the drug cartels, but instead he’s declaring war on U.S. firearms manufacturers. It would be nice if we had an administration that would push back, perhaps with sanctions on the country for failing to stop the cartels from exporting drugs to the United States, but with Biden in the White House its far more likely that the administration will end up rooting for the Mexican government to see success in our federal courts.

Aug 03 10:28

Drought, Frost Plunge Brazil's Second Corn Yields To Decade Low

An agriculture nightmare plays out in Brazil as drought and frost cause second corn yields in the country's center-south to hit their lowest level in 10 years. Crop losses due to unfavorable weather may result in shortages and persistent food inflation due to Brazil is a top player in global corn production.

Reuters, citing a new report via agribusiness consultancy AgRural, said drought then frosts destroyed much of the crop this year. Brazilian farmers expect to harvest around 51.6 million tons of corn, down 19 million from last season's 70.5 million.

Aug 03 09:10

Colombians mourn after deadly protests as Amnesty cites ‘unlawful repression’

Nicolás Guerrero, a 26-year-old artist from the Colombian city of Cali, took to the streets on 2 May to protest against the lack of opportunities he saw in his country. He had started a family in Spain that he had hoped one day to bring to South America. But later that night, after riot police launched a brutal crackdown, his near-lifeless and bloody body was strewn across the pavement, with bullet wounds in his head and neck. He died hours later in hospital.

Aug 03 08:47

Biden Puts Nation at Risk of COVID With Border Wide Open

Political media has buzzed nonstop with stories about the new ‘delta’ variant of COVID. The Biden administration has started backtracking on freedom from face masks.

How are Americans supposed to believe the Biden administration is serious about the risks as thousands of potentially unvaccinated people come across our southern border every week?

The scene in La Joya, Texas, right now is surreal.

Spencer Brown writes at Townhall:

As President Biden, his CDC, and other officials in the administration continue to push for more restrictions in response to the Delta variant of the Wuhan coronavirus, they turn a blind eye to the growing public health threat posed by COVID-positive illegal immigrants.

Aug 03 07:16

The Saga Continues: Venezuela’s 31 tonnes of seized gold at the Bank of England

In what’s becoming one of the longest running legal dramas in the global gold market, the saga of Venezuela’s ‘frozen’ gold in London continues to roll on, most recently reaching the UK Supreme Court in a 4 day court hearing between 19 – 22 July.

At the core of the legal drama is the question of who has the authority to withdraw Venezuela’s gold reserves which are stored in custody at the Bank of England. Is it the Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV) under the direction of de facto president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, or is it a team directed by self-styled interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaidó, who is backed by the US and UK governments. Given the multiple developments in this saga over the last few years and the complexity of the matter, a recap is in order.

Aug 02 02:54

Freak Weather Events And Drought Are Devastating Agricultural Production All Over The Globe

Did you know that Brazil just had snow for the first time in 64 years?  Millions of Brazilians were absolutely thrilled to experience real snow for the very first time in their lives, but the freakishly low temperatures have hit agricultural production really hard at a very sensitive moment.  Brazil is one of the largest exporters of corn in the entire world, and at this point corn production is expected to be way below original projections.  But for many Americans, the fate of the Arabica bean crop is of far more interest.  Higher coffee prices would affect millions upon millions of Americans on a daily basis, and that is why so many people are freaking out about the fact that coffee prices are really starting to spike…

Jul 31 07:26

Mexico won’t be ‘hostage’ to Big Pharma, president says, as internet predicts trouble after country rejects Covid jabs for kids

Social media users have theorized that President Andres Manuel López Obrador could face severe repercussions after he refused to purchase Covid vaccines for children, vowing that Mexico wouldn’t bow to pressure from drugs firms.

In remarks made earlier this week, the Mexican leader said his government was still waiting for the scientific community to demonstrate the benefits of vaccinating minors. Until conclusive evidence was provided, Mexico would refuse to purchase jabs for children, Obrador announced, adding that pharmaceutical firms seemed to be focused more on making profits than on ensuring medical necessity as they rake in record sales from Covid-19 vaccines.

Mexico will not be held hostage by pharmaceutical companies that only want to do business and scare children with the idea that it is necessary to vaccinate against Covid-19.

Jul 30 07:10

Historic: it snowed in Brazil and temperatures could be the lowest in 65 years

The historic wave of polar cold that is passing through southern Brazil left an almost unprecedented surprise for the region: a snowfall in at least 13 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which left white blankets on the ground and generated dozens of photos and videos that quickly went viral on social media.

// The new president of Peru announced that young people who neither study nor work will have to do military service

The unusual weather phenomenon is related to a large polar air mass that entered during the last hours. In this sense, some meteorologists had already warned about the low temperatures that would hit the region.

“The cold air mass has the potential to be one of the most intense of this century to reach the (Brazilian) national territory, in a climate scenario conducive to extreme cold events,” they explained from the MetSul site, one of the main generators of meteorological information content in the region.

Jul 29 06:12

‘Independent’ Mexico has every right to send aid to Cuba in defiance of ‘inhumane’ US sanctions, president says

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has scoffed at the notion that Mexico should honor a US-imposed embargo on Cuba, as his country sends aid to the island in defiance of Washington’s suffocating economic restrictions.

Defending his decision to fuel shipments and other humanitarian aid to Cuba, Obrador said on Tuesday that US sanctions on the socialist state were “inhumane,” and that “independent” Mexico was well within its rights to defy the unilaterally imposed embargo.

Earlier this week, a Mexican cargo ship loaded with 100,000 barrels of diesel fuel set sail for Cuba. The Mexican government said the fuel would be used to provide power for Cuban hospitals.

Two additional vessels loaded with medical supplies and food embarked in the following days. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry described the shipments as humanitarian assistance aimed at helping Cuba overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 29 05:26

New Mexican Vigilante Group's Sympathizers Set Fire to Government Offices, Businesses

Mexican villagers sympathizing with a new indigenous self-defense group torched government offices, businesses and houses in a remote mountainous region in southern Chiapas state this week, protesting rampant insecurity in the area.

The violence in the indigenous Tzotzil community of Pantelhó late on Monday and early on Tuesday came less than two weeks after a group of hooded men, calling themselves El Machete, took up arms in nearby Chenalhó to confront drug-trafficking gangs. It was unclear how many members El Machete has.

Jul 29 05:24

Mexico says officials spent $61 million on Pegasus spyware

Mexico’s top security official said Wednesday that two previous administrations spent $61 million to buy Pegasus spyware that has been implicated in government surveillance of opponents and journalists around the world.

Public Safety Secretary Rosa Icela Rodríguez said records had been found of 31 contracts signed during the administrations of President Felipe Calderón in 2006-2012 and President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012-18. Some contracts may have been disguised as purchases of other equipment.

The government said many of the contracts with the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group were signed with front companies, which are often used in Mexico to facilitate kickbacks or avoid taxes.

Last week, the government's top anti-money laundering investigator said officials from the two previous administrations had spent about $300 million in government money to purchase spyware. But that figure may reflect all spyware and surveillance purchases, or may include yet-unidentified contracts.

Jul 28 05:26

Orange Juice Futures Soar Amid 'Frost Threats' In Brazil

Brazil's top growing regions for coffee, sugar, and oranges are expected to see another round of frost later this week. A cold snap last week sent coffee futures to a seven-year high. Now orange juice futures are skyrocketing.

Brazil is the world's leading orange juice producer. There are concerns about widespread frost Friday and Saturday in the southernmost regions of south Minas Gerais state could damage citrus trees.

Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc, told Bloomberg that frost later this week "would damage some trees" in the Minas Gerais state. Below are Friday morning forecast temperatures hovering around freezing.

Jul 22 12:10

Colombians to Resume Protests Against President Duque

Defense Ministry will deploy 6,000 police officers and 2,700 troops over Bogota city.

Colombia's National Strike Committee (NSC) called on citizens to take to the streets on Tuesday to protest against President Ivan Duque and support ten bills aimed at fighting the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The July 20 protest, which coincides with the celebrations of the Independence Day, will encompass 35 peaceful sit-ins, marches, and cultural activities.

NSC called on Colombians to demonstrate with helmets, masks, and shields to protect themselves from the Mobile Anti-Riots Squadron (ESMAD), which has been blamed for serious human rights violations.

Jul 22 06:19

New Self-Defense Militia Appears in Chiapas, Mexico to Fight Organized Crime

Just like the Zapatista rebels before them, the indigenous people of Chiapas state in southern Mexico have taken up arms, though this time they said it was to beat back the organized crime gangs plaguing their communities.

Dozens of armed, hooded people belonging to a group called 'El Machete' marched over the weekend in the streets of Pantelho in the mountains of Chiapas - a first public act.

In appearance, the group resembles the hooded Zapatistas, who sparked world headlines when they emerged from the jungle in 1994, seizing towns and clashing with security forces to demand indigenous rights.

Jul 21 05:32

Mexico Puts Military in Charge of Customs Operations

Mexico’s president said Friday he is putting the army in charge of customs at border crossings and seaports to combat corruption and the massive smuggling of drugs and precursor chemicals.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made the announcement during a visit to the Pacific coast port of Manzanillo, where some of the biggest multi-ton shipments of drug and illicit chemicals have been seized over the last decade.

It was the latest in a series of new roles that López Obrador has entrusted to the nation’s armed forces, which are now involved in everything from construction of government projects to running tree nurseries.

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