South America

Venezuelan state oil firm to strike deals using national cryptocurrency
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the country’s state energy company PDVSA to close some of its purchase and sale deals using the national commodity-backed digital currency ‘petro.’ The country’s oil ministry tweeted the president’s directive, which also applies to Venezuelan state-run conglomerate CVG, w [...]
Ratings War: After Syria and N Korea, Washington May Strike Closer to Home
While Syria and North Korea remain the focus of worldwide attention, the US continues to exert considerable pressure on "undesired regimes" in Latin America, Russian scholar Igor Pshenichnikov writes, wondering who will become Washington's next "target." [...]
Brazil Coup Government Wins Gold for ‘Total Destruction’ of Social Security
As the 2016 Olympic Games kicks off in Rio, Radio Sputnik discusses with Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, the head of Middlesex University's Centre for Brazilian and Latin American Studies, developments in the ongoing coup against suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Talking about the roots of the ongoing impeachment process wi [...]
Dirty War Files Show How Clinton Ally Kissinger Backed Regime of Terror
Newly declassified papers on the U.S. government's role in Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War" have been released, detailing—among other things—how former secretary of state Henry Kissinger stymied attempts to end mass killings of dissidents. [...]
Overpowered: Too much solar electricity makes Chile give it away for free
Chile’s main solar power plants are supplying so much electricity that they have to give it away for free or face prices going down. The glut has been driven by the country’s booming copper industry. Chile’s growing energy demand has prompted the development of 29 solar farms to supply the central grid. [...]
Families of Death Squad Victims Allowed to Sue Chiquita Executives
In what supporters described as "a victory for accountability for corporate crimes," a U.S. judge ruled in favor of allowing Colombians to sue former Chiquita Brand International executives for the company's funding of a paramilitary group that murdered plaintiffs' family members. [...]
Call It a ‘Coup’: Leaked Transcripts Detail How Elite Orchestrated Overthrow in Brazil
Confirming suspicions that the ouster of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is, in fact, a coup designed to eradicate a wide corruption probe, Brazil's largest newspaper on Monday published damning evidence of a "national pact" between a top government official and oil executive. [...]
Regime change in Latin America: Why Russia is concerned?
A Russian diplomatic call to outlaw the US-sponsored policy of “regime change” is timelier than ever following recent events in Latin America. The developments there are now routinely described as ‘institutional’ coups d’état, with popular presidents removed from power and replaced by neoliberal functionaries, enjo [...]
‘Made in USA’: 3 key signs that point to Washington’s hand in Brazil’s ‘coup’
As Brazil’s left-wing president, Dilma Rousseff, has been suspended from office to face trial for disregarding budget laws, details have emerged on key figures involved in what Rousseff supporters are calling a coup, hinting at a covert plot involving Washington. [...]
US Waging ‘Geopolitical Warfare’ Against China, Russia in Bolivia – Morales
The United States doesn't want to see Chinese and Russian companies operating in Bolivia, and has instructed Washington-supported opposition forces to try and stop them, says Bolivian President Evo Morales, citing the recent scandal around China's CAMC Engineering Co, which managed to unfairly [...]
‘Jesus was a left-winger’ – Uruguay ex-president Mujica to RT
The Gracchus brothers of Rome, Indian Emperor Ashoka, and Jesus were all left-wingers, former Uruguayan president José Mujica told RT, as he shared a fascinating history lesson on the constant struggle between liberal and conservative ideas. [...]
Venezuela Passes Law Banning GMOs, by Popular Demand
The National Assembly of Venezuela, in its final session before a neoliberal dominated opposition takes the helm of legislative power on January 5, passed one of the most progressive seed laws in the world on December 23, 2015; it was promptly signed into law by President Nicolas Maduro. [...]
Argentina’s Kirchner: ‘Putin is global leader in fighting terrorism’
Russian President Vladimir Putin plays a key role in fighting global terrorism, his Argentinian counterpart Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner told RT, after speaking with the Russian leader on Wednesday. The two presidents held a video conference to mark 130 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and discussed [...]
US going after Russia, Venezuela as it loses global influence – Maduro to RT
Washington is losing its weight in the international arena and this makes it target Russia and Venezuela, as well as attempt to curtail China’s growth, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told RT's Spanish-language channel in an exclusive interview. In March, the US declared Venezuela a threat to its national security wh [...]
Argentina sues 3 UK oil exploration firms amid Falklands/Malvinas tensions
Argentina has pressed ahead with its threat to sue three UK oil exploration firms operating in British owned waters it claims as its own, according to the country's Falklands minister. At a press conference in London, Daniel Filmus announced that an Argentine judge would be taking on the case, which will also see legal action [...]

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