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LATIN AMERICA: Newspaper Owners Take Aim at Venezuela

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-01 11:32
CARACAS, Mar 31 (IPS) - The midyear meeting of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), which represents newspaper owners in Latin America, was overshadowed by the antagonistic relationship between the commercial media and the government of Venezuela, where the meeting was held.
Categories: Latin America News

MIGRATION: Brazilians Start Heading to Spain Instead of Portugal

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-01 11:32
LISBON, Mar 31 (IPS) - Portugal’s economic crisis and extremely strict border policing, and the availability of cheaper flights from South America to Madrid, are the main reasons for the increasing number of Brazilians choosing to emigrate to Spain instead of the country with which they share cultural and language ties.
Categories: Latin America News

ARGENTINA: Farm Strike Exposes Fernández’s Weak Flank

IPS Latin America - Sun, 2008-03-30 10:04
BUENOS AIRES, Mar 29 (IPS) - The conflict with the rural associations has highlighted political weaknesses of the new Argentine government of President Cristina Fernández and shown that economic recovery is necessary but not sufficient to remedy latent social tensions.
Categories: Latin America News

HEALTH-BRAZIL: Education, the Only Weapon Against Dengue

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-03-29 09:01
RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 28 (IPS) - After taking a number of emergency measures to combat the current dengue epidemic in Rio de Janeiro, health officials in Brazil have committed themselves to investing in education and awareness-raising in the future, as the only effective means of preventing further outbreaks of the disease.
Categories: Latin America News

EL SALVADOR: Gangs Recruiting Younger and Younger Members

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-03-29 09:01
SAN SALVADOR, Mar 28 (IPS) - Youth gangs in El Salvador are changing their recruitment methods, targeting ever younger potential members in the slum neighbourhoods of the capital, authorities report.
Categories: Latin America News

RIGHTS-COLOMBIA: 15 Soldiers to Be Arrested for Massacre

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-03-29 09:01
BOGOTA, Mar 28 (IPS) - Authorities in Colombia have ordered the arrest of three army officers and 12 non-commissioned officers accused of killing eight adults and three children in the banana-growing region of Urabá on the border with Panama.
Categories: Latin America News

OIL-MEXICO: Floundering in Deep Waters

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-03-29 09:01
MEXICO CITY, Mar 28 (IPS) - Billions of barrels of crude are lying under the deep seabed in the Gulf of Mexico, an area divided between Cuba, the United States and Mexico. But while the first two countries are approaching full commercial exploitation, the third is still trying to come up with a plan.
Categories: Latin America News

PERU: The Price of Mining Competitiveness

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-03-28 08:59
LIMA, Mar 27 (IPS) - Peru has climbed from the 52nd to the 28th position in an international study on competitiveness in the global mining industry, surpassing Brazil, Argentina, Russia, South Africa and Bolivia. But how much is the local population in mineral-rich zones benefiting from the growth in competitiveness, and how does this phenomenon impact the environment?
Categories: Latin America News

ENVIRONMENT-CHILE: Experts Call for Stronger Anti-Smog Measures

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-03-28 08:59
SANTIAGO, Mar 27 (IPS) - "It’s as if we were swimming at a beach unfit for bathing. For four or five months a year, the air is unfit to breathe in the Chilean capital, and the government throws out a lifejacket when people are in difficulties, so that they don’t drown," Patricio Pérez of the University of Santiago told IPS.
Categories: Latin America News

ARGENTINA-BRAZIL: Planned Binational Dam Under Fire

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-03-28 08:59
BUENOS AIRES, Mar 27 (Tierramérica) - Feeling the pressure of rising energy demand, the governments of Argentina and Brazil are taking a fresh look at old plans for the Garabí hydroelectric dam on the Uruguay River, which environmentalists say would endanger the flow of this already highly exploited water source.
Categories: Latin America News

ARGENTINA: The Return of the "Cacerolazo"

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-03-27 08:47
BUENOS AIRES, Mar 26 (IPS) - Thousands of middle-class Argentines took to the streets late Tuesday in a "cacerolazo" or pot-banging protest, this time against the centre-left government of President Cristina Fernández, showing that the methods learned in the crisis that broke out in late 2001 are still alive.
Categories: Latin America News

LATIN AMERICA: ‘Christians Should Take Poverty and Justice Seriously’

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-03-27 08:47
SAN SALVADOR, Mar 26 (IPS) - Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff arrived in El Salvador on Easter Sunday, the eve of the 28th anniversary of the assassination of Monsignor Oscar Romero by a sniper on Mar. 24, 1980, while he was celebrating mass.
Categories: Latin America News

BOLIVIA: Government, Opposition Clash in Cooking Oil War

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-03-27 08:47
LA PAZ, Mar 26 (IPS) - The latest clash between the Bolivian government and conservative opposition forces is over a temporary government ban on exports of cooking oil, in response to domestic price hikes.
Categories: Latin America News

RIGHTS-PERU: Terrorist Supporters or Victims of Witch Hunt?

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-03-27 08:47
LIMA, Mar 26 (IPS) - Peru’s counter-terrorism police dismantled the local chapter of the Continental Bolivarian Committee (CCB-CP) and arrested its members on charges of supporting terrorism and having ties to Colombia’s guerrillas.
Categories: Latin America News

CUBA: Women Talk to Women about HIV/AIDS Prevention

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-03-27 08:47
PINAR DEL RÍO, Cuba, Mar 26 (IPS) - Prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, the AIDS virus, has become the centre of the lives of a small group of women in the province of Pinar del Río, in the west of Cuba.
Categories: Latin America News

HEALTH-PARAGUAY: Vaccination, Anyone?

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-03-26 08:35
ASUNCION, Mar 25 (IPS) - Now that the panic that broke out after the reappearance of yellow fever in Paraguay for the first time in 34 years has died down, health authorities are facing the challenge of expanding vaccination against the disease.
Categories: Latin America News

BRAZIL-SPAIN: This Country Reserves the Right of Admission

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-03-26 08:35
RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 25 (IPS) - Increasing numbers of Brazilians are being refused entry at Spanish airports, sometimes in humiliating fashion, as the influx of Brazilian immigrants to Europe grows, and the deportations are causing diplomatic friction between the two countries.
Categories: Latin America News

BRAZIL: Growing Foreign Appetite for Land

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-03-25 08:10
RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 24 (IPS) - It is a question of "national sovereignty, not xenophobia," said the president of Brazil’s land reform agency, INCRA, explaining the need to regulate foreign land ownership in Brazil.
Categories: Latin America News

ECONOMY-COSTA RICA: ‘U.S. Crisis Will Affect Growth, Exports, Tourism’

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-03-25 08:10
SAN JOSÉ, Mar 24 (IPS) - The possibility of a recession in the United States is already causing repercussions in Costa Rica, where exports and the value of real estate in tourist areas are expected to contract, according to the president of the country’s Central Bank, Francisco de Paula.
Categories: Latin America News

BOLIVIA: Coca Leaf Defended by Growers, Scientists… and Taxi Drivers

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-03-25 08:10
LA PAZ, Mar 24 (IPS) - "They will have to kill us to make us stop planting coca," Bolivian coca grower Luis Mamani told IPS in response to a call from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) to prohibit traditional uses of the plant like coca leaf chewing.
Categories: Latin America News
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