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Tag Archives: South America

Brazil’s Senate Approves Amended Uber Bill

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Brazil’s Senate approved legislation regulating ride-hailing phone applications, such as the popular Uber application, on Tuesday. The bill is an amended version of an earlier bill that would have required drivers to use their own cars and register with local municipalities (Reuters 1). After discussing regulations with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, legislators removed those requirements, […]

Mercosur Summit Addresses Venezuela Crisis

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Members of South America’s trading bloc Mercosur called for an end to violence in Venezuela and a restoration of institutional order in the region (Rio Times, LAHT). Venezuela was suspended from Mercosur last December over human rights concerns (Reuters). In a written statement, official Mercosur members, including Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, offered to facilitate […]

Venezuelan Government Seizes General Motors Auto Plant

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The Venezuelan government seized a General Motors factory and other company assets on Wednesday, causing significant damage to the company and its workers (AP). According to a company statement, General Motors will take “all legal actions” to defend its rights against the “illegal judicial seizure of its assets” (Reuters). The seizure came amongst violent protests […]

Latin American Prosecutors Join Forces on Odebrecht Bribes

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Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction firm, is under investigation for corruption. Prosecutors from eleven different Latin American countries have come together to create “the broadest, most rapid and effective cooperation” on the case involving the company (LAP). The Brazilian Attorney General’s Office organized the meeting with law enforcement from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, […]

Referendum to Remove Venezuelan President Delayed

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Seven hundred percent inflation and three straight years of economic hardship have many Venezuelans opposing the current government (Al Jazeera 1). Demands for President Maduro’s resignation sparked massive protests throughout Venezuela. Almost a million protesters flooded the streets of Caracas earlier this month (Al Jazeera 2). On Wednesday, members of the Venezuelan legislature ruled that […]