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Tag Archives: South America

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 […]

Peruvian Presidential Election Closest in Fifty Years

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Pablo Kuczynski, the leader of the Peruvians for Change Party (UPI), celebrated after election officials announced Kuczynski won a slight majority over Keiko Fujimori (AP). Following the closest presidential election in Peru in fifty years, Kuczynski has called for unity, but Fujimori has yet to concede (AP). With the election differing by .2 points, or […]

Latin American Journalists Describe ‘Trumpismo’

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Although Donald Trump’s campaign style is new to the American political landscape, such approaches to politics are much more familiar to those in Latin America (Wall Street Journal). Media outlets in Latin America have been trying to explain the rise of Donald Trump in the United States to their local audiences by drawing comparisons between […]

Peru Oil Spill

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Two rivers in Peru have been polluted by an oil spill in the Amazonian region due to a rupture in a state-owned pipeline (BBC). It is estimated that more than eight indigenous communities rely on these rivers for drinking water (BBC). The rupture has leaked 3,000 barrels into the rivers and has halted the movement […]