Latin America

Latin America
Monday, August 3rd 2009 - 13:50 UTC

Bolivian president Morales launches the “indigenous autonomy”

Peasant and indigenous communities will be entitled to vote for more autonomy in referendums next December, an issue that has bitterly divided the country.

Bolivia has become the first country in the history of South America to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves. The country's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, launched his so-called “indigenous autonomy” policy in the eastern lowlands.

Monday, August 3rd 2009 - 13:13 UTC

Weapons from 27 different countries found in Colombian terrorist camps

The Colombian government only in 2009 sent out, --through Interpol-- 209 requests on the origin of weapons and explosives.

Weapons captured by the Colombian forces from the terrorist cocaine-funded organization FARC during the last ten years originated in at least 27 different countries and the Colombian government has requested help in finding out how they reached the jungle war.

Sunday, August 2nd 2009 - 12:08 UTC

Argentine/Chilean ministerial summit this week in Buenos Aires

Jorge Taiana will be chairing the meeting

Argentine and Chilean cabinet ministers will be meeting next Thursday in Buenos Aires to advance in the integration process and address an agenda of bilateral issues, according to reports in the Argentine capital.

Sunday, August 2nd 2009 - 12:01 UTC

Venezuela turns off 34 broadcasting stations

New laws from the Chavez regime establish “media crimes” punishable with jail

Radio stations in Venezuela have begun to fall silent in the wake of government orders to some broadcasters to cease operations. The Circuito Nacional Belfort Network, CNB, station in Caracas was among the first to stop broadcasting Saturday morning. At least four other CNB stations also went off the air.

Sunday, August 2nd 2009 - 11:42 UTC

Cuba faces harder times; Castro willing to talk with US about everything

Raul Castro again announced austerity faced with the island’s worst financial crisis since the 1990s.

Cuban President Raul Castro said he remains ready to talk about everything and anything with the United States but that Cuba’s political system was not on the negotiating table.

Sunday, August 2nd 2009 - 11:34 UTC

South America’s nutria, one of the worst invasive species in US wetlands

The nutria is much appreciated in South America for its fur and meagre meat.

Billions of dollars are spent every year in the United States in an attempt to control invasive species. Plants and animals brought legally and illegally into the US have created extensive damage to the ecosystem and the economy.

Saturday, August 1st 2009 - 17:17 UTC

Venezuela Mulls Jail Time for “Media Offenses”

Minister Cabello: “The country demands” that freedom of speech “be regulated.”

The leftist Venezuelan government expressed on Friday its support for the draft legislation that contemplates jail sentences for “media offenses,” an idea denounced by journalists’ associations and media executives.

Saturday, August 1st 2009 - 02:47 UTC

Magallanes region unemployment the lowest in Chile, 4.9%

Women decided to go to work and reduced the gender jobless rate by half.

The unemployment rate in Magallanes region, extreme south of Chile during the second quarter reached 4.9% which is more than double a year ago (2.2%). However it was down 1.4 percentage points from the previous quarter, making it Chile’s region with the lowest rate of jobless, according to the latest report from the country’s Statistics Office.

Friday, July 31st 2009 - 12:12 UTC

Chile, Panama with the highest rate of imprisoned population

Mr. Elias Carranza blames inequality and poverty for much of the region’s criminality

Chile, Panama and Salvador are the three Latinamerican countries with the highest number of imprisoned criminals per 100.000 of population, according to a report from the United Nations Latinamerican institute for crime prevention and treatment of delinquents, INALUD.

Friday, July 31st 2009 - 12:04 UTC

Punta Arenas hosts next week Antarctic science programs summit

Retamales said 26 countries are expected for the Antarctic meeting

Chile will host the next annual meeting of the Council of Managers of Annual Antarctic Programs, CMNAP, which convenes 26 countries, reported the organizers. The host city will be Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile and headquarters of Chile’s Antarctic Institute.

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