Friday, September 25th 2009 - 10:46 UTC

Brazilian Senate president family again caught red-handed

Senator Jose Sarney, crucial ally of President Lula da Silva

Brazilian president Lula da Silva’s main ally in the Senate, Jose Sarney is again on the “corruption” spotlight following the release of incriminating tapes, this time involving his son Fernando Sarney.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 09:53 UTC

PM Brown denies rebuffed requests for a one-to-one meeting with Obama

“Kitchen-talk” with Obama is good enough

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown denied Thursday reports of a rift with Barack Obama following reports that Washington repeatedly rebuffed requests for a one-to-one meeting with the US president.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 02:09 UTC

Catholic Church blasts “irritating” Argentine government numbers on poverty

The economy is cooling, unemployment is up but poverty is down, according to the Kirchner administration

Argentina’s Catholic Church considers “irritating” the argument that poverty had diminished in the country when it is plain evidence that this is not the case, “rather the contrary”. It is indignant for Argentina that the system should consider the excluded as “a variable of political success”.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 00:46 UTC

South America-Africa Summit to address energy and cooperation

The meeting is hosted by Venezuela in the Caribbean island of Margarita

Margarita Island, in north-eastern Venezuela, has geared up for the upcoming second South America-Africa Summit (SAAS), which will take place on Saturday and Sunday hosted by President Hugo Chavez.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 00:19 UTC

Social Democracy Is Working In Brazil, Chile and Uruguay

Jorge Lanzaro is Professor at the Institute of Political Science at Universidad de la República in Uruguay

Amongst the different leftist governments in Latin America, there are new and rather strident populist regimes (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador), which seem to grab all the attention.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 12:12 UTC

Uruguay opposition parties blast Argentine ambassador’s interferences

Ambassador Hernán Patiño, the wrong stage, the wrong moment

Uruguayan opposition parties are demanding Argentine ambassador Hernan Patiño be sanctioned for his active participation in a political rally in support of the ruling Broad Front coalition, an action described as “interference” in Uruguayan internal affairs.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 11:17 UTC

OAS and EU agree on massive diplomatic effort to solve Honduras crisis

OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and Spain’s Foreign Affairs minister Miguel Angel Moratinos

The Organization of American States, OAS, and the European Union agreed Wednesday to send their ambassadors in Honduras back to Tegucigalpa, the city which they left following the June coup that deposed constitutional president Manuel Zelaya.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 10:59 UTC

Peru blasts military expenditure and arms purchases in Latinamerica

How many millions of children could be fed and educated with those funds asked President Alan García

Peruvian president Alan García demanded Wednesday that the Organization of American States, OAS, help contain the arms purchasing spree in Latinamerica, an issue that has created irritation and disputes among several countries of the region.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 09:21 UTC

Lula da Silva calls on international community to reinstate Zelaya

Ban Ki-moon withdraw support for Honduras November presidential election

Brazilian President Lula da Silva said the international community demands the reinstatement of ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya. Addressing the United Nations, Lula da Silva used the situation in Honduras as an example of where greater global political will was needed.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 09:11 UTC

Dutch pilot arrested on charges he flew “death flights” in Argentina

Drugged government opponents were thrown out of airplanes and helicopters during the “death flights”

Spanish authorities have arrested a pilot for Dutch airline Transavia.com on charges he flew “death flights” for Argentina's former military rulers, a Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.


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