Politics

Politics
Saturday, February 26th 2011 - 06:02 UTC

Brazilian judge blocks plans to build world’s third largest dam in the Amazon

The Belo Monte should provide electricity to 23 million homes

A Brazilian judge has blocked plans to build a huge hydro-electric dam in the Amazon rainforest because of environmental concerns. Federal judge Ronaldo Desterro said environmental requirements to build the Belo Monte dam had not been met.

Saturday, February 26th 2011 - 05:57 UTC

BBC ends Spanish broadcasts for Latin America; major role in Falklands war

The service was launched in 1938 to counter Nazi propaganda

The BBC has ended its radio broadcasts in Spanish for Latin America, 73 years after they first went on air. The service faced its greatest challenge during the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina in 1982.

Saturday, February 26th 2011 - 03:12 UTC

U.S. reacts ironically to Timmerman’s advise on contacts with the Argentine press

The Argentine Foreign Affairs minister trying to silence the press on the aircraft incident

Unite States officials said they would continue to claim the US Air Force aircraft cargo seized in Argentina and rejected point blank pressures on embassy officials from Argentina’s Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman to abstain from comments on the issue with the Argentine press.

Saturday, February 26th 2011 - 03:02 UTC

Latin America: Making the Good Times Better

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn

By Dominique Strauss-Kahn - Latin America has enjoyed tremendous economic dynamism and a rising quality of life in recent years. But, faced with new challenges, the question is: how best to sustain this progress?

Friday, February 25th 2011 - 21:53 UTC

Argentine government makes a small gesture towards farmers’ groups

Minister of Economy, Amado Boudou, a rising star in Cristina’s cabinet?

Argentina decreed the dissolution of the controversial ONCCA, (Office for the commercial control of agriculture produce) which was directly involved in market regulation and distribution of subsidies and as such caused much irritation and criticism particularly from farmers’ organizations.

Friday, February 25th 2011 - 21:46 UTC

HMS Gloucester rounds up Falklands patrol with visit to South Georgia

The Fighting G in the turquoise waters of Drygalsky Fjord (LA (Phot) Tel Broughton)

Royal Navy Portsmouth-based Type 42 destroyer HMS Gloucester, which is nearing the end of a seven-month deployment to the South Atlantic, has rounded off her Falkland Islands’ patrol with a visit to South Georgia.

Friday, February 25th 2011 - 21:17 UTC

Milestone victory for US radical conservatives in Wisconsin

Republicans forced the vote in spite of massive and unusual protests in Madison

In what is considered a milestone victory for US radical conservatives the Wisconsin state Assembly approved a Republican proposal to strip public sector unions of most collective bargaining rights despite fierce objections from Democrats and labour unions.

Friday, February 25th 2011 - 21:13 UTC

Argentina names globalization-critic economist as ambassador in France

Aldo Ferrer is an experienced bureaucrat and respected academic

Argentina has appointed economist Aldo Ferrer (84) ambassador to France. The decision was confirmed by the decree 180/2011 which was signed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, on February 22.

Friday, February 25th 2011 - 06:36 UTC

Brazil wants global trade talks, ‘but will not make new concessions’

Foreign Affairs minister Antonio Patriota met with Timothy Geithner

Brazil's Foreign Affairs ministry told U.S. officials on Thursday that Brazil wants global talks at the World Trade Organization to move forward, but can't make any new concessions.

Friday, February 25th 2011 - 06:29 UTC

Half a million Brazilians murdered between 1998 and 2008

Justice minister, Jose Eduardo Cardozo

Brazil is the sixth most murderous country in a list of 100 nations around the world, according to a new study sponsored by the government and released Thursday.

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