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Signs of lasting trauma in people evicted to make way for giant mine in Ecuador

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Battles with the government and army over land and mining rights has caused indigenous Shuar people long-term psychological damage, report says Months after they were evicted from their homes to make way for a mine, almost half the population of an Ecuadorian village is suffering from psychological damage, experts have said. Psychiatrists found 42% of the indigenous Shuar people of Tsuntsuim village suffering from mental health problems and trauma. Many of the villagers had been involved in violent confrontations with Ecuadors military as they were removed from their homes. The mental ordeal has manifested itself in depression, severe headaches, insomnia, […]

Venezuelans Line Up for Local Votes Seen as Referendum on Maduro

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Venezuelans have become used to lines for increasingly valueless cash and scarce food. On Sunday, they lined up to show their anger at the polls. Voters are choosing governors in all 23 of Venezuela’s states, with opponents of President Nicolas Maduro widely expected to win in areas long dominated by his socialist regime. After months of bloody protests that rocked the capital of Caracas, election day began in relative calm despite claims that Maduro’s allies were trying to sway the vote by causing delays and relocating voting stations at the last minute. Carmen Paredes, a 40-year-old university professor, spent most […]

Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

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President castigates a small group of rogue regimes and says Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment to the United States Donald Trump has threatened to George W Bushs Axis of Evil State of the Union address more than 15 years earlier, Trump said: The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes. If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, the president said. He first singled out his newly adopted epithet for Kim Jong-un, Trump said: Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. He said […]

Che Guevara’s legacy still contentious 50 years after his death in Bolivia

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The remote village where the Argentina-born revolutionary was executed is now a tourist attraction but the fortunes of his regional political heirs are on the wane On 3 November 1966, a middle-aged Uruguayan businessman named Adolfo Mena Gonzlez touched down in La Paz, Bolivia. He took a hotel suite overlooking the snowbound heights of Mount Illimani, and photographed himself overweight, balding, lit cigar in his mouth in the mirror. In reality, however, he was none other than Ernesto Che Guevara the Argentina-born revolutionary who helped topple Cubas US-backed dictator, lectured the United States from a UN lectern, penned treatises on […]

Land grab in Amazon jungle threatens dispossession, violence and murder

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President Temer is courting the mining companies and their political backers by breaking into pristine rainforest On 23 August it emerged that the president of Brazil, Michel Temer, had issued a decree abolishing the protected status of an immense area of the corruption charges and needing political allies. There are more than 30 registered political parties in Brazil, and to get anything done in Congress they form bancadas (benches or coalitions). One of the most powerful is the bancada ruralista, consisting of powerful, wealthy agribusiness interests (mostly cattle and soya) together with those who represent mining and other extractive industries. […]

Downward spiral: how Venezuelas symbol of progress became political prisoners hell

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The dizzying spiral structure in central Caracas was conceived in the 1950s as a monument to a nations confidence but now its crumbling shell houses a notorious political prison. Is El Helicoide a metaphor for modern Venezuela? Spiralling up a hill in the heart of Caracas is a playful, ambitious building that once embodied Venezuelas dreams of modernity, power and influence, and was fted by Salvador Dal and Pablo Neruda. Today, its crumbling concrete shell houses the headquarters of Venezuelas intelligence services and the countrys most notorious political prison. It has become a symbol of national decay, bankrupt dreams and […]

Mexico City hit by fresh panic as aftershock rocks buildings

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Tremor comes days after earthquake that killed more than 300 A powerful aftershock has caused panic as buildings again swayed in Mexico City just days after more than 300 were killed by the countrys deadliest earthquake for a generation. Rescue and clean-up efforts were temporarily suspended on Saturday amid fears that unstable structures could collapse, causing further anguish for dozens of families whose relatives are still missing under the rubble. Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless and entire areas rendered uninhabitable by last Tuesdays devastating 7.1-magnitude tremor. The earthquake wreaked havoc in parts of the capital, which […]

Corrupt Brazilian tycoon among applicants for Portugal’s golden visas

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Leaked documents also show relatives of an Angolan politician accused of bribery bought access to Europe via Portugal Business executives implicated in a Brazilian corruption scandal and relatives of an Angolan politician who has been accused of bribery have secretly bought access to Europe via the government of Portugal. A businessman sentenced to 18 years under house arrest and the former president of a scandal-ridden construction conglomerate are also among those named in a leaked document as having paid hundreds of thousands of euros in their pursuit of a golden visa in Portugal. The news follows Europe under EU rules. […]

Hunger eats away at Venezuelas soul as its people struggle to survive

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The Maduro regime denies its once oil-rich country is in crisis. But on the streets the desperation cannot be hidden Hunger is gnawing at Venezuela, where a government that claims to rule for the poorest has left most of its 31million people short of food, many desperately so. As night falls over Caracas, and most of the citys residents lock their doors against its ever more violent streets, Adriana Velsquez gets ready for work, heading out into an uncertain darkness as she has done since hunger forced her into the only job she could find at 14. She was introduced […]

Venezuelan President Maduro: ‘Why are they sanctioning me?’

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Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro lashed out at the United States on Monday night after President Trump called him a “dictator” and US officials slapped the leader with sanctions over a controversial election. Maduro said Trump is “making the biggest mistake of his life in messing” with the country. But National Assembly President Julio Borges tweeted that the claim of 8 million voters was almost triple the actual turnout and marked “the biggest electoral fraud in our history.” The National Electoral Council hasn’t announced the formal results, but since the opposition boycotted the election and didn’t put up any […]
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