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Brazil: Militarised Election Campaign

September 23, 2008 Mario Osava 0

 (IPS) – Rio de Janeiro will be the most fiercely contested city in Brazil’s upcoming local elections, with an average of 25 candidates for every seat on its municipal councils, and dozens of poor neighbourhoods […]

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Bad News From Haiti: U.S. Press Misses the Story

September 23, 2008 Dan Beeton 0

Anti-Occupation Protests

Protests in Haiti over high food prices have dominated U.S. media coverage of the country in recent months. While these reports have drawn international attention to an urgent situation, they have often lacked proper context. Haiti’s problems did not suddenly arise, yet the media began paying attention to them only after the food protests erupted in April, especially after six people were killed and the prime minister, Jacques-Edouard Alexis, was forced out of office. […]

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An Open Letter to the U.S. State Department Regarding Recent Violence in Bolivia

September 22, 2008 Various Authors 0

Evo Morales

Since the democratic election of Evo Morales in December 2005, the U.S. government has sent millions of dollars in aid to departmental prefects and municipal governments in Bolivia. Last year, the U.S. Agency for International Development spent $89 million of U.S. taxpayer money in the Andean country. At least some of these funds have ended up in the hands of opposition groups linked to recent anti-government violence. A group of Latin America experts have called on the U.S. government to publicly disclose USAID’s funding portfolio. […]

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Peru: Buried But Not Forgotten on International Day of the Disappeared

September 18, 2008 C. Edward Anable 0

Photo: Alain Wittman

On a cold December night in 1984 in Putis, Peru more than 100 men, women, and children were forced to dig their own graves before being executed with automatic weapons and then buried in shallow earth. What is not known are the identities of the victims or who ordered the massacres or why. Almost 24 years later at least one of these questions has begun to be answered. […]

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