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Prominent opposition activist in embassy refuge flees Venezuela and is expected in Spain

Sunday, October 25th 2020 - 08:30 UTC Leopoldo Lopez has been holed up at the Spanish ambassador’s residence since a failed military uprising aimed at ousting President Nicolás Maduro Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist…

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    Guinean Authorities Announce Conde’s Victory In Elections

    Guinea-Conakry’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced on Saturday the victory of President Alpha Conde in the elections of October 18 with 59.49% of the votes, against 33.50% of his rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo, whose party had already denounced "large-scale fraud". RELATED: Guinea Voted in Contested Elections Amid Protests, COVID-19 The president of the commission, Cabinet…

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      ‘Not just numbers’: The women disappearing in Peru

      By Lise Josefsen Hermann and Florence GoupilLima, PeruPublishedduration3 hours agoimage copyrightFlorence Goupilimage captionCinthia Estrada's sister Marleny disappeared in JulyCinthia Estrada Bolívar remembers the day her family received a phone call from the community kitchen which her 29-year-old sister Marleny co-ordinated in the Peruvian capital, Lima. It was 16 July and Marleny had not turned up…

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        Bolivia: Luis Arce Calls for OAS Almagro’s Resignation

        Bolivia's President-elect Luis Arce has joined growing calls for the resignation of OAS chief Luis Almagro. In an interview with La Razon, a Bolivian newspaper, Arce said that Almagro must go for 'ethical and moral reasons' following the discredited OAS report of 2019 that indivated that there had been electoral fraud under the last government of Evo Morales. RELATED: Puebla…

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          Bolivia’s Social Movements Hold Massive Victory Celebration

          Social movements from around the country have descended on the city of El Alto, to attend the official celebration for the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism - Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of Peoples (MAS-IPSP). RELATED: Bolivia's TSE Declares Luis Arce the Elected President It was called the "Grand cultural party for the recuperation…

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            Chile’s Plebiscite Is a Trend in Social Networks Since 2019

            The Catholic University of Valparaiso, in Chile, revealed that since October 18, 2019, the day the social explosion started in that country, the constitutional debate became the great topic of interest of social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. RELATED: Chile to Mark the First Anniversary of its Social Outbreak To date, 221 different…

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              Venezuela opposition figure Leopoldo López leaves Spanish embassy

              Publishedduration2 hours agoimage copyrightReutersimage captionLeopoldo López, a Harvard-educated former mayor, was arrested in 2014 and charged with inciting violent protestsLeading Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo López has left Spain's embassy in Caracas after seeking refuge there in April 2019 and secretly fled the country, his family says.His father said Mr López had gone to Colombia and…

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                Colombia: Indigenous Council Cancels Agenda With Government

                Colombia's Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) announced to the national government that it will cancel the agenda established in the framework of the Social Plan for that Department, which included a series of tours of its municipalities in the company of the High Commissioner for Peace, Miguel Ceballos. RELATED: Colombia: Duque Leaves Bogota to…

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                    Brazil’s health regulator allows the import of six million doses of a coronavirus vaccine from China

                    Saturday, October 24th 2020 - 09:16 UTC Eduardo Pazuello had agreed to purchase CoronaVac doses produced locally by the Butantan Institute. Earlier this week, Bolsonaro sparked confusion when he publicly rejected the CoronaVac shot, saying Brazilians would not be used as guinea pigs Brazil's health regulator has authorized the import from China of a potential…

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                        Argentina loves the dollar and has total aversion for its own currency

                        Saturday, October 24th 2020 - 08:25 UTC “You can’t de-dollarize the mentality of a nation simply by cutting its access to dollars,” said liberal economist Javier Milei Argentina’s battle to control its currency is upending South America’s second-largest economy, wreaking havoc on everything from household finances to the production and sale of common goods. Measures…

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                        Chile: How Indigenous People Would Re-Draft the Constitution

                        Close to Chile’s constitutional referendum on October 25, it remains unclear how the Indigenous population will participate in the drafting of the new Carta Magna. To better comprehend this topic, the historian, professor, and author of the book "A proposal for the teaching of Mapuche history" at the University of Chile Juan Carlos Painequeo offers his point of view…

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                        Chile’s choice: Out with the old, in with the new?

                        By Katy WatsonBBC South America correspondentPublishedduration1 hour agoimage copyrightReutersimage captionClashes between the police and protesters often turned violentChile is a country used to earthquakes, but few expected the shake-up in Chilean society that we have seen this past year. In just 12 months, Chile went from being an "oasis of stability", as President Sebastián Piñera…

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                        Palestinians Condemn Agreement Between Sudan, Israel

                        Palestinians have been outraged over the declaration of a normalization agreement between Israel and Sudan under the U.S. sponsorship. The Palestinian Presidency affirmed in a statement its condemnation and rejection of Sudan's decision to normalize relations with Israel that seizes the land of Palestine. "No one has the right to speak on behalf of the…

                        New York, Seattle, Portland Sue Trump Administration

                        The U.S. cities of New York, Seattle and Portland filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging President Donald Trump’s memorandum which orders federal agencies to withhold federal grant dollars from so-called “anarchist jurisdictions,” and the Attorney General’s unlawful designation of the cities as “anarchist.” RELATED:  Iran Does Not Care Who Becomes the Next US President…

                        Trump, Biden To Meet for Final Presidential Debate

                        U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will meet Thursday night for the final presidential debate, offering voters the last look at the Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger facing off each other head-to-head less than two weeks before Election Day. RELATED:  US: The New Trump-Biden Debate Will Have Muted Microphones The…

                        US State Department Approves Nearly $2 Billion Taiwan Arms Sale

                        Among other systems, the State Department’s formal notification to Congress was for 11 truck-based rocket launchers produced by Lockheed Martin Corp called High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HMARS) at the cost of $436.1 million. Other sales include 135 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) Missiles and related equipment made by Boeing, for just…

                        Decolonial School of Caracas Begins October 26

                        The Decolonial School will be a total of five days of forums and debates on the social dynamics and structural inequalities aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, imposed by the civilizational model of modernity, with its racist, patriarchal, and class violence. The organizing committee of this space for training and decolonial debate clarified that those who attend…

                        Mexico reaches water deal with US despite violent protests

                        Publishedduration1 hour agoimage copyrightReutersimage captionHundreds of farmers seized a dam in Chihuahua state last monthMexico has reached a deal to settle its water debts with the US despite widespread protests by Mexican farmers, some of which turned violent.A bilateral treaty signed in 1944 says the two countries must share water sources along their arid border.Mexican…

                        Luis Arce is skeptical about Bolivia’s economic indicators

                        La Paz, Oct 21 (Latin Press) The virtual winner of the presidential elections in Bolivia, Luis Arce, showed on Wednesday his skepticism about the economic indicators that his government will receive after 11 months of the de facto government. Arce, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS)’s candidate, expressed his concern about the current state of the…

                        Puebla Group requests Luis Almagro’s resignation

                        Buenos Aires, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) The Puebla Group requested on Wednesday the resignation of the OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, considering that the crystal-clear fact that his regional leadership is highly questioned due to what happened in the Bolivian elections in 2019. In a statement disclosed on the internet, the Puebla Group points out…

                        People march today in Ecuador against governmnent economic policies

                        Quito, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) Workers, teachers and members of various social organizations in Ecuador will hold a march today in this capital, against decisions of the national government in economic matters. The main cause of protest are the agreements adopted by the Executive with the International Monetary Fund, which imply higher added value tax…

                        US Elections: Voter Suppression Tactics Violate Human Rights

                        As Election Day approaches and early voting has begun in the U.S., a fiery battle over who should vote and how has prompted accusations of voter suppression and human rights violations. RELATED: Elections Financed by the Rich Discourage Citizen Participation What suppressive conditions are voters experiencing to date? 10-hour waits, naked ballots and other strict rules,…

                        Ecuadorians Remember ‘Rebellious October’ With New Protests

                        Ecuador’s progressive political movements, social organizations, and unions will take to the streets on Thursday to reject the economic crisis deepened by President Lenin Moreno, who persists in complying with the policy conditionalities imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). RELATED:  Freedom of Expression Was Restricted in Ecuador, Report Shows The Worker’s Unitary Front (FUT)…

                        Cuba Lost $5.6 Billion Over Last Year Due To the US Blockade

                        Over the last year, the damage caused by the U.S. financial, commercial, and economic blockade against Cuba reached US$5.6 billion, Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced before the United Nations General Assambly on Thursday. RELATED: Oakland, California Calls For Medical Collaboration with Cuba “Accumulated damages over six decades reach the colossal figure of US$144.4 billion…

                        Elections Financed by the Rich Discourage Citizen Participation

                        It is less than 2 weeks until the election here in the United States and already 40 million people have cast their ballots.  RELATED: Iran Does Not Care Who Becomes the Next US President However, there are many social activists who are not enthusiastic about voting because none of the candidates are discussing the issues…

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