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Latin America #2

  • Food insecurity in C. America
  • Goldminers in Amazon
  • Argentina fires
  • Future of Operation Car Wash
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Columbia University

Three-quarters of migrants traveling to US through Mexico experience food insecurity

A survey of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico on their way to the United States found that 74 percent of them experienced a degree of food insecurity, ranging from having only one meal to no food at all for one day or longer. Factors associated with more severe food insecurity include more days in active transit, and the experience of illness by the migrant or their travel companion.

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Latin American Herald Tribune

From Plot vs. China to Colombian Virus, Venezuela’s COVID-19 Tales Abound

CARACAS – In Venezuela, where everything is susceptible to being used as some sort of political tool, COVID-19 has been no exception.

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Foreign Policy

Latin America Can’t Survive the Coronavirus Crisis Alone

After ravaging China, Europe, and the United States, the coronavirus is now cutting a swath through Latin America and the Caribbean. In late May, the World Health Organization declared South America “a new epicenter” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with numbers on the rise in the United States once more, South America’s situation remains critical.

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Goldminers overrun Amazon indigenous lands as COVID-19 surges

The miners’ onslaught also poses a serious COVID-19 threat. The virus has so far infected at least 14,647 indigenous people and caused 269 deaths on indigenous lands. Meanwhile, Bolsonaro is pressing for passage of legislation authorizing mining on indigenous lands; presently the bill is stalled in the house of deputies.

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Financial Times ($)

Women get no credit in Latin America

The writer is chief economist at the Inter-American Development Bank and former chairman of Chile’s banking regulatory agency

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The Guardian

‘Everything is burning’: Argentina’s delta fires rage out of control

A raging fire described as “completely out of control” is threatening one of South America’s major wetland ecosystems. The fire has been burning for months now, and is visible from the balconies of luxury apartments along the shoreline of the Paraná River in Argentina’s central city of Rosario

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The Canary

The Venezuelan government’s latest move exposes the falsehoods in the US narrative | The Canary

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro recently confirmed that his government has made contact with Norwegian counterparts so they can resume their role as a mediator in dialogue between his government and Juan Guaidó’s hardline opposition faction. Guaidó is the US-backed leader of the coup in Venezuela. The move shows that there is, and always has been, a peaceful way out of the political conflict that’s been roiling the country since the beginning of the coup attempt in January 2019.

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Associated Press

New crisis in Peru as Congress rejects president’s Cabinet

Peru was left with no government ministers Tuesday after Congress refused to approve President Martin Vizcarra’s recently appointed Cabinet.

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The Economist ($)

The pandemic shuts down a lifeline for Cuba

Although the United States has embargoed Cuba’s economy since the 1960s, the flow of goods, money and people between them has never stopped. Often the interchange is carried out by mulas, or mules (a term for drug couriers in other parts of Latin America). The first mulas were Cubans who left in the early 1980s and sent money and supplies to families who remained

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Brazilian Report

Is the government dismantling Operation Car Wash?

The famous anti-corruption investigation is losing public support, amid claims that Jair Bolsonaro’s Prosecutor General is trying to neuter the probe. The arrests and prosecutions of Operation Car Wash used to be the talk of the town in Brazil, dominating nightly news shows and the morning headlines. But with the constant crises over the last 18 months, compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, Operation Car Wash increasingly feels like an afterthought, pushed further and further away from the front pages. Hit by media revelations about misdeeds, partisanship, and profiteering, the task force — as well as its main public face, former judge (and former Justice Minister) Sergio Moro — is looking for new credibility to keep their project and political ambitions alive.

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