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April 1, 2014
An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours.
A statement from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center • Discussing the possible impact of a large earthquake off the coast of northern Chile. The entire Pacific coast of South America is facing a tsunami warning due to the 8.0-magnitude earthquake.
20:53 // 3 weeks ago
July 10, 2013

NSA scandal spreads with new allegations of Central, South American intelligence gathering

  • June The Guardian claimed to have information, provided by accused NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which confirmed the agency had bugged European Union buildings in several countries. Germany also admitted to swapping some of its own intelligence on fellow EU nations with the United States on occassion. 
  • July Brazil’s O Globo newspaper claims to have obtained new documents from Snowden which prove the United States has also been spying on several Latin American countries, including Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Like the monitored EU members, many of the nations allegedly being watched are considered public allies of the United States. source

(Source: Washington Post)

14:46 // 9 months ago
July 9, 2013

Edward Snowden accepts political asylum in Venezuela—maybe

  • announcement Alexei Pushkov, chair of an international affairs committee in the Russian legislature, tweeted today that "Predictably, Snowden has agreed to [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro’s offer of political asylum. Apparently, this option appeared most reliable to Snowden.”
  • retraction The tweet was deleted moments later, but Russia Today grabbed a copy. Pushkov then sent another tweet, saying that the information regarding Maduro’s asylum offer came from a Russian TV station and referring inquiries to said station. source

Maduro did confirm earlier that Venezeula hadreceived an asylum request from Snowden on Monday; considering Maduro previously pledged to offer Snowden asylum anyway, it’s not too tough to put two and two together. The tweet-then-delete by the Russian MP is odd, but we’re guessing Maduro (or someone) will make an official announcement soon enough.

11:25 // 9 months ago
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October 26, 2012
humanrightswatch:

In a historic move this week, Uruguayan President José Mujica has signed into law a bill that waives criminal penalties for abortion in the first 12 weeks of gestation, with certain procedural requirements, and in the first 14 weeks of gestation in the cases of rape. The law marks a significant development in realizing women’s human rights and preventing unsafe, clandestine abortions in the region.
Read more after the jump.
© 2012 Reuters

A huge development on the women’s rights front.

humanrightswatch:

In a historic move this week, Uruguayan President José Mujica has signed into law a bill that waives criminal penalties for abortion in the first 12 weeks of gestation, with certain procedural requirements, and in the first 14 weeks of gestation in the cases of rape.

The law marks a significant development in realizing women’s human rights and preventing unsafe, clandestine abortions in the region.

Read more after the jump.

© 2012 Reuters

A huge development on the women’s rights front.

18:03 // 1 year ago
June 23, 2012

Paraguay abruptly impeaches president, draws international backlash

  • cause In reaction to a series of conflicts between farmers and police, Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo was impeached on Friday. Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, had led the country since 2008. The ouster was abrupt; the clashes broke out just last week, and Lugo was voted out on a 38-4 vote in the country’s senate. Some see this as a mere pretext to ouster Lugo.
  • reaction Reaction was strong to Lugo’s impeachment, especially from other regional leaders, which suggests the new government may struggle finding international support. Hugo Chavez, for example, made this statement: ”We, the Venezuelan government, the Venezuelan state, do not recognise this illegitimate and illegal government hat has been installed.” source

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12:12 // 1 year ago
February 16, 2012

Still think Detroit’s going bankrupt? Check out GM’s killer numbers

  • $4.7 billion General Motors’ posted earnings for the 2010 fiscal year
  • $7.6 billion General Motors’ posted earnings for the 2011 fiscal year source

» What a record to break! One year removed from bankruptcy, American automaker General Motors posted record-setting earnings for the 2011 fiscal year. In recent weeks/months many investors worried that GM’s overseas operations would drag down the company’s year-end totals. GM lost a total of $747 million in European markets, with $562 million of the losses occurring in the fourth quarter alone. In South America, where the company reported $818 million in earnings for 2010, GM reported a net loss of $122 million. However, not only did the company defy global expectations, GM managed to break its former $6.7 billion earnings record, set in 1996.

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18:39 // 2 years ago
February 8, 2012

Falkland Islands still major sticking point for Britain, Argentina 30 years later

  • 1982 The United Kingdom went to war with Argentina over possession of the Falkland Islands, a land of roughly 3,000 people fairly close to Antartica, claimed to be possessed by each country. The war, which killed hundreds on each side, ended without a resolution of the islands’ ownership, but the two countries later rebuilt their diplomatic relationship.
  • 2012 As the 30th anniversary of the war approaches, the two countries are arguing about the Falklands again, with Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez accusing Britain of ”militarizing the South Atlantic” and promising to complain to the United Nations, and British PM David Cameron saying that ”The people of the Falklands choose to be British.” source

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11:31 // 2 years ago