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Jul 20, 2013 Pope, in an Angered Brazil, to Focus on Social Justice

QUOTE: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis never showed much sympathy for liberation theology, but since he assumed the papacy, signs abound that a truce is now in effect, at least temporarily....Francis took a symbolically important step that liberation theologians here and elsewhere in Latin America interpreted as a peace offering. The beatification of Bishop Óscar Romero, a Salvadoran who was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is considered a martyr by many disciples of liberation theology, had been frozen since 2005, the year Benedict assumed the papacy, but Francis almost immediately ordered it reopened.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2010 Argentina Faulted for Reproductive Policies

QUOTE: The government of Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has reversed steps toward protecting women’s health and reproductive rights, and backtracked on its intention to guarantee access to legal abortions, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2010 Argentina Approves Gay Marriage, in a First for Region

QUOTE: Argentina’s Senate narrowly approved a law early on Thursday authorizing same-sex marriages, making Argentina the first country in Latin America to allow gay couples to wed.

New York Times
Jul 26, 2009 Latin American Jews contend with spike in anti-Semitism: Derogatory political statements and attacks on synagogues have increased since Israel's January war in Gaza.

QUOTE: Across Latin America, Jewish leaders say they are contending with a new level of anti-Semitism that heated up after Israel's military operation in Gaza in December.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 02, 2009 Honduras Targets Protesters With Emergency Decree: Media in Country Also Feel Pressure

QUOTE: The new Honduran government clamped down on street protests and news organizations Wednesday as lawmakers passed an emergency decree that limits public gatherings following the military-led coup that removed President Manuel Zelaya from office.

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2008 Argentina Blocks Farm Export Tax

QUOTE: In a crushing defeat for Argentina’s beleaguered president, the Senate rejected increases in the agricultural export tax that have caused a farmer rebellion, with the vice president siding with farmers and casting the deciding vote. After nearly 18 hours of debate, the Senate voted, 37 to 36, on Thursday against the system of floating-rate taxes, which the government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner imposed in March without consulting the Congress. The lower House narrowly approved the system, 129 to 122, after 19 hours of debate.

New York Times
Jul 05, 2008 Argentina Export Tax Sets Off Political Furor

QUOTE: Argentina’s lower house of Congress was preparing to vote late Friday night on whether to approve a government tax program for agricultural exports in the latest chapter of a bitter battle between farmers and the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Farm leaders said they were prepared to renew blockades of major highways and cut off exports of grains if the measure was approved. Hugo Biolcatti, the vice president of the Rural Society, said in a radio interview early in the day that if the tax passed, “there’s a high possibility that the strikes will return.”

New York Times
Jul 03, 2008 Colombia Plucks Hostages From Rebels’ Grasp

QUOTE: Hours after Colombian commandos in disguise infiltrated the FARC terrorist group in a daring rescue operation, three American hostages were flown to safety in the United States and another freed captive, a French-Colombian politician held for six years, was reunited with her family.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2008 Once a Government Supporter, Rural Argentina Now an Opponent

QUOTE: Today Dr. Fischer is one of dozens of politicians who have transformed rural provinces that were once Peronist bastions critical to getting Mrs. Kirchner elected in October into centers of fervent political opposition. Their revolt shows how deeply the president’s decision has divided even the Peronists, leaving politicians from the interior torn between their party loyalties and their furious constituents. It also reveals the source of much of their anger: the fact that the growing economic clout of Argentina’s rural provinces has not translated into greater political say, not least over how their taxes are spent.

New York Times
Jun 07, 2008 In Argentine Drug Courts, A Shocker at Sentencing

QUOTE: Some high-level government officials say the current laws only penalize the victims of drug abuse -- the addicts who need treatment -- and take the focus off the true criminals, namely the traffickers. While a legislative panel works to propose a rewrite of the drug laws with that idea in mind, the judges have chosen not to wait for a new law to be passed.

Washington Post
May 12, 2008 Ecuador Opposes Outpost in American War on Drugs (Manta Journal)

QUOTE: To the Bush administration, the American air station here is a critical component in the war on drugs in the Andes...But to Ecuadoreans, Manta is a flash point in a regional debate over the limits of American power in Latin America.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2008 D'oh! 'Simpsons' Again Angers South Americans

QUOTE: The television show "The Simpsons" is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon in many parts of the continent, but it also has become very good at exposing the region's rawest nerves, and then clawing them sore...the author of a biography of Juan Perón, said that he believes it is unfair to label Perón a dictator, much less the architect of the disappearances. Still, he said, the response to the show seems like an overreaction.

Washington Post
Dec 03, 2007 Jubilant Chavez opponents revel in referendum defeat

QUOTE: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's detractors danced in the streets Monday after voters shot down a referendum that would have allowed the firebrand leftist to seek re-election indefinitely and tightened socialism's grip on his oil-rich nation.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 19, 2007 Child Matadors Draw Olés in Mexico’s Bullrings

QUOTE: Still, the children confront very real danger in the ring, and their fights still end with the traditional killing of the bull. As their appearances have grown more frequent, so, too, has criticism from those who say they should find a safer extracurricular activity.

New York Times
Nov 13, 2007 A Remedy for Transit Troubles Backfires in Chile, Leading Commuters to Sue

QUOTE: But months after this city's transportation redesign was unveiled, many people here cannot even mention its name -- Transantiago -- without rolling their eyes and mumbling in disgust. It has become the focus of the country's largest class-action lawsuit. A congressional inquiry is trying to figure out exactly how things went so wrong.

Washington Post
Nov 10, 2007 Students Emerge as a Leading Force Against Chávez

QUOTE: About 80,000 students flooded main avenues here on Wednesday in a march to the Supreme Court to ask it to suspend the referendum on 69 constitutional amendments scheduled for Dec. 2. Students returning from that march were attacked by gunmen at the campus of the Central University of Venezuela; nine were injured.

New York Times
Oct 05, 2007 Will Costa Rica join Latin America's leftward tide? Costa Ricans vote Sunday whether to approve a free-trade pact with the US.

QUOTE: Supporters, including Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, say that the agreement is essential for jobs and investment and that it will keep the technology sector booming. Opponents say the deal will flood the market with cheap imports, will be a boost to multinationals at the expense of small-business owners, and threaten national sovereignty.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 08, 2007 Dislocation of Indians Compared to Genocide

QUOTE: logging interests have squeezed several indigenous groups in [Colider, Brazil] so much that their traditional ways of life are vanishing.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2007 Ecuador moves to cut Interest rates for poor: Banks and microlenders say Ecuador's leftist president may hurt most those he wants to help with 'financial justice' law.

QUOTE: [Although] The bill...paves the way for a complete overhaul of an abusive financial system...[it] could hurt most those Correa hopes to help.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 11, 2007 Both Sides Say Project Is Pivotal Issue for Brazil

QUOTE: “This project, like all the others before it, will bring nothing but damage to us river dwellers…” said Carlos de Morais Naboa, whose homestead... is less than a mile from Santo Antônio, the first of the proposed dam sites...“They’re only offering us peanuts for flood-plain land that is incredibly fertile and haven’t said where they plan to send us.”

New York Times
Jun 08, 2007 Chronically Leaky Pipeline Given The Greenlight - Again

QUOTE: A controversial gas pipeline in the pristine heart of the Amazon forest that has ruptured six times since its inception received a clean bill of health this week from the main financial backer, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), drawing scepticism from indigenous groups and international environmentalists. ....

Common Dreams
May 20, 2007 Brazil, Argentina Faulted on Air Safety: Pilots, Controllers Say Equipment, Staffing Issues Could Be Putting Passengers at Risk

QUOTE: Increased air traffic at major airports in [Argentina and Brazil] has not resulted in corresponding upgrades of infrastructure or additional staffing

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2007 Colombian President Denies Ties to Paramilitary Groups

QUOTE: But the scandal has raised allegations that dogged Uribe when he ran for president -- that he had ties with paramilitary organizations during his years as senator and governor of Antioquia, the country's industrial hub. Those groups, formed by landowners and funded by drug traffickers, eroded support for guerrillas by killing thousands of peasants and leftist politicians in a dirty war that has lasted a generation.

Washington Post
Mar 11, 2007 Bush Heads to Colombia as Scandal Taints Key Alliance

QUOTE: Beyond the paramilitary scandal ensnaring members of Mr. Uribe’s government and at least eight members of his coalition in Congress, human rights organizations are calling attention to the killings of trade union officials in the past six years. And there are claims of abuses involving American companies like the Drummond Company, a coal producer based in Birmingham, Ala.

New York Times
Dec 26, 2006 In Chile, Precious Lands Often Go for a Pittance

QUOTE: "...a mining company will negotiate with a local landowner, and the landowner will later say he didn't get a fair deal. The company will say it paid a fair market price, but in those remote Andean mountain areas, there's no real land market and it's difficult to say exactly what a fair price would be."

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2006 Is there a "black vote" in Venezuela?

QUOTE: Barlovento is home to one of the largest concentrations of black Venezuelans in the country, and it is a center of the growing Afro-Venezuelan movement. But leaders here say that their struggle for increased visibility is too often a lonely one, even though the government claims to represent the world's downtrodden.

Sep 12, 2006 In Chile, free morning-after pills to teens

QUOTE: But the Chilean government, by giving away the pills to such young girls, is igniting a storm of opposition from critics who say it undermines parents and is tantamount to abortion.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 01, 2006 Google's Brazil Headache: Its popular networking service, Orkut, has lured predators in droves. Now a judge has ordered the search engine to hand over data on abusers

QUOTE: The attitude angers human rights activists who say Google is allowing procedural bureaucracy to get in the way of tracking down pedophiles.

Apr 09, 2006 Pro-Life Nation

QUOTE: And this was why I had come to El Salvador: Abortion is a serious felony here for everyone involved, including the woman who has the abortion.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2005 The World: Latin America Looks Leftward Again

QUOTE: ...a new leftward tide now rising in Latin American politics. Tired of poverty and indifferent governments, villagers here are being urged by some of their more radical leaders to forget the promises of capitalism and install instead a community-based socialism in which products would be bartered. Some leaders even talk of forming an independent Indian state.

New York Times
Nov 25, 2005 Free Speech Advocate Seeks New Path to Goals

QUOTE: Thirty journalists were killed in Colombia from February 1998 through August 2005. Investigations into the deaths have been delayed by procedural issues, and few perpetrators have been sentenced.

Washington Post
Oct 26, 2005 Study Finds Doctors Abandoning Poor Nations for Rich Ones

QUOTE: A new study documents for the first time the devastating exodus of doctors from Africa and the Caribbean to the wealthy, English-speaking nations...The study is likely to fuel an already furious debate about the role the developed world is playing in weakening African public health systems...

New York Times
Sep 28, 2005 Brazil's Corruption Scandals Loom on President's Political Horizon

QUOTE: Political corruption scandals that in recent months have weakened public support for Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are now bringing changes in the nation's legislature that could directly affect the president's political survival.

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2005 Report: Black market growing for offshore data: Australian TV says customer data leaked from call centers in India

QUOTE: There's a thriving black market for highly sensitive, personal and financial details about Australians leaked from offshore call centers operating in India, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Jul 30, 2005 Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America

QUOTE: Brazil's scandal is just the latest reminder of the unremitting corruption that has marked Latin American politics since colonial times, when absolute rulers regarded newly conquered realms in the New World as their personal property.

New York Times
Jul 09, 2005 Brazil and U.S. Maker Reach Deal on AIDS Drug

QUOTE: Brazil reached an agreement late Friday with the American pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories that will lower the price it pays for the AIDS drug Kaletra while refraining from breaking the company's patent to produce a generic version of the medicine.

New York Times
May 26, 2005 Dispatch From Bolivia: Will the leftist group that formed to fight U.S. anti-drug efforts bring down the government?

QUOTE: The political crisis that erupted in violence this week in La Paz and in neighboring El Alto revolves around the question of who controls and profits from Bolivia's vast reserves of natural gas.

Mar 29, 2005 Brazil: Battle for the Heart of the Rainforest

QUOTE: Sister Dorothy, 73, a lifelong activist, was apparently murdered as a result of the latest land dispute in which she had become willingly involved in this remote part of north-eastern Brazil.

Nov 14, 2004 Using Courts in Brazil to Strengthen an Indian Identity

QUOTE: her legal team succeeded in suspending rulings by a judge sympathetic to rice farmers and ranchers that would have forced thousands of Indians to leave their lands.

New York Times
Nov 06, 2004 Chile's Army Accepts Blame for Rights Abuses in the Pinochet Era

QUOTE: Human rights groups estimate that about 4,000 people were killed after General Pinochet took power on Sept. 11, 1973...Thousands were tortured, jailed, forced to leave the country, stripped of their jobs or sent into internal exile.

New York Times
Oct 27, 2001 Baseball's Minor Infractions: in Latin America, Young Players Come At a Bargain Price

QUOTE: ...what are the responsibilities of the U.S.-based teams that conduct business in poor, often-corrupt societies and of an industry that wields enormous power over a vast pool of unsophisticated teenage ballplayers?

Washington Post