Category Archives: South America

February 11, 2017

The Death of Venezuela. Prepare Yourself Accordingly – Stefan Molyneux (Video)

Question: “What can we do to stop the spread of the disease of socialism in Venezuela? What are the best arguments against socialism when talking to uncultured people and or young children?”

February 4, 2017

Argentina’s Trump-Like Immigration Order Rattles South America

Argentina’s president, the son of an immigrant, has echoed some of Mr. Trump’s “America First” theme, making it clear that his “first concern” should be “caring for Argentines, caring for ourselves.” “We cannot continue to allow criminals to keep choosing Argentina as a place to commit offenses,” Mr. Macri said during a news conference.

Argentina is so used to celebrating immigration as a cornerstone of society that a 19th-century saying — to govern is to populate — remains in use to this day.

But in an abrupt shift coinciding with the immigration restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, President Mauricio Macri has issued a decree curbing immigration to Argentina, with his government declaring that newcomers from poorer countries in Latin America bring crime.

The measures announced by Mr. Macri in recent days made it much easier to deport immigrants and restrict their entry, prompting irate comparisons to President Trump and igniting a fierce debate over immigration.

“A decree like this scares people,” said Arfang Diedhiou, 33, a Senegalese immigrant who runs his own clothing store here in the capital, Buenos Aires. “It came out just after what Trump did, a coincidence that seems very strange to me.”

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January 25, 2017

‘Cannibal’ prisoners ‘feast on human flesh of fellow inmate’ cooked on barbecue as 26 killed in 10-day riot

WARNING: Contains distressing images. The prisoner holds up a skewer draped in lumps of human ‘meat’ said to be from member of rival drug gang.

Prisoners have been filmed allegedly cooking the flesh of fellow inmates over a barbecue during a 10-day riot which has seen 26 men killed.

In the sick video the apparently cannibalistic lags gloat as they show off pieces of meat on a skewer over a bonfire, claiming they’re toasting the remains of a rival without even bothering to hide their faces.

The footage was recorded at Alcacuz Prison in the north eastern Brazilian city of Natal which is in the midst of a bloody riot as rival gangs attack each other.

The bodies of some prisoners have been returned to their loved ones with their heads missing after they were decapitated.

Only 22 victims of the horrific violence had been identified so far, with forensic experts still trying to determine who two heads, a forearm, an arm and a leg removed by the prison grounds belonged to.

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December 3, 2016

Colombian crash plane missed crucial refuelling stop after it took off 20 minutes late – because the crew were looking for player’s video game

Plane virtually wiped-out top Brazilian football team Chapecoense Real. Defender, Demerson, who was not on the plane, speaks for the first time. He says a Whatsapp group used by the players gave clues about the crash. Club’s director of football had mentioned delay caused by lost video game. Delay meant plane could not refuel at Cobija, which was by then closed.

The plane which crashed in Colombia, wiping out a Brazilian football team, was late taking off because crew had to search for one of the players’ lost video games, it was revealed today.

The delayed departure meant a planned refuelling stop in Cobija, on the border between Brazil and Bolivia, was abandoned because the airport did not operate after midnight.

The chartered flight carrying members of top flight club Chapecoense to the final of the Copa Sudamericana then had to wait for a landing slot at Medellin airport – and ran out of fuel before it was able to land.

The jet crashed into a mountain, killing 71 people. It had been flying for 20 minutes longer than its four-hour fuel capacity.

The BAE 146 Avro RJ85 jet’s maximum range was 1,600 nautical miles. That is just under the distance between Medellin and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where the plane took off at almost full capacity.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Bolivia today suspended airline LaMia’s operating certificate.

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October 10, 2016

Socialism has Venezuelans eating garbage to survive

Country once considered candidate for 1st World status.

Venezuela has deteriorated to the point where a significant chunk of the population has to eat garbage to survive. A recent study found a stunning 15 percent of Venezuelans say they can feed themselves only with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments.”

What’s more, the study found three-fourths of all Venezuelans were unable to eat an optimal diet of breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Just over half (54 percent) said they had gone to bed hungry, while 52 percent said they buy their food through the black market. Almost half (48 percent) said they had been forced to take time off work to search for food.

The severe food shortage can be pinned squarely on Venezuela’s socialist economy, according to William J. Murray, author of “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning.”

“The difficulty in Venezuela is the key element of central planning, and that’s price fixing,” Murray told WND. “Price fixing causes shortages, regardless of what price is fixed. In Venezuela, it’s food. In the United States, we have a shortage of certain medical care because the government sets prices on it.”

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September 14, 2016

Brazilian politician who led Rousseff impeachment is expelled from office (Video)

Eduardo Cunha, former speaker of the lower house, loses his seat and is barred from politics for eight years amid perjury and corruption claims.

Brazil’s political bloodletting claimed another high-profile victim on Monday when the lower house voted to expel its former speaker Eduardo Cunha for perjury, corruption and obstruction of justice.

The wily evangelical politician – often described as the Frank Underwood of Brazil – was the orchestrator of the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, but less than two weeks after his enemy was expelled from office, he too has been cast aside by the chamber he once dominated.

Cunha’s overwhelming defeat – by 450 votes to 10 with nine abstentions – strips him of parliamentary immunity and may be followed by criminal charges for his involvement in the bribery and kickback scandal at state-oil company Petrobras. He has also been banned from politics for eight years, a punishment more severe than that of Rousseff, who was ejected from office but maintains her political rights.

In his final speech to the house, Cunha insisted he had been sacrificed for political rather than legal reasons, and warned that others were likely to follow.

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September 3, 2016

Failure of Socialism: Millions protest in Venezuela (Video)

Elizabeth MacDonald: what do Bernie Sanders and Sean Penn say about this?

July 29, 2016

Rio 2016: Olympic torch relay riot deepens Games woes

While organisers portray the epic journey as a chance to ignite public enthusiasm, repeated security incidents have turned the torch into a symbol of the organizational glitches and social discontent overshadowing South America’s first Olympics.

Violent clashes between police and protesters during the Olympic torch relay have cast a shadow over the Rio Games, while a threatened metro strike raised fears of travel chaos.

Eight days before the opening ceremony, organisers are scrambling to put the final pieces in place. But even as athletes including Jamaican sprinting star Usain Bolt arrived, new woes kept piling up.

The latest concern was a threat by metro employees to strike from August 4, the eve of the Olympics, if they don’t get a 9.83 per cent salary raise. The metro will be vital in moving the 500,000 tourists expected to attend the Summer Games.

There was more bad news on Thursday (AEST) when an angry crowd blocked the Olympic torch parade through Angra dos Reis, a coastal resort south of Rio.

Crowds protesting lack of public transport and nearly bankrupt Rio state’s late payment of salaries attacked the procession and were driven off by police using tear gas and rubber bullets.

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July 21, 2016

Hungry Venezuelans cry at the sight of food, as economic crisis deepens (Video)

Venezuelans cried at the sight of fully-stocked supermarket shelves in Colombia.

Pregnant women, children and even elderly Venezuelans crossed into Colombia on Sunday after the border was temporarily reopened, allowing them to buy basic foods and toiletries — rare commodities in their home country.

Tearful Venezuelans had gone weeks without basic food items like milk, flour and toilet paper. It’s a sad but common part of daily life today in crisis-ridden Venezuela, a country that has the world’s largest proven reserves of oil. Colombian officials estimate that about 100,000 Venezuelans crossed the border.

Venezuela is expected to dive deeper into the abyss this year, according to new projections published Wednesday by the International Monetary Fund.

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July 15, 2016

Venezuela Puts Nation’s Limited Food Supply Under Military Control

Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolás Maduro has launched the Great Mission of Sovereign Supplying, a program which places the nation’s food supply in the control of the military, who will choose where to distribute the food and monitor ports accepting foreign food supplies.

Maduro announced the move Tuesday, appointing Minister of Defense General Vladimir Padrino López as the head of the program. As the BBC notes, the “great mission” will be able to “establish how purchases and distribution of food, medicine and household goods are made.” It will control five of the nation’s largest ports and regulate the function of the nation’s food processing plants.

Maduro explained the appointment of the military to control the nation’s dwindling food and medical supplies as a response to the “economic war” he alleges capitalist nations, especially the United States, are waging against his administration. The response to a war is, logically, deploying the military, he argued.

Padrino López has issued a public statement in response to criticism that having the military control the nation’s food supply will result is a systematic deprivation of those who oppose Maduro’s socialist government. The military will be “disciplining” the distribution of food and medicine, not “militarizing” it, he claimed. The Minister of Productive Agriculture, Wilmar Castro Soteldo, a likelier candidate to be running the nation’s food distribution, also issued a statement in support of the military’s takeover. “The country is in an abnormal situation,” he said, noting that the military “will be able to tend to agriculture production problems focused on the current war.”

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