South America: A Polarized Continent

After a decade of relative stability, South America experiences political turmoil and social unrest. Not long ago, South America was a promising continent. Economic growth and unparalleled political stability offered good reasons for optimism. Gone were the coups, and the region welcomed transitions of power through elections. Now, however, this era of hopefulness feels like a distant memory. South...

A judge in South America’s biggest city says Uber drivers are employees

SAO PAULO – A judge in Brazil’s biggest city ruled this week that a driver using the Uber ride-hailing app is an employee of the San-Francisco-based company, threatening its business model in one of its biggest markets. Uber said it would appeal the decision on Tuesday by Judge Eduardo Rockenbach Pires at the regional labor court in Sao Paulo, which was made public in recent days. „By...

Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger

QUITO, Ecuador — Nearly every nation in South America has been jolted by large protests or violent clashes in recent weeks, a continental surge of anti-government anger unlike anything in years. On the streets of Venezuela, opponents of the left-wing government are squaring off against riot police nearly every day. In Paraguay, angry crowds sacked and firebombed the country’s parliament building...

French Guiana: The part of South America facing a total shutdown

Discontent over living standards in French Guiana has led to a large-scale blockade on Monday. The territory has regained control of its space station (more on that later) but anger there is not going away. Despite being in South America, French Guiana remains part of France and has been paralysed by protests against a lack of investment from the mainland. Demonstrators, led by a masked group known...

Why is South America being hit by deadly landslides?

It starts with torrential rain in the mountains. Then a wall of mud and boulders comes barreling down the slopes, sweeping away houses, cars and people. Like a video stuck on repeat, the story has played out over and over again in recent weeks in South America, where hundreds of people have been killed in landslides. First they hit Peru, where the indigenous Quechua language has a word for these flash...

MOLTEN MAGMA SHIFT WARNING: HUGE South America plate move triggers 700 quakes and eruption

EXPERTS fear millions of lives are at risk after a MASSIVE shift of molten magma deep under South America triggered a staggering 700 EARTHQUAKES and a volcano eruption. Seismologists and South American authorities fear the unprecedented movement of trillions of tons of molten rock – largely below Chile – has raised subterranean pressures to catastrophic levels and will eventually trigger a...

South American tribe found to have the healthiest hearts ever studied

A South American tribe with a highly active lifestyle has the healthiest arteries of any population yet studied, say researchers. The Tsimane people, who live in the Bolivian Amazon, spend most of every day hunting, fishing, farming and gathering wild fruits and nuts, and follow a carbohydrate-based diet containing little protein and fat. Scientists who examined hundreds of men and women from the group...

About Those Islamist Sleeper Cells in South America…

The Trump administration is huffing and puffing about the danger, but after 15 years and counting, the sleeper cells are still sleeping. Latin America must have the sleepiest of sleeper cells. It’s been more than 15 years since one of George W. Bush’s minor neocon ultras, Pentagon Under Secretary Douglas Feith, suggested, just after 9/11, that the United States hold off invading Afghanistan and...

Venezuela, Washington’s Latest Defamation: To Bring NATO to South America?

The Trump Administration has just accused Venezuela’s newly appointed Vice-President, Tareck El Aissami, of being involved in drug trafficking, thereby dishing out the usual criminal spiel – illegal sanctions against a foreign dignitary with travel bans and asset seizures. This is Washington’s abject behavior at its best, as are so many others around the world of similar nature. Therefore, let...

STR: Central/South America hotel pipeline for January 2017

LONDON — STR’s January 2017 Pipeline Report shows 63,321 rooms in 404 hotel projects Under Contract in the Central/South America region. The total represents a 14.9% decrease in rooms Under Contract compared with January 2016. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. The region...