12:16 [London Review of Books] (E)
A fraudulent election one year ago gave Juan Orlando Hernández a second term as president of Honduras. The protests that followed were violently repressed. By the year’s end, 126 demonstrations had been held, leaving 30 people dead, 232 injured and more than 1000 in jail. But on 22 December 2017 the US government congratulated Hernández on his success, referring with no apparent irony to ‘the close election result’ and ignoring a call by the Organisation of American States for a new ballot. One of the worst stains on Hernández’s first term in office was the murder of Berta Cáceres in March 2016.
21:42 [Oriental Review] (E)
Russia dispatched financial advisors to Venezuela upon Caracas’ request.
The Russian team landed in the country’s capital a day after a Chinese delegation, making some wonder whether the two Great Powers are coordinating their efforts to save their shared Latin American partner’s economy. Both countries have an interest in ensuring the success of President Maduro’s latest reforms in order to safeguard the stability of his democratically elected and legitimate government, which is responsible for repaying the loans that they issued it over the past couple of years and also fulfilling the energy cooperation contracts that were signed between them too.
0:08 [returntonow] (E)
Along with his pledge to sell off their rainforest home to agribusiness and mining, Bolsonaro has said openly “minorities will have to adapt … or simply disappear”
11:35 [Mint Press News] (E)
Venezuela has denounced the freezing of payments of imported medical supplies such as anti-malaria or HIV treatments. The vast majority of Venezuela’s medical supplies and equipment are imported, and thus vulnerable to blockading policies by foreign agents.
0:08 [Oriental Review] (E)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Central America late last week when he criticized China’s rising influence there by questioning the intentions behind its investment activity, which prompted the country’s media to angrily respond earlier this week and lambast the US for trying to “drive a wedge” into Sino-Latin American relations. Washington is worried that Central America is slipping out of its hegemonic control after tiny El Salvador broke ties with Taiwan in August and recognized Beijing as China’s legitimate government in exchange for economic support, which some observers feared could catalyze a chain reaction in this part of the world where the self-proclaimed country counts a handful of its dwindling supporters.
19:17 [Mongabay] (E)
In recent years, Brazil and China have developed mutual interests: Brazil produces soy and other food crops that China needs to feed its 1.3 billion population. As a result, China has increasingly gotten involved in potentially investing in and helping build a number of Brazilian railroads. And Brazil is actively seeking that help.
10:50 [The American Conservative] (E)
Andrew Bacevich appropriately ridicules John Bolton’s silly “troika of tyranny” speech from earlier this week:...The United States has never cared a fig about whether Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans enjoyed the rule of law, liberty, and basic human decency. The history of US relations with those nations has alternated between naked exploitation and complete disregard. Second, whatever form any coming US sanctions may actually take, you can count on one thing: It won’t be Cuban, Nicaraguan, and Venezuelan elites who suffer. It will be ordinary people.
19:42 [youtube/WeAreChange] (E)
In this video Luke speaks with David Unsworth about the current situation in Colombia and Brazil regarding Venezuela. So the question is will they invade?
15:36 [Consortium News] (E)
By Pepe Escobar - It’s darkness at the break of (tropical) high noon. Jean Baudrillard once defined Brazil as “the chlorophyll of our planet”. And yet a land vastly associated worldwide with the soft power of creative joie de vivre has elected a fascist for president. Brazil is a land torn apart.
15:33 [German Foreign Policy] (E)
German business circles are placing high hopes on Brazil`s President-elect Jair Messias Bolsonaro pointing to the economic program of Paulo Guedes, designated to head a super ministry. During Augustino Pinochet`s military dictatorship, he was a professor at the University of Chile and his program resembles the economic policy of the Chilean Junta.
11:02 [Xinhua] (E)
Brazil`s slow economic recovery will be one of the most urgent challenges facing the country`s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party.
9:00 [Libya360] (E)
Although Bolsonaro is a former Brazilian military man, he has already publicly saluted the US flag, pledged support to Trump, agreed to participate in a military intervention in Venezuela and said he will cede the Alcântara rocket launching base to the United States. In other words, he has made it clear that he will be an unconditional ally in the support of North American geopolitical hegemony. A man like Bolsonaro does not really bother those who supported Pinochet.
18:46 [telesur] (E)
Evangelicals across Brazil are positioning themselves in support of the candidacy of Fernando Haddad against the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. They believe that Bolsonaro is inciting violence, inequality, and misery which is against what is preached in the gospel.
11:10 [Counter Currents] (E)
Beginning with the obvious: if there were governments and corrupt regimes on the continent, those were the military regimes. First, because every dictatorship is corrupt by definition, and second, because direct robberies were always massive, by denouncing the disappearances, then only to reappear by floating in a river with evidence of torture. It would suffice to mention the most recent investigation into the fortune of General Pinochet, a military leader who accumulated several million dollars in salary as an unelected president, without mention of such details as the thousands killed and many more persecuted during his rule.
19:02 [Fort Russ] (E)
In a major development that further diminishes the value of the U.S dollar, Venezuela is entirely abandoning the dollar for transactions in the foreign exchange market, and these will be made with the euro. The announcement was made by Tareck El Aissami, the country’s vice president of economics.