Democracy in decline worldwide

For the first time since 2004, the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) has recorded more autocratic states than democracies around the world. Civil society activists often represent the last bastion of resistance. Autocracies such as Russia and China on the one hand; democracies like the USA or Germany on the other. Is that the great conflictContinue reading “Democracy in decline worldwide”

Argentina: Thousands protest in Buenos Aires against IMF debt deal – Al Jazeera

Thousands marched on the streets of the Argentine capitol to protest against a loan repayment deal with the IMF, fearing the economic fallout on their lives. They say the record $57 billion loan should be ignored.

Ecuador’s private heavy crude pipeline bursts in Amazon region

Ecuador’s privately held heavy crude pipeline burst on Friday and technical staff are at the scene working to contain the damage, crude transport company OCP Ecuador said. The incident happened in the so-called Piedra Fina zone, an area in Ecuador’s Amazon where regressive erosion caused the OCP pipeline and the state-owned SOTE pipeline to haltContinue reading “Ecuador’s private heavy crude pipeline bursts in Amazon region”

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro taken to hospital and may need surgery

Leader reported same symptoms as earlier admission following stabbing at 2018 campaign event The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has been taken to hospital with an intestinal blockage and may need to undergo surgery, in the latest complication from a 2018 stabbing. Bolsonaro said he started feeling unwell on Sunday afternoon after lunch and was taken toContinue reading “Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro taken to hospital and may need surgery”

Leftist Gabriel Boric, a millennial president for a new Chile

Leftist lawmaker Gabriel Boric, 35, on Sunday became Chile’s youngest-ever president on promises of installing a “welfare state” in one of the world’s most unequal countries. The former student activist only just met the required minimum age to run in the presidential race, seven years after being elected to his first political job as aContinue reading “Leftist Gabriel Boric, a millennial president for a new Chile”

Colombia police brutality protests: Police responsible for deaths of 11 protesters – Al Jazeera

A UN-backed report has found that Colombian police were responsible for 11 deaths at protests in Bogota last September. The violence took place at two rallies to demonstrate against police brutality and the 182-page report called the killings a “massacre”. All but one of the officers involved is still on the job. Police violence hasContinue reading “Colombia police brutality protests: Police responsible for deaths of 11 protesters – Al Jazeera”

Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN (September, 2021)

Number of extreme weather disasters shot up nearly fivefold from 1970s to most recent decade due to global warming. The number of weather disasters – such as floods and heatwaves – driven by climate change has increased fivefold during the past 50 years, killing more than two million people and costing $3.64 trillion in totalContinue reading “Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN (September, 2021)”

Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point in two decades, UN says

Tens of millions are going hungry in Latin America and the Caribbean as the Covid-19 pandemic sharpens a regional malnutrition crisis to its worst levels in decades, according to the United Nations. In just one year — from 2019 to 2020 — the number of people living with hunger in the region rose by 30%, or 13.8Continue reading “Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point in two decades, UN says”

Celebrations in the street after Chile officially legalizes same-sex marriage – Global News

With rainbow flags and artistic performances, Chileans celebrated on Tuesday as Congress passed a law to legalize same-sex marriage in a milestone for the conservative South American nation. That same night Palacio de la Moneda, the Chilean government headquarters, lit with the colours of the LGBTQ+ flag as locals passing by stopped to take photosContinue reading “Celebrations in the street after Chile officially legalizes same-sex marriage – Global News”

Chilean president Piñera impeached over Pandora papers revelations

Lower house approval vote sets up trial in Chile’s senate Papers revealed offshore dealings of conservative president Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has been impeached by the lower house of congress, setting up a trial in the nation’s senate over allegations he favored the sale of a family property while in office. The vote to impeach passed withContinue reading “Chilean president Piñera impeached over Pandora papers revelations”

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