Bolivia

Date: July 01st 2013

An announcement was made recently stating that Bolivia will be upgrading their membership in Mercosur from an associate member to a full member. The announcement was released after Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca met with Mercosur Chair Luis Almagro. The new membership status will not affect Bolivia’s Andean Community status or the current ...

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Brasil

Date: July 01st 2013

Brazilian Police is under investigation after allegations of excessive force and brutality amidst the recent Brazilian protests. The excessive police force has become another point of contention for Brazilian protestors who have now been protesting for weeks. Amidst the protests Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff has lost massive approval ratings, dropping by 27% in ...

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Chile

Date: July 01st 2013

Chilean police continue to clash with student protests in Santiago. The students, who are protesting for major reforms to Chile’s education system, were bombarded with water cannons and tear gas on Wednesday. Protestors began setting up road blocks in the streets before thousands marched through Santiago, Chile. Later that night, an 18-year-old student ...

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Colombia

Date: July 01st 2013

Counter-narcotics reports have stated that Colombia’s cocaine-growing land has dropped to a historically low level. Figures indicate that the area of Colombian land planted with coca plants has decreased by 25% from 64 000 hectares to 48 000 hectares. This is seen as a major blow to Colombian rebel forces such as ELN ...

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Ecuador

Date: July 01st 2013

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has been asked by US Vice President Joe Biden to reject NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s request for asylum. Snowden is charged with spying on the US government after releasing a series of National Security Agency documents that implicate them of spying on international and domestic targets. Currently, Snowden is ...

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Paraguay

Date: July 01st 2013

Paraguayan President-Elect Horacio Cartes has stated that Paraguay will not be re-joining Mercosur under the current conditions. President-elect Cartes stated that Mercosur did not abide by the rule of law as they voted Venezuela in as a full member and appointed them the Presidency of the bloc. For members to be inducted or ...

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Perú

Date: July 01st 2013

Peruvian peasants are currently rallying against a $5 B US Gold mining operation in rural Peru. The peasants argue that the mines will pollute and contaminate local lakes that are vital to Andean communities. The peasants, who have begun forming their own judicial courts and government in the rural areas of Peru, advise ...

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Uruguay

Date: July 01st 2013

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has expressed that he would like Uruguayan President Jose Mujica to include himself in the Colombian peace talks currently underway in Cuba. Colombian Foreign Maria Angela stated that President Santos has formally invited President Mujica to visit Colombia to involve him within the peace process. President Santos specifically ...

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Venezuela

Date: July 01st 2013

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has stated that Venezuela would consider an asylum application from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. President Maduro praised Snowden for his actions and his defiance against the US government during an official visit to Haiti. No request has been received by the Venezuelan government as yet, but President Maduro’s statement ...

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