‘Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog.
The report did not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia.
Seven of the 10 DEA agents alleged to have participated in the gatherings — most of which took place at an agent’s “quarters” leased by the U.S. government — admitted to having attended the parties, the report found. The agents, some of whom had top-secret security clearances, received suspensions of two to 10 days.’
‘[…] In an interview with the Guardian, Schavelzon admitted that evidence linking the Teyú Cuaré ruins to a supposed Nazi safe haven plan is slim.
“There is no documentation, but we found German coins from the war period in the foundations,” he said.
But does a handful of old German coins provide sufficient proof of a secret Nazi hideaway plan in northern Argentina?
“That was just speculation on my part,” Schavelzon said. “The press picked it up and magnified it.”’
‘An 800-page independent report commissioned by the US-friendly Colombian government and the radical left rebel group FARC found that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007 and, in all cases, the rapists were never punished–either in Colombia or stateside–due to American military personnel being immune from prosecution under diplomatic immunity agreements between the two countries.
The report was part of a broader historical analysis meant to establish the “causes and violence aggravators” of the 50-year-long conflict between the government and rebels that’s presently being negotiated to an end.
[…] Thus far, however, these explosive claims seem to have received zero coverage in the general US press, despite having been reported on Venezuela’s Telesur (3/23/15), the British tabloid Daily Mail (3/24/15) and Russian RT (3/25/15).’
- At least 54 Colombian girls sexually abused by immune US military: Report
- US Military Sexually Abused at Least 54 Colombian Children
- US soldiers and contractors raped 54 Colombian girls and will never face charges
- US troops, contractors sexually abused Colombian girls with impunity – report
- U.S. soldier’s immunity clouds 2007 Colombian rape case (2009)
- It’s Déjà Vu for DynCorp All Over Again (2010)
- Dyncorp and Halliburton Sex Slave Scandal Won’t Go Away (2006)
- Sex-slave whistle-blowers vindicated (2002)
- UN Child Sex Slave Scandals Continue (2007)
- Peacekeepers’ Sex Scandals Linger, On Screen and Off (2011)
- Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse
‘A member of the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s brutal secret police who’s been accused of murder taught for more than a decade at the Pentagon’s premier university, despite repeated complaints by his colleagues about his past.
Jaime Garcia Covarrubias is charged in criminal court in Santiago with being the mastermind in the execution-style slayings of seven people in 1973, according to court documents. McClatchy also interviewed an accuser who identified Garcia Covarrubias as the person who sexually tortured him.
Despite knowing of the allegations, State and Defense department officials allowed Garcia Covarrubias to retain his visa and continue working at a school affiliated with the National Defense University until last year .’
- Former Pinochet Officer, Investigated for Torture and Murder, Taught at Pentagon
- Chilean 70’s torture survivor seeks justice
- Latin America has a few lessons for the US on torture
- The United States and Torture
- U.S. has a 45-year history of torture
- Operation Condor – Wikipedia
- The CIA in Latin America
‘Tensions between the United States and Venezuela are increasing after the Obama administration declared Venezuela to be an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security” and slapped sanctions on seven top officials for alleged human right violations and corruption. On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro asked the National Assembly for increased power to protect the country’s integrity and sovereignty from what he described as “imperialist aggression.” Relations between the United States and Venezuela have been decaying for the past few months. In December, President Obama signed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials accused of violating protesters’ rights during demonstrations last year when 43 people died, including demonstrators, government supporters and security officials. On February 19, the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, was arrested for allegedly being involved in a U.S.-backed coup plot. Days later, Venezuela announced it had arrested an unspecified number of Americans for engaging in espionage and recruitment activities. Venezuela also announced a series of measures, including visa requirements for U.S. citizens and restrictions and the downsizing of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. This all comes as Venezuela faces an economic crisis in part because of the plummeting price of oil. We are joined by Miguel Tinker Salas, professor at Pomona College and author of the forthcoming book, “Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know.”‘ (Democracy Now!)
‘[…] Given his past, it’s perhaps understandable why Mr Mujica gives away about 90% of his salary to charity, simply because he “has no need for it”.
A little bit grumpy to begin with, Mr Mujica warms to his task as he describes being perplexed by those who question his lifestyle.
“This world is crazy, crazy! People are amazed by normal things and that obsession worries me!”
Not afraid to take a swipe at his fellow leaders, he adds: “All I do is live like the majority of my people, not the minority. I’m living a normal life and Italian, Spanish leaders should also live as their people do. They shouldn’t be aspiring to or copying a rich minority.”‘
- Venezuela’s Maduro claims his country has captured U.S. spies
- Venezuela president Maduro announces diplomatic sanctions against US
- The Economist: Venezuela is becoming a naked dictatorship
- Fact Not Fiction: US Aggression Against Venezuela
- The Assassination of Hugo Chavez (Documentary)
- White House says considering ‘tools’ to help steer Venezuela
- Arrest of Caracas mayor sign of broader Venezuela crackdown
- US, Latin America worry over Venezuela tensions
- The struggle of Venezuela against ‘a common enemy’
- Violence flares in Venezuela on anniversary of 2014 fatalities
- Venezuela angry at UK over ‘spy glasses’ smuggled into Lopez trial
- Venezuela’s economic collapse (Al Jazeera Programme)
- Hugo Chavez Is Alive In The Classroom
- ‘Stupid’ US sanctions won’t undo my government, says Maduro
- US Congress Passes Bill to Sanction Venezuela
- Venezuelan president uses expiring decree powers
- Terrorism and Assassinations in Venezuela
- US funds political groups in Venezuela despite ban
- The Modern History of Venezuela: Interview with Eric Lander
- What’s Driving Inflation in Venezuela? Debate with Greg Wilpert and John Weeks
- Corporate Propaganda on Venezuela? Interview with Gregory Wilpert and Professor Steve Ellner
‘[…] In recent years, Colombia has emerged as the world’s second largest flower exporter, with plane-loads of freshly-cut flowers leaving for the US, UK, Japan and other markets every day. Exports increased by 4.4% between 2013-2014, according to the Cactus Corporation, a Bogotá-based campaign group, which claims the industry’s US$1.3bn (2012) annual sale revenues are being bought at the cost of workers’ rights.
“We’re very preoccupied about the conditions of those who are making these increases in productivity possible”, says Ricardo Zamudio, president of Cactus. “These workers receive the absolute minimum wage of 644,000 pesos a month (£175), which only covers about 40% of their typical monthly outgoings.”
Zamudio highlights health concerns among workers too, many of whom are compelled to work double shifts in the run-up to busy periods such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. According to testimonies collected by Cactus, carpel tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other repetitive strain injuries are commonplace among flower workers, around two-thirds (65%) of whom are women. The Colombian non-profit has also registered cases of exposure to toxic chemicals during fumigation.’
- Judges decline to take on charges against Argentina’s president
- Argentina’s Fernandez dents credibility by playing victim
- Owner of gun that killed Argentine prosecutor emerges from hiding
- Argentina says journalists safe after one flees, fearing for life
- Argentina suspects rogue agents were behind death of prosecutor
- Spies, lies and death: plot thickens in Argentine scandal
- Argentina says dead prosecutor tricked into accusing Fernandez
- Argentine prosecutor who accused Fernandez of Iran plot found dead
‘Hugo Chávez was elected President of Venezuela four times from 1998 through 2012 and was admired and supported by a large majority of that country’s citizens, largely due to his policies that helped the poor. King Abdullah was the dictator and tyrant who ran one of the most repressive regimes on the planet.
The effusive praise being heaped on the brutal Saudi despot by western media and political figures has been nothing short of nauseating; the UK Government, which arouses itself on a daily basis by issuing self-consciously eloquent lectures to the world about democracy, actually ordered flags flown all day at half-mast to honor this repulsive monarch. My Intercept colleague Murtaza Hussain has an excellent article about this whole spectacle, along with a real obituary, here.’
- Saudi Arabia’s Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace
- King Abdullah embodied the wickedness of Saudi Arabia’s regime
- Amnesty International on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights
- King Abdullah, a feminist? Don’t make me laugh
- King Abdullah’s Saudi Arabia: Interviews with Ali al-Ahmed and Toby Jones
- Half-masting of flags following the death of King Abdullah
- Saudi King Abdullah: Britain mourns a tyrant
- Venezuelans’ Quality of Life Improved in UN Index Under Chavez
- Hugo Chavez was a democrat, not a dictator
- What ‘Democracy’ Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition
21st-century censorship: Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media
‘Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is that the internet and the communication and information tools it spawned, like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, are shifting power from governments to civil society and to individual bloggers, netizens, or “citizen journalists.”
It is hard to disagree with these two beliefs. Yet they obscure evidence that governments are having as much success as the internet in disrupting independent media and determining the information that reaches society. Moreover, in many poor countries or in those with autocratic regimes, government actions are more important than the internet in defining how information is produced and consumed, and by whom.
Illustrating this point is a curious fact: Censorship is flourishing in the information age. In theory, new technologies make it more difficult, and ultimately impossible, for governments to control the flow of information. Some have argued that the birth of the internet foreshadowed the death of censorship. In 1993, John Gilmore, an internet pioneer, told Time, “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”
Today, many governments are routing around the liberating effects of the internet. Like entrepreneurs, they are relying on innovation and imitation. In countries such as Hungary, Ecuador, Turkey, and Kenya, officials are mimicking autocracies like Russia, Iran, or China by redacting critical news and building state media brands. They are also creating more subtle tools to complement the blunt instruments of attacking journalists.
As a result, the internet’s promise of open access to independent and diverse sources of information is a reality mostly for the minority of humanity living in mature democracies.’
‘Abby Martin interviews Kate Horner, Forest Campaigns Director, about the massacre of four indigenous activists in Peru for standing up for their land, and the trade of illegal logging worldwide.’ (Breaking the Set)
- Global Witness: ‘Environmentalist murders escalating worldwide’
- Peru Among Most Dangerous for Land Defenders
- Illegal loggers plunder Peruvian Amazon
- Peruvian Protester’s My Brother Was Disappeared in 1993
- Deforestation cuts into climate change goals
- Illegal logging nets organized crime up to 100 billion dollars a year
- Organized Crime Is Fueling a Boom in Illegal Logging Worldwide
- Illegal logging
Editor’s Note: Advertising for autocrats. Glad to see some football clubs standing up and not allowing themselves to become part of a public relations campaign for a totalitarian ruler and his unpleasant family. Learn more about Azerbaijan and the Aliyev family here.
‘[…] One of the conditions that the Azeri officials imposed on San Lorenzo was that “there couldn’t be ethnic Armenians” in future executive committees of the club in exchange for a lucrative contract with the club. The issue gained importance in Peñarol since some of the candidates are members of the Armenian community.
The current president of Peñarol seeking for a re-election Juan Pedro Damianisaid that in the event of a similar proposal “we will act the same way as San Lorenzo” and stated that “it strikes me that Atletico Madrid could accept this sponsor.”’
- All the candidates for the presidency of Peñarol would refuse a possible sponsorship of Azerbaijan
- Amnesty warns some Euro 2020 host cities may use tournament for image laundering
- Baku 2015 chief insists Azerbaijan is ‘incredibly free’
- Azerbaijan’s president threatens war with Armenia via Twitter
- Atlético Madrid: Human Rights Bodies Slam Sponsor Azerbaijan For Repressive Government
- Azerbaijan’s sponsorship of Atlético Madrid proves spectacular success
- Do you know who Atlético Madrid’s real sponsor is?
‘World War Two was never as close to land in South America as on 13 December 1939, when three Royal Navy cruisers challenged Germany’s Admiral Graf Spee off the coast of Uruguay.
A battle still goes on 75 years later.
This time, however, the matter in dispute is not the control of the South Atlantic but rather a controversial four-tonne bronze eagle that could fetch millions of dollars at auction.’
‘Afghanistan has the world’s highest number of children killed or wounded by landmines and other explosive remnants of war, followed by Colombia, according to a leading anti-landmine group.
In its annual Landmine Monitor report, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC) said the number of recorded casualties of mines and other explosive remnants of war has decreased to the lowest level since 1999, but child victims have risen.’
‘[…] Ny has never properly explained why she will not come to London, just as the Swedish authorities have never explained why they refuse to give Assange a guarantee that they will not extradite him on to the US under a secret arrangement agreed between Stockholm and Washington. In December 2010, the Independent revealed that the two governments had discussed his onward extradition to the US before the European Arrest Warrant was issued.
Perhaps an explanation is that, contrary to its reputation as a liberal bastion, Sweden has drawn so close to Washington that it has allowed secret CIA “renditions” – including the illegal deportation of refugees. The rendition and subsequent torture of two Egyptian political refugees in 2001 was condemned by the UN Committee against Torture, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch; the complicity and duplicity of the Swedish state are documented in successful civil litigation and WikiLeaks cables. In the summer of 2010, Assange had been in Sweden to talk about WikiLeaks revelations of the war in Afghanistan – in which Sweden had forces under US command.
The Americans are pursuing Assange because WikiLeaks exposed their epic crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale killing of tens of thousands of civilians, which they covered up; and their contempt for sovereignty and international law, as demonstrated vividly in their leaked diplomatic cables.’
- Assange welcome in Ecuador embassy ‘as long as necessary’
- Assange lawyer Per E Samuelson on court decision
- 59 International Organizations Call Upon UN to Remedy Human Rights Violations in Pre-Charge Detention of Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange
- Women Against Rape: We do not want Julian Assange extradited
- Assange Attorney: British Ruling Sets Alarming Precedent for Judicial Independence in Europe
- Julian Assange is right to fear US prosecution
- Assange could face espionage trial in US
- Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks
- EXTRADITING ASSANGE
Editor’s Note: Michael Fox is a reporter for teleSur English and is co-author of ‘Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-first Century Socialism‘.
- Dilma Rousseff must now pull together a deeply divided Brazil
- Pepe Escobar: Re-elected Dilma wins in a Brazil broken in two
- Brazil’s Surprise Rate Rise Shows Rousseff Courting Markets
- What Lies Ahead for Dilma Rousseff’s Workers’ Party?
- What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
- Moody’s gives Brazil’s Rousseff benefit of the doubt, for now
- Dilma Rousseff has a second chance to invigorate Brazil’s foreign policy
- Wall Street Will Not Be Kind To Brazil
- Brazil’s Rousseff Rebuffs Corruption Allegations Before Polls
- Brazilian Schoolgirl’s Brave Battle For Reform
- A stumbling giant: Is Latin America’s largest economy in danger of recession?
- Brazil presidential candidate Campos killed in plane crash
- Transforming Brazil: Al Jazeera interview with Dilma Rousseff
- Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: World Cup, Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy
- Brazil’s Petrobras investigated in alleged corruption probe
- Brazil’s government has set the favelas and middle classes against each other
- Hell Hole: 2010 Documentary on Brazil’s Brutal Prison System
‘The notion that history tends to favor the hegemonies that would write it is nothing new. This is especially the case for the United States today. Take US-Latin American international relations, for example: they are indelibly stippled with gunboat diplomacy and seditious coups; even the many perverse trade agreements and subsequent growing poverty belie the neoliberal overtures that America continually makes. Yet, in spite of a most basic realpolitik approach to assessing America’s litany of hegemonic aggression, history is still quick to cite the anarchic nature of international relationships in general, and in doing so, it excuses fratricidal US ‘diplomacy’ throughout Latin America by simply referencing a manifest ‘self-help’ system amongst states.
America, in other words, is not to blame; rather, the anarchy of inter-state relationships is to be understood as a given, and its inherent culpability, understood.
This road, of course, is too easily taken. Though it may explain the what, it does not explain the why apropos general US meddling in Latin America. And while polemical inter-state issues between the US and its closest neighbors are well documented and investigated with some frequency, an “empire for empire’s sake” argument does not suffice as a believable impetus for such aggressive behavior in Latin America—at least, not any more than a phenomenon like self-interest can or does. No. To truly understand these international affairs, one must look beyond hackneyed tautologies. One must weigh the interest that runs the state, the lifeblood of the state’s moneyed organs, the whip that drives the imperial mule. Then, the raison d’être for America’s imposition and coercion in Latin America becomes clear.’
‘Freedom of expression and the press have sharply deteriorated in the Americas over the last six months due to an increase in censorship and physical attacks on journalists, the Inter American Press Association said Tuesday.
Eleven journalists were killed in attacks “carried out by organized crime, drug traffic hit men and police-style groups on the orders of several governments of the region,” the group said in a statement at the end of its 70th General Assembly.
Journalists suffered violence in almost every country in the region, including Venezuela, where some were attacked by police, and in Bolivia, Brazil and Peru during election coverage. Journalists also experienced violence while reporting on street protests in the U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri, and the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.’
‘One of the most accidentally revealing media accounts highlighting the real meaning of “democracy” in U.S. discourse is a still-remarkable 2002 New York Times Editorial on the U.S.-backed military coup in Venezuela, which temporarily removed that country’s democratically elected (and very popular) president, Hugo Chávez. Rather than describe that coup as what it was by definition – a direct attack on democracy by a foreign power and domestic military which disliked the popularly elected president – the Times, in the most Orwellian fashion imaginable, literally celebrated the coup as a victory for democracy:
With yesterday’s resignation of President Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator. Mr. Chávez, a ruinous demagogue, stepped down after the military intervened and handed power to a respected business leader, Pedro Carmona.
Thankfully, said the NYT, democracy in Venezuela was no longer in danger . . . because the democratically-elected leader was forcibly removed by the military and replaced by an unelected, pro-U.S. “business leader.” The Champions of Democracy at the NYT then demanded a ruler more to their liking: “Venezuela urgently needs a leader with a strong democratic mandate to clean up the mess, encourage entrepreneurial freedom and slim down and professionalize the bureaucracy.”’
Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand and Spain win U.N. Security Council seats, Turkey bid fails
‘Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola, New Zealand and Spain won seats on the United Nations Security Council on Thursday for two years from Jan. 1, 2015. The 193-member U.N. General Assembly elected Venezuela with 181 votes, Malaysia with 187 votes, Angola with 190 votes.
All three countries campaigned unopposed for their seats after being chosen as the candidates for their respective regional groups, but still needed to win the votes of two-thirds of the General Assembly to secure their spots.
The only contest was between New Zealand, Spain and Turkey for two seats given to the Western European and others group. New Zealand won a seat during the first round of voting with 145 votes. Spain beat Turkey in a third round of run-off voting.’
- Turkey fails in bid to join UN Security Council
- Venezuela elected to UN security council
- Spain wins seat on UN Security Council
- New Zealand wins seat on UN Security Council
- Angola Goes Big On UN Security Council
- Malaysia: How Will It Perform on the UN Security Council?
- Has America Stopped Even Pretending to Care About the U.N. Security Council?
‘Colombia must invest at least 90 trillion pesos ($44.4 billion) to implement a peace deal with Marxist rebels to end a 50-year conflict, says a senator who backs the current peace talks, adding the amount is much less than the cost of waging war.
The figure is the first estimate of the cost of a peace accord to end the conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC… He said the money would be used to finance reintegration programs for former rebels, victim compensation, the return of displaced populations and land reform.’
- US support vital for Colombia peace: Former ambassador
- UN: Victims participating in Colombia peace talks receive deaths threats
- Colombian port city where body parts wash up following screams in the dark
- Bodyguard Scandal a Threat to Peace in Colombia
- Venezuela leader implicates Uribe in killing
- Colombia Paramilitary Massacre of the Poor
- Colombia says rebel chief has been to Cuba for peace talks
- ‘Don’t make children fight your war': ex-child soldier to Colombia rebels
- ICRC: Silence surrounds Colombia’s 92,000 disappeared
- Colombia arrests 32 politicians over paramilitary ties
- FARC chief says Colombia peace deal unlikely this year
- Colombia wants to expand the wealth tax in the country
- Colombia drought wipes out crops and cattle
‘Morales, a native Aymara Indian, received 60% of the vote against 25% for cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina, the highest polling of four challengers in Sunday’s election, according to a quick count of voting stations by the polling firm Ipsos for ATB television. Official partial results were expected early on Monday. Doria Medina conceded defeat late on Sunday, promising to “keep working to make a better country”.
Morales’s supporters poured into the streets to celebrate the triumph, but the festive mood was partly dented by an apparent failure by the ruling Movement Toward Socialism party to retain the two-thirds control of congress needed to push through a constitutional reform lifting a two-term limit on presidential mandates.’
- Bolivia’s Fire-Proof President
- Why Evo Morales Will Likely Win
- Bolivia’s Morales poised to win third term
- Happily Evo after: A third term for a “non-stick” leader
- Washington Snubs Bolivia on Drug Policy Reform, Again
- Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America
- Turnabout in Bolivia as Economy Rises From Instability
- Democracy from Below in Bolivia: An Interview with Oscar Olivera
- Evo Morales bows to Bolivian people power
- Evo Morales: The Extraordinary Rise of the First Indigenous President of Bolivia (Book)
‘Isabel Allende, the daughter of deposed Chilean president Salvador Allende, is “heading towards” running for leadership of the country’s socialist party, she said, a role that would put her in prime position for an eventual shot at the presidency.
Isabel Allende (not the well-known author, who is a more distant relative) is currently the head of the senate. That role ends next year, and she is holding talks as to whether she should put her name forward for the socialist party leadership contest in April, she told journalists on Friday.
[…] Allende’s name has appeared in local media in recent weeks as a possible candidate for the 2017 presidential elections, in which incumbent socialist President Michelle Bachelet is barred from running under Chile’s constitution.’
‘Tech-savvy Venezuelans looking to bypass dysfunctional economic controls are turning to the bitcoin virtual currency to obtain dollars, make Internet purchases — and launch a little subversion.
Two New York-based Venezuelan brothers hope this week to start trading on the first bitcoin exchange in the socialist-run country, which already has at least several hundred bitcoin enthusiasts.
Due to currency controls introduced by late president Hugo Chavez a decade ago, acquiring hard currency now means either requesting it from the state, which struggles to satisfy demand, or tapping a shadowy black market. Even small dollar transactions are out of the question for most Venezuelans.’
‘[…] Incredibly, everything went according to plan. The stadiums were ready on time. The airports functioned well. Though expensive, there were enough hotels. Only one major piece of infrastructure collapsed, killing two people and injuring dozens — but no one blinked. The football was entertaining, theparties pulsating. The systematic violence used against protesters was brushed off as a necessary measure against radical student groups and anarchists. The police didn’t commit mass murders, few tourists disappeared, and Brazil came out on the other side of the World Cup with its reputation intact. The pessimists were either shunted aside, swept up in the euphoria, or never interviewed again. The smug satisfaction of FIFA and their Brazilian partners in government and industry bubbled over in theirchampagne glasses. After years of haranguing Brazil for their apparent disorganization, FIFA president Joseph Blatter gave Brazil a 9.25 out of 10, calling the tournament “very, very special.”
Though hyperbolic and facile, this is the narrative that seems to have won the day. Now that the dust has settled and Brazilians try to digest seven German goals, it is important to understand how Brazil managed this outcome and what has changed, because the Olympics are next.’
- World Cup Lessons: What Brazil 2014 could mean for Russia 2018
- Documentary: The Other Side of Brazil’s World Cup
- Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: ‘No One Lives Here Anymore’
- Brazil 2014: A World Cup for Corporations
- Corruption to Blame for Some Brazil World Cup Cost Rises
- Brazil 2014: Inside the World Cup’s ever-escalating security arms race
- Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events (Book)
- Brazil Becomes Hot Market for Surveillance Technology Ahead of World Cup
‘The World Cup 2014 in Brazil was hailed by some media outlets as the greatest tournament of all time. But while the action on the pitch may serve as the benchmark for future tournaments, the headlines circling the organisation of the tournament will serve as a serious warning for the next edition of football’s most prestigious tournament, to be held in Russia in 2018.
Both Russia and Brazil share a place among the BRIC grouping acronym, which refers to four emerging market powerhouse economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – all deemed to be at a similar stage of economic development and expected to be among the world’s most dominant economies by the year 2050 . Such similarities are leading analysts to use Brazil’s experience as a guide, or more importantly as a source of foreboding concern for Russia over the next four years.’
- Hulk the target of latest racist abuse incident in Russia
- Russia: Player charged after reacting to racism
- Russian soccer fans charged with inciting racial hatred
- FIFA approves number of Russia World Cup venues
- FIFA unmoved by calls to boycott Russia’s 2018 World Cup
- EU says boycott of Russia’s 2018 World Cup ‘possible’
- Boycotting Russia World Cup 2018 would be ‘empty-gesture politics’
- Russia consider central contracts to prepare team for 2018 World Cup
- Russia 2018 and her Doomed Four-Year World Cup Plan
- Gap between rich & poor in Russia among world’s biggest
- APS-Tsentr challenges Luzhniki decision in favour of Moscow Council
- Russia World Cup bid chief defends racism track record
- FIFA said in 2010 racism ‘not a factor’ in battle for World Cup 2018
‘Argentinian opposition politicians have accused the country’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of being “completely out of touch with reality” after she gave a rambling televised address in which she claimed the US may be behind a plot to overthrow her government and possibly even assassinate her.
“If something should happen to me, don’t look to the Middle East, look to the North,” Fernández said during the address on Tuesday night, in which she alluded to an alleged plot against her by local bankers and businessmen “with foreign help”.’
- Argentina deposits debt payment in defiance of US ruling
- Overused Argentina ATMs Proving Woefully Unreliable
- Citigroup seeks stay on Argentine debt order as government threatens penalties
- Argentina accuses Washington of meddling in internal affairs
- Argentine Companies Look to Increase Trade with Russia
- Argentina in the Shadow of the Vultures
- Argentine Workers in National Strike as Economic Woes Mount
- Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-Stakes Chess Match for Argentina
- Argentina debt plan ruled ‘illegal’ in US court
- Argentina says will use anti-terror law against U.S. printing firm