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Venezuelan Conservative Leader: Elliott Abrams ‘Undermined’ Trump Policy with Insults

María Corina Machado — leader of Vente Venezuela, the nation’s only major conservative party — accused top U.S. Venezuela policy official Elliott Abrams of “undermining” President Donald Trump on Monday in remarks that branded her delusional and lazy. Machado — an elected federal lawmaker under socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro who sent the military to tear-gas…

Pandemic worsens indebtedness in Latin American countries

By Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro… In the 2008 global crisis, Latin America’s public debt was around 40% of the GDP. By the end of 2019, before the global coronavirus pandemic, this financial solvency indicator had worsened, rising to 62%, according to data of the…

China Gets Closer to Latin America with Chile Trade Deal

South China Morning Post YouTube Fruit industry leaders in Chile and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week to reinforce trade ties, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Friday. The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Food and Native Products (CCCFNA) reportedly…

Outrage in Bolivia After TV Channel Broadcasts Man’s Coronavirus Death

A TV channel in Bolivia sparked widespread outrage on Thursday after broadcasting a Chinese coronavirus patient dying as doctors desperately tried to save his life, the Bolivian newspaper Pagina Siete reported. The No Lies program, aired nightly on the Santa Cruz-based PAT channel, showed the final half-hour of a patient’s life as he suffered a heart attack and…

Brazil’s Ex-Justice Minister: Bolsonaro ‘Not Fulfilling Promises to Fight Corruption’

Former Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro told Time magazine in an interview Friday that he left the government of President Jair Bolsonaro because he did not feel it was doing enough to fight corruption. Moro, until recently a judge in the regional capital Curitiba, rose to national prominence as the head of a corruption probe known as…

Venezuela’s Indigenous Leader: Maduro Not Counting Our Coronavirus Deaths

The head of the Venezuelan National Assembly’s indigenous people’s committee asserted on Tuesday that the socialist regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro had left indigenous Venezuelans in “total abandon,” with no resources to fight the Chinese coronavirus. Gladys Guaipo, the president of the Permanent Commission of Indigenous Peoples at the federal lawmaking body, also accused the…

Brazil Builds Its Own Ventilators After China Fails to Deliver Shipments

Brazilian Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told a news conference on Wednesday that China is shipping very few of the ventilators Brazil ordered for victims of the Wuhan coronavirus, so bids from Brazilian companies are now being solicited to build the machines. “Practically all our purchases of equipment in China are not being confirmed,” Mandetta…

Argentina’s Overwhelmed Funeral Homes Not Given ‘Clear Information’ on Handling Coronavirus Remains

Funeral homes in Argentina have not been given clear instructions on how to handle corpses of those who have died from the Chinese coronavirus, according to a report from national outlet Infobae on Thursday. The Association of Funeral Service Companies in the Province of Buenos Aires (ASEF) reportedly sent a letter to Minister of Health Ginés González…

Brazilian Official Mocks Chinese Accent, Demands Sale of 1,000 Respirators for an Apology

Brazilian Minister of Education Abraham Weintraub promised to apologize to the Chinese government on Monday if Beijing offered to sell 1,000 respirators to the South American country. Weintraub had outraged the Communist Party embassy in Brasilia with a tweet in which he mocked Chinese accents in Portuguese, posted on Saturday but since deleted. Weintraub’s post…

Dominican Republic Reports First Coronavirus Case in Italian Tourist

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Health officials in the Dominican Republic on Sunday reported the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the tourist-rich Caribbean, while British cruise ship passengers who had been trapped at sea due to virus fears were finally set to come home. Public Health Minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas said…
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