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September, 11 2017 (Marketslant) If you think all this conspiracy theory stuff is just nonsense, we are with you. But the WTC 7 collapse still doesn't make sense to us. It has always had more in common with an opportunist insurance scam than a true collapse. But we are beyond looking deeper. Thankfully, some are [...]

Bolivia governing party challenges Morales’ term limit

September, 17 2017 (BBC) Lawmakers from Bolivia's governing Movement Towards Socialism party (MAS) have asked the Constitutional Court to allow President Evo Morales to run for a fourth term, despite the constitution preventing him from doing so. The move comes a year and a half after Bolivians voted against changing the constitution to remove term [...]

Florida Power and Light lobbyists made it illegal to use solar during outages

September, 18 2017 (Boingboing) Florida Power and Light's grid did not fare well under Hurricane Irma, despite the company's assurances that it had spent billions hardening its systems after 90% of its customers lost power to 2005's Hurricane Wilma. But one thing has changed since 2005: solar. Many of the FPL customers who are living [...]

Tempers fray as search for survivors winds down after Mexico quake

September, 21 2017 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tempers frayed in Mexico City on Friday as the search for survivors amidst twisted rubble of collapsed buildings began to wind down three days after the country’s most deadly earthquake in a generation. The 7.1 magnitude quake leveled 52 buildings in the sprawling Mexican capital at lunchtime [...]

International Criminal Court Judge Criticizes Transitional Justice in Santos-FARC Agreement

September, 13 2017 (Panampost) International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda traveled to Colombia with several concerns about the implementation of the FARC disarmament treaty established with President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration, which has been criticized for slowness and an alarming number of extrajudicial executions. Bensouda’s agenda in the country included following up on the [...]

Mexican Far Left Candidate’s Tax Plan Is Unrealistic: Citigroup

September, 13 2017 (Panampost) Citigroup released a report following a meeting that its representatives and investors held with Mexico‘s left-wing leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as AMLO. In the statement, the bank expressed its doubts about the viability of the plan AMLO intends to implement should he become President in 2018. Analysts from [...]

Brazil police arrest JBS CEO Batista, plea deal in limbo

September, 13 2017 (Reuters) SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s federal police on Wednesday arrested the chief executive of JBS SA, the world’s No. 1 meatpacker, accusing him of insider trading ahead of a plea bargain he signed this year whose disclosure pummeled the company’s stock. Wesley Batista, who has been at the helm of JBS [...]

Peruvian ballet dancer who hid Shining Path rebel is freed

September, 12 2017 (BBC) A ballet dancer jailed for hiding Peru's most-wanted man in her flat has been released after 25 years in jail. Maritza Garrido Lecca, 52, was sentenced in 1992 after the leader of the Shining Path rebel group, Abimael Guzmán, was found in her apartment. The Maoist guerrilla group was largely dismantled [...]

Brazil corruption scandal: President Temer slams judiciary

September, 12 2017 (BBC) Brazil's President Michel Temer has accused his country's judiciary of using allegations of corruption to destroy reputations. Mr Temer's statement came just hours before a Supreme Court justice authorised a new corruption investigation into the president. The president, like dozens of other Brazilian politicians, is already implicated in Operation Car Wash. [...]

The Trump Sanctions Against Venezuela: Is Economic Recovery Possible?

September, 8 2017 (Huffpost) At the end of August, the Trump administration imposed harsh sanctions on Venezuela that prevent the country from borrowing or selling assets in the U.S. financial system. The new embargo will exacerbate shortages of food, medicine, and other essential goods while severely limiting the policy options available to pull the country [...]

Cuban Regime Made 511 Arbitrary Arrests in August: Report

September, 6 2017 (Panampost) August proved to be another oppressive, authoritarian month for the Cuban regime, registering 511 arbitrary and politically motivated arrests, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation. The dissident group warned that civil organizations suffer “various forms of systematic, illegal intimidation and deterrence.” The Commission also said that [...]

Colombia’s government reaches ceasefire deal with ELN

September, 4 2017 (CNN) The Colombian government has reached an agreement with leftist ELN rebels on a bilateral ceasefire starting October 1, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced on television Monday. The ceasefire will run for an initial 102 days through January 12, 2018, and will be renewed if progress continues to be made in [...]