COVERAGES 2017

 

We take a look back at the biggest stories to come out of Latin America and the rest of the world in 2017.

LATIN AMERICA IN REVIEW

Chilean Billionaire Piñera Wins Presidential Runoff

Chile's right-center candidate and billionaire former President Sebastian Piñera will serve his second term as president.

 

Billionaire former President Sebastian Piñera has defeated center-left Senator, Alejandro Guillier in Chile's presidential run-off.

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Election Theft in Honduras

 

If opposition demands for a thorough examination of election procedures and voting tallies are not met, protests and repression may explode in Honduras.

 

Honduras is in crisis. The national election took place on Sunday 26 November.

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Venezuela: Chavismo Virtually Wipes US-Backed Opposition From Municipal Map

This is the worst electoral defeat for the opposition in Venezuela since 2005.

 

Dec. 10 will not only go down as a date to remember in the annals of Venezuelan history for the Battle of Santa Inés of 1859 during the Federal War

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Venezuela: Socialists Win Bolivar to Take 18 of 23 States

The Bolivar state governorship was won by ruling socialist party candidate Justo Noguera Pietri.

 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, has won the pending 23rd governorship

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Argentina's Legislative Elections: Fernandez Elected, Macri's Party Makes Gains

Turnout reached almost 80 percent, according to electoral authorities.

 

Former president Cristina Fernandez won a seat in Argentina's senate at the same time Mauricio Macri's conservative Cambiemos coalition made gains in both houses

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Honduras: Nationwide Protests Meet With More Police Violence

CLIMATE CHANGE IN 2017

Scientist Warnings and Climate Change: The Demise of Wild Bees, Koalas and Perhaps Humans

Unless the world really sits up and takes notice, we will be soon adding our pollinator bee friends and, eventually, ourselves to that list.

 

Is climate change aiding the demise of the Koala bear?

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Caribbean Leaders to Create World's First Climate Smart Zone

With the right domestic and international reforms, the world can take climate change by the reins.

 

The Caribbean will be home to the world’s first “climate start zone”, an initiative dedicated to the discovering new ways

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Economics of Climate Change: Challenges Facing Latin America

Central America and the Caribbean are considerably vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Political analyst Geovanny Vicente Romero investigates.

 

Latin America and the Caribbean contribute barely 9 percent of air-pollutant

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 Capitalism, Exterminism and the Long Ecological Revolution

Even the most stubborn climate skeptics found the events of 2017 difficult to cope with. It wasn't just a matter of turning up the air conditioner and switching the channel to Fox News: this time, the inconvenient truth came in the form of monstrous wildfires and tropical cyclones ruthlessly knocking down suburban ranch homes and master-planned housing developments.

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In Pictures: 2017 Natural Disasters

THE YEAR OF TRUMP

These Are the Words Trump Has Banned the CDC from Using

Longtime CDC consultants say they have never seen a budget proposal word ban the entire time they have worked with the agency.

 

“Vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

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White House Rejects Trump Investigations for Sexual Harassment

A total of 16 women have filed complaints of misconduct against U.S. President Donald Trump.

 

The White House on Monday rejected calls for a congressional investigation into accusations against US President Donald Trump

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'Corruption': Analysis Finds Trump to Save Up to $15M A Year from Tax Bill

The president, his son-in-law and five others from his administration will save millions of dollars as a result of the controversial tax reform.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump will save up to US$15 million a year

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As Trump Visits ASEAN Summit, Philippine Groups Stage Huge Anti-Imperialist Rallies

CELEBRITY CREEPS CALLED OUT

Another One Bites The Dust: Russell Simmons Steps Down in Disgrace After Rape Claim

Simmons' humiliation deepened throughout the day Thursday after HBO scrubbed his name and involvement from upcoming six-part series All Def Comedy.

 

Music producer Russell Simmons, long considered a fundamental figure in the marketing of hip-hop to a global audience

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After the Weinstein Effect, What's Next for Feminism?

Stephanie Hamel, an expert in Intersectional Feminism and American Studies, examines what the future holds for feminism in light of the cultural shift triggered by widespread allegations of sexual harassment.

 

The issue of violence against women in the form of sexual abuse

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'House of Cards' Crashes Down as Kevin Spacey Comes Out to Dodge Child Sex Abuse Claim

Kevin Spacey's half-hearted apology and the announcement that he "chooses to live as a gay man" threatens to tank the Oscar-winning actor's career.

 

Actor Kevin Spacey has apologized for an alleged attempt to "seduce" a 14-year-old Anthony Rapp more than 30 years ago

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2018

Five Badass Female Collectives Defying Global Patriarchy

"Yes, we fight rapists with lathis [sticks]. If we find the culprit, we thrash him black and blue so he dare not attempt to do wrong to any girl or a woman again," says India's all-female Gulabi Gang.

 

This year, the #MeToo movement became a rallying cry for women seeking justice for the times men have exploited and abused them

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 Latin American Election Projections for 2018

There will be presidential elections in six Latin American countries in 2018. They include Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica.

 

Brazil

 

Operation “Car Wash” corruption investigations, kickback schemes, the mere

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