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Inspired by hate: what Bolsonaro presidential campaign is doing to Brazilian politics

November 1, 2018

Since Brazilians went to the polling stations on Oct 7 and massively vote for an extreme-right, military presidential candidate, the world has turned its attention to the man that became next president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who has openly  expressed misogynistic, homophobic, racist and militaristic views. His campaign was largely run in the social media by his fans, who are not shy of sharing fake news via WhatsApp, which turned out to be the go-to political weapon and is used by 120 million people in the country.

Magic water scandal shows the deep roots of corruption in Guatemalan politics

October 24, 2018

Last week it was reported that the former vice president of Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, had been formally sentenced to 15 years in prison following her involvement in what is being called the “Magic Water” scandal.  Baldetti was found guilty of participating in and directing a criminal network in the multimillion-dollar scheme, which redirected state funds intended to clean the contaminated Lake Amatitlan (Al Jazeera 2018).

Berta Cáceres: Profile as an Environmental Activist and Upcoming Trial in Honduras

October 8, 2018

This September, the trial began for the murder of former Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations in Hondoras (COPHINH) coordinator and 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize winner, Berta Cáceres. On March 2, 2016, Cáceres and Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro were attacked in Cáceres’ home by hitmen hired by the executive president of Desarrollos Energéticos SA (DESA). The company leadership targeted Cáceres due to her involvement with indigenous protests against DESA’s plans to build a hydroelectric dam along the Gualcarque river.

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