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—Researched and written by Sarah Simon— After presiding over Ecuador for two months, Lenín Moreno is already enveloped in controversy. Most of it is linked to Rafael Correa, Moreno’s predecessor who, despite backing his presidential campaign, now publicly calls Moreno’s leadership into question. While they worked together to build the same political party – the

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–Researched and written by Elena LeFevre— PepsiCo, the American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, closed a factory in the Florida neighborhood of Vicente López, Argentina. The factory employed more than 600 workers, and was shut down on June 20. Protests and violent clashes with local and national authorities ensued, and both legal and political

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–Researched and written by Jessica Marques— Brazil’s President Michel Temer sanctioned a labor reform without any vetoes on July 11. The Planalto, where the President’s office is located, asked the Senators to approve the text without modifications so as not to delay the bill, and Temer agreed to veto controversial points that would later be

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—Researched and written by Mirella Espino— The ex-governor of Veracruz, Mexico, Javier Duarte, was arrested on April 14, 2017 in Guatemala on corruption charges. It was not until early July that both the Mexican and Guatemalan governments set Duarte’s extradition from Guatemala for July 17. Currently he is in Mexico, facing ten corruption charges brought

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—Researched and written by E. Owen Kennedy, Jr.— It is expected that the judge will advance the legal proceedings of PRI politician Javier Duarte and designate the Federal prison in which he will be held. Duarte’s attitude toward the proceedings turned somber, a departure from the sarcastic grins he imparted previously.

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Outside of the Asamblea Nacional in Caracas, approximately 200 alleged sympathizers of the Venezuelan government attacked congressmen and federal employees, leaving12 wounded.

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Senator Paulo Paim of Brazil, former Secretary of the Central Worker’s Union, proclaimed, “The economic groups that put Michel Temer in the Presidency want to open a class war” and says he never saw a government so cruel to its people, not even during the dictatorship, referring to proposed changes of the labor laws. Print

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After months of political turmoil, Venezuelans took to the polls and decided to form a new governmental body. President Nicolás Maduro also wants to create a new constitution, a move that many fear will further erode the democratic order in Venezuela.

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