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ENN Original news: Brazil forms special environmental security force to combat spike in deforestation

Brazil will set up a special environmental security force in an effort to stem rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, reports AFP. In a statement, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said the new body will be backed by the army, the federal police and the Brazilian Environment Institution (IBAMA). The force will be charged with permanent surveillance of the Amazon. For ...

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Mexicans cry out for peace | Waging Nonviolence

The Republic of Mexico’s national anthem begins with the words, “Mexicans, at the cry of war.” But last week Mexicans were instead crying out once more for peace. On September 21, in front of the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) closed its “Ten Days for Peace and Human Rights” with a ...

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Hugo Chávez comes out swinging in first post-election press conference | guardian.co.uk

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez may have started a new term, but it was the old, anti-imperialist, anti-US drive that characterised his first press conference since winning re-election for six more years. Lambasting Washington, backing Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and accusing Europe of cashing in on the death of Muammar Gaddafi, Chávez came out swinging after his comfortable victory on Sunday. ...

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Mexicans cry out for peace | Waging Nonviolence

The Republic of Mexico’s national anthem begins with the words, “Mexicans, at the cry of war.” But last week Mexicans were instead crying out once more for peace. On September 21, in front of the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) closed its “Ten Days for Peace and Human Rights” with a ...

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At General Debate, Cuba calls for UN reform to make it ‘truly representative’ of world | UN News Centre

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla called for the urgent reform of the United Nations by reinforcing the powers of the 193-member General Assembly and expanding the 15-member Security Council to make it truly representative of the world as it exists today, 65 years after its creation. AP reports that he slams U.S. over embargo.

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Peace Talks in Colombia and the Challenges Ahead | Fellowship of Reconciliation

By Charlotte Melly, FOR Colombia Team Member Elements of the Colombian peace process that begins October 8 in Oslo indisputably distinguish these negotiations from prior attempts to put an end to Colombia’s five decade-long conflict. The insistence on learning from past mistakes is cause for optimism, and both parties seem to be taking the process seriously. The fact that negotiations ...

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Democrats and U.S. Labor Delusional About Latin America | Counterpunch

Diatribes and Curious Silences by ALBERTO C. RUIZ The Democrats just put out their platform on Latin America, and it demonstrates only the loosest connection to reality. Thus, while praising the “vibrant democracies in countries from Mexico to Brazil and Costa Rica to Chile,” as well as “historic peaceful transfers of power in places like El Salvador and Uruguay,” the ...

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Colombia rejects Farc call for ceasefire | guardian.co.uk

The Colombian president has rejected a ceasefire offered by the Farc rebels to coincide with Norway peace talks in October. Juan Manuel Santos said that instead the Colombian military and police would be stepping up their offensive against the rebels. For more on this story, visit: Colombia rejects Farc call for ceasefire | World news | guardian.co.uk.

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Colombia’s president announces accord to begin peace talks with rebels | The Washington Post

By Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia — President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Tuesday a preliminary accord with Colombia’s main leftist rebel group to launch peace talks to end a stubborn, century-old conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. In a nationally televised speech, Santos called the agreement a roadmap to “a definitive peace” and said it was reached ...

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Has implementation of the accusatory legal system been an effective response to the fight against impunity in Colombia? | U.S. Office on Colombia

The US Office on Colombia releases its latest report, Impunity: Has implementation of the accusatory legal system been an effective response to the fight against impunity in Colombia? By examining each stage in the judicial process under the new system, and illuminating important distinctions between Colombia’s accusatory system and the Anglo-Saxon model, the report indicates that there are several impediments ...

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