Mexico grants political asylum to Evo Morales
The departure of Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, followed weeks of violent protests by the far-right, foreshadowing fraud claims at the October 20 re-election. In a redrawing of Latin America’s political landscape, the left has regained power in both Mexico and Argentina, though powerhouse Brazil still retains a far-right government headed by Jair Bolsonaro.
Venezuela’s Former MUD Leader Slams Opposition’s Failure at Polls
The former executive secretary of the Venezuelan opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, MUD, Jesus ‘Chuo’ Torrealba, has blamed the leadership for their losses during last weekend’s regional elections. President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, made decisive gains in last weekend’s regional polls, winning 18 of the 23 state governships in Sunday’s vote.
Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno Defeats Banker in Presidential Election
Progressive candidate and renowned disability activist, Lenin Moreno, won the Ecuadorean presidential election Sunday. With 99 percent of the official vote counted, Lenin defeated former banker Guillermo Lasso, candidate for the right-wing CREO-SUMO alliance, with 51.16 percent to 48.84 percent, according to results issued by the country’s National Electoral Council on Monday morning.
66% of Brazilians Say Congress Voted Coup for Their Own Benefit
As the interim government of coup-imposed President Michel Temer continues to act as a permanent power rather than a temporary fix while suspended President Dilma Rousseff stands trial for budget manipulations, a new poll reported Sunday by Globo shows that two thirds of Brazilians believe that lawmakers voted in their own self interest in giving the green light to the impeachment process.
Nicolas Maduro Declares Emergency to Face Foreign Intervention
Maduro did not provide details of the measure, but he said that it includes the ability to face outside threats, such as Colombia’s former president Alvaro Uribe’s demand for intervention in Venezuela by foreign troops. He added that the previous state of exception included decrees “to protect the people and the socioeconomic stability of the country.”
300 Economists Urge World Leaders to Close Down Tax Havens
“The existence of tax havens does not add to overall global wealth or well-being; they serve no useful economic purpose,” the letter reads. “Whilst these jurisdictions undoubtedly benefit some rich individuals and multinational corporations, this benefit is at the expense of others, and they therefore serve to increase inequality.”
Majority of US Millennials Reject Capitalism
Young people in the U.S. are increasingly rejecting capitalism. According to a recent survey conducted by Harvard University, 51 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 do not support capitalism. Only 42 percent said they were in favor of the current economic system.
Venezuelan Opposition Launches Campaign to Oust Nicolas Maduro
One of the mechanism sought by the opposition coalition is a constitutional amendment to cut Maduro’s term short and hold new presidential elections. That could be requested either by the National Assembly or 2.9 million voters, paving the way for a recall referendum.