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Brazil’s ruling party picks successor to Lula

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Brazil’s ruling party picks successor to Lula

Brazil's ruling Workers' Party (PT) nominated Dilma Roussef on Saturday, February 20, as its presidential candidate for the upcoming October 3 general election. Bloggers debate the implications for Lula's handpicked successor.

Posted: February 24, 2010 11:50   Comments: 0
In Canada’s Arctic, finding hope with the help of a circus

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In Canada’s Arctic, finding hope with the help of a circus

In the tiny Canadian Arctic town of Igloolik, where there are barely 1,500 inhabitants, around 5 young adults commit suicide every year. Filmmaker Linda Matchan, in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is documenting the efforts of a circus troupe there called Artcirq, formed to offer young people hope.

Posted: February 23, 2010 17:10   Comments: 4
Western hemisphere leaders challenge U.S. dominance

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Western hemisphere leaders challenge U.S. dominance

The dispute between Britain and Argentina over oil exploration in the Falkland Islands was just one of the topics on the agenda at a meeting today of Latin American leaders in Mexico. Thirty-two leaders from the Americas agreed to create a new regional cooperation organization. For more, Martin Savidge interviews Christopher Sabatini.

Posted: February 23, 2010 16:25   Comments: 52
An American bloc without its big players?

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An American bloc without its big players?

More than 30 heads of state met this week for a summit designed to create an alternative to the Organization of American States. The conference, however, has been overshadowed by a spat between Colombia's Alvaro Uribe and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez. Worldfocus looks at reactions from U.S. and Latin American writers.

Posted: February 23, 2010 16:22   Comments: 5
Cyber-security risks test U.S. government preparedness

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Cyber-security risks test U.S. government preparedness

We take a look beyond the headlines at increasing concerns over cyber-security, a problem that was recently highlighted by an online assault on Google from China. This event added to fears about a digital attack that could cripple the information superhighway. For more, Martin Savidge interviews James Lewis.

Posted: February 22, 2010 16:46   Comments: 3
Marijuana laws loosen gradually around the globe

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Marijuana laws loosen gradually around the globe

During a recent upswing in drug violence in Mexican border towns, many critics of the drug war called for a change in U.S. policy toward marijuana use. Meanwhile, New Jersey just became the 14th U.S. state to allow marijuana for medical use. View our maps to compare current U.S. marijuana policy to laws in Europe and the rest of the world.

Posted: February 19, 2010 14:53   Comments: 20
Haiti struggles to provide housing for quake survivors

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Haiti struggles to provide housing for quake survivors

Haiti's government says it will take over some privately held land to build camps for quake survivors. The aim is to relieve overcrowding in makeshift camps where many of the one million-plus homeless have been living. But five weeks after the quake, a few stories of hope are emerging as well. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English reports from Haiti.

Posted: February 19, 2010 14:29   Comments: 2
Colombian right-wing militias accused of rights abuses

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Colombian right-wing militias accused of rights abuses

Between 2003 and 2006, more than 30,000 militia members in Colombia were de-mobilized. Human Rights Watch has said that de-mobilization has been flawed and that violent successor groups operate in three-quarters of Colombia's departments. In conjunction with photographer Stephen Ferry, Human Rights Watch profiles three men who have received death threats.

Posted: February 17, 2010 16:50   Comments: 3
Violent paramilitary groups resurface in Colombia

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Violent paramilitary groups resurface in Colombia

Militia violence is resurfacing in Colombia, with groups targeting ordinary people and threatening to kidnap and kill their families. The groups are successors to the paramilitaries who inflicted terror upon Colombia for decades. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Maria McFarland, Deputy Washington Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch.

Posted: February 17, 2010 15:11   Comments: 0
‘March of Anger’ protests against violent Mexican drug war

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‘March of Anger’ protests against violent Mexican drug war

On February 13, around 1,300 Mexicans took to the streets of Ciudad Juárez to protest the continued presence of the armed forces in the northern border city. Civil rights groups say the deployment of 6,000 combat troops has worsened the drug-related crime wave and have organized a "March of Anger" to voice their opposition. Read how bloggers are reacting.

Posted: February 16, 2010 15:48   Comments: 0
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