Month: Jun 2019

Santa Cruz deforested more than one million hectares, 64% illegally

 Since 2012, Santa Cruz has deforested 1,070,151 hectares of forest, according to data from the Forest and Land Social Control and Control Authority (ABT). Records show that 64% of that clearing -691,701 hetares- was made illegally. The figure corresponds to five years of clearing for the expansion of agricultural and livestock activity. The expansion of the urban spot is another cause for indiscriminate felling.

International reserves increased to $8.3 bn thanks to Brazil’s payment for gas

Bolivia’s international reserves grew to $8.3 billion thanks to Brazil’s $55 million payment for the concept of gas sales, report Bolivia’s Central Bank (BCB). BCB’s president, Pablo Ramos, said that the country’s net international reserves are largely nourished by natural gas exports, but also from other sectors, such as gold, whose price recorded an increase in the international market.

Brazil’s democracy suffers another blow with ‘Operation Car Wash’ leaks

On Sunday, the Brazilian offshoot of the online news site the Intercept disclosed old private messages between now-Justice Minister Sérgio Moro and the task force of “Operation Car Wash,” the wide ranging corruption probestarted in 2014 that led to the conviction and jailing of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, among many other high-profile figures. The messages show clear collusion between a judge and prosecutors to convict those involved in the operation. Beyond the immediate implications — such as the possible reversal of convictions and the political impact to Moro and to President Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to appoint him to the Supreme Court — it remains to be seen how Brazilians will react.

Workers occupy China Railway Company’s Camp

Workers took the Perembaise camp in a protest against China Railway Construction Corporation. The camp is located four kilometres from the road Rurrenabaque-Riberalta.  Blockades were also recorded on the road. Workers demand that the Chinese company comply with Bolivian labour laws, and denounce the continued mistreatment of the Chinese personnel against Bolivian workers.

Bolivia and Paraguay focus their attention on the Bi-oceanic corridor and the waterway Paraná-Paraguay

Bolivia and Paraguay will install on Wednesday, in La Paz, the first binational cabinet to deal with the Bi-oceanic train project and the waterway Paraná-Paraguay, as well as defence and security issues. It is a public and private mission. “We are in a new phase of a fruitful and positive relationship with Bolivia and this relationship have to take advantage of our peoples, so we are here,” said Paraguay’s Foreign Minister, Luis A. Castiglioni.