ENTEL plans to offer cheaper internet and mobile with fibre optic through Peru

The manager of the National Telecommunications Company (Entel), Mauricio Altovez, announced that it is expected to lower internet and mobile tariffs in a “substantial” way from September of this year, by using fibre optics through Peruvian territory.  Entel’s manager explained that having a sovereign fibre optic over stake will allow the state-owned company to negotiate directly with international operators to purchase internet services, which will have an impact on a fee reduction in favour of its users in the country.

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.