Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 10.05.06 PM

Top Story — Brazil’s Federal Police on Thursday revealed an ongoing investigation into a multi-billion dollar corruption scheme within CARF, a government agency concerned with the issuing of taxes and fines. Authorities believe the scheme misappropriated more money than the case involving oil-giant Petrobras — the scope of the latter having roiled the country for…

9011081401_93e937bd5f_o

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – As countries worldwide move toward reducing tobacco use among their citizens, Argentina remains one of seven U.N. member states — and the only one in South America — to have not yet ratified, after initially signing, a landmark treaty that aims to reduce tobacco consumption and advertising. Argentina’s delay…

Alberto Nisman

Top Story — Argentina’s government on Wednesday lent its support to an accusation that the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman embezzled public funds while he was investigating President Cristina Fernández for allegedly conspiring with Iran to cover up the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Nisman’s aide Diego Lagomarsino told authorities on…

Vaccari

Top Story — Brazilian prosecutors have filed corruption charges against the treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party as part of a continuing investigation into state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors have described as the largest corruption case in Brazil’s history. The charges against Party Treasurer João Vaccari Neto, which allege that he disguised more than…

TS

Top Story — Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday to protest the ruling Workers’ Party and demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. The protests were largely peaceful demonstrations, unlike the 2013 protests that erupted across the country against Rousseff, frequently leading to violence. The protests come just three months after Rousseff…

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 3.55.25 AM

Protesters in over 150 cities across Brazil demanded the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and an end to corruption on Sunday. Rousseff’s administration is struggling to reverse an economic downturn amid fears that the country will experience negative growth in 2015. In addition, the president is weathering the fallout from ongoing revelations regarding a massive…

15039585783_85da4479b3_z

Top Story — Brazilian Attorney General Rodrigo Janot has asked the country’s Supreme Court to launch an investigation into 54 politicians implicated in the multibillion-dollar corruption case involving the ruling Workers’ Party and the partly state-run oil firm Petrobras. The attorney general’s request marks the first step in bringing charges against the politicians. Brazilian law…

8580212063_8750b14fb1_o

COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO, Uruguay — Colonia del Sacramento underwent turbulent change in its early history. A strategic port founded by conquistadors at the mouth of the world’s widest river, the Rio de la Plata, Colonia was for long the key to unlocking the vast riches of the South American interior. A prized, fortified settlement, it…