By Constanza Vieira and Humberto Márquez BOGOTÁ/CARACAS, May 25 (IPS) – When 12 Colombian soldiers were killed by FARC insurgents a stone's throw away from the northern border with Venezuela, the consequences included military cooperation that reinforces the political, diplomatic and trade-related links that have developed over the past two years between Colombian President Juan [...]
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, May 23 (IPS) – China's voracious demand for energy has prompted it to embrace Brazil as a major oil partner, fuelling the dramatic expansion of Chinese companies in this South American country. But while some see this as a boost to the Brazilian economy, others fear that it poses [...]
By Mario Osava SÃO PAULO, May 18 (IPS) – Energy integration in South America will be a reality "in the medium to long term," driven by hydropower and drawing on Brazil’s experience, predicts Altino Ventura Filho, secretary of planning in this country’s Ministry of Mines and Energy.
By Fabíola Ortiz RIO DE JANEIRO, May 7 (IPS) – The Brazilian government of Dilma Rousseff is taking firm steps towards stronger relations with Africa, such as the creation of a special fund to finance development projects together with multilateral lenders like the World Bank.
Analysis by Gustavo Capdevila GENEVA, Apr 24 (IPS) – Profound discord between industrialised nations and developing countries is threatening to ruin the UNCTAD meeting being held this week in Doha, and may even endanger the survival of this United Nations body that defends the interests of the developing nations of the South.
By Fabíola Ortiz RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 6 (IPS) – On her first visit to Brazil, the United Nations humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos stressed the need to take advantage of this country’s experience in disaster response and the fight against poverty.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 30 (IPS) – Over the last decade, China has become Brazil’s main trading partner and source of foreign investment. But this apparent lifeline at a time of global crisis could actually aggravate longstanding problems faced by Latin America’s biggest economy.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 22 (IPS) – Opinions are divided in Brazil over the prosecution of U.S. oil giant Chevron for two oil spills. While some argue that the legal action is an over-reaction triggered by nationalism, others say it is necessary to show that Brazil is serious about protecting the environment.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 1 (IPS) – The Brazilian government is stepping up South-South aid, to strengthen the South American giant’s status as a donor country and its international clout. It now provides assistance to 65 countries, and its financial aid has grown threefold in the last seven years.
By Fabiana Frayssinet * RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 29 (IPS) – China is looking to Latin America to experiment with the yuan, or renminbi, to replace the dollar, taking advantage of the growth in Chinese trade and investment in this region. But because the volume is still insignificant, it is not yet clear what impact [...]