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Latin America is currently seeing a leftist resurgence. In the last 5 years, several socialists have been elected to the highest office in their respective countries: Chile’s Gabriel Boric, Honduras’ Xiomara Castro, Peru’s Pedro Castillo, Argentina’s Alberto Fernandez, and Mexico’s Lopez Obrador. This shift to the left will only increase in 2022, with Brazil & Colombia’s...
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Barely six months into 2021, and already it’s been a busy political year in Latin America. What’s becoming more evident with each election is how Latin America keeps leaning to the left. On Sunday, Peru voted for its next president. At the writing of this, socialist Pedro Castillo, who leads a Marxist party that wants to nationalize...
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As many countries worldwide are beginning to find relief from the COVID pandemic, Brazil is begging its citizens to stay home and take precautions as they experience the worst outbreak of cases they have seen since last year. Many believe this outbreak has resulted from mass gatherings for government elections in November, Christmas and New...
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By Stephen Carrier, Missionary to Chile Latin America has been an interesting case study in how different nations are handling COVID-19. Some countries, like Peru, have almost locked down entirely, while Brazil’s president views the collapse of the economy as a bigger danger in the long run and has opted to keep his country open...
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By Nate Gaffney, OGTC Intern “We don’t know if when we leave home, we will come back – I don’t have the will to live anymore,” says Joyce da Silva dos Santos. She was mourning the death of her son, Guilherme, whose life was cut too short by corrupt policemen. Many citizens in Brazil walk...
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Written by Courtney Mathos, OGTC Intern in Bolivia In Latin America, Brazil and Peru have the highest number of COVID-19 cases, respectively. With soaring case counts come more restrictions and longer quarantines. But there is a marked difference in how the leaders of Brazil and Peru have responded to the virus. Peru’s president, Martín Vizcarra,...
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By: Courtney Mathos As South America’s largest country, Brazil has 305 different tribes, with nearly 100 having no contact with the outside world. President Jair Bolsonaro appointed former New Tribes missionary, Ricardo Lopes Dias, to protect these isolated tribes, amid concerns about the future of these indigenous communities. Many people believe that these tribes are...
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An Overview of Salvador Salvador was the first capital of Brazil and holds the title of oldest city. It celebrated its 450th anniversary the year before the country celebrated its 500th year anniversary. The oldest part of town (called “Pelourinho”) today boasts an elevator that eliminates the steep climb from the sea level port to...
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An Overview of Recife Recife (pronounced “resifi”) is the fifth-largest city in Brazil with 4,136,506 residents. The many rivers and small islands have earned Recife the nickname of “The Brazilian Venice.” The city is also one of the most important commerce centers of Brazil with over 85,000 businesses. These two facts alone draw in numerous people to either...
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An Overview of Porto Alegre The capital of Rio Grande do Sul, PORTO ALEGRE , lies on the eastern bank of the Rio Guaiba, at the point where five rivers converge to form the Lagoa dos Patos, a giant freshwater lagoon navigable by even the largest of ships. Founded in 1755 as a Portuguese garrison...
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