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China Brags: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Wants ‘Better and Better’ Ties with Beijing

China’s state media reported Thursday that Ji Bingxuan, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s special envoy to Brazil for the inauguration of conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, delivered a personal letter from Xi to the new president and received “warm greetings” to send back to Beijing.

Supporters of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro take part in a rally along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo Brazil on October 21 2018. - Barring any last-minute upset, Brazil appears poised to elect Jair Bolsonaro, a populist far-right veteran politician, as its next president in a week's time. (Photo …

Bolsonaro Takes Helm in Brazil: ‘Our Flag Will Never Be Red’

Brazil inaugurated Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right conservative who campaigned on a platform of smaller government and fighting socialism, as its president on Tuesday. In his first speech in office, Bolsonaro urged Brazilians to “dream” while remaining vigilant of the threats of socialism.

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Five World Presidential Elections to Watch in 2019

With 2018 in the rear-view mirror, some of the world’s largest, most influential, and most volatile states prepare to elect their heads of government this year. Below, five countries whose presidential races – or attempts at hosting presidential races – will help shape the political impact of 2019.

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Venezuela: Migrant Crisis Triggers Decline in Murder Rate

The murder rate in Venezuela fell over the course of 2018 after many violent criminals joined the millions of people fleeing the crisis-stricken country, according to a report from the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (OVV) published Thursday.

Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL) Jair Bolsonaro gives his thumb up after casting his vote during the general elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 7, 2018. - Polling stations opened in Brazil on Sunday for the most divisive presidential election in the country …

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Hails Ties with Israel

Brazil’s incoming president Jair Bolsonaro pushed back against critics and feted burgeoning ties with Israel Thursday, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his way to Brasilia for the new leader’s swearing in.

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Crash of the Pink Tide: Latin America Continues Shift Rightwards in 2018

Latin America has continued its shift towards right-wing, anti-socialist leaders in the year 2018, electing new administrations in Colombia, Brazil, and Chile to change the political climate of a continent dominated by left-wing governments in the 21st century so far.

Manifestantes opuestos al gobierno venezolano cantan afuera de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) durante la sesión extraordinaria del Consejo Permanente, en Washington, el lunes 3 de abril de 2017. (AP Foto/José Luis Magana)

Bleak Christmas in Venezuela as Families Go Hungry

Many in Venezuela are facing their bleakest Christmas holiday season yet as the country’s economic and humanitarian crisis means many families will be unable to buy presents or even eat.

A Cuban inmate remains in his cell at the maximum security 'Combinado del Este' prison, in Havana, on April 9, 2013. Cuban authorities organized a visit for the international media --the only one in the last nine years-- to the biggest prison in Cuba, to show the press the prison …

142 Political Prisoners to Spend Christmas Behind Bars in Cuba

The Cuban Observatory for Human Rights has identified at least 142 prisoners of conscience who will remain imprisoned this Christmas under the communist Castro regime, which resolutely denies the existence of any political prisoners on the island.

Venezuela lifts opposition lawmakers' immunity for drone 'attack' trial

Venezuela Invades Guyana to Block Exxon Mobil Oil Exploration

The Venezuelan Navy illegally entered the waters of Guyana this weekend and forced a ship contracted by Exxon Mobil to conduct oil research in the area to vacate, claiming that Guyana’s permission to explore its sovereign territory was not enough for the ship to be legally present in the water.

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Cuba’s Ceremonial President to Step Out of Castro’s Shadow with TV Show

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who answers to Communist Party leader Raúl Castro, announced on Wednesday that he will soon launch a YouTube channel and a television program intended to bring him “closer to the people.” Díaz-Canel also said he aspires to expand the presence of the Castro regime on social media to combat “adverse information.”

Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro meets with Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat of the Assembly of Cuban Resistance to discuss fighting communism, Rio de Janeiro, 12/20/2019

Bolsonaro Meets Cuban Resistance: Vows Brazil’s Support Against Communism

Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro welcomed Cuban exile leader Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat in his Rio de Janeiro home Wednesday to discuss the “atrocities” of the communist Castro regime and how Brazil will lead the region in the struggle against the international left during his tenure.