Argentina to block extradition of Evo Morales

Argentina will deny Bolivia's request for Evo Morales’s extradition.

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who has an arrest warrant for "terrorism" and "sedition" in his country, received confirmation of his "refugee" status in Argentina.

 On Thursday, December 12, Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá, declared that from the moment someone asks for refugee status, "any possibility of extradition" is impossible.

Morales arrived in Buenos Aires on December 12 and is considered by the Argentine government as a "political refugee."

Blue Helmets accused of sexual abuse in Haiti

U.N. Blue Helmets are accused of sexually abusing hundreds of women and girls during the peace mission in Haiti.

The findings were released in a study on Tuesday, December 17, on The Conversation website.

Written  by two British university professors, the document is the result of 2,500 interviews with Haitians living near U.N. bases in 2017.

When asked about the women and girls’ experiences, 10% spoke of situations where members of the Blue Helmets sexually abused and impregnated local women and girls.

The report highlights quotes such as "They gave you a few coins and in return they put a baby in you," or "The U.N. mission gave us many children without parents."

The report details that the perpetrators of these crimes came from 13 different countries. But most of them were Brazilian or Uruguayan.

The U.N. peace mission in Haiti that lasted from 2004 to 2017 is one of the most controversial in history. 

It has been the focus of extensive allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse. 

Cuban doctors denounce slave labor

Cuban mission doctors denounce "slave labor."

The practice was denounced during a forum held Wednesday at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington.

Firsthand testimonies from former Cuban doctors relate the abuses they suffer and how they are used as propaganda by the regime. 

They also filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court against Pan-American Health Organization officials for their role as intermediaries in the "Mais Medicos" program.

From Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Bolivia, some 9,000 Cuban doctors had their contracts canceled last year, a decision encouraged by the Trump administration and which is an economic hit for the island.

The sale of medical services is the main source of foreign exchange for the Cuban regime, worth more than $6 billion a year.

Industrial confidence grows in Brazil

Brazil: industrial confidence reaches one of its highest levels in nine years.

The index of industrialists' confidence in the Brazilian economy rose 1.9 points in December, according to the monthly survey conducted by the National Confederation of Industry.

The Industrial Confidence Index has a scale of 0 to 100, where above 50 it is considered optimistic, and this time it reached 64.3 points. 

The rise in confidence coincides with indicators showing the strong recovery of the Brazilian economy and the approval of measures promoted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, such as the reform of the pension system.