Peru in political turmoil

Peruvian Vice-President Mercedes Aráoz has announced on Tuesday her "irrevocable" resignation. She also declined the opposition appointment of her being the president-in-charge.

Monday night, September 30, 2019, becomes a new chapter in the crisis and political instability that marks Peru in its history, after President Martin Vizcarra’s announcement to dissolve Congress. 

The parliament responded by suspending the president and appointing Mercedes Araóz as interim president.

Recent years have highlighted the corruption scandals of the Odebrecht case, leading to the imprisonment of three former presidents and a fourth president committing suicide when he was about to be arrested.

Cuban regime denies Christian opposition leader medical treatment

The Cuban communist regime has denied medical treatment for a Christian opposition leader.

Major Daniel González Rojas, head of the Department of Subversive Activity in Villa Clara, tells opposition leader Guillermo del Sol to leave the hospital despite being admitted for a serious condition.

Rojas tells the opposition leader that medical care is not for people of his class and informs de Sol that the order comes directly from Army General Raúl Castro.

Rojas added that Castro says he de Sol should die in his house like a dog. Rojas then instruct several officers to arrest de Sol and transfer him to his residence.

Del Sol, now in a delicate state of health at home, has been on hunger strike for 40 days to ask Cubans who are able to leave to return to their country whenever they want to.

Brazil provides support, aid to farmers

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has issued a decree to extend financing to Brazilian farmers.

Undersecretary for agricultural policy at the Rio de Janeiro Ministry of Economy, Rogerio Miranda, has announced that Bolsonaro’s decree includes several measures.

Cereal companies will receive subsidies to expand their storage capacity.

And interest rates of all those who grant loans to the agricultural sector will be equalized.

The creation of an additional financing fund for the sector of some 2,200 million dollars is also foreseen.

The Brazilian Congress has the right to extend this temporary presidential decree that is a priori valid for 120 days. 

Mexico to go cashless

A new form of digital payments developed with the goal of ending cash transactions, begins operating in Mexico.

To use the new Digital Collection platform, called CODI, Mexicans must have a smart cell phone linked to a bank account.

Transactions will be carried out in two ways:  

- Either by reading QR codes generated by the seller and accepted by the buyer.

- Or approaching two devices with NFC short-range wireless technology.

The platform will be continuously active, and no commissions will be paid if the amount does not exceed $400.

Critics warn that the new measure could be used to track and generate complete profiles of every citizen and expand banks' control over people.