Rio Treaty member countries to activate defence plan against Maduro

The countries that make up the regional defence plan known as the Rio Treaty can activate the defence plan against Venezuela.

Most of the member states of the mutual defence pact agree to meet to analyze the destabilising impact of Maduro's regime in the region.

Convening a consultative body will be the first step in activating a wide range of diplomatic and economic measures.

Delegations from 18 countries will decide whether to break off diplomatic and economic relations with Maduro, and how to put pressure on him.

Along these lines, they can decree a blockade to naval and air transport, so that no airplane or ship with origin or destination in Venezuela can use their air or maritime space.

If this does not work, the ultimate option will be a possible use of armed force.

Bolivians unable to contain forest fires

Experts warn it is impossible to control the massive fires in Bolivia from land and with human labor.

They suggest using tractors to plough furrows in the ground and to isolate approaching flames that have been affecting the region of La Chiqui-tania—near the Amazon—for the past two months. 

The experts determine that this is one of the largest fires recorded in the tropical forests near the Equator.

Emergency Operations Center Director Enrique Bruno explains that high temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds contribute to the spread of the fire.

According to authorities, the fire began with burns caused by farmers and ranchers seeking to clean overgrown pasture fields and eliminate weeds.

El Salvador fights illegal immigration

El Salvador will deploy a special force on the border with Guatemala and Honduras to curb illegal immigration starting September 12.

The measure is part of the recent agreements that the government of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has signed with the United States at the end of August.

Sources quoted by Reuters assure that the Border Patrol will have at least 800 police and 300 immigration agents that will be placed in "blind" points on the borders.

El Salvador will try to control the flow of illegal immigrants seeking to cross their territory into the United States to help combat the immigration crisis.

Brazilian foreign minister speaks against global change

Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo says President Donald J. Trump, President Jair Bolsonaro, and Brexit are part of a global process against what he calls a bunch of nonsense.

Among this "nonsense," the Brazilian foreign minister mentions globalism, the idea of a world without borders, and the dictatorship of so-called climate change.

Araújo says climate change is part of the natural cycle of our planet. There is nothing catastrophic about it and it cannot even be attributed to human activity.

He regrets that this has been used to attack Bolsonaro and seeks an internationalization of the Amazon, and its natural resources.

In this circumstance, Araújo expresses great interest in expanding a trade agreement with the United States, noting that they are looking for dates for an upcoming meeting with President Trump in Brazil.