Bolsonaro pick for Funai agency horrifies indigenous leaders

Marcelo Xavier da Silva is a police officer linked to agribusiness, leading one former agency employee to say: I am scared of him Indigenous leaders and specialists working with Brazils nearly one million tribal people have been stunned and disconcerted by the appointment of a federal police officer with strong connections to agribusiness as the new head of the countrys indigenous agency. Marcelo Xavier da Silvas confirmation as the new president of the Jair Bolsonaros plans to develop indigenous areas which include some of the most protected reserves in the Amazon. Critics said the move effectively puts Brazils powerful agribusiness sector in charge of indigenous affairs. We are worried that indigenous policies may not be properly carried out, considering the …

Italian court jails 24 over South American Operation Condor

Dictatorships of six countries conspired to kidnap and kill political opponents An Italian court has sentenced 24 people to life in prison for their involvement in Argentina, including 45 Uruguayans, 22 Chileans, 15 Paraguayans and 13 Bolivians. Q&A What was Operation Condor? Show Hide Operation Condor was devised by Latin American military dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s to eliminate leftwing activists and political opponents who had dared to confront the rulers of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Named after the worlds largest carrion bird, it was drawn up at a secret 1975 meeting of intelligence chiefs and allowed cooperating countries to send death squads into each others territory to monitor, kidnap or kill political exiles. …