Latin Pulse Headlines - 07/08/16 | Link TV
Latin Pulse Headlines - 07/08/16
Eduardo Cunha Steps Down
The head of Brazil’s lower house of Congress officially resigned after the country’s highest court suspended him two months ago based on corruption charges.
Since Cunha’s suspension, members of his party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement, have blocked proceedings in the country’s chamber of deputies. They have been demanding his position is reinstated and refuse to work with his replacement.
“Only my resignation has the power to end this stalemate,” Cunha said. “To restore order and independence to this chamber… and to insure the stability of our republic.”
Prosecutors accuse Cunha of accepting $5 million in illegal payments. This money was taken from state oil firm Petrobras. Despite resigning from his leadership post, he retains his seat in congress, which gives him immunity from prosecution.
Judge Freezes Former Argentinian President’s Accounts
A judge in Argentina has frozen the bank accounts of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. She faces various investigations and charges that she led corruption schemes in her government.
Prosecutors say Fernandez and members of her family may have received at least $5 million in corrupt payments, some linked to charges she manipulated the value of Argentina’s peso for personal benefit.
Fernandez denies the charges and says she is being persecuted by the new conservative government.
Hundreds of riot police officers were deployed this week to guard the courts that held hearings on the charges. Thousands took to the streets in Buenos Aires to show their support for Fernandez.
Though Horace Tapscott died in 1999, his legacy of music and focus on community burn brighter than ever because of the rising popularity of contemporary jazz artists like Kamasi Washington.
While most people are sleeping in their cozy beds, there is a whole segment of society that is awake and keeping the city moving. In the big picture, how does night work affect the economy and society as a whole?
A long history of arts and activism at The Paramount Ballroom precedes the work of the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory. Historically, it has been a source of arts and culture in a neighborhood marked by demographic change and fight against displacement.
A historical gold boom has resulted in thousands of abandoned mines spread across the Mojave desert that have grave environmental repercussions.
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