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BBC: Venezuela Election Preview

BBC: Venezuela Election Preview

It is Venezuela’s most tightly contested presidential election in more than a decade. On 7 October, voters will decide whether to give President Hugo Chavez another six years in office or opt for his main challenger, Henrique Capriles, who represents a coalition of opposition parties. “I hope President Chavez wins the election because if not, […]

Monocle 24/BBC: Violence Key to Venezuela Poll

Monocle 24/BBC: Violence Key to Venezuela Poll

Rising violent crime in Venezuela is set to be a key issue as campaigning officially begins for October’s presidential election. In his family’s apartment in a middle-class neighbourhood of Caracas one recent lunchtime, Juan Carlos, a young professional, told me about his experience of being kidnapped. He was driving his girlfriend home one Sunday evening […]

BBC: Brazil’s Jungle Boom Town

BBC: Brazil’s Jungle Boom Town

Marcelo Gordo is standing in the back garden of a small house in a suburb of Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state, hoping to catch sight of a pied tamarin. These small primates, with white upper bodies and brown bottoms, live only in rainforest surrounding the city and as Manaus grows and expands, they […]

BBC: An Unwelcome Guest in Curacao

BBC: An Unwelcome Guest in Curacao

Curacao is the paradise island of many a holiday brochure. Its pristine white sand beaches and turquoise sea coupled with excellent diving and a historic capital listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site make it a stop on many Caribbean cruises. But there is a blot on the landscape of this small nation: a huge […]

BBC Travel: Paradise Undiscovered?

BBC Travel: Paradise Undiscovered?

Despite its cultural, political and economic credentials as a Caribbean nation, Guyana’s coastline on the northeast edge of South America is nothing to write home about. But on the bright side, the country’s muddy beaches have deterred the kind of development seen elsewhere in the region. The hotels and resorts have mostly stayed away and […]