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China, Brazil, Peru Eye Transcontinental Railway Megaproject

By Brianna on May 19 2015 5:03 PM EDT

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang greets Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during a meeting at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on May 19, 2015. Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

A major South American infrastructure deal is in the works as China’s prime minister tours the region this week

Beijing is hoping to back and build an ambitious interoceanic railway between Brazil and Peru that could make for faster, cheaper transportation of local commodities to resource-thirsty Chinese markets. 

It’s an unprecedented project in Latin America that’s already raised some flags over environmental and human rights risks, and analysts say it could be the biggest test yet of China’s growing relationship with the region.

The proposed rail link, known as the Twin Ocean Railroad, would connect Porto do Açu, a Brazilian Atlantic port, with Peru’s Puerto Ilo on the Pacific Ocean through some 3,300 miles (5,300 km) of rail. 

The railway is expected t…

Australian mango industry starting to profit from 'beating to the same drum'

ABC Rural
By Matt Brann

Updated earlier today at 12:39am

PHOTO: The 10th Australian Mango Conference is being held in Darwin this week. (Matt Brann)

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MAP: Darwin 0800

Coming off the back of its biggest season on record, members of Australia's mango industry are in Darwin today to work on making the next crop even better and more profitable.

The industry is working on a five-year plan, which focuses on increasing exports and improving quality, which is underpinned by better communication across the supply chain.


Peru is getting ready to face El Niño

The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), Juan Manuel Benites, stated they were going to perform 163 different prevention activities due to the presence of El Niño in the regions of the North of the country and in San Martín.

The regions of the North of the country where these actions will take place are Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and San Martin.

The head of Minagri spoke from the province of Sechura, located in the Piura region, and said that they had destined an additional 55 million soles this year to carry forward these activities, which involved the desilting of rivers, cleaning of drains, coastal defence and other measures that are intended to deal with the rising of the waters in the event of an intensification of rains.

As an example, he said, 62 emergency activities were scheduled in Piura alone with a 8.5 million soles budget and they were carried out in the area of the Chira River, high, medium, and low Piura. 60 of these activities were concluded and o…

NARCO STATE OF CUBAZUELA : A drug cartel’s power in Venezuela


Diosdado Cabello, head of Venezuela's National Assembly. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

By Jackson Diehl
Deputy editorial page editor 

Jackson Diehl is deputy editorial page editor of The Post. He is an editorial writer specializing in foreign affairs and writes a biweekly column that appears on Mondays.View Archive

May 24

Venezuela is afflicted with the world’s highest inflation, its second highest murder rate and crippling shortages of food, medicine and basic consumer goods. 

Its authoritarian government is holding some 70 political prisoners, including the mayor of Caracas and senior opposition leader Leopoldo López, and stands accused by human rights groups of illegal detentions, torture and repression of independent media.

All of that is now pretty well known, and it is finally beginning to gain some attention from Latin American leaders who for years did their best to appease or ignore Hugo Chávez and his “Bolivarian Revolution.”

What’s less understood is the complicating factor…