Brazil will raise the minimum wage on Christmas Eve
Brazil’s government announced a 9 percent increase in the minimum wage to take effect on January 1, 2013. The wage hike is offered as a Christmas gift for workers’ contributions to Brazil’s economic and social development. According to Brazilian law, adjustments to the minimum wage will take place every year for the next three years and will be made according to inflation levels and the economic growth rate in the previous year. Brazil’s inflation rate was estimated at 5.7 percent in December. The country’s economic growth rate in 2012 is less than 1 percent.
Argentina Protests against UK Claims in the Antarctic
By means of a communiqué, the Argentine Foreign Ministry recently rejected all territorial claims made by the British government. This in response to a statement by the British Foreign Ministry on December 18 that part of the British Antarctic Territory would be named after Queen Elizabeth II. This behavior, according to the Argentine Foreign Ministry, is further indication of the UK’s imperialistic ambitions.
Maduro: Chavez will attend inauguration January 10
时间：2012年12月20日 来源： 凤凰网
Venezuelan Vice President Maduro said in a speech on the 19th that President Hugo Chavez was recovering steadily following an operation. Maduro also stated that he believes the Venezuelan president would be able to attend his inauguration on January 10, 2013. Maduro also assured his audience that the Venezuelan constitution clearly outlines the procedures for a transition scenario.
Work of Kim Jong Il published in Mexico
According to North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the late “dear leader” Kim Jong Il’s work, Giving Priority to Ideological Work is Essential for Accomplishing Socialism, was published by the Mexican Labor Party Press on December 13, 2012.
5. 阿根廷封锁一山峰 担心因“末日”来临民众集体自杀
Argentina blocks access to a mountain amidst concerns about “doomsday”-related mass suicide
Officials in Cordoba, Argentina decided to close access to Mount Uritorco in order to avoid mass suicide on “doomsday.” This decision was made following reports of Facebook events calling for people to commit suicide at Mount Uritorco on December 21, 2012. The temporary closing of the mountain was opposed by the local tourism industry. Local restaurants and hotels planned to host 15,000 visitors during the holidays.
Latin America has the world’s highest murder rate
According to El Pais, Latin America has the highest murder rate in the world. Latin America’s population accounts for only 8 percent of the global population, but cases of murder in the region account for 42 percent of worldwide murder cases. The 3238 death toll this year in Afghanistan is not that much higher than the number of people killed monthly in 2011 in Brazil. The article suggested that Latin America should no longer “peacefully coexist” with its homicide problem. The region should take measures to reduce the number of murder cases in 2013.
Brazil celebrates 200th anniversary of Chinese immigration
The Brazilian Senate held a reception in Brasilia on December 10 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chinese immigration to the country. Senator José Sarney, Chinese ambassador to Brazil, Li Jinzhang, members of both houses of Congress, and overseas Chinese leaders in Brazil all attended the reception. In 1812, a yacht from Macao arrived in Rio de Janeiro. It carried 300 Chinese tea farmers. Over the past 200 years, ethnic Chinese in Brazil have made great contributions to the country’s economic and social development, Sarney stated. Chinese residing in Brazil will be critical to the further development of strong bilateral relations.
Mayan leaders from Guatemala: December 21st is not ‘doomsday’
时间：2012年12月08日 来源： 人民网
Venezuela’s Globo television reported that three Guatemalan leaders of Mayan heritage visited Cuba and attended a local “holy torch” ceremony. While there, they insisted that an apocalypse would not take place on December 21st.
9. 哥斯达黎加 保税区重点招揽中资
Costa Rica: Special trade area seeks Chinese funding
时间： 2012年12月05日 来源：人民网
The Costa Rican government has been focusing on further development of its export-oriented industry. It has sought out Chinese support for plans to transform and upgrade its manufacturing industries. During President Chinchilla’s visit to China in August, both countries signed an agreement to establish the first Chinese Overseas Development Zone in Central America. Once established, Chinese enterprises will be able to export semi-finished products tariff-free to this special trade area. They can then sell directly to Costa Rica or transport their goods elsewhere in the region.
Indigenous Central Americans are formulating plan to address consequences of climate change
Indigenous people in Central America will propose an agreement to reduce the negative effect of climate change. More than 80 indigenous delegates from Panama, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador attended a conference to address the climate issue. The German ambassador to El Salvador emphasized that indigenous people are critical to the conservation of Central American forests.
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