South America

Capriles pledges to keep fighting President Chavez

By Jonathan Gilbert, October 19, 2012

Henrique Capriles, the defeated candidate in last week’s Venezuelan presidential elections, has insisted he will continue his fight against socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez.

Mr Capriles, the grandson of Jewish immigrants, will run for governor of Miranda, one of the South American country’s most important states, in December.


UK Ambassador to Chile apologises for Falklands tweet

By Anna Sheinman, October 17, 2012

Britain’s Ambassador to Chile Jon Benjamin has apologised for a tweet which suggested Argentinians lost the Falklands War because they are “cowards”.

His post, written in Spanish, referenced a lewd football chant sung by Chilean fans when their team plays Argentina. The chant translates as: “Argentines, gays, they took the Falklands off you because you are cowards.”


Extremist anti-Jewish group seeks legitimacy in Peru

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

The leader of a fledgling neo-Nazi group in Peru has reportedly urged his country to rid itself of its Jewish population.

Martín Quispe Mayta, the founder of the Andean Peru National Socialism movement, has publicly denied the truth of the Holocaust, expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler and appears to subscribe to any number of antisemitic conspiracy theories.


Iron Barbie, queen of the boxing ring

By Jonathan Gilbert, July 19, 2012

In a gritty Buenos Aires gym, Carolina Duer punches furiously, ducking and shuffling her feet in between jabs.

Duer, a Jewish Argentine known as "The Iron Barbie", is super flyweight world champion and successfully defended her title for the fifth time earlier this month.


Iran has 'blood on its hands' over 1994 Argentina blast

By Jamie Michaels, July 17, 2012

Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the fatal bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eighty-five people were killed by the blast with hundreds wounded.


Search suspended for oil tycoon lost at sea

By Jennifer Lipman, June 25, 2012

The mother of a wealthy Brazilian businessman who went missing last week has applied to seize control of his fortune.

The search for Guma Aguiar, a multi-millionaire energy tycoon, has reportedly been called off, five days after he was last seen.


Congressman intervenes over jailed Jew in Bolivia

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2012

Bolivian ministers have promised to look into the case of an Orthodox Jewish businessman who is being held in Palmasola prison without charge.

New Yorker Jacob Ostreicher has been incarcerated for a year, despite denying the accusations against him.


Brazilian Jews urge president to avoid Ahmadinejad meeting

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2012

Delegates representing Brazilian Jews have called on the nation's president not to meet Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his upcoming visit to the country.


Argentina: Get ready to tango

By Anthea Gerrie, June 2, 2012

Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised to spot a row of Israeli flags lining an entire city block in the Argentine city of Mendoza. After all, Argentina has the world’s sixth largest Jewish population, even if most live in the capital Buenos Aires.


Solidarity rally for Orthodox Jew held in Bolivian jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2012

Hundreds of members of New York's strictly Orthodox community gathered last week to highlight the inaction over the plight of an Orthodox Jewish businessman incarcerated in a Bolivian jail without charge.