Featuring coverage of Central and South America, as well as the Carribean. Our writers Natalie Chun and Alex Mason produce weekly. Our section editor is Vanessa Chestnut.
On Wednesday March 21, an independent journalist was shot dead in Veracruz, Mexico. Leobardo Vázquez Atzin, 42, is yet another victim of the continual assault of journalists in Mexico. According to Al Jazeera News, Vázquez was the fourth journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2018.
This month, Christos Stylianides, the European Union’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, took a trip to Colombia to witness the country’s current upheaval and the overflow effects of its neighbor, Venezuela’s sunken economy.
Over the weekend, the death of Marielle Franco, 38, a well known human rights activist and politician caused uproar as tens of thousands of Brazilians mourned the passing of a champion.
Rusty tracks are hidden underneath a layer of weeds on Brazil’s unfinished railroads. The ambitious Transnordestina railway project had a goal of connecting the nation’s northeastern farms to the ports of Ceará and Pernambuco for trade with Brazil’s main export market, China.
The landlocked country of Bolivia has found itself embroiled in yet another dispute with neighboring Chile over lost territory.
A statement given by the Vatican on Wednesday confirmed that Pope Francis has signed decrees to canonize Romero as a Roman Catholic saint.
Four police officers in Mexico were arrested and accused of the forced disappearance of three Italian citizens who went missing on January 31. According to reports, the abductees were handed over to a local drug cartel known as the Jalisco New Generation.
Washington Prado Álava, a drug lord accused of smuggling more than 250 tons of cocaine across the Americas, was extradited on the morning of February 24 to the U.S. from Colombia.
The Brazilian Supreme court ruled that people accused of non-violent crimes are allowed to await trial under house arrest, rather than in detention centers.
Jacobson is among several high profile officials from the State Department to announce in recent months their decision to leave the drug-torn country.
After three years of negotiations, South Korea has finally signed free trade agreements (FTA) with Nicaragua, Panamá, Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Oxfam Great Britain has been banned from working in Haiti amidst allegations of sexual misconduct by employees after the 2010 earthquake.
Across Venezuela, thousands of people stand in line for basic necessities such as food, medicine and cash. Hospitals across the country lack doctors, tools, and medicine. The nationwide crisis is a consequence of the major budget deficit and soaring hyperinflation. Once one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America, Venezuela has caught world-wide attention as their economy continues to plummet due to diminishing oil reserves.
On Feb., 16 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific seaside town of Oaxaca, Mexico. No deaths or injuries have been reported.
Former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and former finance minister Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight were arrested on Tuesday in yet another corruption investigation for the Latin American country.
Over the past week, debates over same-sex marriage have sparked international headlines.
Earlier this month, a decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) issued a ruling demanding that Costa Rica legalize same-sex marriage.The court ruling has taken center stage in Costa Rica's 2018 presidential election.
Perhaps one of the world’s best destinations to enjoy Carnival is Brazil’s capital, Rio de Janeiro. However, while Carnival normally brings with it joy and excitement, this year’s celebrations have been wrought with several casualties.
The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, has begun a six-day trip throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, commented in a statement, “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico; Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7.”
Over 60,000 hidden Mayan structures have been discovered underneath the remote Guatemalan jungle.
14 people have been shot and killed at the Forró do Gago nightclub in the coastal city of Fortaleza, situated in northern Brazil.
The timing is extremely problematic due to the current state of Maduro’s opposition.
The southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has declared a public health emergency due to an outbreak of yellow fever. The state of emergency will continue to be in place for the following six months.
As a result of longstanding corruption, the European Union is currently preparing sanctions against several Venezuelan officials.
Various churches have been bombed in Chile as a reaction to Pope Francis’s official tour of Chile which commences on Monday, Jan 15.
The US Government urges American citizens to “completely avoid” five Mexican states “plagued by crime and drug cartel violence” as they are now considered to be on the same level as war-zones such as Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.
Incumbent President, Michelle Bachelet, is leaving office after serving two terms. Candidate Guillier, a journalist and a sociologist, seeks to continue policies enacted under Bachelet’s regime, such as taxes on large corporations, higher education financing for low-income students, and the reinforcement of union rights.
In a national address given on Thursday, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said he will not resign, despite growing pressure over corruption allegations involving Brazilian construction firm- Odebrecht.
As part of the 36th anniversary of El Mozote Massacre, the government divulged the following information made available by records that have been collected since last year: “The record contains the names of 1698 victims.
On Thursday, an Argentine federal judge indicted former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for treason.
Constitutional guarantees have been suspended in Honduras in response to protests after last week’s controversial election.
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