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.
Thousands of migrants fleeing violence and economic hardship in Honduras arrived at the Guatemalan-Mexican border on Friday, leading to a tense standoff between Mexican riot police and the migrant caravan.
WikiLeaks announced on Friday that Julian Assange is taking legal action against the government of Ecuador for “violating his fundamental rights and freedom.” The lawsuit takes place following a downturn in the relations between the Ecuadorian government and Assange. Assange was granted refuge by the Ecuadorian government in 2012 and has lived in the country’s embassy in the United Kingdom since then.
Keiko Fujimori, a former presidential candidate and powerful Peruvian politician, was arrested last Wednesday, bringing uncertainty to one of Peru’s most powerful families. The Peruvian government alleges that Mrs. Fujimori, leader of the right-wing Popular Force party in Congress, was a co-conspirator in a money laundering scheme.
With an inflation rate nearing 500,000 percent, and more than two million citizens fleeing the country, the Venezuelan government may be lacking an effective economic plan, but they certainly don’t lack creativity.
Venezuelan citizens are fleeing economic disaster due primarily to hyperinflation.The annual inflation rate was a whopping 83,000 percent in July, and the IMF estimates the inflation rate to reach one million percent by the end of the year.
On Oct. 2, 1968, 44 protesting college student- activists were massacred by the Mexican government in what is now known as the Tlatelolco Massacre. Eight days later, 12 miles away, Mexico City displayed no evidence of its government’s gross crimes as the capital city welcomed the rest of the world to the 1968 Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics.
The Escazú Agreement made a mark on history after being signed by Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Peru, St. Lucia, and Uruguay on September 27. The new agreement guarantees environmental rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. The agreement also makes it easier for citizens to access information and participate in the decision-making processes of environmental topics.
The front runner of Brazil’s presidential elections, Jair Bolsonaro, faced large protests over the weekend as he returned to Rio de Janeiro from São Paulo after being stabbed a few weeks ago. He was welcomed by tens of thousands of Brazilian citizens who gathered in protest upon his release from the hospital.
The trial of former Military Intelligence Chief, Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, came to a close on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The Guatemala Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the country's military committed genocide and crimes against humanity in the 1980s. Despite this ruling, Jose Mauricio Rodriguez was acquitted of all charges.
On Tuesday, Mexico’s federal and state authorities seized, disarmed, and initiated an investigation into the entire police force of Acapulco, a resort town in Guerrero.
Following the U.S.’s new preliminary trade deal with Mexico a few weeks ago, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently announced new legislation to prepare for the agreement’s terms. For the U.S., the underlying goal of creating a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement is to minimize the wage gap between the U.S. and Mexico, hence, reducing the competition for production. Since 2007, records indicate that the highest monthly hourly rate of manufacturing workers in Mexico was $3.60, incentivizing American firms for decades to move their factories across the southern border.
A Chinese naval ship, known as the Peace Ark, arrived at Venezuela over the weekend to provide free healthcare to Venezuelan patients for a week. This friendly visit also serves as an opportunity for Chinese officials to meet with the Venezuelan military and political leaders and inspect their military and medical facilities.
On April 18, Nicaraguan demonstrators took to the streets to protest President Daniel Ortega’s social security reforms that would decrease benefits and increase taxes. Met with an armed crackdown from authorities, 26 people were killed.
Pope Francis expelled Reverend Cristian Precht Bañado, a Chilean priest, under investigation for sexual abuse of children. The expulsion of Bañado was the first formal resignation ordered by the Pope since May when every bishop in Chile offered to resign after the uncovering of a massive sexual abuse scandal.
The lack of competition among Brazil’s five big banks, two of which are government controlled, is one of the roots of Brazil’s lagging economic growth.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel of Cuba publicly announced his support for same-sex marriage, reflecting upcoming changes to Cuba’s constitution.
Brazil is scheduled to hold general elections, including elections for the presidency, next month. The second round run-off for president will take place on Oct. 28.
Throughout the past year, the Trump administration has held multiple secret meetings with Venezuelan rebels weighing whether or not to overthrow controversial President Nicolas Maduro. After the New York Times divulged details about the discussions on Saturday, the Foreign Minister to President Maduro was quick to denounce the United States’s actions.
With escalating political tensions, a high unemployment rate, and struggling citizens, Argentina is being haunted by its memories from the 2001 economic meltdown.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled in favor of Chevron in the dispute between the U.S. oil company and the citizens of Ecuador.
Colgate is glorified as the toothpaste supplier for more than half of the world’s households. Yet the multi-billion dollar company shocked the world when it recently announced lagging sales in Venezuelan markets.
Peace talks between the government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional) will now take place in Cuba after Ecuador pulled its support as the original host country.
So far 42 gymnasts claim that they experienced a wide range of sexual abuse at the hands of Lopez when they were minors.
The Suriname's Coast Guard reported Monday that 16 fishermen have gone missing after their boats were attacked by pirates off the coast of Suriname, late Friday night.
Former President of Guatemala and mayor of Guatemala City, Álvaro Arzú, has died at the age of 72.
The Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas had numerous documented incidents of human sacrifice, yet the scale and magnitude of the Chimú sacrifice are unprecedented, not only for the western hemisphere but for the entire world.
Over the weekend, violent protests erupted across Nicaragua, resulting in the deaths of over 25 protesters. The citizens of Nicaragua have taken to the streets of Managua to protest their discontent with social security revisions implemented by President Ortega’s administration.
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