Latin America News Dispatch

Peruvians Vote in Favor of Anti-Corruption Policies

The vote doesn’t change everything necessarily, “but it is the beginning of a change that we are looking for in Peru,” said President Martín Vizcarra.

  • Dec 11, 2018
  • 2:45 pm

Odebrecht Peru Signs Deal With Gove​rnment to Continue Operations

Peruvian prosecutors are slated to resume the questioning of Odebrecht executives in January.

  • Dec 10, 2018
  • 11:03 am

Cubans Gain 3G Mobile Access

The move aligns with President Miguel Díaz-Canel’s goal of expanding connectivity throughout the island

  • Dec 7, 2018
  • 10:39 am

Mexico City’s New Mayor Disbands Riot Police

Claudia Sheinbaum was sworn into office yesterday.

  • Dec 6, 2018
  • 12:05 pm

Argentina Increases Police Gun-Firing Liberties

Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich defended the decree and said that if protocols of firearm use aligned with “clear and transparent regulations, we will have an orderly society that is clear about where the good is and where the evil is.”

  • Dec 5, 2018
  • 12:15 pm

Mexico’s President Promises Communication, Creates Ayotzinapa Truth Commission

As of now, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to deliver daily press conferences.

  • Dec 4, 2018
  • 10:38 am

Mexico Inaugurates New President

After taking an oath to office, Andrés López Obrador spent the weekend speaking to Congress and making public appearances at the inaugural celebration, a dinner with foreign officials, and a spiritual cleansing ceremony where he vowed to “purify public life in Mexico.”

  • Dec 3, 2018
  • 9:24 am

After Heavily Questioned Trial, 7 of 8 Convicted of Berta Cáceres Murder

Cáceres was shot dead in March 2016, after leading a campaign to fight the internationally financed Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam, which was being built on a river sacred to the Lenca people.

  • Nov 30, 2018
  • 10:51 am

Colleagues of Slain Mexican Journalist Investigating Cartels Targeted by Government-Linked Spyware

he spyware, known as Pegasus, infiltrates individuals’ electronics and is able to freely gather information without detection.

  • Nov 29, 2018
  • 1:10 pm

US Finds Migrant Teens Put at Risk in Texas Camp

The Tornillo camp “is using checks conducted by a private contractor that has access to less comprehensive data, thereby heightening the risk that an individual with a criminal history could have direct access to children.”

  • Nov 28, 2018
  • 1:43 pm

Mexicans Approve 10 of AMLO’s Proposals, Including ‘Maya Train’

Only 1 in 90 registered voters participated, leading critics to question the results.

  • Nov 27, 2018
  • 11:44 am

Anti-Government Protests in Haiti Scale Up

Schools and government offices remain shut down amid allegations of corruption involving the previous government and Petrocaribe, an oil alliance between many Caribbean nations and Venezuela.

  • Nov 26, 2018
  • 12:33 pm

Killing of Young Mapuche Man Pressures Governor in Chile to Resign

Luis Mayol, a conservative and member of President Sebastian Piñera’s governing coalition, had initially defended the operation that left 24-year-old Camilo Catrillanca dead and six other Mapuches injured.

  • Nov 23, 2018
  • 10:47 am

Witness at ‘El Chapo’ Trial Says Drug Cartel Paid Bribes to Mexican Officials

Guzman’s trial has rested for the week and will continue Monday.

  • Nov 21, 2018
  • 12:21 pm

About 4,000 People Evacuate Due to Volcano Activity

A column of ash reached almost 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) above sea level and wafted towards Guatemala City.

  • Nov 20, 2018
  • 11:20 am

Migrant Caravan Finds Local Resistance in Tijuana

Disgruntled locals chanted “Out! Out!” and defensively sang Mexico’s national anthem, a sharp contrast to other Mexicans who have helped the caravan migrants on their arduous and long journey in the past few weeks.

  • Nov 19, 2018
  • 10:59 am

Argentina’s Senate Passes Widely Protested Austerity Budget

Given the government’s estimate of 23 percent inflation next year, the social spending reductions may reach as high as 35 percent.

  • Nov 16, 2018
  • 12:02 pm

Death of Key Witness in Colombia Odebrecht Scandal Investigated for Poisoning

The construction company Odebrecht is at the center of a massive corruption scandal spanning Latin America and has admitted to paying bribes in 12 countries.

  • Nov 15, 2018
  • 1:39 pm

Rains in Chile Destroy About 85 Percent of Desert Microorganisms

The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. (Photo by A. Duarte/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

  • Nov 14, 2018
  • 1:46 pm

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission Expresses ‘Deep Concerns’ for Brazil

The report calls out violence and hate speech against indigenous and LGBTI people as well as Afro-descendants and women.

  • Nov 13, 2018
  • 11:15 am

Ex-Army Chief Convicted for Pinochet-Era Crimes

General Juan Emilio Cheyre, who served as head of the army from 2002 to 2006 and is 71 years old, was a young officer when the “Caravan of Death” arrived in the Northern city of La Serena and executed 15 individuals.

  • Nov 12, 2018
  • 10:05 am