Latin America News Dispatch
Puerto Rico Towns Sue Oil Companies for Climate Denial
A group of 16 municipalities filed a lawsuit on November 22 against multiple Big Oil companies for downplaying the risks of their fossil-fuel products on climate change.
‘Safe Line’ Guiding Visitors to Safety Draws Criticism in Costa Rica
A striking line of red paint approximately eight inches wide and spanning a kilometer in length appeared on Friday in parts of downtown San José. Part of a project called Kilometer Downtown, its intent is to guide tourists to hotels and safe spots where they can ask for information.
EPA to Test Air, Groundwater in Puerto Rico for First Time
The announcement, made on Friday, is part of the Biden administration’s effort to directly address the disproportionate impacts of pollution that have existed for decades in many low-income communities and communities of color.
Two Wounded at Bolsonaro Rally in Brazil, Tensions High Before Sunday Vote
A violent showdown at a Bolsonaro rally on Sunday left two wounded, and political tensions remain heightened leading up to the October 30 runoff election between right-wing incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and left-wing former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Former University of Puerto Rico Student Sentenced in Cyberstalking Case
A judge on Wednesday ordered Iván-Santell Velázquez, a former student at the University of Puerto Rico, to serve 13 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to cyberstalking.
Mexico to Sue U.S. Gun Companies for Flow of Illegal Weapons
The Government of Mexico plans to file a second lawsuit against U.S. companies it alleges are responsible for the flow of illegal weapons into the country, Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard announced last Wednesday.
Colombia Legalizes Medically-Assisted Suicide
Colombia’s constitutional court legalized medically-assisted suicide in a ruling Wednesday, making it the first country in Latin America to do so. Euthanasia has been legal in Colombia since 1997.
Mexican President Tours Central America and Cuba
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador toured Central America and Cuba, from May 5th to the 8th, as part of his government’s strategy to strengthen relations with the Latin American countries.
Honduras Repeals Charter Cities Law
The government on Monday repealed a law that authorized self-governing economic zones known as “ZEDEs.” This decision forced foreign investors in Honduras to pause plans to develop in these zones. President Xiomara Castro said that Monday’s repeal was “historic” and the country was “recovering its sovereignty.”
Mexican Investigators Find Body of Missing 18-Year-Old Debanhi Escobar
MEXICO: Authorities this week discovered the body of Debanhi Susana Escobar, who went missing on April 9 in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, submerged in a cistern at a motel close to where she was last seen alive. Her body had been decomposing for two weeks, nearly unrecognizable, said Assistant Public Safety Secretary Ricardo […]
Santiago de Chile Prepares Water Rationing Plan in Face of 12-Year Drought
CHILE: The Governor of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago last Monday announced a protocol for rationing water in the capital to address a record-breaking 12-year drought.
Electricity Restored in Puerto Rico After Major Blackout
A major blackout last week left more than 1.5 million clients —including households, businesses, and schools— without electricity, and over 160,000 without water. Authorities reported on Sunday morning that electricity had been restored to almost all clients.
Economist Rodrigo Chaves to Become Costa Rica’s New President
Economist Rodrigo Chaves won Sunday’s presidential election ahead of ex-President José María Figueres (1994-1998). The anti-establishment candidate and former World Bank official is popular among voters who reject traditional politics and grew concerned over the country’s national debt.
Land Defender Francia Márquez Might Become Colombia’s First Black Vice President
Leading presidential candidate Gustavo Petro announced Wednesday that the Black environmentalist lawyer Francia Márquez will serve as his running mate in May’s presidential elections. Márquez is the first Black woman to run in presidential elections in Colombia’s history.
Cuba Blames US for War in Ukraine
The government on Saturday issued a statement that blamed the U.S. for the current war in Ukraine. It referred to “U.S. efforts to continue the progressive expansion of NATO” towards Russia’s borders as the main provocation for its attacks on Ukraine.
Dominican Republic Begins Building Wall on Haitian Border
The government of the Dominican Republic on Sunday began construction of a wall along its border with Haiti. President Luis Abinader said that the wall will “drastically reduce irregular migration,” as well as the illegal trade of arms and narcotics.
Chilean Truckers Rally Against Venezuelan Migration
Truckers in the north of Chile on Friday set up roadblocks to protest insecurity they attribute to undocumented migration in the region.
Contaminated Cocaine Kills 24 in Buenos Aires
Authorities in Buenos Aires reported that at least 24 people have died since Wednesday as a result of a contaminated batch of cocaine. Over 80 persons were said to have been hospitalized, with some requiring the life-sustaining support of mechanical ventilators.
Xiomara Castro Inaugurated as Honduras’ First Female President
Honduras’ first woman president, Xiomara Castro, was sworn in on Thursday at the national soccer stadium in Tegucigalpa. During her inaugural address, Castro expressed disdain for the outgoing administration’s “economic catastrophe.”
US, Mexico Launch Joint Project to Tackle Root Causes of Central American Migration
The “Sembrando Oportunidades” project will combine efforts from the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (Amexcid) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to focus on Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
US to Remove Colombia’s FARC from Terrorist List
The U.S. State Department announced on Tuesday that it will remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from its list of designated terrorist organizations. The updated list will include two dissident groups that were formed as offshoots of the FARC.