Latin America News Dispatch

US Sanctions Daniel Ortega’s Son for Corruption and Money Laundering

DNP Petronic, a publicly purchased company, has allegedly been used to funnel money into the Ortega family through non-competitive Nicaraguan contracts.

  • Dec 13, 2019
  • 1:54 PM

Report: Nicaraguan Anti-Government Protesters Were Tortured in Jail

The NGO compiled 56 interviews from ex-prisoners who reported sexual violence, suffocation, beatings, electric shocks, cigarette burns and constant verbal abuse.

  • Dec 12, 2019
  • 1:05 PM

Alberto Fernández Sworn in as Argentina’s New President

Former president Cristina Fernández will serve as the vice president.

  • Dec 11, 2019
  • 12:24 PM

UN Report Finds Latin American Discontent Tied to New Form of Inequality

“Other manifestations of inequality are more evident, like segregation, lack of social mobility, not having a voice in politics,” UNDP Director Luis López-Calva said.

  • Dec 10, 2019
  • 12:16 PM

Brazil Asks Wealthy Nations to Help Stop Deforestation at COP25

Germany and Norway already donated more than $1.2 billion to Brazil’s deforestation efforts.

  • Dec 9, 2019
  • 2:47 PM

Tensions Between Brazil and Argentina Continue to Rise, Affecting Mercosur

The tensions in the most important trading bloc of the region started when ultra-right President Jair Bolsonaro refused to invite representatives of Argentina’s newly elected president, center-left Alberto Fernández.

  • Dec 6, 2019
  • 12:23 PM

Pompeo: US to Prevent Protests from ‘Morphing into Riots’ in Latin America

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also accused Cuba and Venezuela of “hijacking” regional protests.

  • Dec 4, 2019
  • 12:18 PM

As Protests Against Local Governments Flare Up Across Paraguay, a 17-Year-Old Student Leads the Charge in One Town

In recent weeks, the town of Mayor Otaño in southeastern Paraguay has been the scene of a dramatic protest over alleged misuse of public funds by local authorities.

  • Dec 3, 2019
  • 4:35 PM

Bolsonaro Faces Backlash After Trump Imposes Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Brazil

Trump tweeted that “Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies.”

  • Dec 3, 2019
  • 1:16 PM

AMLO Celebrates One Year in Office as Protesters Decry Homicide Rate

Recent polls show approval ratings for Mexico’s president are between 59 percent and 72 percent thus far.

  • Dec 2, 2019
  • 12:33 PM

Iván Duque Holds First Meetings With Colombian Protest Organizers

The meeting took place after Dilan Cruz, an 18-year-old high school student, succumbed to his injuries after riot police shot at him. He is the third protester to die.

  • Nov 27, 2019
  • 1:05 PM

Keiko Fujimori Ordered Freed From Jail as Peru Continues to Reckon With Odebrecht Scandal

The ruling is expected to cause contention among Fujimori’s supporters and detractors.

  • Nov 26, 2019
  • 12:11 PM

Activists March Across Latin America to Mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The day was chosen to remember the Mirabal sisters who were killed during a dictatorship in the Dominican Republic

  • Nov 25, 2019
  • 11:24 AM

Cacerolazo Resounds in Chile Amid Protests Around Latin America

The RadioLAND podcast for November 23, 2019.

  • Nov 25, 2019
  • 10:47 AM

Protests Erupt Around Colombia Over Discontent With Duque’s First Year in Office

In Cali, southeast of the country, the mayor declared a curfew from 7 p.m. until Friday morning.

  • Nov 22, 2019
  • 1:00 PM

Leaving in Haste, Newest Venezuela Migrants in U.S. Face More Challenges Than Previous Generations Did

Young Venezuelans who leave today have fewer resources to begin with and often have to make it on their own in the United States, with the added financial burden of sending money back home.

  • Nov 22, 2019
  • 9:00 AM

General Discontent Coalesces in Colombian National Strike

The anti-government protests are set to take place in cities across the country are expected to be the largest in recent history.

  • Nov 21, 2019
  • 1:28 PM

Colombia Sets Military-Enforced Curfew, Closes Borders Ahead of Planned Protests

Diverse sectors of society have called for massive protests tomorrow against the government for its handling of issues ranging from education to the mass killing of social leaders to corruption.

  • Nov 20, 2019
  • 11:48 AM

Chilean President Admits Police Abuse at Recent Protests

President Sebastián Piñera said, “abuses and crimes were committed, and the rights of all were not respected.”

  • Nov 19, 2019
  • 1:37 PM

At Least 19 Dead in Bolivia as Evo Morales Calls for UN Intervention

Morales argued that he still has a claim as president since the Legislative Assembly has not yet accepted his resignation.

  • Nov 18, 2019
  • 1:06 PM

Cuban President Says US Pressures Are Failing: ‘We Will Keep Advancing Our Ideas’

The United States has steadily increased decades-long embargoes over the last few months.

  • Nov 15, 2019
  • 1:52 PM