Latin America

US Votes Against UN Resolution Condemning Embargo on Cuba

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States voted against a U.N. resolution Wednesday that overwhelmingly condemned the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 29th year, maintaining the Trump administration’s opposition and refusing to return to the Obama administration’s 2016 abstention.

  • Jun 23, 2021
  • 2:41 PM

Indigenous Protest Brazil Bill That Could Weaken Land Claims

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of Indigenous people gathered outside Brazil’s Congress on Wednesday to push for rejection of a bill that could loosen protections for their lands—a proposal that has already prompted clashes with police.

  • Jun 23, 2021
  • 2:02 PM

International Criticism of Nicaragua Crackdown Grows

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — International criticism of Nicaragua’s government grew on Tuesday after another night of arrests in Managua. Fifty-nine countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council signed onto a statement expressing concern over arbitrary arrests and the restriction of fundamental rights.

  • Jun 22, 2021
  • 12:43 PM

How I Made It: Fluxus Foto (A Latino USA Podcast)

The collective was formed in 2016 by Johis Alarcón, an award-winning photographer known for documenting movements for social equality and reproductive rights throughout the Americas.

  • Jun 22, 2021
  • 11:24 AM

Mexico President to Investigate Border Shooting of Innocents

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s president vowed to investigate the border shootings that left 19 dead over the weekend, even as the latest homicide figures showed a rebound in killings nationwide.

  • Jun 21, 2021
  • 8:48 PM

The Young People Fighting for Climate Justice in Argentina

“Environmental issues deepen all pre-existing social inequalities and as such also deepen gender inequalities,” Mercedes Pombo told Latino Rebels.

  • Jun 21, 2021
  • 5:04 PM

Ambassadors Recalled After Latest Nicaragua Arrest

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Mexico and Argentina recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultations Monday, a day after President Daniel Ortega’s government arrested yet another presidential contender ahead of the November 7 elections.

  • Jun 21, 2021
  • 2:51 PM

Report Blames Poor Welds for Mexico City Subway Collapse

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A preliminary report by experts into the collapse of a Mexico City elevated subway line that killed 26 people placed much of the blame Wednesday on poor welds in studs that joined steel support beams to a concrete layer supporting the track bed.

  • Jun 16, 2021
  • 5:00 PM

Banker Arrested as Nicaragua Crackdown Expands

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s police have arrested a prominent banker in a sign the government’s pursuit of opponents is expanding beyond political leaders and potential challengers to President Daniel Ortega.

  • Jun 16, 2021
  • 4:47 PM

US and Mexico Seek Ways to Do More on Irregular Immigration

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In consecutive visits this month, Vice President Kamala Harris and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have conveyed to the most important U.S. partner that the Biden administration is taking a more nuanced approach to immigration than its predecessor, but still asking what more Mexico can do.

  • Jun 16, 2021
  • 1:16 PM

Colombian Protest Leaders Call Off Anti-Government Marches

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Protest leaders in Colombia said on Tuesday that they will stop organizing marches in the country’s largest cities following seven weeks of anti-government demonstrations that have resulted in at least 50 deaths.

  • Jun 15, 2021
  • 3:29 PM

Nicaragua Stages Unprecedented Roundup of Opposition Leaders

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police have arrested another opposition politician, bringing to six the number detained over the weekend.

  • Jun 14, 2021
  • 9:52 AM

Official: US Told Nicaragua It Will Respect Vote—If Free

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Thursday that less than two weeks ago, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Nicaragua’s foreign minister that the Biden administration would respect the results of free and fair elections in November.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 4:31 PM

How El Salvador Adopted Bitcoin in Five Hours

El Salvador adopted the dollar in November of 2000, just eight days from the time of announcement. ‘Bitcoinization,’ meanwhile, took two and a half days, and just five hours from the time the bill reached the legislature. The most in-depth explanations of the two-page law weren’t given to the legislative committee in charge of analyzing it, nor to the Assembly itself. Rather, Bukele and two of his brothers fielded questions on the bill in a Twitter livestream, in English, with foreign investors.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 4:13 PM

I Am A Cholo (A Latino USA Podcast)

For many Latinos, the term “cholo” has a specific meaning.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 11:10 AM

Court Decision on TPS Puts Pressure on Biden Immigration Reform

Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that “The TPS program gives foreign nationals nonimmigrant status, but it does not admit them.”

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 5:52 PM

From El Faro English: Harris’ Rough Landing in Guatemala

In her first visit to the region this week, Vice President Kamala Harris’ blunt message to Central American migrants (“Do not come”) triggered a backlash among human rights defenders and Central America experts for contradicting international asylum laws and appearing insensitive to the reality driving migration.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 11:39 AM

El Salvador Makes Bitcoin Legal Tender

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has approved legislation making the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender in the country, the first country to do so, just days after President Nayib Bukele made the proposal at a Bitcoin conference.

  • Jun 9, 2021
  • 2:48 PM

Rights Group: Colombian Police Cause Deaths of 20 Protesters

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — An international monitoring group on Wednesday accused police officers in Colombia of responsibility for the deaths of 20 people and other violent actions against protesters during recent civil unrest, including sexual abuse, beatings and arbitrary detentions.

  • Jun 9, 2021
  • 10:52 AM

‘Do Not Come’: Harris Seeks ‘Hope at Home’ for Guatemalans

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris offered an optimistic outlook for improved cooperation with Guatemala on addressing the spike in migration to the U.S. after her meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday. She also delivered a direct warning to migrants considering making the trek: “Do not come. Do not come.”

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 3:22 PM

Peru’s Presidential Runoff Election Too Close to Call

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A rural teacher-turned-political novice and the daughter of an imprisoned former president traded the lead Monday in a tight race for Peru’s presidency in a runoff election as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the Andean country.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 1:46 PM

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