Latin America

To Dodge Sanctions, Venezuela Turns to Asia Asphalt Giant

MIAMI (AP) — Back in January, a yearlong campaign of U.S. sanctions was taking its toll at Venezuela’s state-run oil company. Many of PDVSA’s overseas bank accounts had been frozen, hampering its ability to pay vendors on whom it relies to keep the nation’s crude flowing.

  • Oct 8, 2020
  • 12:57 PM

Trump Designates New Member to Puerto Rico Oversight Board

Justin Peterson is a managing partner at DCI, a public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. 

  • Oct 8, 2020
  • 10:47 AM

Costa Rican President Addresses Week-Long Protests

Since Wednesday, about 2,200 people have been demonstrating in the streets and at least 50 road blockades have been set.

  • Oct 7, 2020
  • 2:53 PM

Cese al fuego: A Letter and the FARC’s Political Legacy

Until peacekeeping actors and Washington security “experts” can come to this realization and put adequate pressure on the Colombian government for developing meaningful, state-centered reform to mitigate poverty and inequality, peace will not be attained.

  • Oct 7, 2020
  • 11:51 AM

Hurricane Delta Heads Towards Yucatan Peninsula and Parts of Caribbean

Mexico is still recuperating from Tropical Storm Gamma, which left at least six dead and displaced more than half a million people.

  • Oct 6, 2020
  • 9:06 AM

Dissolved Migrant Caravan Sign of Tougher Guatemala Stance

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government’s halt of more than 3,000 Honduran migrants who had set out for the United States amid the pandemic signaled that U.S. pressure on immigration continues to extend southward.

  • Oct 5, 2020
  • 6:17 PM

Guatemala Sends Migrant Caravan Back to Honduras

Meanwhile, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speculated that the caravan may have been “organized” to get Mexico involved in the U.S. presidential elections, saying that he found it “strange” that the migrants mobilized their caravan so close to the November vote.

  • Oct 5, 2020
  • 11:28 AM

Mexican Workers Send Home Huge Amounts of Money Amid Virus

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic stopped work for nearly a month at the California farm where Luis earns $80 a day picking tomatoes, but that didn’t stop him from sending $800 to family in Mexico.

  • Oct 2, 2020
  • 4:51 PM

Panama’s Ex-President Attempts to Annul Statements on Odebrecht

Odebrecht is a Brazilian construction conglomerate that paid  $788 million in bribes to various politicians and presidential election campaigns in exchange for 100 projects in 12 countries between 2001 to 2016.

  • Oct 2, 2020
  • 12:12 PM

Guatemala Vows to Detain, Return New Migrant Caravan

MORALES, Guatemala (AP) — Guatemala vowed to detain and return members of a new caravan of about 2,000 migrants that set out from neighboring Honduras in hopes of reaching the United States, saying they represent a health threat amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Oct 2, 2020
  • 8:40 AM

Bolivian Women Skateboard in Aymara Garb to Showcase Culture

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The traditional bowler hats, bright blouses and long, plaited “pollera” skirts of the young women contrast with the skateboards under their feet as they swoop back and forth on the skate ramp in Bolivia’s largest city.

  • Oct 1, 2020
  • 5:42 PM

Hundreds of Honduran Migrants Set Out for US Amid Pandemic

CORINTO, Honduras (AP) — About 2,000 Honduran migrants hoping to reach the United States entered Guatemala on foot Thursday morning, testing the newly reopened frontier that had been shut by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Oct 1, 2020
  • 1:52 PM

Six Trans People Killed in Puerto Rico This Year

Michelle Ramos Vargas is the sixth trans person killed on the island this year.

  • Oct 1, 2020
  • 11:12 AM

Peru Sued for Forced Sterilizations Under Fujimori Administration

The case was the first to be filed before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and centers around the cases of five women.

  • Sep 30, 2020
  • 1:42 PM

Latin America Commemorates International Safe Abortion Day

Latin America remains one of the strictest regions in the world on abortion.

  • Sep 29, 2020
  • 4:48 PM

Over 70 Arrest Warrants Issued in Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Case

Thousands marched in cities across Mexico on Saturday to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2014 disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers College in the state of Guerrero.

  • Sep 28, 2020
  • 3:25 PM

Trump Is Courting Florida Cubans, But His Past Words Are a Loud Warning (OPINION)

There is nothing inconsistent about Trump’s relationship with an older generation of largely conservative, mostly white Cubans.

  • Sep 28, 2020
  • 11:54 AM

Homicides Decline in Mexico as Femicides Rise

Out of the total number of 36,476 homicides in 2019, 3,874 were femicides, the highest figure since 1990.

  • Sep 25, 2020
  • 3:57 PM

Push Within El Salvador to Advance Priest Massacre Case

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For years, attempts within El Salvador to investigate and prosecute the masterminds of a massacre of six Jesuit priests during that country’s civil war have been delayed and deflected by legal maneuvers.

  • Sep 25, 2020
  • 3:38 PM

Venezuela’s Maduro Blasts US in Speech to World Leaders

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro blasted United States sanctions in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, while avoiding any mention of a report accusing his government of crimes against humanity.

  • Sep 24, 2020
  • 10:53 AM

Trump Tightens Cuba Sanctions as He Woos Cuban-American Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans won’t be allowed to bring home cigars and rum from Cuba under measures President Donald Trump announced Wednesday to financially starve the island’s government, a move taken as he tries to boost his appeal among Cuban-Americans, a crucial voting bloc in the battleground state of Florida.

  • Sep 23, 2020
  • 2:09 PM

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