Brownlisted: What I Saw This Week in Quarantine
This week’s wrap-up comes to you from the cozy confines of quarantine, as senior editor Hector Luis Alamo has managed to catch COVID for only the second time this year.
Peru’s President Ousted by Congress in Political Crisis
Vice President Dina Boluarte — who speaks both Spanish and Quechua — replaced Pedro Castillo and became the first female leader in the history of the republic after hours of wrangling between the legislature and the departing president, who had tried to prevent an impeachment vote.
Argentina’s VP Fernández Guilty in $1B Fraud, Gets 6 Years
Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández was convicted and sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office for a fraud scheme that embezzled $1 billion through public works projects during her presidency.
Boxing Powerhouse Cuba Lets Women Boxers Compete
Cuban officials announced Monday that women boxers would be able to compete officially after decades of restrictions, though they didn’t yet confirm if that would be taken to a professional level like it was with Cuban male boxers earlier this year.
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.
Brownlisted: Thank God It’s ‘Wednesday’
Senior editor Hector Luis Alamo gives a review of some of the most interesting and important things he saw, read, and heard over the past week.
Colombia Asks for Legal Status for Its People Already in US
Colombia wants the Biden administration to grant temporary legal status to its citizens now living in the United States, noting its own efforts to address regional migration by hosting two million Venezuelans who fled their homes.
A Migrant Family’s Journey from Venezuela to New York City
Yormaly Bulanger, a 26-year-old former accounting student from Venezuela, arrived in New York three months ago with her partner and their 5-year-old son — part of a group of 22,000 migrants, mostly Venezuelans, that have arrived in the city since April.
Argentina-Mexico World Cup Spanish TV Gets 8.9M US Viewers
Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico was the most-watched Spanish-language World Cup group stage broadcast in U.S. history, drawing 8.9 million viewers on Telemundo television and the streaming services of Telemundo and Peacock.
Brownlisted: ‘Beans, Greens, Potatoes, Tomatoes…’
Latino Rebels’ senior editor Hector Luis Alamo provides an overview of some of the most interesting and important things he’s seen, read, and heard over the past week.
Dominican Republic Rejects Criticism of Haitian Deportations
The Dominican Republic said it “profusely rejects” criticism of its crackdown on Haitian migrants from a growing number of countries and human rights agencies, and vows to ramp up border enforcement and deportations.
Brownlisted: What I’ve Read, Seen and Heard This Week (OPINION)
The first of a weekly column by senior editor Hector Luis Alamo in which he gives an overview of the most interesting and important things he’s read, seen, or heard during the past week, providing his thoughts on them.
Widespread Panic as Anti-Haitian Decree Goes into Effect in Dominican Republic (VIDEO)
Videos have flooded out of the Dominican Republic in recent days showing security forces corralling Black people outside their homes and loading them into cages on migrant control trucks to be carted off and, presumably, placed in detention centers or deported.
US Rescues 12 Haitians From Tiny Island in Puerto Rico
A dozen Haitian migrants who spent five days on a tiny, uninhabited island near Puerto Rico where human smugglers abandoned them were rescued, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.
US, Cubans Will Meet Again in Havana: State Department
U.S. and Cuban officials plan to meet in Havana on Tuesday to discuss migration policy, the latest in a series of sessions between two governments with a historically icy relationship and amid one of the biggest migratory flights from the island in decades.
‘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.
DEA’s Most Corrupt Agent: Parties, Sex Amid ‘Unwinnable War’
José Irizarry accepts that he’s known as the most corrupt agent in U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration history, admitting he “became another man” in conspiring with Colombian cartels to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive sports cars, Tiffany jewels, and paramours around the world.
Haiti’s Cartels Might Finally Be Toppled, But Our Real Work Awaits (OPINION)
We Haitians must begin to play our role as concerned citizens and hold our leaders accountable. Once order is restored, children return to school safely and adults resume daily chores, Haitians should decide what they want as a nation.
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.
The False Patriotism of the Dominican Republic’s Extreme Right (OPINION)
In the Dominican Republic, the rise of the far right is shaking the very foundations of democracy, just as it is in the United States and Europe. And, same as them, one element that has facilitated this rise has been the irrational opposition to immigration.
Free the Drug Mules (OPINION)
The four-part Netflix documentary ‘High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule’ highlights the senseless harm caused by the War on Drugs.