Musk Brought Internet to Brazil’s Amazon; Criminals Love It

Starlink, a division of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has almost 4,000 low-orbit satellites across the skies, connecting people in remote corners of the Amazon. The lightweight, high-speed internet system has also proved a new and valuable tool for Brazil’s illegal miners.

  • Mar 15, 2023
  • 12:27 PM

Brazil Pushes Illegal Miners Out of Yanomami Indigenous Territory

Armed government officials with Brazil’s justice, Indigenous, and environment ministries pressed illegal gold miners out of Yanomami Indigenous territory Wednesday, citing widespread river contamination, famine, and disease they have brought to one of the most isolated groups in the world.

  • Feb 9, 2023
  • 10:40 AM

Brazil: 2023 Starts With Coup Attempt, News of Genocide Against Indigenous in the Amazon

January has proved that Bolsonaro’s defeat last year was far from a game over for the far-right. We also look at the genocidal policies against the Yanomami people of the Amazon, who are dying of treatable diseases and starvation due to illegal mining on their lands.

  • Jan 30, 2023
  • 2:52 PM

Brownlisted: ‘Las Playas Son del Pueblo!’

A wrap-up of this week’s most important and interesting Latino news and views from around the world and the across the internet.

  • Jan 27, 2023
  • 6:18 PM

The Ex-Rebel Women Searching for Colombia’s Disappeared

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Yaritza, Mireya, Shirley, and Otilia travel the country searching for the bodies of those who were disappeared during the civil war.

  • Jun 14, 2022
  • 5:18 PM

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.

  • Mar 28, 2022
  • 11:12 AM

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.

  • Feb 14, 2022
  • 11:58 AM

The Nightmare of Migrants Crossing the Darién Jungle

Reporter David González M. follows one Haitian migrant, his family, and others from as far away as Pakistan as they prepare to make the deadly journey through the Colombia-Panama border region.

  • Oct 8, 2021
  • 4:23 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

Report: Colombia Failing to Protect Human Rights Defenders

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Colombia has failed to protect human rights activists in its remote communities, resulting in hundreds of slayings since the government reached a peace deal with the country’s biggest rebel movement in 2016, an international monitoring group said Wednesday.

  • Feb 10, 2021
  • 5:48 PM

The Amazon’s Burning Libraries (A Latino USA Podcast)

From illegal mining and logging to destructive dams to land grabbers to a federal government that often ignores their concerns outright, the Munduruku along the Tapajós River are under attack on all fronts.

  • Dec 11, 2020
  • 11:49 AM

Record Number of Colombian Leaders Were Killed This Year

According to the Institute for Peace and Development Studies (Indepaz), 287 social leaders have been killed so far in 2020.

  • Dec 9, 2020
  • 10:36 AM

UN Colombia Envoy: Ex-Combatants Making Masks Amid Pandemic

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Colombia said Tuesday that former combatants are now making face masks to respond to the new coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 hasn’t stopped violence against social leaders, human rights defenders and ex-fighters despite a nationwide stay-at-home order.

  • Apr 15, 2020
  • 4:19 PM

Pope Avoids Question of Married Priests in Amazon Document

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church and even involved retired Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Feb 12, 2020
  • 12:47 PM

Colombian Military Spied on Judges, Journalists

According to an investigation, reports of the illegal eavesdropping operations were directly handed off to senior politicians of the president’s Democratic Center party.

  • Jan 13, 2020
  • 1:32 PM

In Restored Forests, Hope for World Beset by Climate Change

MADRE DE DIOS, Peru (AP) — Destruction of the forests can be swift. Regrowth is much, much slower.

  • Oct 1, 2019
  • 4:04 PM

Trump Administration Pens New Asylum Deal With Honduras

The deal would prevent asylum seekers traveling through Central America from entering the United States.

  • Sep 26, 2019
  • 11:40 AM

AP Interview: Colombia to Denounce Maduro at UN Meeting

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s president compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a “stupid” mistake if he were to attack his U.S.-backed neighbor.

  • Sep 22, 2019
  • 4:23 PM

Concern Over Amazon Rainforest Fires Reaches Globe

The concern for the protection of the Amazon seems to have reached a new zenith.

  • Aug 22, 2019
  • 5:21 PM

El Grito: Violence in Colombia Continues to Kill Activists

Despite the official ceasefire peace agreement signed by the government and FARC leaders in 2016 after 50 years of civil war, criminal armed groups have re-ignited the violence in areas previously occupied by FARC.

  • Aug 21, 2019
  • 4:58 PM

Cartel Kingpin El Chapo Is Jailed for Life, but the US-Mexico Drug Trade Is Booming

Mexican estimates suggest that each month the Sinaloa cartel trades two tons of cocaine and 10,000 tons of marijuana plus heroine, methamphetamine and other drugs.

  • Jul 22, 2019
  • 12:38 PM

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