Latin America


Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The world isn’t paying enough attention to Latin America’s child-bride problem

*The good news, NGO’s are working with girls in rural Latin America where 97% of those participating in the program remained unmarried throughout its duration. VL By Rachel B. Vogelstein, Quartz Over the past decade, world leaders and human-rights activists alike have increasingly recognized that the practice of child marriage undermines development and stability. This

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Why U.S. Latinos Need To Get Loud About The Dominican Republic

*I think the problem is that in the U.S. we see racism as a black/white issue, and we see immigration as a border thing, when in fact they are global issues. What’s happening in the Dominican Republic...

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Raúl Castro may join Catholic Church after meeting with Pope Francis

*Raul Castro,  on Pope Francis’ work for Cuba-U.S. détente: “I read all the speeches of the pope, his commentaries, and if the pope continues this way, I will go back to praying and go back to the...

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Alberto Nisman and Argentina’s History of Assassinations and Suspicious Suicides

*The story of the death of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman reads like far-fetched fiction: a terrorist bombing, ties to Iran, a cover-up from the highest levels, investigation, implications, and a suicide in the midst of troubling facts....

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Archbishop Romero

*Pope Francis decrees that Archbishop Oscar Romero, of El Salvador, was killed in 1980 “in hatred of faith,” and not for political reasons. VL By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After decades of...

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Sen. Robert Menendez says confirming an ambassador to Cuba to be ‘very difficult’

*The Cuba issue will soon dominate the headlines, especially because there seems to be no strict party line division. Sen. Menedez says he was not told about the Cuba negotiations and eh’ll be skeptical when it comes...

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The Geopolitics of U.S.-Cuba Relations

*Really good, concise historical perspective on U.S.-Cuba relations. Great context for recent events. VL By George Friedman, Stratfor  Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed to an exchange of prisoners being held on...

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

US-Cuba deal puts human rights on the island in the spotlight

*Well … yeah. The President said “this is still a regime that oppresses its people.” VL By Fox News Latino HAVANA (AP) –  To many exiles and their allies, President Raúl Castro is a brutal dictator who...

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The United States and Cuba Begin Restoring Relations

*Pretty straight-forward analysis of the restoration of U.S. relations with Cuba. It’s a complicated issue, but this piece lays-out a good foundation for further discussion. VL By Stratfor Global Intelligence The United States and Cuba on Dec....

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Guatemala: Death threats, land theft and rock carrying

*Read this. The kind of stuff that sends people North to the U.S. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog “After sentencing (the defendant) to carry rocks for a number of days , my client  began receiving...

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Venezuela Battle Leaves National Guardsman And Civilian Dead

By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press/Huffington Post Latino Voices CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed Thursday as gangs of government supporters on motorcycles rode into east Caracas neighborhoods...

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Venezuela’s Maduro breaks diplomatic links with Panama

By BBC News Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, has broken diplomatic relations and frozen economic ties with Panama. The decision comes after the Central American nation requested a meeting at the Organization of American States (OAS) to discuss...

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Arrest of Chapo Guzman, ‘face of Mexican impunity,’ sends message

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco It hasn’t taken long for the news of the capture of Mexican mega druglord Chapo Guzman to cause a tremor, kick up dust and settle into deep analysis. Los Angeles Times reporter and...

Monday, February 24th, 2014

El Chapo falls … as Time hits the stands

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog As a reporter, I don’t believe too much in coincidences, especially when it comes to Mexican politics. So, let’s say that the arrest this morning of drug megalord Joaquin “El Chapo”...

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