Latin America


Friday, April 14th, 2017

As Trump Strikes Syria, We Should Revisit the History Lessons of US Intervention in Central America

*Why you should read this: Because while we focus on Trump’s disdain for Latin American’s we shouldn’t forget that the U.S. has a long history of meddling in Latin America. Because this isn’t new. VL By Daniel Alvarenga, Remezcla (6 minute read)    ince it began nearly six years ago, the Syrian civil war has prompted

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Why Chicanos Love Fidel Castro But Hate Cuban Exile Politics

*A very interesting point of view. Especially in light of this past election when Cuban-Americans and Mexican-Americans voted very differently. VL By Gabriel San Roman, OC Weekly (9 minute read) Cuban exiles greeted news of Fidel Castro’s...

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Colombia President Will Donate Nobel Peace Prize Money to Victims

*Juan Manuel Santos managed to broker peace with the FARC guerillas. Now he’s working on a peace deal with the National Liberation Army (ELN). VL By Associated Press (2.5 minute read) After receiving Nobel Peace Prize, Colombia’s President...

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Colombia And FARC Rebels Reach Historic Peace Deal After Bloody War

*I was at a gathering last night when the news of the peace deal buzzed on mobile devices.It’s what most people talked about the rest of the evening. VL By Nelson Acosyta, Reuters (4 minute read) HAVANA, Aug...

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...

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...

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