Posts By: Staff

Former FARC leader is arrested at request of U.S. authorities

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA—Former FARC guerrilla leader Seuxis Hernández, best known by his alias Jesús Santrich, was arrested yesterday in his Bogotá home at the request of the U.S. […] Read More >

Lula da Silva turned himself in to Brazilian authorities

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL—Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva turned himself in to the police in São Paulo on Saturday evening and was flown by helicopter to the […] Read More >

Puerto Rico to close nearly 300 schools after major enrollment drop

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PUERTO RICO—The Puerto Rican government announced yesterday it will shut down a quarter of its schools this summer, following a steep economic recession and the exodus […] Read More >

Brazilian court decides against Da Silva’s attempt to remain out of prison

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL—Early this morning Brazil’s top court ruled against former president Luiz Inácio da Silva’s request to remain out of jail while he appeals a 12-year jail sentence […] Read More >

U.S. jury found Bolivian ex-president responsible for killings

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   Yesterday afternoon, a U.S. jury found Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, the ex-president of Bolivia, and his then foreign minister Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, responsible for the […] Read More >

Trump insistently slammed Mexico with tweets

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA U.S. President Donald Trump continued yesterday with a flurry of misleading tweets slamming Mexico for its alleged lax border enforcement, notwithstanding the country’s border plan from […] Read More >

In surprise show of support for marriage equality, Costa Rica elects ruling party candidate to presidency

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Carlos Alvarado Quesada was elected to the Costa Rican presidency yesterday, defeating Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz in a what had been billed as a referendum on marriage […] Read More >

Families outraged after deadly Venezuela jail fire

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Families of the 68 people killed during a blaze this week in an overcrowded Venezuelan jail demanded information yesterday as to what led to the fire. […] Read More >

Haiti installs new army leadership despite concerns

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Haiti’s new army started to take shape this week as President Jovenel Moïse installed a controversial seven-member high command despite condemnation by some in the U.S. […] Read More >

U.S. 2020 census to include citizenship question

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA The U.S. Commerce Department announced yesterday that it plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census. The Constitution requires that every resident be […] Read More >