Category: News Briefs

López Obrador broadens his base in an effort to win the presidency on his third attempt

“Populist,” “anti-business” were the common media shorthand to describe Andrés Manuel López Obrador in his failed 2006 and 2012 bids to become president of Mexico. This round, he is now […] Read More >

In the Olympics’ Wake, Creating a Digital Memory of Rio’s Evictions

Last week, Brazilian journalist Natalia Viana went through one of her longest commutes in Rio de Janeiro. She started in the eastern neighborhood of Botafogo, where she directs the investigative […] Read More >

Fourteen Arrested Protesting Georgia University Ban on Undocumented Students

Undocumented students and activists in Georgia staged sit-ins at three state universities on Monday, calling for an end to policies they say unfairly deny undocumented student access to public higher […] Read More >

For Argentine Environmentalists, New President Macri Elicits Hope — and Skepticism

Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri entered the “Casa Rosada” today, bringing an end to 12 years of leftist “kirchnerismo” rule and ushering in, supporters hope, an era of economic liberalization and […] Read More >

Ahead of Argentine Elections, Political Apathy Runs High in ‘Little Buenos Aires’

NEW YORK — Walking down Junction Boulevard toward Corona Avenue in Queens is akin to exploring a microcosm of Latin America: Mexican and Guatemalan eateries are clustered close to Roosevelt Avenue, […] Read More >

In Search for the Next UN Secretary General, Women Fight for Recognition

NEW YORK — Feminist activists, scholars and at least 45 United Nations member states are leading a campaign to make a woman the next U.N. secretary general in what would […] Read More >

As UN Debate on Decolonization Begins, Puerto Rico Presses for Self-Determination

NEW YORK — Advocates of Puerto Rican self-determination have for decades claimed that their status as a U.S. commonwealth amounts to second-class citizenship, but regular petitions to the United Nations’ […] Read More >

‘El Chapo’ Escapes, Threatening to Derail Peña Nieto Presidency

The Sinaloa Cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped for the second time in his life from a Mexican prison on Saturday night. Guzmán, who is widely considered the world’s […] Read More >

In Declaring Puerto Rico’s Debt “Unpayable,” Governor Shifts Position on Debt Restructuring

In a televised speech delivered in a somber tone on Monday, Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said that Puerto Rico’s $73 billion public debt is “unpayable,” confirming similar remarks […] Read More >

Prosecutor’s Mystery Death a Litmus Test for Argentina

BUENOS AIRES — The mysterious circumstances under which Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman died in January of an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head has spawned a number of […] Read More >