Category: News Briefs

U.S., Cuba to Restore Diplomatic Ties, But Embargo Remains

The U.S. and Cuba will work to normalize diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961, President Obama said Wednesday, a major shift in policy that nonetheless falls short of […] Read More >

Cuban Laws May Have Changed, But the Jokes Haven’t

In 2010, I found myself among hundreds of heeled and hairsprayed Cubans in Havana’s Teatro Karl Marx waiting for the start of the Premios Lucas — a sort of MTV […] Read More >

Latin American Environmentalists Call For End To Fracking

Latin American environmental activists called for an end to fracking this week, as international leaders gathered in Lima, Peru, for the United Nations summit on climate change. Researchers and protestors […] Read More >

On the Eve of U.N. Climate Summit in Lima, Concerns Over Climate Change in Latin America

U.N. negotiators will meet this week in Lima, Peru, to begin the latest round of talks aimed at stopping climate change, and diplomats are expressing increasing optimism that a legally […] Read More >

As The World Looks To Mexico, News From Another Massacre Goes Unnoticed

The world has been focusing for almost two months on the disappearance and reported killing of 43 Mexican students by a drug gang — an act in which government forces […] Read More >

Colombian Government and FARC Agree on Process to Free Kidnapped General

An agreement has been reached between FARC rebels and the Colombia government on steps to release Gen. Rubén Darío Alzate, according to a statement released by the Cuban and Norwegian […] Read More >

Colombia Suspends Peace Talks Over General’s Apparent Kidnapping

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has suspended the government’s peace talks with FARC guerrillas after the group’s apparent detention of an army general, jeopardizing the future of the negotiations at […] Read More >

Peña Nieto’s $7 Million House Sparks Controversy

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is facing public scrutiny, following the revelation by Aristegui Noticias that a construction company that has received government contracts also provided the president with a […] Read More >

São Paulo’s Worst Drought In Decades Linked To Rainforest Depletion: Climatologist

South America’s largest city, São Paulo, Brazil, is experiencing a severe water crisis. A record drought and high water demand from the growing city have severely depleted São Paulo’s main […] Read More >

As World Series Begins, So Does ‘Latin American Pipeline’ to MLB

When the opening pitch is thrown Tuesday night in game one of the World Series, a number of Latin American players will be front and center under the bright stadium […] Read More >