Category: News Briefs

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 >

The Economist Criticized For Equating Violence Of Military Dictatorships With That Of Guerrillas

The Economist magazine stoked a controversy this week with an article arguing that memorials commemorating those killed by South America’s rightwing military governments are rewriting the past by playing down […] Read More >

Guatemala Implements Police Reform Aimed At Reviewing 20,000 Officers

Guatemala will implement a program to root out corruption in the police and military, according to Mexican daily El Informador. The wide-reaching anti-corruption program marks an effort by the administration […] Read More >

2 Honduras Officials Receive Death Threats

Two officials in Honduras viewed as sympathizers with the county’s political left have received death threats, the local press reports. The news of the death threats against National Agrarian Institute […] Read More >

Alberto Fujimori Paintings To Be Confiscated To Pay Debt To Peru

Former President and dictator of Peru Alberto Fujimori may have to give up the paintings he produced while in prison, according to a report by Peruvian daily El Comercio. Peru’s […] Read More >

Brazil’s Truth Commission Set To Begin Its Work

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will preside over an official ceremony Wednesday to launch Brazil’s Truth Commission. The seven-member commission will convene for two years to investigate human rights abuses committed in Brazil […] Read More >

Fidel Castro Is Dead, Says Unfounded And Likely False Twitter Rumor

Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has passed away, according to an unverified rumor that spread like a forest fire through the social media site Twitter Monday evening. The rumor is […] Read More >

Cuba Declares 3-Day Mourning Period For Kim Jong Il

The Cuban government will observe a three-day mourning period beginning Tuesday to honor the death of North Korean autocrat Kim Jong Il. For the duration of the mourning period, public […] Read More >

Paraguay Cattle Health Scare Blamed On Human Error

Paraguayan health officials said this month “human error” led to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) that has seriously hurt the country’s vital cattle industry. “After the most recent laboratory […] Read More >