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Hello to all our Today in Latin America subscribers. The LAND staff will be taking vacation until the beginning of September, meaning our daily newsletter will be on hold until then. Nos vemos en Septiembre. Top Story — Mexico’s National Human rights Commission has heavily criticized the government’s investigation into the likely massacre of 43…

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (Image: Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 BR)

Top Story — Brazilian prosecutors are reportedly investigating former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for allegedly using his influence abroad to lobby for Brazilian business interests, confirming Silva’s expressed fears that a historic corruption investigation would eventually reach him. Prosecutors are investigating whether Silva encouraged foreign governments to award expensive contracts to the conglomerate…

Opposition leader María Corina Machado. (Image: World Economic Forum, CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Top Story — Venezuelan opposition leader María Corina Machado, who is running for Congress in December elections, has been barred from public office for a full year in a move opposition figures are calling heavy-handed. “They’re acting like the dictators they are,” tweeted Machado, who was a leader of protests that rocked Venezuela last spring….

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, during 2014 arrest (Image: CNN, screenshot)

Top Story — The head of Mexico’s prison system as well as two other prison officials, including the director of the Altiplano maximum-security prison from which powerful drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped on Saturday, have been fired, and a $ 3.8 million has been issued for information leading to Guzmán’s capture, according to…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivered a televised address on Sunday on the occasion of the historical agreement. (Image: Colombian Government)

Top Story —The Colombian government will decrease military activity against FARC rebels, provided that the leftist guerrilla group upholds a recently announced unilateral ceasefire, according to a statement made Sunday by negotiation facilitators in Havana, Cuba. While government officials did not specify what military activity would be curtailed, they stressed that the step did not…