Protesters on Sunday in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba

SÃO PAULO — Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of major Brazilian cities on Sunday for the third time in 2015, demanding an end to corruption and the ousting of President Dilma Rousseff. The protests were closely monitored to determine the populace’s state of discontent against the embattled Rousseff, who faces calls for…

Angelika Rettberg, director of the Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding Research Program at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. (Image: YouTube)

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — On Sunday, diplomats in Havana, Cuba announced that the Colombian government will de-escalate its military campaign against the FARC rebel group, if that group adheres to the unilateral ceasefire it is set to observe from July 20 onward. The announcement, made by the Cuban and Norwegian diplomats mediating peace talks between the…

The plenary session erupted in cheers and protestations following Thursday’s stroke-of-midnight decision. (Image: G1, Screenshot.)

BRASÍLIA, Brazil — A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has described the approval of a controversial measure to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 as an illegal maneuver under the terms of the Constitution, and has intimated to The Latin America News Dispatch that his office will take action against it. The…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during an October press conference in which he addressed the delays in reaching a peace agreement. (Image: César Carrión, Government of Colombia)

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, could end more than 50 years of internal armed conflict. But they have not gone without a hitch. Despite some progress, tensions have been escalating in the last several months, threatening to bring negotiations to…

Antanas Mockus, former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia (Image: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung)

Antanas Mockus is one of the most influential figures in Colombian politics. He has been mayor of Bogotá twice, and a presidential candidate three times. He is mostly remembered for promoting art as a way to change cultural values in Colombian society. Or, in his words, to reinforce a “citizenship culture” to reach peace. He…

Viacrucis participants march through Chahuites, Mexico. (Photo by author)

MEXICO CITY — Ciudad Tecún Umán is sweltering. All of the town’s households and its handful of ramshackle cantinas still use wood-burning stoves, their sweaty attendants braving the compounded afternoon heat. The smoke trails out into the few dusty streets, unpaved, potholed and barely stretching to the edge of the Rio Suchiate, which divides Tecún…

Photojournalist Stephen Ferry, who has covered Colombia's internal conflict for twelve years.

Stephen Ferry is an American photographer who has captured dangerous and tragic scenes of the Colombian armed conflict for twelve years. Ferry published a collection of his and his Colombian colleagues’ photos in a book titled “Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict.” Latin America News Dispatch interviewed Ferry at the International Center for Photography…

A sign in Rancho Grande, Nicaragua -- "No to mining in Rancho Grande." (Max Serjeant)

RANCHO GRANDE, Nicaragua — Father Pablo Espinosa looks down pensively, taking his time to think as he speaks. “In the history of Nicaragua there is not one town that has benefited from mining,” he says. “I have visited other communities and seen the contamination. All they have is disease and more poverty than before.” Behind…

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – As countries worldwide move toward reducing tobacco use among their citizens, Argentina remains one of seven U.N. member states — and the only one in South America — to have not yet ratified, after initially signing, a landmark treaty that aims to reduce tobacco consumption and advertising. Argentina’s delay…