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BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA — On April 9, 1948, Colombian liberal presidential candidate Jorge Eliécer Gaitán was murdered in downtown Bogotá. A hired hitman approached Gaitán at noon and shot him. The news spread rapidly and his followers were quickly enraged. This assassination is considered one of those key events that made violence escalate rapidly in Colombia…

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NEW YORK — Seven months to the day after watching two of his classmates get shot in the head and many more get taken away — never to be heard from again — Ángel Neri de la Cruz marched in New York to demand answers. He joined the grief-stricken relatives of his missing classmates at…

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Protesters in over 150 cities across Brazil demanded the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and an end to corruption on Sunday. Rousseff’s administration is struggling to reverse an economic downturn amid fears that the country will experience negative growth in 2015. In addition, the president is weathering the fallout from ongoing revelations regarding a massive…

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NEW YORK — Dozens of activists congregated outside the Mexican consulate to protest the Sept. 26 attack in Mexico’s Guerrero state that left six dead, 25 injured and at least 43 students missing. Authorities have detained at least 22 police officers suspected of involvement in the attack. Activists in Mexico held similar protests in at least 63…

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ILOPANGO, El Salvador — In 2012, the two major Salvadoran gangs, MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang, brokered a truce supported by the government. The gang leaders agreed to stop violence and recruitment, to turn in weapons and to begin regular negotiations between incarcerated gang bosses. The homicide rate immediately dropped by half and foot…

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NEW YORK — The People’s Climate March drew more than 300,000 people to Manhattan on Sunday to demand world leaders to take action on climate change. Demonstrators came from all over the world, including many from Latin America. Latino immigrant farmers from Florida and Dominican construction workers from the Bronx also joined the mix. The march…

Oxlajuj B'ak'tun: Mayan Era Change

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala — Events here during the much-awaited end of the Oxlajuj Baktun, a 5,129-year period in the long Mayan calendar, provide a clear reflection of the divisions and challenges faced by Mayan communities today. The media exploited inaccurate apocalyptic rumors the Maya never predicted, the government and business sectors viewed it as an opportunity to…

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COBAN, GUATEMALA — On February 27th, 2012, The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) began an exhumation inside the former Military Garrison of Cobán, one of Guatemala’s largest cities. Three months later, forensic anthropologists have recovered the remains of close to 100 victims of Guatemala’s 1960-1996 internal armed conflict. One mass grave has revealed the remains…