Protesters take to the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, to protest the economic policies of President Rafael Correa. (Image: El Universo, screenshot)

Top Story — Thousands of Ecuadorians protested in the streets of Guayaquil Thursday against populist President Rafael Correa’s government, calling for his resignation. Demonstrations were led by Mayor Jaime Nebot, a member of the opposition, who warned that Correa’s continued left-leaning economic policies were detrimental to the country. Protests first hit the country following the…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, together with U.S. Attorney in Miami Wilfredo Ferrer (second from left), announces Tuesday the indictment of 17 members of the drug-trafficking organization Los Urbeños. (Image: Department of Justice)

Top Story — Federal prosecutors in Miami unsealed indictments on Tuesday against 17 members of one of Colombia’s biggest narcotics cartels, charging a number of important cartel leaders in an effort to improve bilateral cooperation in anti-narcotics operations. The indictments were brought against leading members of Los Urabeños, a group that Colombia Reports has called…

Tibisay Lucena, President of Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE). (Image: Agencia de Notícias ANDES, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Venezuela’s electoral council on Monday set a date of Dec. 6 for legislative elections, fulfilling a long-held demand of the political opposition, which is currently polling favorably against the incumbent socialist party. Tibisay Lucena, the head of the National Electoral Council (CNE), said the decision was not made due to pressure from…

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…

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López. (Image: A. Davey, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Eight Brazilian senators had the bus in which they traveling pelted with stones as they traveled from the Caracas airport in Venezuela to visit a jailed opposition leader. The senators were forced to flee and Brazil’s foreign ministry is seeking an explanation from Venezuela’s government. The senators were planning to visit Leopoldo…

(Diosdado Cabello speaking, Rafaelsigala12, CC BY SA 4.0)

Top Story — Representatives from the United States and Venezuela reportedly met on Saturday while visiting Haiti, a possible sign that the two governments are seeking to redress long-standing tension. U.S. diplomat John Shannon, an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, spoke with Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly. Cabello, widely considered…

The Colombian military. (Image: Mrnico1092, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Top Story — Colombia’s government and FARC rebels announced on Thursday their intention to form a truth commission, a major sign of progress in the ongoing peace process, which has faced difficulties in recent months. The findings of the truth commission, which would be convened in the event of a successful conclusion to the peace…

(Diosdado Cabello speaking, Rafaelsigala12, CC BY SA 4.0)

Top Story — U.S. authorities are investigating several top Venezuelan officials for drug trafficking, according to a report published Monday by The Wall Street Journal, which sides with prior accounts linking a top Venezuelan lawmaker to the narcotics trade. Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, is reportedly a main target of the investigation…

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…