Category: Andes

Colombia’s FARC Releases Video Of Five Hostages Asking Government To Negotiate With Rebels

Today in Latin America Top Story — Four police officers and one soldier, kidnapped by Colombia’s FARC guerrillas, called on the government to make a deal with the left-wing rebel group […] Read More >

OAS Meeting Begins in Peru Amid Tensions Over Status of Honduras

Today in Latin America Top Story — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other dignitaries from throughout Latin America began a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) […] Read More >

Juan Manuel Santos Pulls Ahead in Colombian Presidential Election

  Today in Latin America Top Story — Contrary to expectations, Juan Manuel Santos gained a strong lead in the first round of Colombia’s presidential elections on Sunday, according to […] Read More >

Amnesty International Asks Peru To Drop Charges Against Indigenous Leader Alberto Pizango

Human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) called upon the Peruvian authorities to drop charges against indigenous leader Alberto Pizango on Friday. The Peruvian government has accused Pizango of rebellion, sedition, […] Read More >

Lori Berenson To Be Released After 15 Years In Jail In Peru

Today in Latin America Top Story — Lori Berenson, an American convicted on terrorism charges 15 years ago in Peru, will be released as early as Thursday after being granted […] Read More >

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Allegedly Facilitated Ties Between FARC and ETA

Today in Latin America Top Story — Documents and witness testimony accuse Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s government of assisting Colombia’s FARC guerilla group and of facilitating training sessions between the […] Read More >

Colombia’s Disgraced DAS and President Uribe’s Uncertain Legacy

On Nov. 17, 2004, Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque received a phone call. Speaking with a calm voice, a man threatened to kill and rape Duque’s 10-year-old daughter. “Your daughter […] Read More >

Venezuelan Offshore Natural Gas Rig Sinks; 95 Workers Rescued and No Environmental Threat, Says Oil Minister

Today in Latin America Top Story – Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez announced Thursday that an offshore natural-gas platform sank off the country’s eastern state of Sucre. All of the […] Read More >

Venezuela Arrests 19 Colombians on Spying Charges

Today in Latin America Top Story — Tensions between Colombia and Venezuela have flared up again as Venezuela arrested 19 Colombians accused of allegedly carrying illegal arms and cutting trees. […] Read More >

Evo Morales Administration Nationalizes Power Companies on May Day

Today in Latin America Top Story — The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales nationalized three power companies, a local electricity cooperative and a smelter plant this weekend. The nationalization of three […] Read More >