Category: Andes

Bolivia Votes Against Fourth Term for Morales, Polls Suggest

Top Story — Exit polls and early vote counting from a referendum in Bolivia show that President Evo Morales is likely to lose his bid to seek re-election for a […] Read More >

Venezuela’s Maduro Increases Gas Prices While Opposition Parliament Passes Amnesty Law

Top Story — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Wednesday that he will devalue the country’s currency and raise gasoline prices in an effort to boost Venezuela’s tanking economy. While […] Read More >

Aiming to Halt Crisis, Venezuela Seeks Production Freeze by OPEC

Top Story — Venezuela’s Oil Minister Eulogio Del Pino is meeting with his Iraqi and Iranian counterparts today in an effort to persuade the two countries to freeze their output […] Read More >

Venezuela’s Maduro Gains Decree Powers, Sidestepping Opposition Legislature

Top Story — Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro gained effective decree powers on Thursday after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of his declaring a state of economic emergency, dealing a blow […] Read More >

While FARC Rebels Balk at Referendum Plan, Colombia Increases Attack on ELN

Top Story — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave the military orders to increase its operations against the second largest guerilla group in the country, the ELN, in response to an […] Read More >

Obama Will Seek $450 Million in Aid for Colombia

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that he will seek $450 million in new aid for Colombia to continue fighting […] Read More >

Hemisphere Reacts to ‘Explosion’ of Zika Virus

Top Story — The World Health Organization declared Thursday the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil, is “spreading explosively.” The WHO’s Americas division […] Read More >

UN Agrees to Oversee Future Ceasefire Deal Between Colombia, FARC Rebels

Top Story — In a unanimous vote on Monday, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to oversee the planned ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. The vote […] Read More >

Colombia, FARC Ask UN to Monitor Post-Ceasefire Disarmament

Top Story — The Colombian government and FARC rebels jointly requested on Tuesday that the United Nations set up a monitoring body to oversee the demobilization process that would follow […] Read More >

Venezuelan Supreme Court Invalidates Legislature as Political Crisis Worsens

Top Story — Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ruled that “decisions taken or to be taken” by the opposition-led National Assembly are void until three opposition members who were previously barred […] Read More >