Category: Caribbean

Cuban economy has lost $130 billion due to U.S. embargo, says U.N.

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA CUBA-U.S.: The United States-led financial and trade embargo on Cuba has cost the country’s economy more than $130 billion at current prices over the past  six […] Read More >

Official Reports of Violence Against Women in Puerto Rico Unreliable After Hurricane Maria

By Claire Tighe and Lauren Gurley | Special for the Center for Investigative Journalism   More than seven months after Hurricane Maria, organizations serving domestic violence and sexual assault victims […] Read More >

In Haiti Cholera victims have only received 2% of promised U.N. relief aid

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA HAITI: Haitians suffering from cholera caused by United Nations peacekeepers have only received two percent of promised relief funds halfway through the fund’s projected three-year term, […] Read More >

Cuba selects new president as Castro era comes to an end

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   CUBA: Cuban President Raúl Castro is expected to step down today after 12 years in power, ending a nearly six-decade rule by the Castro family. […] Read More >

Britain apologizes for ill treatment of “Windrush generation” Caribbean immigrants

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA British authorities apologized yesterday for the “appalling” treatment of Caribbean immigrants of the “Windrush generation” who have been victims of the tightening of immigration laws in recent […] Read More >

Trinidad and Tobago to decriminalize homosexuality

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: A high court judge yesterday struck down a colonial-era law banning gay sex in Trinidad and Tobago, a historic ruling that clears the path to decriminalize […] Read More >

Puerto Rico to close nearly 300 schools after major enrollment drop

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PUERTO RICO—The Puerto Rican government announced yesterday it will shut down a quarter of its schools this summer, following a steep economic recession and the exodus […] Read More >

Haiti installs new army leadership despite concerns

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Haiti’s new army started to take shape this week as President Jovenel Moïse installed a controversial seven-member high command despite condemnation by some in the U.S. […] Read More >

U.S. Halts Deportations To Haiti Due To Hurricane Matthew

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA The U.S. government will temporarily stop deporting migrants to Haiti after the country was devastated by Hurricane Matthew, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said […] Read More >

Colombia To Launch Peace Talks With ELN Guerrillas

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA The Colombian government will officially launch peace talks with the ELN, the country’s second-largest guerrilla group, beginning Oct. 27 in Quito, Ecuador. The Juan Manuel Santos administration […] Read More >