Category: Southern Cone

Pope Francis recants on Chile abuse case, asks victims for forgiveness

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA CHILE—Pope Francis issued a remarkable statement yesterday admitting to having made “grave errors” in his controversial judgement of Chile’s sex abuse scandal and inviting the victims […] Read More >

Lula da Silva turned himself in to Brazilian authorities

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL—Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva turned himself in to the police in São Paulo on Saturday evening and was flown by helicopter to the […] Read More >

Brazilian court decides against Da Silva’s attempt to remain out of prison

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL—Early this morning Brazil’s top court ruled against former president Luiz Inácio da Silva’s request to remain out of jail while he appeals a 12-year jail sentence […] Read More >

Brazil’s unpopular, scandal-plagued president weighs bid for new term

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Despite approval ratings that have settled in the single digits, Brazilian President Michel Temer may seek a second, full term in October’s national elections. Speaking with […] Read More >

Thousands of people marched in Rio de Janeiro to protest the murder of Marielle Franco

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA On Sunday thousands of people marched in Rio de Janeiro to protest the murder of Marielle Franco, the former Brazilian councilwoman and human rights activist who […] Read More >

Brazilian opposition councilwoman assassinated with possible involvement of police officers

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco was assassinated Wednesday night in Rio de Janeiro by two men who fired nine shots at her vehicle, killing both her and […] Read More >

Reynaldo Bignone, Argentina’s last military dictator, died

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Eight years after he was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, Argentina’s last military dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, died after a heart attack in […] 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 >

In the Olympics’ Wake, Creating a Digital Memory of Rio’s Evictions

Last week, Brazilian journalist Natalia Viana went through one of her longest commutes in Rio de Janeiro. She started in the eastern neighborhood of Botafogo, where she directs the investigative […] Read More >

Report of a Gang-Rape in Rio de Janeiro Shocks Brazil

BRASÍLIA — Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, 20-year-old Michel Brasil da Silva uploaded a 30-second clip to Twitter, accompanied by the words: “They smashed the chick. Do you get it […] Read More >