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COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO, Uruguay — Colonia del Sacramento underwent turbulent change in its early history. A strategic port founded by conquistadors at the mouth of the world’s widest river, the Rio de la Plata, Colonia was for long the key to unlocking the vast riches of the South American interior. A prized, fortified settlement, it…

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Crisis in Mexico: Who is Really Responsible for the Missing Forty-Three? Francisco Goldman. The New Yorker. February 7, 2015. More than four months have passed since 43 teacher-trainee students disappeared from the Mexican town of Iguala. In the interim, municipal and federal forces have been implicated in the alleged kidnapping and murder of the students….

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Top Story — Tabaré Vázquez will serve another term as Uruguay’s president after winning a runoff election on Sunday, continuing the decade-long rule of the leftist Broad Front coalition. Opposition candidate Luis Lacalle Pou conceded defeat after initial, unofficial counts showed Vázquez won more than 53 percent of the vote. Vázquez was Uruguay’s president from…

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Top Story — Days ahead of Uruguay’s presidential election Sunday, the country’s top opposition candidate on Wednesday vowed to repeal the country’s historic marijuana law, which legalizes the commercial production and sale of the drug. Centrist National Party candidate Luis Lacalle Pou had not previously specified what actions he would take against the law. Lacalle…

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The Economist magazine stoked a controversy this week with an article arguing that memorials commemorating those killed by South America’s rightwing military governments are rewriting the past by playing down acts of violence committed by the left. In what some have criticized as a “false equivalence,” the article says “the Cold War in Latin America…

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Top Story — Uruguayan President José Mujica qualified a proposed bill that would allow the Uruguayan state to regulate and sell marijuana, saying that he would only do so if 60 percent of Uruguay’s population supports the measure. Mujica made the statement on the presidential web page after his initial proposal reignited a global debate on…

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MONTEVIDEO — Uruguayan President José Mujica’s controversial marijuana regulation bill could soon be approved by Congress, making Uruguay the first country in the world to directly produce, sell, and control the consumption of marijuana. The proposal for state-regulated marijuana is part of a package of sixteen different measures designed to fight violence and public insecurity…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Uruguayan President José Mujica approved a $513,000 settlement to be paid to Macarena Gelman, who was kidnapped along with her disappeared parents during the 1973-1985 Uruguayan dictatorship. The settlement is one component of a decision handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights last year, which stipulated that…

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Upon their return from Haiti, five Uruguayan peacekeepers accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old Haitian man were jailed Sunday, and a sixth was detained Monday, the local press reports. A military judge ordered the imprisonment of the first five sailors, who were recalled to Uruguay after blurry cell phone images showing a group of Uruguayans…