Posts By: Staff

Laura Chinchilla Becomes First Woman President in Costa Rica

Today in Latin America Top Story — Costa Rica elected the country’s first female president Sunday, as Laura Chinchilla won the election with 47 percent of the vote, according to […] Read More >

Deposed Haitian Leader Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Assets Frozen In Switzerland

Today in Latin America Top Story —  Switzerland froze approximately $4.6 million from the family of former Haitian leader Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier that was held in Swiss banks. The […] Read More >

New Paramilitary Groups On The Rise In Colombia

Today in Latin America Top Story — Paramilitary successor groups in Colombia have become a major threat to Colombia’s economy and human rights record, according to a report issued by […] Read More >

Shootout In Mexico Leaves Eight People Dead

Today in Latin America Top Story – A shootout in the northern Mexican city of Torreón that began in a shopping mall and continued onto a highway left eight people […] Read More >

Venezuela And Russia Partner To Develop Oil Field In Orinoco Region

Today in Latin America Top Story — Russia signed a deal with Venezuela to jointly develop an oil field in the country’s Orinoco River region, according to Business Week. Work […] Read More >

Haiti Must Build A Strong State To Recover From Earthquake, Experts Say; Call For Haitian “Marshall Plan”

NEW YORK — A Port-au-Prince school collapsed on a sunny day in Nov. 2008, leaving 80 children dead. The school, perched precariously on a hillside, had been built without a […] Read More >

Latin America Weekly News Summary: Jan. 23 – Jan. 29, 2010

North America Mexico Federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced Wednesday that they will advocate to overturn the city’s new gay marriage law on grounds that it violates the constitution, the […] Read More >

Weekly News Summary: Jan. 16 – Jan. 22, 2010

TOP STORY: HAITI The earthquake in Haiti continued to dominate headlines on Latin America this week. The following list provides a sample of some of the most important developments. Little […] Read More >

How To Help Earthquake Victims In Haiti

As we wrote in our weekly news summary yesterday, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake in the afternoon on Jan. 12, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale and followed by more than […] Read More >