Category: News Briefs

Brazil Breaks Relations With Human Rights Commission Over Belo Monte Dam

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has ordered an immediate cessation of relations with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) after the regional body asked the government to suspend construction of […] Read More >

Mexico No Longer Has Free Press Thanks To Drug War & Violence

An annual report by an independent advocacy group said that Mexico can no longer be considered to have a free press due to the violence related to the country’s ongoing […] Read More >

Brazil Censors Simpsons Scene Of Two Men Kissing

Brazil’s TV Globo network on Friday cut a scene from the Simpsons in which Homer Simpson kissed another male character, the bartender Moe. Globo said that the minute-long sequence from […] Read More >

Mexico’s National Security Law Can’t Be Evaluated, Says PRI’s Navarrete

Facing the opposition of human rights groups and deputies from the PRD, Convergencia and PT parties, the PRI’s Alfonso Navarrete Prida announced Thursday that there is not enough time to […] Read More >

Obama Continues Push For Comprehensive Immigration Reform At Meeting With Hispanic Celebrities

President Barack Obama reiterated his call for comprehensive immigration reform Thursday at a meeting with prominent Hispanic celebrities, including actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera, and news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart […] Read More >

Mexico’s National Security Law Proposal Prompts Human Rights Concerns

As the deadline nears for the Mexican Congress to approve controversial changes to the country’s National Security Law, Mexican human rights advocates are rallying against revisions that they say could […] Read More >

Drug Cartels In Mexico And Colombia Allegedly Supplied With Weapons From Honduran Military

Gun stores on the U.S.-Mexico border have recently been criticized for their firearms ending up in the hands of drug cartels. However, a 2008 diplomatic cable obtained by Wikileaks draws […] Read More >

Mexico’s Congress Considers Changing Security Law To Control Drug War Violence

With the current session of Mexico’s Congress scheduled to expire Friday, members of Mexico’s House of Deputies have less than a week to deliberate over controversial changes to the country’s […] Read More >

American-Made “Rio: The Movie” A Hit In Brazil, U.S. And Abroad

“Rio: The Movie”, the hit animated feature by Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Saldanha, has topped the North American box office for the second weekend in a row after its April 15 […] Read More >

Google Irks Brazilians With Map of Rio de Janeiro Highlighting Favelas

  Google has come under fire in Brazil for prominently featuring the names of favelas on the Internet giant’s online map service, Google Maps.  An editorial by O Globo called […] Read More >