Category: Today in Latin America

Four Months After President Shut Down Congress, Peruvians Vote For New Lawmakers

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PERU: Voters elected a new Congress yesterday, after President Martín Vizcarra dissolved the legislative body in September. Peruvians are legally required to participate in elections, and […] Read More >

Protesters Call for Puerto Rico Governor to Step Down

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PUERTO RICO: Several hundred Puerto Ricans protested outside the Capitol building in San Juan on Thursday and marched to the governor’s residence, known as La Fortaleza. […] Read More >

The Economist’s Democracy Index Places Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua at the Bottom

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA REGION: For the fourth consecutive year, Latin America has dropped in the Democracy Index. The Economist’s Intelligence Unit creates the report annually by analyzing each country’s […] Read More >

Brazilian Prosecutors Accuse U.S. Journalist Glenn Greenwald of Phone Hacking

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL: Brazilian prosecutors denounced U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald yesterday, accusing him of participating in phone hacks of authorities tied to the corruption investigation of former President […] Read More >

U.S. State Dep’t Ties Latin American Protests to Russian Bots

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA UNITED STATES: The New York Times reported yesterday that the Department of State has linked Russian Twitter accounts to protests across Latin America in fall 2019. […] Read More >

Unused Puerto Rican Aid Sparks National Outcry

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PUERTO RICO: On Saturday, a group led by local blogger Lorenzo Delgado broke into a warehouse in the island’s southern town of Ponce and discovered unused […] Read More >

ACLU, Other Groups Sue Trump Administration for Refusing Asylum Seekers

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR AND HONDURAS: The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups are suing the Trump administration on behalf of six asylum seekers […] Read More >

Nearly 800 Homes Damaged by Earthquakes in Puerto Rico

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PUERTO RICO: The Preliminary Damage Assessment prepared by the Puerto Rican government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that almost 800 houses were affected by […] Read More >

Guatemala Swears in New President, Public Calls for Former President’s Arrest

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA GUATEMALA: Guatemala swore in Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative physician, as its new president yesterday, while the country’s outgoing leader faces allegations of illegal campaign financing. Giammattei, […] Read More >

Puerto Rico Didn’t Follow Emergency Protocols After Earthquake, Former Official Says

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PUERTO RICO: A former emergency management director told the Associated Press that emergency protocols were not followed after signs of the first earthquakes, raising concerns about […] Read More >