Category: Andes

Lockdown in Colombia Emboldened Violent Armed Groups

When Colombia imposed its national coronavirus lockdown in late March, some experts had predicted that the shutdown would limit crime and homicide in a country riddled by drug trafficking, large-scale […] Read More >

Venezuela’s “Revolving Door” of Political Prisoners

The story of Antonia Turbay’s arrest goes back to April 2002. She lived in La Florida, in Caracas, Venezuela. Her neighbor was Iván Simonovis, the then secretary of the police […] Read More >

MAS Regains Bolivian Presidency

This story is republished from NACLA. After a year of turmoil, political repression, and corruption, Bolivians overwhelmingly voted back into office the same progressive political party that was ousted a year […] Read More >

Families in Guayaquil Seek Answers After Covid-19 Deaths

This story is republished from NACLA. Since the height of the pandemic in Ecuador’s largest coastal city, families have stood outside public hospitals with signs asking for the whereabouts of […] Read More >

State Violence in Áñez’s Bolivia: Interview with Human Rights Lawyer David Inca Apaza

This interview is republished from the North America Conference on Latin America (NACLA). Pigeons flew around the sunny Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia as I walked toward human rights […] Read More >

Corona Hits the Cocaine Supply Chain

By Linda Farthing and Thomas Grisaffi Among the many myths about the coronavirus, one of the strangest circulated on Twitter is the belief that snorting cocaine could ward off the […] Read More >

Destruction of the Colombian Amazon Continues During Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has reached the Colombian Amazon, which only has two hospitals, with 68 beds and eight ventilators. The virus has already infected 903 people in the region. There […] Read More >

Deaths and Desperation Mount in Ecuador, Epicenter of Coronavirus Pandemic in Latin America

This article was originally publish on The Conversation. By Dennis Altman and Juan Carlos Valarezo. Dead bodies are lying at home and in the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city […] Read More >

Attacks on Venezuelan Press Continue During Lockdown

CARACAS— Authorities are clamping down on journalists informing the public about the coronavirus pandemic. Press freedom in Venezuela was already threatened, and as the public health crisis progresses, the government […] Read More >

Coronavirus Lockdown is the Latest Challenge for Venezuelan Migrants

BOGOTÁ— Anni Rojas Jiménez first heard about the coronavirus when she was traveling with her husband and brother-in-law from Lima, Peru to Bogotá, Colombia. Rojas Jiménez, who was four months […] Read More >