Category: Andes

Globovisión Owner Flees Venezuela After Chavéz’s Government Issues An Arrest Warrant

Today in Latin America Top Story — The majority-owner of Venezuelan news channel Globovisión, Guillermo Zuloaga, fled the country on Tuesday, in defiance of arrest warrants for usury and conspiracy […] Read More >

Colombian Military Rescues Three Hostages Held By The FARC

Today in Latin America Top Story — Colombian security forces liberated three hostages who have been held by leftist guerrillas for nearly 12 years, government officials announced on Sunday, according […] Read More >

Colombian Peasants Continue To Suffer Displacement Due To War

WASHINGTON – Displacement of peasants by armed groups continues to plague Colombia, with the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reaching 4.9 million at the end of 2009, according to […] Read More >

Colombian Colonel Alfonso Plazas Vega Sentenced To 30 Years For Forced Disappearances

Today in Latin America Top Story — Colombian Colonel Alfonso Plazas Vega was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday, after being convicted of the forced disappearance of 11 […] Read More >

Colombia’s FARC Releases Video Of Five Hostages Asking Government To Negotiate With Rebels

Today in Latin America Top Story — Four police officers and one soldier, kidnapped by Colombia’s FARC guerrillas, called on the government to make a deal with the left-wing rebel group […] Read More >

OAS Meeting Begins in Peru Amid Tensions Over Status of Honduras

Today in Latin America Top Story — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other dignitaries from throughout Latin America began a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) […] Read More >

Juan Manuel Santos Pulls Ahead in Colombian Presidential Election

  Today in Latin America Top Story — Contrary to expectations, Juan Manuel Santos gained a strong lead in the first round of Colombia’s presidential elections on Sunday, according to […] Read More >

Amnesty International Asks Peru To Drop Charges Against Indigenous Leader Alberto Pizango

Human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) called upon the Peruvian authorities to drop charges against indigenous leader Alberto Pizango on Friday. The Peruvian government has accused Pizango of rebellion, sedition, […] Read More >

Lori Berenson To Be Released After 15 Years In Jail In Peru

Today in Latin America Top Story — Lori Berenson, an American convicted on terrorism charges 15 years ago in Peru, will be released as early as Thursday after being granted […] Read More >

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Allegedly Facilitated Ties Between FARC and ETA

Today in Latin America Top Story — Documents and witness testimony accuse Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s government of assisting Colombia’s FARC guerilla group and of facilitating training sessions between the […] Read More >