Category: Regions

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 >

Three New York Groups Rally To Draw Attention To Immigration Reform

Three different New York groups rallied last week to draw attention to immigration reform. At the beginning of the week, students from the New York State Youth Leadership Council began […] 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 >

Guatemalan Residents Return Home After Tropical Storm Agatha

Today in Latin America Top Story — Guatemalan residents began returning home earlier this week after Tropical Storm Agatha ravaged much of Central America and left 183 people dead with […] Read More >

Araguaia Case May Challenge Brazilian Amnesty Law

RIO DE JANEIRO – When Brazil’s highest court upheld a controversial amnesty law preventing trial and punishment for political crimes committed during the military dictatorship in April, it appeared that […] Read More >

Mayor of Cancún Arrested; Charged With Drug-Trafficking, Money Laundering and Connections to Cartels

Today in Latin America Top Story — The mayor of the Mexican resort town of Cancún was arrested and charged Tuesday with drug-trafficking, money laundering and having connections to organized […] Read More >

Cuban Folk Legend Silvio Rodríguez Visits U.S. for First Time in 30 Years

NEW YORK — After a wait of over thirty years, Cuban folk legend Silvio Rodríguez will make his first public appearance in the U.S. this Friday, when he plays a […] Read More >

Supporters of DREAM Act Begin Hunger Strike Outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Office

NEW YORK — Sitting around bags with sleeping mats, gallons of water but no food, 15 people began a hunger strike Tuesday outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Manhattan office. The strikers, […] Read More >

Tropical Storm Agatha Ravages Central America; An Estimated 131 Dead in the Region

Today in Latin America Top Story — The season’s first tropical storm ripped through Central America and southern Mexico over the weekend, leaving an estimated 131 people dead and thousands […] Read More >