Category: Southern Cone

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission is worried about Brazil

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released a report on Brazil yesterday expressing “deep concerns” over human rights. The group, which is part of the Organization […] Read More >

Prelude

A Guest Opinion Jorge Rafael Videla didn’t come into power overnight in Argentina, nor did he start disappearing people by accident. It was the result of years of authoritarianism, violence […] Read More >

With or Without Paris, Brazilian Politics Sway Global Climate Change

This Sunday Brazilians will vote in the second round of a presidential election that has captured the world’s attention. The choice is between a representative of Brazil’s leftist Partido dos […] Read More >

Ex President Kirchner was charged in corruption scandal

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ARGENTINA – Former President Cristina Kirchner was charged yesterday in a corruption scandal in which she is accused of heading an illicit organization involved in a […] Read More >

Argentina peso continues plunge, falling by 20% in two days

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ARGENTINA: The peso continued to fall yesterday by more than 13 percent, after a 7 percent drop the day before. The central bank tried to stabilize the […] Read More >

Brazil’s jailed former president Lula increases lead in presidential race

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   BRAZIL: Two surveys, the first major polls since presidential candidacies were officially registered last week, both showed jailed former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva […] Read More >

Venezuelan migrants attacked in Brazil and stopped from reaching Ecuador

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   VENEZUELA-BRAZIL-ECUADOR-PERU: The residents of a Brazilian border town with Venezuela, in the northern state of Roraima, attacked squatter camps of Venezuelan migrants over the weekend. […] Read More >

Environmental Indigenous activist is killed in Brazil amid conflict with logging mafias

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   BRAZIL: An indigenous leader was allegedly murdered by logging mafias over the weekend in the northern state of Maranhão, authorities confirmed yesterday that they are […] Read More >

Mario Abdo Benítez is sworn in as Paraguay’s new president

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PARAGUAY: Mario Abdo Benítez was sworn in yesterday as Paraguay’s new president. The right-wing former lawmaker promised to continue business-friendly policies and to combat poverty and […] Read More >

Former Argentina President Cristina Fernández testifies in court, denies wrongdoing and accuses judge of political motives

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ARGENTINA: Former president Cristina Fernández appeared before a court in Buenos Aires yesterday but declined to speak and instead presented a written statement denying any wrongdoing […] Read More >