Category: Southern Cone

Brazilian Clown Needs To Pass Literacy Test For Congress

Today in Latin America Top Story — A popular Brazilian clown who got more votes than any other candidate for the country’s congress might be barred from taking his post, […] Read More >

Brazilian Presidential Election To Go To Runoff; Dilma Rousseff Fails To Break 50 Percent Threshold

Today in Latin America Top Story — With 96 percent of the votes counted as of Sunday night, no winner has been declared in the Brazilian presidential election, according to […] Read More >

Brazil’s Lula Da Silva’s Campaigning Is Propelling Dilma Rousseff To Presidency

Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, Brazil’s overwhelmingly popular president, has presided over eight years of economic growth and poverty reduction. For months now, he’s been trying to bestow that popularity […] Read More >

Chile’s New Government Initiative Hopes To Attract Foreign Entrepreneurs

SANTIAGO — Chile’s Minister of Economy Juan Andres Fontaine touched down in the United States earlier this month on a mission of great national importance. Fontaine’s itinerary, however, did not […] Read More >

The Legacy of Brazil’s Lula da Silva; A News Analysis

BUENOS AIRES — He couldn’t do it in 1989, in 1994, or in 1998. But on Oct. 27, 2002, the man who everyone in Brazil knew by the nickname “Lula” […] Read More >

Chile’s Education Initiative Hopes To Attract More Qualified Teachers

SANTIAGO — Chile’s Minister of Education Joaquín Lavín recently announced a new set of proposals designed to make teaching a more attractive profession for the country’s top students. Lavín, a […] Read More >

The U.S. Embassy in Montevideo after its inauguration in 1969.

Nixon Administration Advocated Use of Death Squads in Uruguay, New Documents Indicate

NEW YORK — Forty years after U.S. AID official Dan Mitrione was kidnapped and executed by Uruguayan guerillas, nine declassified State Department documents prove that high-level officials in the Nixon […] Read More >

Paraguay’s President Lugo Optimistic About Health After First Cancer Treatment

Today in Latin America Top Story — Fernando Lugo is feeling optimistic that he can serve his full term as president of Paraguay, after finishing his first session of treatment for […] Read More >

Mexico And Chile Recognize Honduran Government; OAS Report Influences Decision

Today in Latin America Top Story — A year after the coup that overthrew Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, Latin American countries are beginning to recognize the new government in larger […] Read More >

Argentina Becomes First Country In Latin America To Legalize Gay Marriage

Today in Latin America Top Story — Argentina became the first Latin American nation on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage and grant the same legal rights, responsibilities and protections that […] Read More >