Category: Southern Cone

Flash Flooding In Brazil Claims More Than 470 Lives And Shines Spotlight On Brazilian Housing Policy

Today in Latin America Top Story — Flash floods and mudslides devastated the mountain towns north of the city of Rio de Janeiro beginning early Wednesday morning, bringing the death […] Read More >

Former Junta Leader of Argentina Jorge Rafael Videla Sentenced To Life In Prison

Today in Latin America Top Story — The former leader of the Argentine military dictatorship Jorge Rafael Videla was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity during the […] Read More >

Grandson Of Former Chilean President Allende Commits Suicide

Today in Latin America Top Story — The grandson of former Chilean President Salvador Allende killed himself Wednesday, according to a statement. Gonzalo Meza Allende, son of Chilean Sen. Isabel […] Read More >

Wikileaks Cables Portray A Different Side Of Brazil’s Lula da Silva

While many on the international left may extol the rise of Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva and his Workers’ Party (PT, in Portuguese), which formed part of the so-called “Pink […] Read More >

Ex-President of Argentina Néstor Kirchner’s Funeral (Photo Essay)

BUENOS AIRES — On Oct. 27, 2010, former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner died at his home in El Calafate, Argentina. Kirchner, who was the husband of current President Cristina Fernández […] Read More >

Dilma Rousseff Becomes Brazil’s First Woman President

Today in Latin America Top Story — Dilma Rousseff of the governing Workers Party was elected as Brazil’s first female president on Sunday, defeating opposition candidate José Serra in a […] Read More >

Former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner Dies Of A Heart Attack

Today in Latin America Top Story — Argentina’s former President Néstor Kirchner died Wednesday at the age of 60, after he suffered a heart attack in the town of El […] Read More >

Chilean Miners Treated In Hospital; Offers Pour In For Their Story

Today in Latin America Top Story — The 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days in Chile’s San José mine are now in the nearby Copiapo Regional Hospital, where doctors […] Read More >

Final Chilean Miner Brought To Surface After 22 1/2-Hour Rescue Effort

Today in Latin America Top Story — All of the 33 trapped Chilean miners were brought safely to the surface Thursday night as the miner’s foreman came above ground after […] Read More >

First Chilean Miner Rescued Late Tuesday Night To Cheers From Crowd

Today in Latin America Top Story — Late on Tuesday evening, after 69 days stuck underground, Florencio Avalos became the first of the 33 Chilean trapped miners to make it […] Read More >