Category: Southern Cone

A general strike against IMF deal paralyzes Argentina’s main cities

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ARGENTINA: A third general strike led by Argentina’s largest union confederation shut down Buenos Aires and other Argentine cities yesterday. Public transportation, airlines, ports, schools, banks […] Read More >

Argentine Chamber of Deputies passes abortion bill, a vote by the Senate will follow

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ARGENTINA: The Chamber of Deputies passed a bill allowing elective abortions in the first 14 weeks of gestation after a 22-hour discussion in the lower house of […] Read More >

In Chile, Mapuche brothers sentenced to life in prison after controversial trial

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA CHILE: Two indigenous men belonging to the Mapuche community were sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of Werner Luchsinger and Vivianne Mackay during a […] Read More >

Brazilian raid targets $1.6 billion money-laundering ring

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL: Dozens of people were arrested in Brazil and Uruguay yesterday in a massive raid targeting an international money-laundering scheme that authorities said moved $1.6 billion […] Read More >

Paraguay to elect new president Sunday

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PARAGUAY: Paraguay is holding elections for president, governors and all seats of both the upper and lower houses of Congress this coming Sunday. The favorite to […] Read More >

Assassination in Brazil unmasks the deadly racism of a country that would rather ignore it

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. By Ana Míria dos Santos Carvalho Carinhanha, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro   When Marielle Franco, a […] Read More >

Pope Francis recants on Chile abuse case, asks victims for forgiveness

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA CHILE—Pope Francis issued a remarkable statement yesterday admitting to having made “grave errors” in his controversial judgement of Chile’s sex abuse scandal and inviting the victims […] Read More >

Lula da Silva turned himself in to Brazilian authorities

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL—Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva turned himself in to the police in São Paulo on Saturday evening and was flown by helicopter to the […] Read More >

Brazilian court decides against Da Silva’s attempt to remain out of prison

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA BRAZIL—Early this morning Brazil’s top court ruled against former president Luiz Inácio da Silva’s request to remain out of jail while he appeals a 12-year jail sentence […] Read More >

Brazil’s unpopular, scandal-plagued president weighs bid for new term

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Despite approval ratings that have settled in the single digits, Brazilian President Michel Temer may seek a second, full term in October’s national elections. Speaking with […] Read More >