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-Colombia’s FARC has announced a cease-fire as peace talks to end a nearly-50 year civil war take place between one of the largest guerrilla forces and the Colombian government. -In an ironic twist of history, Spain has asked Latin American … Continue reading

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-Former president and convicted human rights violator Alberto Fujimori is planning on asking for a pardon from his prison sentence due to health issues in a move that would undo years of efforts for justice for the victims of his … Continue reading

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-In yet another step towards equality, a gay man in Brazil who, with his partner, is adopting a child, has been granted “maternity” leave for four months (rather than the 5-day time off for “paternity” leave) to help raise the … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Federal Police Go on Strike

Today, Brazil’s Federal Police, who are not only involved in anti-crime efforts but who also are responsible for staffing customs for international travelers arriving in Brazil, announced that they are on strike for an “undetermined” period, demanding a salary increase and … Continue reading

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-In a rare bit of good news, it appears the deforestation rate in the Amazon had once again dropped (though 2,049 square kilometers of deforestation is still a significant loss). -In Chile, a crackdown on Mapuche activists left at least … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Military Withdraws from Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

In a little-observed story last week, Brazilian military troops announced that, after occupying several favelas since 2010, they were withdrawing from a number of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. In their stead, members of the police’s Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora (Police Pacifying … Continue reading

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-There have been anti-mining protests in Peru for the past several months, but yesterday, one of the protests turned violent, with at least three people dead and 21 wounded in a confrontation between police and residents protesting a massive mining … Continue reading

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-The latest polls suggest that on Sunday, barring some extreme occurrence, Enrique Peña Nieto will indeed become the next president of Mexico, marking the return of the PRI to power 12 years after Vicente Fox broke the party’s 70+ year … Continue reading

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The events in Paraguay this weekend were particularly exceptional and important, but there were many other things going on throughout Latin America that are worth noting. -Bolivia is going through its own domestic strife, as police have gone on strike … Continue reading

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-The controversial documentary on Pinochet (briefly discussed here) apparently gained even more controversy, as hundreds of people protested the film before the police, in actions befitting a military dictatorship, showed up and turned water cannons against the protesters and used … Continue reading

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