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By Johnny Crisp Colombia Reports The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) yesterday ratified its 2012 decision to remove Colombia from its human rights “black list.” This is the first time in over a decade that Colombia has not been included in Chapter IV of the report, which is known as the black list, and […]

LatinaLista — A good hint at how civically involved undocumented immigrants from Latin America will be in US politics once they gain citizenship can be found in a new United Nations’ report Understanding Social Conflict in Latin America. The report, released by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), found that social uprisings are common in […]

By Shannon O’Neil Latintelligence Since entering Los Pinos last year, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has wasted no time in pushing some of Mexico’s most-needed economic reforms through Congress, but the same has not been true for the government’s security strategy. Last week I spoke with Larry Mantle on KPCC’s “Airtalk” about Peña Nieto’s proposed […]

By Alain Castillo LatinaLista Despite equipment challenges and political oppression, Cuban theatre artists are producing great work and showing their solid commitment to the craft by staging productions using the most basic of equipment and shining an even brighter spotlight on themselves and their plays by criticizing their own society, says David Lozano, theatre director […]

By Diego M. Ortiz Peru This Week Earlier this week, in our annual April Fool’s Day newsletter, we told you about a miracle plant from the Amazon that helped you to easily shed unwanted pounds. Well, for everyone who didn’t pick up on it, the article was an April Fool’s Day joke. As a “thank […]

LatinaLista — UC Berkeley anthropologist and professor, Beatriz Manz, is spending her Spring Break south of the border but it’s not for fun in the sun. Rather, it’s to provide testimony in a court case that is riveting international human rights watchers. Manz, an anthropologist and expert on Guatemala’s Mayan community and the abuses they […]

By Jody Paterson Honduras Weekly It’s crazy-hot in the little casita where Garifuna women cook. It’s even hotter over by the wood cooking stove, where they grill ground yucca into the giant wafer-like tortas that are a mainstay of the Garifuna diet. Mirna Ruiz is chief cook and president of the Binadu Uwenedu women’s cooperative […]

By Diego M. Ortiz Peru This Week Lima is a beautiful city, there’s no denying that fact. It’s got a vibrant day-to-day life comparable to any metropolitan capital in the world. From the hills of Cieneguilla to beaches of Costa Verde, the people of Lima, if nothing else, are on the move. But there’s a […]

By Hannah Mead Colombia Reports For Colombia’s predominantly Catholic population, the Holy Week is the most important celebration of the year and many processions and religious ceremonies take place all over the country. While some of us associate this time of year with chocolate eggs and the Easter bunny, holy week is a far more […]

By Mayela Sanchez Global Press Institute Young women accounted for the majority of participants in the sixth lesbian march in Mexico City last weekend. As many as 7,000 people attended this year’s gathering. Distinct from the festive annual gay pride march, this event enables lesbians to tackle political issues affecting them, such as violence against […]

By Carol A. Erickson American Libraries Report on Guatemala and Honduras libraries The homicide rate in Honduras is among the highest in the world. Decades of corruption have gnawed through government and police forces from top to bottom. Trafficking of cocaine and drugs — destined north to Mexico and the United States — is rampant, […]

By Frederick B. Mills Council on Hemispheric Affairs On March 15, 2013, the Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security, David Munguía Payés, held a conversatorio (conversation) with a group of Salvadoran community leaders at the Salvadoran embassy in Washington, D.C. The main topic was the encouraging reduction of gang related homicides in El Salvador […]

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista When a former coffee-picker stepped forward to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, a light was momentarily cast upon the plight of indigenous people throughout the world. Guatemalan-born Rigoberta Menchú Tum, who was living in self-imposed exile at the time, was awarded the prestigious accolade in recognition of her work: […]

By María Gabriela Córdova InfoSur Hoy About 150,000 children from throughout Panama have taken part in the Neighborhood World Cup soccer tournament since 2001. PANAMA CITY, Panama – Héctor Brands is using an unorthodox method to fight violence: soccer. Brands, the founder and director of the NGO Movimiento Nueva Generación (Movement for New Generation), has […]

By Mayela Sanchez Global Press Institute This week, a play debuted in Mexico City that enables victims of gender-based violence to face their fears and insecurities while informing the audience about the diverse forms that violence can take in society. Three out of five women have suffered some form of violence in Mexico. The play […]

By Leslie J. López LatinaLista SPAIN — “We are negotiating strongly with banks, but the details will be known after the location is decided. The project will be a continuation of our resort in Macau” said Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The American tycoon visited Madrid one […]

The Mexpatriate The notorious leader of Mexico’s National Teachers Union, Elba Esther Gordillo, was arrested at the Toluca airport on Tuesday afternoon (after disembarking from her private jet) and charged with embezzlement of union funds amounting to more than $200 million dollars. “La Maestra” has long been a publicly reviled symbol of corruption whose formidable […]

By Jhon Capa Infosurhoy.com The murder of 10 rappers since 2007 in Comuna 13 has not silenced the musicians who serve as the community’s social activists. MEDELLÍN, Colombia – When a bullet silences an artist in Medellín’s Comuna 13, the sound of the gun is never louder than the echo of his voice. Since 2007, […]