Friday, March 11, 2016
* Honduras: Representatives of more than 200 conservation and human rights groups signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the U.S. to back an investigation into the recent death of renown Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres.
* Chile: A Chilean judge halted the sixteen-year probe looking into a U.S. professor missing and possible abducted by state agents, while former “Caravan of Death” Gen. Sergio Arellano Stark died at the age of 94.
* Latin America: The gender pay gap in Latin America has narrowed by 12% from 1990 to 2014 but women still earned 26% less than men according to the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
* Brazil: Some twenty Syrian refugees claimed that they are being hurt by the bureaucratic process in order to obtain local work permits.
YouTube Source – teleSUR English (Honduran human rights activist Berta Cáceres was shot on killed at her home on March 2nd).
Online Sources – The Hill, The New York Times, BBC News, Reuters, Fox News Latino
Thursday, March 10, 2016
* Peru: Keiko Fujimori’s path to the Peruvian presidency (and possibly pardoning her imprisoned ex-presidential father, Alberto) became a lot easier after electoral officials disqualified her main rival.
Update: The Organization of American States expressed concern over the ruling against Julio Guzman and will send an observer mission ahead of the April 10th election.
* Cuba: U.S. book publishing industry representatives signed a petition urging the White House to eliminate the Cuba trade embargo for texts and educational materials.
* Puerto Rico: A U.S. District Court judge upheld Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage and claimed that the 2015 Supreme Court ruling overturning gay marriage prohibition does not apply to the commonwealth.
* El Salvador: Salvadoran officials are considering declaring a “state of exception” in order to combat violence though critics believe such a measure is illegal and an abuse of authority.
YouTube Source – CCTV English
Online Sources including Update – ABC News, Publishers Weekly, NBC News, InSight Crime
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
* Mexico: An editorial in a Mexican Catholic Church publication questioned Pope Francis’ comments during his visit to Mexico last month admonishing some clergy for their opulence and not connecting with their parishioners.
* Brazil: Will convicted former construction tycoon Marcelo Odebrecht collaborate with Brazilian authorities as part of the “Lava Jato” corruption investigation?
Update: Prosecutors are expected to announce on Thursday that money laundering charges will be raised against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
* Latin America: The Ecuadoran government claimed that envoys from Latin American oil producing states will reportedly meet in Quito this Friday to discuss the low price of crude.
* Venezuela: Street protests, a constitutional amendment and a recall vote are part of the Venezuelan opposition’s strategy to oust President Nicolás Maduro before his term is scheduled to end.
YouTube Source – euronews
Online Sources including Update – BBC News, Fortune, Reuters, The Latin Americanist, Catholic News Service
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
* Honduras: The recent murder of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Caceres has shined a light on the threats made against environmental activists throughout Latin America.
* Chile: The Chilean economy grew last January at its slowest pace in ten years due to decreased production in the manufacturing and mining sectors.
* Venezuela: At least twenty-eight Venezuelan miners have gone missing and may have been massacred as part of a struggle to control a “disputed gold claim.”
* Brazil: The “Lava Jato” corruption probe could sink Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s possible candidacy to return to the Brazilian presidency.
YouTube Source – ODN
Online Sources – Christian Science Monitor, Reuters, ABC News, BBC News