Latin America & Caribbean

‘Massacre’ of Indigenous Leaders in Colombia Is Result of Broken Peace Agreement

November 8, 2019

Yet another massacre of indigenous leaders in Colombia has sparked outrage across the country, as the right-wing government of President Ivan Duque faces increasing challenges to his already weakened leadership.

Brazilians March Against Bolsonaro and his Ties to Murder of Activist

November 7, 2019

The anti-Bolsonaro marches come amid extremely concerning revelations, which allegedly tie the president to the murder of the councilwoman and LGBT activist Marielle Franco last year.

Protesters in Chile Have Been ‘Murdered, Tortured, and Disappeared’

November 5, 2019

Chile’s President Piñera says foreign intervention and a conspiracy are behind the recent protests. But protesters say what’s happening is an explosion of long-contained rage against poverty, inequality, and oppression.

Chile: 1 Million Protest Extreme Inequality in Latin America’s Richest Country

October 31, 2019

Chile pulls out of two major international summits amid mounting protests against austerity and the privatization of virtually every public good.

Colombia: Amid Increasing Violence, Former FARC Rebels Contest Local Elections

October 29, 2019

Despite signing a historic peace deal that should have ended a 50-year insurgency, Colombia is still very much a country at war.

The Indigenous Voices of Ecuador’s General Strike

October 25, 2019

Massive protests forced President Moreno into a negotiation with indigenous opposition movements, which was broadcast on live TV. The leaders seemed to school the president and his ministers, and he eventually canceled the IMF-required austerity decree. We spoke to some of those leaders.

Unfounded Fraud Allegations Threaten Bolivia’s Presidential Election

October 25, 2019

The OAS and Bolivia’s opposition are accusing the Morales government of fraud in the recent presidential election, but offer no evidence. They’re following Sen. Marco Rubio’s lead, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales Barely Wins Reelection in First Round; Opposition Calls Foul and Protests

October 22, 2019

Despite a dramatic drop in poverty and increasing per capita income, incumbent president Evo Morales only barely managed to avoid a run-off election in Sunday’s vote against ex-president Carlos Mesa. We spoke with Kathryn Ledebur before the results were final to analyze the close outcome.

Protests in Haiti: An Overlooked Crisis the World Should Not Ignore

October 22, 2019

Haiti faces fuel shortages, food shortages, and corruption. Political economist Keston Perry argues that neocolonialism, neoliberalism, and climate injustice are at the root of Haiti’s instability.

Massive Anti-Austerity Protests, Curfew, Repression in Chile

October 21, 2019

A wave of anti-austerity protests swept through Chile over the weekend, with right-wing President Piñera ordering troops into the streets and imposing a curfew. Shortly after this story was filed, Piñera announced a retraction of the subway fare increase, one of the main issues that brought people into the streets.