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The assassinated Archbishop of El Salvador, Óscar Arnulfo Romero, moved one giant step down the road toward sainthood with his beatification by the Roman Catholic Church on May 23, 2015.  The event occasioned celebrations throughout Latin America, and many observers argue that it revealed the radical nature of changes that Pope Francis is carrying out in

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Guatemala’s government faced an expanding wave of criticism that left Vice President Roxana Baldetti particularly isolated after revelations of a multimillion dollar corruption scheme.   On April 17 a joint operation of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the national police, and the Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office led to the arrest of current and

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Just months into her second term, the Brazilian president faces a political and economic crisis driven by vocal (but not necessarily united) opposition forces, a scandal at the state-owned oil company (Petrobras), and a faltering economy.  The Petrobras corruption case and proposed fiscal adjustments have taken a toll on her approval numbers throughout the country. 

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The tens of thousands of children showing up on the United States/Mexico border have generated plenty of interest in the Latin American media.  News outlets there have noted U.S. reactions, over reactions, and lack of reaction, the question of “security,” President Obama’s trip to Texas, and the political implications of the crisis.  They have explored

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In mid June the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider Argentina’s appeal of the ruling by U.S. Federal Judge Thomas Griesa of the Southern District of New York that it must pay holdouts to the restructuring deals it reached with creditors in 2005 and 2010.  The problem looming over the conflict is that if Argentina

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The forty-fourth regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States was held in Asunción, Paraguay from June 3 to June 5, 2014.  The theme proposed by the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry for general debate was “Development and Social Inclusion.”  Member states had various things to say about democracy, economic growth, inequality, and

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In the months before the first round of Colombia’s presidential elections, incumbent Juan Manuel Santos of the Partido de “la U,” seemed headed for an easy victory, since his first term had benefited from steady economic growth, and he personally had gained popularity for initiating serious peace negotiations with the FARC guerrillas that have the

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Demonstrations continued in Venezuela in early May 2014, as the government of President Nicolás Maduro moved to dismantle protest camps created by students.  His government also started to come under more international criticism of its handling of the crisis.  While Maduro contends that opposition forces want to destabilize the country, human rights groups, the United

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While people in the United States remembered the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Latin Americans pondered “the other 9/11.”  Salvador Allende, who came to power in Chile in 1970 as the first elected socialist president in Latin America, fell victim to

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A diverse collection of groups went on strike throughout Colombia beginning on August 19, 2013 including coffee, dairy, and potato farmers from various departments, truckers, university teachers and students, health care workers, rice growers, sugar cane cutters, and miners.  Echoing protests in Brazil in June, and continuing actions by farmers who blocked Colombia’s main roads

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