A car bomb exploded in Colombia’s port city of Buenaventura last month, killing nine people and leaving 60 others injured. The U.S. plans on utilizing this port as a major point of export and import should the US-Colombia free trade agreement pass in the future. This incident underscores the insecurity faced by civilians – the majority of whom are Afro-descendants – in this area known for drug smuggling and high homicide rates.
Monsignor Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated while giving a mass on March 24th, 1980. Romero had become a recognized critic of violence and injustice, and was therefore perceived as a dangerous enemy by certain military and right wing civil groups. This March 24th, a mass honoring Monsignor Romero’s memory was held on the same altar where the latter one was gunned down exactly thirty years before.
On August 31, 2009 a tribunal in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, sentenced former military commissioner Felipe Cusanero Coj to 150 years in prison. Cusanero’s conviction for surreptitiously kidnapping and murdering six Guatemalan citizens in the early 1980s, keeping their whereabouts and fate concealed, marks the first time in Guatemalan history that a court has found a member of the military guilty of a crime against humanity.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent Latin America trip culminated in her visit to Guatemala on March 5 where she sat down with leaders from the region to discuss topics that included proposals to reduce […]
(IPS) – Solutions to global warming based on the logic of the market are a threat to the rights and way of life of indigenous peoples, the Latin American Indigenous Forum on Climate Change concluded […]
Source: Venezuelanalysis.com Captain Pablo Emilio Moncayo thanked the presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías; of Ecuador, Rafael Correa; and of Brasil, Luis Inacio “Lula” Da Silva, as well as Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba, for their […]
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