Latin America & Caribbean

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Laurence O'Dwyer
May 30, 2017
Erzulie Dantor During the night we rode through town on scooters. Down the alleys, it’s like a carpenter’s yard after a bomb has exploded...
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Nicole Rothwell
May 17, 2017
Charo Minas Rojas has a long history of challenging Colombia’s patriarchal society. In 2014, she led a group of Afro-Colombian women on a...
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Andrew Ryder
March 20, 2017
Nicaragua was an international cause célèbre in the 1980s. Activist and intellectuals from around the world visited and wrote about this...
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Christiane Wilke
November 2, 2016
One of the most counterintuitive sights in the referendum on Colombia’s historic peace agreement between the government and FARC rebels was...
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Fabio Andrés Díaz
October 17, 2016
Looking back, it seems like Gabriel Garcia Marquez foresaw what would happen in Colombia this month when he wrote in his seminal work, One...
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Michael Busch
October 14, 2016
Pleasant surprises are tough to come by these days. But on Friday, a World Bank tribunal delivered one by rejecting a multinational mining...
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Fabio Andres Diaz
October 2, 2016
Who would vote against a peace agreement? This might sound like a tricky question, but in fact Colombians went to the polls today and...
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Melissa Kitson
September 27, 2016
A man stands in front of a building with his hands in a giant V — it’s the kind of pose seen in tourist snaps in front of the Eiffel Tower...
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Asiya Haouchine
August 16, 2016
With the Rio Olympics in full swing and news about countless human rights violations connected to the recent building of sports stadiums...
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Paola Chaves
July 12, 2016
The historic bi-lateral ceasefire recently signed by the Colombian government and the FARC seems to consolidate the possibility of a final...
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Michael Bronner
June 3, 2016
On Thursday morning, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of the acclaimed memoir Guantánamo Diary and one of Gitmo’s longest-resident prisoners,...
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Fabio Andrés Díaz
June 1, 2016
In the past week, several promising reports emerged regarding the current peace process between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government...
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MV Bill
May 31, 2016
By walkie-talkie Bolha passed the order along to his managers: “Look alive there! It’s one bundle for Sergeant Gonçalves’s squad, two for...
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Annabelle Orlando
May 3, 2016
The displacement of locals to make way for major sporting events is becoming routine in Rio de Janeiro. To make way for renovations, new...
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Deepali Srivastava
April 20, 2016
Spare a thought for Panama, folks. Yes, that tiny nation sandwiched between North and South America where the world’s rich and powerful...
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Fabio Andrés Díaz
April 14, 2016
On April 9, 1948 a series of important events occurred in Bogota, Colombia. On that day, one of the meetings establishing the Organization...
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Greg Shupak
April 11, 2016
The apparent thaw in US-Cuba relations is welcome and has been demanded by Cubans since the start of US aggression against the island...
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Mike Allison
March 9, 2016
While civil charges involving illicit enrichment have recently moved forward against former Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes , he might...
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Steve Shaw
March 9, 2016
Human rights groups have condemned the murder of the environmental rights activist Berta Cáceres and called for the government of Honduras...
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February 11, 2016
Yuri Herrera's Signs Preceding the End of the World (translated from Spanish by Lisa Dillman) is a strange and dreamlike narrative: the...
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Michael Busch
February 7, 2016
Last month, a court in Spain issued a request for the arrest of seventeen former military officers connected to crimes committed during El...
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Jo-Marie Burt
January 19, 2016
The genocide retrial of former Guatemalan strongman José Efraín Rios Montt, a process which has been plagued by interruptions and delays...
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Michael Busch
January 14, 2016
Last summer, El Salvador’s Supreme Court issued a ruling that dismissed challenges to a terrorism law that had been on the books for nearly...
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Michael Busch
January 11, 2016
In Guatemala today, the trial of the former general and dictator, José Efraín Rios Montt, is scheduled to begin again after nearly six...
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Michael Busch
January 8, 2016
Remember Nicaragua’s plans for a grand canal ? A little over a year ago, contractors broke ground on the ambitious scheme to construct a...
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Michael Busch
January 2, 2016
By most measures, 2015 was a dismal year for El Salvador. The country’s economy, in tatters, continued to stall. Women’s reproductive...
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Mike Allison
October 30, 2015
Nearly two months after his surprising victory in the first round of Guatemala’s presidential elections, Jimmy Morales, a comedian-turned-...
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Mike Allison
September 21, 2015
Just days after jubilantly celebrating the resignation and arrest of its former president, retired general Otto Perez Molina, approximately...
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Fabio Andres Diaz
September 7, 2015
One of the most important—if not the most important—elements animating the current peace process between the FARC and government...
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Mike Allison
September 5, 2015
Guatemalans head to the polls today to elect a president and vice president, 158 members of Congress, 333 mayors and municipal councils,...
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Michael Busch
September 3, 2015
In El Salvador, each month is proving worse than the last. The country suffered an astonishing climb in murders this August—by far the...
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Dawn Paley
August 8, 2015
This Mother’s Day, Hortensia Rívas Rodriguez wasn’t at home enjoying brunch with her family. Instead, she traveled from her home in Piedras...
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Michael Busch
August 3, 2015
A Warscapes reader from El Salvador wrote to me last night, requesting clarification on something I wrote in my post on El Salvador’s gangs...
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Michael Busch
August 1, 2015
The carnage being wrought in El Salvador this year is slowly attracting the attention of major English-language media in the United States...
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Michael Busch
July 26, 2015
The Economist needs to get its facts straight. The magazine ran an article this past week on the escape of Chapo Guzman from a maximum...
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Michael Busch
July 25, 2015
Efforts at bringing Efraín Ríos Montt to justice for war crimes in Guatemala suffered another delay this week. The former dictator and war...
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Belén Fernández
July 13, 2015
In May 2011, the government of Honduras hosted an economic conference in the city of San Pedro Sula to promote foreign and domestic...
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Michael Busch
July 11, 2015
Since late December, when preliminary work on a transoceanic canal traversing Nicaragua began, there’s been little cause for optimism...
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Michael Busch
July 7, 2015
This past month was the bloodiest yet for El Salvador in a year marked by spiking violence and insecurity. Some 677 people were murdered...
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Gaiutra Bahadur
June 15, 2015
“Dougla” is a slur meaning “bastard” or “mutt.” It has its origins in Bhojpuri, the dialect of Hindi spoken by the majority of Indians who...
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Gaiutra Bahadur
June 11, 2015
Three months ago, Guyana’s new president, then the candidate of an opposition coalition hoping to unseat the country’s ruling party, was...
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Michael Busch
May 18, 2015
Since the 1980s, lawyer and activist Lucha Castro has been one of Mexico’s most prominent human rights defenders. In a country where...
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Danielle Villasana
May 17, 2015
Weighing only 80 pounds, Piojo sat slumped on her bed in a small, dark room thick with damp and stagnant air. There was no light, no window...
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Dawn Paley
May 13, 2015
The first attack came at 2:30am on January 6, 2015. Federal Police opened fire on members of the Fuerzas Rurales, who were protesting in...
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John Pedro Schwartz
May 13, 2015
The third installment of a three-part investigative series. Origins and Fate of the Vigilantes Buenavista and La Ruana, Tierra Caliente,...
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Zaneta Denny
May 4, 2015
“We used to go to another neighborhood to get water. Everyone lived with a bucket of water on their heads. We also had no light. The light...
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John Pedro Schwartz
April 27, 2015
The second installment of a three-part investigative series. Photographs by Nathaniel Parish Flannery. Click here for PART I On the Road...
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Fabio Andrés Díaz
April 20, 2015
Recent fighting in which soldiers from the Colombian Army were killed in the province of Cauca seems to have placed the current peace...
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John Pedro Schwartz
April 17, 2015
The first installment of a three-part investigative series. Photographs by Nathaniel Parish Flannery. Vigilantes versus the Knights Templar...
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Michael Busch
March 26, 2015
This past week, the Institute for Economics and Peace issued its 2015 “ Mexico Peace Index .” The report assesses Mexico along seven...
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Fabio Andrés Díaz
March 12, 2015
Despite being one of the oldest armed insurgent groups in the world, the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) has hardly featured in...
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Michael Busch
March 11, 2015
At Insight Crime , Patrick Corcoran has a piece up arguing that Mexico needs to rethink how it pursues leaders of the country's drug trade...
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Michael Busch
January 12, 2015
A team representing the private consulting firm of Rudolph Giuliani will arrive in El Salvador this coming weekend to advise local leaders...
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Michael Busch
January 7, 2015
Since the days of William Walker , Nicaragua has suffered routine plunder by thieves, near and far. Americans—mercenaries and businessmen—...
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Michael Busch
January 5, 2015
What appeared to be some good news out of Guatemala today took a disappointing turn this afternoon. The retrial of former army general and...
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Michael Busch
January 4, 2015
A couple of nights ago, I tweeted an article —which inspired a blog post —about the dramatic rise in murders reported by the Salvadoran...
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Andrew S. Vargas
December 20, 2014
In an effort to understand the consequences of the recent historic shift in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, it's...
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Mary Angelica Molina
November 6, 2014
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Garrett Connolly
November 5, 2014
“I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish...
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Frankétienne
October 2, 2014
Preface Frankétienne (1936-) is considered one of the most important figures in twentieth and twenty-first century Haitian literature and...
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Frank Smith, translated by Vanessa Place
September 4, 2014
Editor's Preface The texts which follow are excerpted from Frank Smith’s Guantanamo. The book is comprised of his French translations and...
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Nathalie Handal
August 20, 2014
Foreword by Editor “We understand we can’t repeat what God tells us.” These six “flash reportages” by Nathalie Handal offer us new ways to...
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Jason Huettner
June 26, 2014
As the World Cup presses on, the Verso Books blog features a critique of the games , recognizing the wave of demonstrations and labor...
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Jeong Chang
June 17, 2014
The opening line from Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow lays out the trajectory of the book: “The history of soccer is a sad...
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Mary Angelica Molina
March 23, 2014
It’s not just new films that you’ll witness at this year’s Colombian Film Festival in NY , but the evolution of a new genre. For it’s...
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Michael Busch
March 18, 2014
After a week of uncertainty, the results of last week’s presidential election in El Salvador have been confirmed. The contest was...
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Samantha Ruggiero
March 11, 2014
Is it possible for a city’s government to host an international sporting event without sacrificing the social and political rights of its...
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Michael Busch
March 8, 2014
Two years ago, prospects for peace between El Salvador’s gangs seemed good. In May 2012, MS-13 and MS-18 agreed to a peace pact brokered by...
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Teun Voeten
January 15, 2014
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Kenneth Bunker
November 25, 2013
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Michael Busch
November 2, 2013
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Michael Busch
August 3, 2013
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John Harold Giraldo Herrera
May 1, 2013
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Matt McGregor
April 11, 2013
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George Ciccariello-Maher
November 1, 2012
“In their housing developments they placed first, broken bottles on top of their walls, then, barriers and armed guards, barbed wire, bars...
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Michael Busch
July 10, 2012
Amidst ongoing controversy surrounding the results of last Sunday’s presidential election in Mexico, the declared winner of the contest,...
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Mary Angelica Molina
April 24, 2012
On September 12, 2005 a man in a wheel chair hijacked a plane traveling from Tolima to Bogota with two grenades hidden in his diaper...