Latin America Brief

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against President Ivan Duque's government at the Bolivar square in Bogota on May 5.

Unrest Returns to Colombia Over COVID-19 and Police Violence

The pandemic has increased debt in Latin America, and paying up may stoke social tensions.

Employees work in the telemarketing department at the startup company Hotel Urbano in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 5, 2015.

The Latin American Start-Ups Winning the Pandemic

Venture capital investors continued to bet on the region amid the COVID-19 slump.

A woman wearing a face mask walks by a banner with pictures of leaders of the Cuban Revolution and President Miguel Diaz-Canel, in Havana on March 3.

A Post-Castro Cuba

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel faces the country’s worst economic slump since the fall of the Soviet Union.

A donkey stands tied up next to a burnt area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020.

Biden’s Back Channel on the Amazon

Rocky Brazil-U.S. diplomacy on protecting the rainforest approaches a pivotal moment.

General view of Peruvian presidential candidates during the third and final televised debate organized by the National Electoral Jury in Lima on March 31.

South America’s Election Super Sunday

“None of the above” is a popular vote in Ecuador and Peru, spelling legitimacy troubles.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez (C), flanked by his Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas (L), and Finance Minister Benigno Lopez, delivers a speech during the first Mercosur Summit held via video conference due to the COVID-19 at the Central Bank headquarters in Asuncion, on July 2, 2020.

Latin America’s COVID-19 Fiasco Is Also a Crisis of Regional Integration

A spat at Mercosur’s 30th birthday marked a low point for regional cooperation.

Children attend the funeral of Rubelsy Tomas Isidro, a Guatemalan migrant murdered alongside 18 other people in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas last month, in Comitancillo, Guatemala, on March 13.

Biden Rethinks Central America Strategy

Corrupt local elites thwarted some engagement efforts of the past decade, Biden’s new special envoy wrote.

Wind turbines run by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) are seen along a ridge line in Guanacaste, Costa Rica on March 26, 2015.

A Green Recovery in Latin America

Stimulus cash in the region aims to create environmentally friendly jobs, but there is room for far more.

People sit on a bench among marijuana plants outside the Senate building in Mexico City on Sept. 30, 2020.

Mexico Prepares to Light Up—Legally

The country is on the brink of creating the world’s largest legal cannabis market.

Relatives of a coronavirus victim mourn in Brazil

The Cost of Brazil’s COVID-19 Chaos

As deaths shoot up, the country’s data blackout and new variant put the whole world at risk.

A street vendor wears as mask a message of support for Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele in San Salvador on May 1, 2020.

New Ideas and Old Risks in El Salvador

President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas party prepares for an electoral sweep.

Dr. Silvia Gelvez makes a heart with her hands as she waits to be vaccinated against COVID-19 during the first days of Colombia’s vaccination campaign in Bogotá, on Feb. 18.

Mexico Slams Vaccine ‘Hoarding’

Pledges of global vaccine solidarity have been slow to produce results.

A supporter of Ecuadorian Presidential candidate Yaku Perez holds a flag outside the Electoral Delegation building in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Feb. 10.

Ecuador’s Green New Left

After this week’s election, the country’s oil-fueled model of growth is facing a reckoning.

An airport worker uses a forklift to carry a container with doses of Sputnik V vaccine from Russia at Ministro Pistarini International airport in Ezeiza, Argentina on Jan. 16.

Sputnik V Takes Off in Latin America

How Argentina helped open the region for the Russian vaccine.

A man holds a flower and a flag reading “Peace” during the funeral of a man killed by alleged members of an armed group in El Tambo on Aug. 25, 2020.

Colombia’s Peace Court Charges Former Guerrilla Leaders

The response will indicate the future of the country’s fragile detente.

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