Friday, October 24, 2014
* Haiti: Oral arguments began yesterday in a lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by Haitian victims of a cholera outbreak purportedly caused by U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal.
* Panama: Panama became the latest country from Latin American and the Caribbean to prohibit the entry of travelers from three West African states affected by a Ebola epidemic.
* Peru: Researchers found what had been described as “the world's highest known Ice Age settlements” located about 14,000 feet above sea level in southern Peru.
* Latin America: According to the U.N. foreign direct investment in Latin America and the Caribbean declined by 23% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2013.
Video Source – Al Jazeera English via YouTube
Online Sources – Voice of America; GlobalPost; Reuters; Fox News Latino
Thursday, October 23, 2014
* Honduras: According to the Red Cross, more than half a million people in Honduras are at risk of suffering from hunger due to a major regional drought that has decimated crops and raised the prices of food.
* U.S.: Latino voters might “sit out” of next month’s midterm elections but they could make a key difference in several hotly contested races.
* Latin America: The ALBA-TCP bloc of Latin American and Caribbean nations called for a stronger effort to combat the Ebola outbreak from spreading beyond Western Africa.
* Brazil: Could the revelation today of an “unexpected” decline in the Brazilian unemployment rate last month affect the outcome of Sunday’s runoff election between Senator Aecio Neves and President Dilma Rousseff?
Video Source – CCTV America via YouTube
Online Sources – The Huffington Post; Los Angeles Times; Houston Chronicle; Miami Herald; Bloomberg
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
* Uruguay: Leading presidential opposition candidate Luis Lacalle Pou claimed that if he wins Sunday’s election he would repeal Uruguay’s landmark project to legally grow and sell marijuana.
* Puerto Rico: A U.S. federal district judge cited a 1972 Supreme Court ruling and upheld Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage.
* Venezuela: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein called on Venezuelan authorities to free imprisoned politician Leopoldo Lopez.
* U.S.: U.S. immigration officials last week extended Temporary Protected Status benefits for an estimated 87,000 Honduran and Nicaraguan migrants until July 2016.
Video Source – teleSUR English via YouTube
Online Sources – NBC News; LAHT; ABC News; USA TODAY
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
* U.S.: Iconic Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 reportedly due to cancer.
* Panama: Panamanian Supreme Court judge Alejandro Moncada was arrested and charged with money laundering and illicit enrichment.
* Argentina: An Argentine human rights group claimed that refugee status was given to a gay Russian man violently targeted due to his sexual orientation.
* Bolivia: Bolivia’s top electoral tribunal ratified President Evo Morales' victory in the presidential polls and gave the green light for him to rule for a third straight term.
Video Source – Associated Press via YouTube
Online Sources – JURIST; Variety; Zee News; Reuters
Monday, October 20, 2014
* Nicaragua: At least 24 people are dead and more than 33,000 are homeless as a result of heavy rain and flooding in areas of Nicaragua.
* Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff has apparently reversed a downturn in recent polls and is currently in a statistical dead heat with challenger Aécio Neves ahead of Sunday’s Brazilian presidential runoff election.
* Mexico: The World Trade Organization criticized the U.S. for not complying with a 2012 ruling to change meat labeling rules that were deemed discriminatory against Mexico and Canada.
* Uruguay: Will former president and current ruling party candidate Tabaré Vázquez earn an outright win in the October 26th general election or be forced into a second round next month?
Video Source – teleSUR English (Video uploaded on October 11, 2014).
Online Sources – NTDTV; NBC News; The Latin Americanist; Reuters; Buenos Aires Herald