Friday, June 5, 2015
* Colombia: The Colombian government and FARC guerillas agreed to create a truth commission that will aim to clarify “the truth in all events” of the decades-long armed conflict.
* Cuba: The push to improve U.S.-Cuba relations hit a bump after the House of Representatives voted to keep travel restrictions against visiting the Caribbean island.
* Puerto Rico: A deal could be reached that might prevent creditors from suing the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which is saddled with over $9 billion in debt.
* Peru: An environmental advocacy group denounced alleged that a trade pact between the U.S. and Peru has failed to prevent illegal logging in the South American country.
YouTube Source – teleSUR English
Online Sources – Reuters, The Daily Beast, Peru this Week, Bloomberg
Thursday, June 4, 2015
* Chile: Thousands of students took to the streets of several Chilean cities seeking educational reforms and to protest the deaths of two marchers at a rally last month.
* Costa Rica: Costa Rica became the first Central American country to recognize same-sex civil unions following a ruling by a “regional” court.
* Peru: The U.S. Department of Treasury sanctioned Peru’s Shining Path guerillas for acting as a “criminal narco-terrorist organization responsible for trafficking cocaine throughout South America.”
* Mexico: A new report found that remittances are expected to surpass foreign direct investment as the top source of foreign exchange in Mexico.
YouTube Source – teleSUR English
Online Sources – UPI, The Guardian, Peru this Week, teleSUR English
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
* Latin America: Three locations each from Lima, Peru and Mexico City were named to this year’s list of the world’s top restaurants.
* Venezuela: Venezuela’s oil minister has sought allies outside of the OPEC cartel in order to stabilize oil prices and improve a worsening domestic economy.
* El Salvador: 635 people were killed in El Salvador in May, which makes it the worst month for homicides since the end of the country’s civil war in 1992.
* U.S.: A new study found that “among full-time workers, the median pay for black and Latino retail salespeople is about 75% of that for white salespeople.”
YouTube Source – CNN
Online Sources – MarketWatch, NBC News, ABC News, Business Insider, CNNMoney.com
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
* U.S.: Roughly one out of every four victims of killed by police in the U.S. is Latino according to “an analysis of public records, local news reports and (The) Guardian reporting.”
* Venezuela: Several thousand people in Venezuela and in major cities participated in anti-government rallies on Saturday though the main opposition coalition abstained from participating.
* Cuba: The U.S. and Cuba are one step closer to reopening their respective embassies after the Caribbean island was removed last Friday from a blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.
* Mexico: Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking State Department official for Latin America, will reportedly be nominated as the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
YouTube Source – The Times of India (“Several Pasco residents who watched the video of an undocumented orchard worker from Mexico get shot and killed by police on Feb. 10 are still shocked and bewildered by what it shows, even if they first saw it more than a week ago.”)
Online Sources – The Guardian, The Huffington Post, NPR, The Hill