Tag: Latin America

Mexican Officials Blame Cartel Turf War for Mass Killing

MEXICO CITY — Armed men stormed into a drug rehabilitation facility in central Mexico on Wednesday, killing 26 men and gravely wounding five others, in what the authorities said could be part of a fight over territory between rival criminal organizations. The gunmen entered the rehabilitation center in Irapuato, in the state of Guanajuato, forced […]

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

As the coronavirus pandemic hits more impoverished countries with fragile health care systems, global health authorities are scrambling for supplies of a simple treatment that saves lives: oxygen. Many patients severely ill with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, require help with breathing at some point. But now the epidemic is spreading rapidly in […]

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Virus Gains Steam Across Latin America

Mexico City — By late March, the Mexican government calmly predicted that its coronavirus outbreak would peak in April. A few weeks later, it changed its prediction to mid-May. And then to late May. And then to June. Now, with new infections surging and the government facing growing anger, even ridicule, over its constant guesswork, […]

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Trump Administration’s Nominee for Development Bank Chief Breaks With Protocol

A top national security adviser to President Trump who is known for his hawkish positions on Cuba and the U.S. sanctions against the government of Venezuela will be nominated by the White House to lead the Inter-American Development Bank, Steven T. Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, announced Tuesday. The official, Mauricio J. Claver-Carone, senior director for […]

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The World Reopens, Despite Skyrocketing Coronavirus Cases

LONDON — Two months ago, when there were roughly one million confirmed coronavirus cases and the primal politics of survival was sweeping the world, shutting down was the order of the day. This week, the number of cases soared past seven million, with 136,000 new infections detected on Sunday alone, the highest single-day total since […]

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Coronavirus Rips Into Regions Previously Spared

CAIRO — For months, one enduring mystery of the coronavirus was why some of the world’s most populous countries, with rickety health systems and crowded slums, had managed to avoid the brunt of an outbreak that was burning through relatively affluent societies in Europe and the United States. Now some of those countries are tumbling […]

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Poor Countries Face a Debt Crisis ‘Unlike Anything We Have Seen’

From Angola to Jamaica to Ecuador to Zambia, the world’s poor countries have had their finances shredded by the global pandemic. The president of Tanzania has called on “our rich brothers” to cancel his country’s debt. Belarus veered toward a default when a promised $600 million loan from Russia fell through. Russia couldn’t spare the […]

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Colombia Will Continue To Ban International Flights Until At Least August 31st

If the first stop on your vision-board post-lockdown travel itinerary involved jumping on a plane and flying to South America this summer — sorry, they don’t want you. Keep your plans local for another season (at least), as the country of Columbia has joined Argentina in extending their international coronavirus travel bans until August 31st. […]

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Colombia’s FARC Rebels Agreed to Peace — But They’re Still Being Killed

ICONONZO, Colombia — It’s been almost four years since the Colombian government signed a historic and widely celebrated peace deal with the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, better known as FARC. The agreement ended 52 years of war and won former president Juan Manuel Santos a Nobel Peace Prize. As part of the deal, the government […]

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How Ecuador’s Port City Became a Coronavirus Epicenter

Outside a hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a family seals the coffin of their father with plastic wrap. Many people in Guayaquil blame the government for failing to slow the spread of coronavirus, and to deal with the thousands of bodies that have piled up in the aftermath. Guayaquil has suffered arguably the worst Covid death […]

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Murder Rates Were Staggering. The Virus Has Brought Some Quiet, For Now.

MEXICO CITY — In El Salvador, the number of murders plunged by nearly half between February and March. Neighboring Honduras has also seen a falloff in killings in recent weeks, as has Colombia and the most populous state in Mexico. As nations around the world contend with a growing number of fatalities caused by the […]

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Brazil’s BIG Festival takes its indie-gaming event online

Some indie games are small, but some are BIG. That is to say that they are “Brazilian indie games.” And to continue shining a light on that scene, organizers of Brazil’s Independent Game Festival (BIG Fest) are moving the celebration online with BIG Digital Edition 2020. BIG Fest is the largest independent games event in […]

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Indigenous Groups Isolated by Coronavirus Face Another Threat: Hunger

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Every morning at a school in the vast desert along the Colombian coast, 40 children, all part of the country’s largest Indigenous group, the Wayuu, gather before class for breakfast. For many of them, the morning arepa — a traditional corn meal pastry, stuffed with meat — is their only meal of […]

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Bolsonaro, Isolated and Defiant, Dismisses Coronavirus Threat to Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — As coronavirus cases and deaths mount in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro has remained defiant, the last notable holdout among major world leaders in denying the severity of the coronavirus. Brazilians, he declared last week, are uniquely suited to weather the pandemic because they can be dunked in raw sewage and “don’t […]

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‘I Can’t Stop’: In Vast Informal Economy, Pandemic Adds to Pressure

MEXICO CITY — His clientele had all but disappeared since the Mexican government told people to stay home. And he knew he was running the risk of contracting the coronavirus himself. Yet Leonardo Meneses Prado was still tending his hamburger cart at his usual sidewalk spot in Mexico City. “I can’t stop,” he said late […]

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Bogotá’s Cacophony Is Hushed by Virus as Congested Streets Empty Out

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The typical Bogotá morning starts at dawn and quickly becomes an eight million-person roar. There is the whoosh-squoosh of the juice vendor squashing her oranges on the corner, the growl of a hundred motorbikes, the wheeze of a thousand lumbering buses. There are the salesmen barking on their bullhorns, the protesters shouting […]

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Brazil and Mexico Are Latin America’s Coronavirus Holdouts

RIO DE JANEIRO — Most leaders in Latin America reacted to the arrival of the coronavirus in the region with speed and severity: Borders were shut. Flights were halted. Soldiers roamed deserted streets enforcing quarantines, and medical professionals braced for an onslaught of patients by building field hospitals. But the presidents of Brazil and Mexico, […]

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Why Some Black Puerto Ricans Choose ‘White’ on the Census

[To read provocative stories on race from The Times, sign up here for our weekly Race/Related newsletter.] LOÍZA, P.R. — A dozen dancers wearing bright, colorful ankle-length skirts gathered around five wooden drums. Their shoulders and hips pulsed with the percussion, an upbeat, African-inspired rhythm. Loíza, a township founded by formerly enslaved Africans, is one […]

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Latin America’s Radical Feminism Is Spreading

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — During the jury selection process for Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial this month, dozens of women gathered outside a Manhattan courthouse to perform a version of the dance/chant known as “Un Violador en tu Camino,” or “A Rapist in Your Path.” First in Spanish, then in English, they sang: “Patriarchy is our […]

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As Protests in South America Surged, So Did Russian Trolls on Twitter, U.S. Finds

WASHINGTON — Watching political unrest explode across South America this fall, officials at the State Department noticed an eerily similar pattern in anti-government protests that otherwise had little in common. In Chile, nearly 10 percent of all tweets supporting protests in late October originated with Twitter accounts that had a high certainty of being linked […]

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