Today is the 40th anniversary of Nixon declaring a 'war on drugs.' Many Latin Americans are calling for an alternative strategy, but the short-term consequences could be dire for this region.
The education ministry says 180 schools around the country are on strike as students demand economic and academic accountability.
Vancouver riots after the city's Canucks ice hockey team lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals have embarrassed a nation that doesn't see much sports-related violence.
The guerrilla group attacked a military contingent Tuesday, killing two civilians and wounding 10. But the Colombian government says the attack is a sign of the rebels' desperation.
Critics say El Salvador's new Decree 743, which requires the Constitutional Court to make decisions by unanimous consensus, renders the court powerless.
The Nicaraguan government has completed permanent housing for 103 families who have been squatting in the ruins of four abandoned high-rises in Managua since the 1972 earthquake.
Tuesday's release of Jorge Hank Rhon after being held on gun charges is a blow to a government that can't seem to make charges against organized crime stick, writes guest blogger Steven Dudley.
The death of Obede Loyla Souza in Para state in the Brazilian Amazon is the fifth murder in a month. It may have been the result of a land conflict, underscoring a pattern that pits development against the environment.
A new report shows that 70 percent of confiscated weapons submitted for tracing come from the US, but critics say the figure is politically motivated.
To improve the security of Peruvians in far-flung parts of the country, President-elect Ollanta Humala has pledged to 'protect and empower' citizen self-defense groups. Is that a good idea?
After three major blackouts in three months, Venezuela says consumers will have to pay surcharges if they don't reduce their usage. Critics, like guest blogger Miguel Octavio, say that the government is placing the blame on others when it should place it on itself.
Brazil has proposed legislation to shorten prison sentences in exchange for taking classes. It could alleviate overcrowding in an overtaxed prison system.
Renowned poet Javier Sicilia concluded the week-long Peace Caravan Thursday night in Mexico's most violent city. Our correspondent is in the caravan, talking to residents along the way.
Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff resigned over questions about his personal wealth, and now Italy is furious after Brazil's supreme court released a jailed Italian murder suspect and fugitive.
The introduction of André Gurgel, who plays a more ambiguous character rather than the typical all-good or all-bad supporting role for black actors, indicates the growing influence of Brazil's black and mixed-race population.
Testimony at a recent US Senate hearing on US-Central American security cooperation showcased one of the region’s key problems: countries do not collect enough taxes to win the fight against organized crime.