The Institutional Revolutionary Party that once ruled Mexico unchallenged, has taken the governor's mansion in Michoacán amid a bloody and unpopular drug war. The party has its sights set on bigger things.
But the Mexican bloggers' demands in the manifesto – many beyond the power of the Mexican government to enforce – highlight the vulnerability of social media users to drug cartel violence.
The peaceful rollout of some 3,000 Brazilian troops and cops into Rio's Rocinha slum was a PR success for the Rio government, writes guest blogger Rachel Glickhouse, but it left many wondering why such a massive operation with such intensive media coverage was necessary.
There's no sign of foul play in the crash that killed Mexican Interior Minister Francisco Blake Mora and 7 others today. But amid Mexico's bloody drug war, count on speculation that drug gangs had a hand.
But is the congressman's abrupt departure from Rio de Janeiro actually a political ploy for the city's upcoming mayoral election? Just another stranger than fiction event in Rio's struggle with crime.
US-Cuban affairs dominated the confirmation hearing of Roberta Jacobson, acting assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs, showing how "out of step" the US is as Cuba forges ahead with reform, writes blogger.
The abduction of Washington Nationals player Wilson Ramos seems to be the first of a Major League Baseball player in Venezuela, although both homicide and kidnapping have soared.
Both Guatemalan President-elect Otto Perez Molina, a former general, and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, a former leftist rebel leader, are apt to rely on military power to fight crime.
In a shootout over the weekend, Mexican officials seized Familia commander Hector Russel Rodriguez Baez, alias 'El Toro,' dealing a serious blow to the already reeling criminal group.
More than 50 percent of Guatemala's population lives in poverty, and the country has an alarmingly high murder rate. But Otto Pérez Molina is in a better position than his predecessors to deal with those problems, says guest blogger Mike Allison.
Otto Pérez Molina ran his presidential campaign on an 'iron fist' platform, promising to crack down on the crime and high murder rate that have been plaguing Guatemala in recent years.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is the oldest guerrilla group operating in the Western Hemisphere. What began in the 1960s as a peasant insurgency with political aims morphed into a drug trafficking organization dependent on cocaine and kidnapping for revenue. The group, whose influence grew over the decades to count 19,000 members in the 1990s, began to face major setbacks when former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe took office in 2002. With the help of the US under Plan Colombia (begun in 2000), Mr. Uribe made fighting the FARC the cornerstone of his presidency – an effort that Colombians widely supported. The effort continues under current President Juan Manuel Santos. Top leaders have been captured and thousands of members have demobilized. But the FARC continues to remain a deadly force in Colombia, especially in the countryside. Here is what Colombia has accomplished against the FARC in the past three years.
Government forces have killed the commander-in-chief of the FARC, alias 'Alfonso Cano.' It is a blow to the rebel group, but ultimately it could hurt peace talks.