A former commando known as 'Comandante Jahob' says he is rearming a group of contras to oppose the reelection of President Daniel Ortega. Former contra leaders and ex-military intelligence tell the Monitor it would be a mistake for the military to dismiss the threat.
The Haiti election commission postponed its ruling on who is eligible to run for president. Critics charge that the commission opposes Wyclef Jean's candidacy.
Mexico's Supreme Court upheld a law Monday that allows gay couples in the capital to adopt children. The gay adoption decision comes a week after the court upheld the constitutionality of gay marriage.
Pilot skill in the Colombia plane crash is being pointed to as a key factor in saving the lives of 130 passengers. One passenger died.
Colombia's new President Juan Manuel Santos is hoping to mend relations with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez days after outgoing President Álvaro Uribe repeated the charge that Chávez harbors leftist guerrillas.
Colombia's new conservative President Juan Manuel Santos also struck a conciliatory tone as he was sworn in Saturday, despite the recent bellicose rhetoric from Venezuela's leftist leader, Hugo Chávez.
Fidel Castro spoke to Cuba's Parliament for the first time in four years on Saturday, but once again failed to address domestic issues while expounding on climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the US role on the world stage.
Wyclef Jean, president of Haiti? It would cap the Haitian immigrant's trajectory from rebellious preacher's son to millionaire rap star to humanitarian worker.
Wyclef Jean is expected to officially announce his run for Haiti president tonight on Larry King Live. The Monitor spoke with Wyclef's brother and spokesman about the major challenges he'll face before he can win Haiti's presidency.
President Calderón issued his most sobering assessment of Mexico's drug war to date and called for support against those who target politicians and institutions. More than 28,000 people have been killed in the past four years.
The Mexico drug war is pushing officials to take heed of Colombia, which made progress with social welfare programs and acknowledgment that force alone doesn't work.
Colombia's Peace and Reconciliation program provides psychological help, educational opportunities, and job aid to the thousands of fighters who once engaged in guerrilla warfare.
The UAE's BlackBerry ban drew condemnation from freedom monitors and the US government, but nothing from Canada, BlackBerry's home country. 'Maybe it’s summer and they’re away,' says one watchdog.
Wyclef Jean released a statement Friday saying he will make a public announcement next week on whether he will run for president of Haiti. Meanwhile, his uncle has resigned his post as Haiti's ambassador to the US in preparation for his own candidacy.
Brazil is poised to begin one of the most technically advanced deep-sea oil drills ever. The National Petroleum Agency and state-controlled oil giant Petrobras both sent teams to the Gulf to monitor the BP oil spill relief efforts.
A handful of protests were staged Thursday in Mexico against Arizona immigration law SB1070, and a Black Eyed Peas member this week joined other musicians such as Shakira and Kanye West in denouncing it.
Arizona immigration law targeting immigrants has already encouraged Mexicans to begin returning home, even as a US judge halted key portions of SB1070 from taking effect. The Mexico government is boosting legal services in Arizona, and shelters in Sonora state are preparing for an influx.
Wyclef Jean's uncle, Raymond Joseph – who is Haiti's ambassador to the US – tells the Monitor that he is running for president this fall. Will the hip hop artist and his uncle team up – or compete against each other in Haiti's presidential campaign?
A reduction in crop yields caused by climate change could mean up to 6.7 million additional Mexicans will emigrate to the United States by 2080, says a study by Princeton University researchers.
Wyclef Jean is rumored to be running for president of Haiti. The Haiti Constitution gives six clear requirements for becoming president, however, and Wyclef may not meet them all.