In this special section, we look at the year’s biggest stories, and seven staff correspondents reflect on events in hot spots from Latin America to the Libyan front.
12/31/2011 12:24 pm
Seven Monitor correspondents reflect on the world's hot spots. In this installment, Sara Miller Llana says Latin America has economically boomed this year as the US and Europe struggle.
12/30/2011 06:04 pm
It's been a big year in Latin America, and the Monitor has brought you on-the-ground reports from Mexico to Manitoba Colony, Bolivia. You probably know that Brazil is booming and former dictator Manuel Noriega arrived in Panama. But beyond the headlines, how closely did you follow the big events of 2011? Test your comprehension in this 2011 year-end quiz.
12/28/2011 12:33 pm
Because of worsening security, the Peace Corps is suspending operations in Honduras and freezing new applicants in Guatemala and El Salvador. It could be a long time before they return.
12/23/2011 11:14 am
Calling themselves 'Messenger Angels,' youth members of an evangelical church are protesting Mexico's drug violence by taking to the streets carrying signs and wearing angel costumes.
12/21/2011 11:22 am
Latin America Monitor Back to the future in Latin America? Sandinistas, generals, and Manuel Noriega
Back in Panama to serve more prison time, ex-dictator Manuel Noriega might be surprised how little the regional neighborhood has changed, writes guest blogger Mike Allison.
12/12/2011 08:51 am
The men are wanted in connection with the massacre of eight people, including six Jesuit priests, in El Salvador in 1989. But guest blogger Mike Allison doubts they will be extradited.
12/05/2011 10:49 am
Guest blogger Mike Allison argues that when we talk about 'femicide' or the killing of women – a major concern in Guatemala – one should look beyond murder rates to victims' conditions.
11/30/2011 11:50 am
Latin America Monitor Venezuela nabs Colombian cartel leader Maximiliano Bonilla, a.k.a. 'Valenciano'
On the eve of a meeting of the Venezuelan and Colombian presidents, police seized Maximiliano Bonilla and plan to extradite him to the US, where there is a $5 million reward for his capture.
11/29/2011 09:53 am
Two mothers – one in the US, one in Guatemala – seek the same child in this exposé of the abuses of the international adoption system.
11/28/2011 06:10 am
Latin America Monitor In debate, Romney, Perry warn of Islamist terrorists in Latin America. Are they right?
In last night's Republican presidential debate on foreign policy, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry warned that Hezbollah and Hamas are operating in Latin America and pose a major threat to the US.
11/23/2011 12:40 pm
Difference Maker Juan Castillo teaches immigrants who speak obscure languages how to make it in New York.
Some immigrants from Mexico don't speak Spanish or English but native languages. Juan Castillo helps them learn.
11/21/2011 09:08 am
President Álvaro Colom agreed to extradite former President Alfonso Portillo, accused of laundering $70 million through US banks, after Guatemala's courts ruled extradition permissible.
11/16/2011 01:38 pm
National Police Chief Aminta Granera, who once trained to be a Catholic nun, is Nicaragua's most popular public figure, thanks in part to her department's success in fighting organized crime.
11/16/2011 09:20 am
US authorities announced this week the dismantlement of a massive drug-smuggling operation in Arizona, believed to have generated $2 billion in proceeds over five years. The 76 suspects arrested in the 17-month probe, dubbed Operation Pipeline Express, are allegedly connected to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, the most powerful drug-trafficking organization operating in Mexico – and, some say, in the Western Hemisphere. “Today we have dealt a significant blow to a Mexican criminal enterprise that has been responsible for poisoning our communities,” Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said in the statement. But who are the Sinaloa cartel?
11/01/2011 05:42 pm
Hurricane Rina now has winds of 110 mph, just shy of a Category 3 hurricane. Cancun resorts are preparing for Hurricane Rina's arrival.
10/26/2011 09:57 am
Hurricane Rina is threatening Cancun and other beach resorts on the Yucatan Peninsula with heavy wind and rain.
10/25/2011 05:07 pm
Hurricane Rina is now a Category 2 hurricane, and is forecast to reach Cancun, Mexico, Thursday. Coffee futures are up due to expected losses due to hurricane Rina in the region.
10/25/2011 11:11 am
Latin American police, seen by many in the region as part of the problem rather than the solution to crime, are trying to boost their involvement in and response to their communities.
10/21/2011 11:41 am
Indigenous groups across Latin America are increasingly butting heads with leaders they elected and demanding greater participation in decisions that affect their ancestral lands.
10/05/2011 04:53 pm
A new biography on Eisenhower is engaging but airbrushes some of Ike's mistakes and flaws.
10/04/2011 07:05 am
The Oxfam report says private investments in Africa have forced tens of thousands from their lands, taken land out of production, and reduced food security, especially as investors focus on bio-fuels.
09/23/2011 11:04 am
Six earthquakes hit the tiny Central American nation of Guatemala Monday, killing at least three people.
09/20/2011 08:23 am
Guatemala earthquake of 5.8-magnitude hit Monday afternoon with two of 4.8-magnitude hitting before and after, one person dies.
09/19/2011 06:57 pm
Latin America Monitor Venezuela, Bolivia 'failed demonstrably' to meet anti-drug obligations, says US. But did they?
Guest blogger James Bosworth says that while Venezuela is arguably promoting drug trafficking, Bolivia's anti-drug efforts seem on a par with US allies – making US criticism seem sour grapes.
09/16/2011 02:33 pm