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Lynching of Haitian Man Highlights Tension in Dominican Republic
By Mariela Rosario | 05/11/2009 - 13:00

Carlos Nerilus, a Haitian man living in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, was lynched and beheaded last week by an angry mob. The incident was allegedly sparked by Nerilus's attack on his employer the day before, a construction foreman identified as Pascual de Leon.


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Latin America Looks to Redefine Relationship with United States at Summit of the Americas
By Mariela Rosario | 04/17/2009 - 17:20

President Barack Obama is going to have a lot on his plate at the fifth Summit of the America's, kicking off today in the small island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Although circumstances have drastically changed since the last Summit four years ago when President Bush was met with violent protests and the ire of President Hugo Chavez in Argentina, Latin American leaders are hoping that an even more dramatic shift will occur in relations between the United States and the region, which has been largely ignored by US politicians since the start of the Iraq war.


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"Zoetrope: All-Story" Highlights Up and Coming Latin American Authors
By Mariela Rosario | 03/27/2009 - 17:00

Ten up and coming Latin American authors under 40 have taken front and center in the latest issue of Francis Ford Coppola's accalimed literary journal Zoetrope: All-Story. Many of the authors are being published for the very first time in English thanks to the award winning filmmaker.


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Obama Begins Outreach to Latin America
By Mariela Rosario | 03/17/2009 - 18:00

President Obama met with Brazilian head of state Lula da Silva on Saturday as part of a new effort to open up dialogue with Latin America. Over the 8 years that President Bush was in power in the United States, South America saw an explosion of leftist leadership.


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Would Legalizing Marijuana Help Ease the Drug Wars in Mexico?
By Yuliana Gomez | 02/23/2009 - 17:45

Three former heads of state in Latin America—Mexico's former president Ernesto Zedillo, former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and former Colombian president César Gaviria—issued a joint statement in an opinion piece that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. In it they express their view that the drug war was too costly and difficult for countries like Mexico, and recommending that the United States start looking at alternatives, like legalizing marijuana. “The war on drugs has failed.


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Valentine's Day in Latin America
By Mariela Rosario | 02/13/2009 - 18:00

Do you know the mythology behind Valentine's Day? Yeah, neither did we. That is until we picked up the latest issue of Forbes magazine to check out different ways that they celebrate the amorous holiday all over the world.


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Global Economic Crisis May Cause Poverty to Rise in Latin America
By Norell Giancana | 02/09/2009 - 16:43

The global economic crisis, caused in large part by the failings of the U.S. economy, has brought on potentially damning effects for Latin American countries both large and small. According to Rebeca Grynspan, regional head of the UN Development Program (UNDP), failure to take immediate action by the U.S. and Latin American governments could result in a rise in poverty as much as 15% this year alone.


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Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa Announces Default on Debt
By Mariela Rosario | 12/17/2008 - 16:30

Leftist President Rafael Correa announced recently that he would not take strides to repay the 30.6 billion dollars still owed on Ecuador's Global 2012 bond. Saying the debt was illegitimate, Correa confirmed that the amount would remain unpaid and stood behind a presidential commission that recommended Ecuador default on almost 40 per cent of foreign debt.


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Former FARC Hostage Ingrid Betancourt Back in Colombia, Visiting South American Leaders
By Mariela Rosario | 12/02/2008 - 12:30

Ingrid Betancourt has returned to her native Colombia for the first time since her release from captivity in July. Betancourt was kidnapped back in 2002 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and held for six years deep in the Colombian jungle.


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Latin American Leaders Congratulate Obama, Look Forward to New Era of Engagement with the USA
By Mariela Rosario | 11/07/2008 - 18:04

Although they were promised a new era of engagement by President Bush back in 2000, many Latin American leaders are looking to the election of Barack Obama with the hope that this promise becomes a reality. As we all know, the Bush administration was unable to keep this promise to the regions leaders due to the attention and resources it has committed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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