Tag: Latin America
Venezuela teeters on the brink of disaster
Under President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela has spiralled into tyranny and economic chaos. Now, he has a young challenger and world powers are lining up to pick sides. Is civil war looming?
Turmoil in Venezuela as millions defy leader
Protests and strikes have gripped Venezuela for months. The country should be one of the richest in South America, but instead its citizens face dreadful shortages. What explains the crisis?
Climate change blamed for deadly landslide
This weekend, an “avalanche of water” caused a mudslide that destroyed the small city of Mocoa in Colombia. At least 250 people were killed. The president blamed climate change — is he right?
Shock as Colombian voters reject peace deal
Last weekend, Colombians were asked to approve a controversial peace deal between their government and Marxist rebels. They shocked the world by refusing. Did they make a mistake?
Colombia: ‘proof that world peace is possible’
Last week a deal was agreed in Colombia that could end the western hemisphere’s last remaining war. It is proof, says the country’s president, that world peace is more than just a pipedream.
Colombians vote for peace after 50-year war
For half a century, Colombia has been blighted by its war against rebels. Now it has re-elected its president who is committed to peace talks, but will peace come at the price of justice?
Colombia seeks peace after 49 year rebellion
Kidnappers, drug barons and revolutionaries, Farc guerillas have terrorised Colombia’s countryside for decades. Now, the government has taken a historic step towards peace with the rebels.
Controversial socialist hero killed by cancer
Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s combative and charismatic left-wing president, has died in office aged 58. Is this the final blow for state socialism? Or will his controversial ideas live on?
‘Concrete Poet’ Oscar Niemeyer dies
At 104, architect Oscar Niemeyer has died. His curvaceous buildings and left-wing ideas created the blueprint for a brand new city. Is it possible to design a utopia?
Disney’s first ‘Latina’ princess – or is she?
This week, campaigners cheered as Disney prepared to introduce its first Latin American star. Yet Princess Sofia, when unveiled, looked indistinguishable from a European.
Hostages freed after 12 years in Colombian jungle
For decades, Colombia has been terrorised by FARC – revolutionaries who use kidnapping as a weapon of war. This week, they released their last political prisoners. Is peace on the horizon?
Horror in Honduras after deadly prison blaze
Nearly four hundred men are dead after the worst prison fire in a hundred year raged through a Latin American jail. The tragedy raises hard questions about the ethics of imprisonment.
Q&A: Controversial Latin leader returns in triumph
With his defiance of the West, Hugo Chavez has become an iconic political renegade. He has major influence in South America, but are men like Chavez the region’s future – or its past?