A branch of the Amazon River called the Rio Solimoes overflowed this week due to heavy rains and flooding, and rose high into the streets of Anama, in the Amazonas state of Brazil, according to Reuters. Continue reading
For more than a decade, the United States’ war on drugs in Colombia has partially relied on crop dusting to kill the plants used to produce cocaine. But this week, Colombia’s government announced that it will phase out the U.S.-led program. Juan Forero, the South American bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Bogota, Colombia, to discuss how this policy shift may affect U.S.-Colombia relations. Continue reading
March of this year was the most deadly month on record in El Salvador in more than a decade. Continue reading
Six detainees from Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba have been transferred to live freely in Uruguay, the Pentagon announced Sunday.
Less than two decades ago Medellin, Colombia, was known as the world’s murder capital. But ever since new political leadership and a push to increase public spaces, Medellin has seen a sharp drop in violence and drug use and an influx of new businesses. In his Agents of Change series, Fred de Sam Lazaro looks at how the city was able to make such a strong comeback. Continue reading
Drug gangs rule the streets in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where more than 20 people are murdered each week. Located at the crossroads of drug shipments from South America to the U.S., that city is now called the most dangerous place on Earth. Filmmaker Guillermo Galdos traveled there on assignment for Britain’s Channel Four News. Continue reading
One of South America’s most controversial leaders finds himself — yet again — squeezed between two competing demands and constituencies. Continue reading