Category: Latin America/Caribbean

Global Voices: Journalism Under Threat in Nicaragua

     

The opposition group Nicaraguan Patriotic Alliance (APN) claimed responsibility on social media for a series of small explosions Sunday, Reuters reports (HT: Cipher Brief).  Nicaragua has experienced demonstrations against the… Read more »

New sanctions target Cubazuela links

     

The United States hit Venezuela with a new round of sanctions on Tuesday, targeting the crisis-battered country’s ties with Cuba, which supports Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, AFP reports: The move… Read more »

Political persecution & divided opposition gives Maduro the upper hand — as Venezuela’s people starve

     

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s regime has hunkered down, betting that it can outlast its domestic and foreign opponents. For the moment, at least, it seems to have the upper hand…. Read more »

El Testigo: Colombia’s FARC revive dream of bringing down democracy?

     

Colombia will increase protection for political candidates running in October’s local and regional elections after the murders of seven aspirants, said President Ivan Duque. The killings have sparked renewed calls for… Read more »

Venezuela ‘loosening grip’ on market, tightening on dissent

     

President Nicolás Maduro ’s authoritarian government, long a practitioner of tight state control of the economy, has quietly and cautiously begun implementing free-market policies to tame hyperinflation and correct an economic… Read more »

Time for Plan B in Venezuela?

     

The United States is not seeking a military intervention as a solution to the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, the U.S. envoy to the troubled South American nation said… Read more »

“Iron curtain of information” descending on Cuba

     

Some 14 Cuban non-governmental organizations* have declared that a new “iron curtain of information” is descending that further censors access to the internet, and restricts the flow of information. The… Read more »

When democracy is not enough: Can technology ‘revolutionize’ Latin America

     

Less than half of all Latin Americans today favor democracy, and less than a quarter are satisfied with what it has achieved in their countries, according to the multinational polling… Read more »

Cubazuela: How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash dissent – special report

     

The Trump administration is engaged in secret negotiations with Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s socialist party, The Associated Press reported Monday, as members of President Nicolás Maduro’s administration seek… Read more »

Two scenarios for Venezuela as political stand-off accelerates economic implosion

     

The United States will bar two Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations from traveling to the U.S. in its latest action to pressure Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro into stepping… Read more »