October 2011

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Colombia 31/10/11

Colombia goes to the polls, Gustavo Petro elected mayor of Bogotá and controversy raised over Mapiripán massacre.


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Venezuela 31/10/11

State seizes land from British agricultural company; Chávez announces 50% salary rise for the military; celebrations to mark the birthday of protest singer Alí Primera


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Uruguay 30/10/2011

  New law passed to charge military men with crimes against humanity. Metallurgic strikes goes on, while state employees threaten the government.


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The Economy 31/10/11

ECLAC/OECD report analyses current economic situation and highlights Latin America’s challenges while Mexico’s competitiveness lags behind BRICS economies.


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The Caribbean 31/10/2011

Amnesty International denounces police violence in DR; Jamaica launches its National Aid for Trade Strategy; and a PR basketball champion pleads guilty to drugs charges.


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Paraguay 31.10.11

21st Ibero-American Summit meets in Asunción whilst Aerosmith are forced to postpone concert by 24 hrs and a doctor is injured by a policeman during a protest.


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Chile 31/10/11

Taxi drivers shut down major roads, while students and the government remain deadlocked, and the opposition throw doubt on the prospects of budget being passed.


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Bolivia 31/10/2011

Brazil waits on Bolivian highway decision, coca growers disappointed with scrapping of TIPNIS highway, and Morales treats nation to presidential terminal.


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Peru 07/11/2011

Citizens gather to pay homage to the 1991 massacre of ice-cream vendors; journalist Paul Garay is released; enforced sterilisation comes under scrutiny and fight for Alberto Fujimori’s release continues.


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Brazil 30/10/11

Ex-president Lula diagnosed with cancer, Orlando Silva steps down as Sports Minister, and Brazil’s richest gets richer.


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Mexico 30/10/2011

Financial operator of Zeta drug cartel arrested; six out of ten Mexican children are victims of violence; Pan-American games draw to a close in Guadalajara.


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Central America 31/10/11

IACHR sets eyes on alarming human rights violations in Honduras, regional aid program underway to help storm-battered countries and attention turns to Guatemalan elections.


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Argentina 31/10/2011

Cristina triumphs in the elections, Argentina remembers Néstor Kirchner, and Alfredo Astiz,the ‘blond angel of death’, is sentenced to life in prison.


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Haiti 31/10/11

Escaped prisoner-turned Minister is arrested against the law, and one year on: did the cholera epidemic come from somewhere other than Nepal?


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Bolivia 24/10/2011

Morales finally scraps highway through indigenous territory, hydrocarbon exploration and more to be put under the microscope, as disappointing judicial election results begin to stream in.


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Uruguay 23/10/2011

Mujica tries to strenghten economic relations with the EU, while Phillip Morris leave the country, and the body of a male, thought to be a desaparecido, is discovered


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Venezuela 24/10/11

Opposition broadcaster Globovisión appeal hefty fine; doctor who claimed that Chávez has two years to live flees the country. 


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Peru 01/11/2011

Governmental transparency brought to a head; Over sixteen thousand people declared to have disappeared under the Fujimori reign; Humpback whales have returned to Peruvian shores.


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Mexico 23/11/11

Mexican lorries allowed to carry goods into States after 17 year stalemate; Ernesto Cordero Arroyo denies being Calderón’s chosen successor; and Mexico climb Pan-American medal table as women dominate racquetball.


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Chile 24/10/11

A worrying week, as two days of student protests see violence escalate, rhetoric harden, and a government minister picking a fight with the judiciary.