Weekly Report - 18 August 2022 (WR-22-33)

Gustavo Petro has wasted little time since he was inaugurated as Colombia’s first left-wing president on 7 August.... Read More
Spiralling recriminations between President Pedro Castillo and congress are compounding Peru’s protracted political crisis.... Read More
Ecuador, already in the grip of a serious violent crime wave that is unprecedented in the country’s recent history, is grappling with a troubling new criminal dynamic – the use of explosives by gangs against their rivals and the authorities.... Read More
Religion has taken centre stage in Brazil’s presidential election.... Read More
Electricity, gas, and water tariffs will rise by an estimated 50%-140% for higher earners under the details of the ‘segmentation’ plan to phase out fuel subsidies revealed by Argentina’s new economy super minister Sergio Massa on 16 August.... Read More
The US Department of State (DOS) has upended Paraguayan politics in the space of three weeks.... Read More
Reading the runes, Chile’s ruling left-wing coalition is offering to make significant changes to the draft constitution produced by the constitutional convention (CC).... Read More
A deadly blaze at an oil storage facility in Matanzas province is threatening to plunge Cuba’s already fragile energy situation into a full-blown crisis.... Read More
Two new reports, one by the human rights observatory (OUDH) of the Jesuit Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) and the other by the respected local investigative publication El Faro, are stoking human rights concerns regarding the state of emergency declared by the government led by President Nayib Bukele, in response to gang violence.... Read More
The arrest of a priest from Siuna diocese, in Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region (Raan), is the latest sign of a crackdown by the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega on the Catholic Church as part of wider efforts to stamp out dissent.... Read More
“I don’t know if there was a connection, a hidden hand, if this had been set up.... Read More

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