Weekly Report - 29 September 2022 (WR-22-39)

Seven years after Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro closed the Colombia-Venezuela border to vehicle traffic, his Colombian counterpart, President Gustavo Petro, stood on the Simón Bolívar international bridge on 26 September to watch the first lorries cross into Venezuela since 2015.... Read More
Such is the level of disillusionment with the political class in Peru that as Peruvians prepare to go to the polls on 2 October for regional and municipal elections, as many as two-thirds of voters feel they have no political leader that represents them.... Read More
The case of María Belén Bernal, a criminal defence lawyer who disappeared from a police training centre in Quito on 11 September and was later found murdered, continues to send shockwaves through Ecuador.... Read More
PERU | Mining.... Read More
As Brazil braces for what may be one of the most turbulent elections in its recent history, on 2 October, two intertwined questions loom on the country’s political horizon.... Read More
The defence minister, Maya Fernández, was forced to cut short a visit to the US and speed back to Santiago on 22 September to lead a crisis-response effort after a group of hackers broke into the server of the joint command of the armed forces and leaked more than 400,000 emails containing sensitive information to the press.... Read More
Any political truce between Argentina’s governing alliance and the opposition after the failed assassination attempt on Vice President Cristina Fernández on 1 September was abruptly terminated last week.... Read More
BRAZIL | Election helping to boost consumer confidence.... Read More
Eight years have passed since 43 students from the rural Ayotzinapa teacher training college disappeared after passing through Iguala city, Guerrero state, on their way to a protest in Mexico City (CDMX) on 26 September 2014.... Read More
MEXICO | OECD adjusts growth forecast.... Read More
“Another grotesque example of censorship and persecution.” This was the response by US-based press freedom group Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) to the recent decision by Nicaragua’s government led by President Daniel Ortega to suspend the TV signal of CNN en Español, a Spanish-language TV channel owned by CNN Global, a news division of US multinational media conglomerate, Warner Bros Discovery.... Read More
Cuba has become the latest country in Latin America to authorise same-sex marriage, following Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and various Mexican states.... Read More
Two former presidents, Juan Carlos Varela (Partido Panameñista, 2014-2019) and Ricardo Martinelli (Cambio Democrático, 2009-2014), are among nearly 50 people recently charged by Panama’s attorney general’s office in relation to the high-profile corruption scandal involving Brazilian construction and engineering firm Odebrecht – one of the biggest corruption schemes in the country’s history.... Read More
The head of the personal security detail of Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou was arrested this week on suspicion of involvement in a scheme to supply forged passports to Russian nationals.... Read More
“We kept our word.... Read More

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