Weekly Report - 23 February 2023 (WR-23-08)

Several hundred protesters burst into the national assembly building in Paramaribo on 17 February, and subsequently went on a looting spree on the streets of the Surinamese capital.... Read More
President Gustavo Petro’s government unveiled a bill on 15 February proposing regulations for the “submission to justice” of criminal groups, which would include the Clan del Golfo drug trafficking organisation (DTO) and dissident units of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group.... Read More
The economy and finance minister, Alex Contreras, announced on 20 February that Peru “is back”, while launching a big new tourism campaign with investment to the tune of NS$500m (US$130m).... Read More
President Nicolás Maduro’s government has long been accused of benefitting financially from rampant illegal gold mining in Venezuela.... Read More
The newly installed government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva believes that fake news and disinformation is a major threat to democracy and is proposing to do something about it.... Read More
Brazil’s justice minister, Flávio Dino, has ordered a new investigation by the federal police into the murder of the black councillor and human rights activist Marielle Franco and her driver in March 2018.... Read More
Gustavo Dutra, the army general in charge of security for the presidential palace Comando Militar do Planalto (CMP) during the attack on government buildings in Brasília on 8 January, has been relieved of his responsibilities as part of a wider set of promotions and transfers announced on 16 February.... Read More
BRAZIL | Beef exports to China paused over BSE case.... Read More
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has embarked on an electorally inspired trip to Antarctica; Vice President Cristina Fernández claims that she is the victim of conspiracy; and Economy Minister Sergio Massa says that he may give up his presidential ambitions entirely.... Read More
Despite both countries having left-of-centre governments, some unusual friction has developed in relations between Argentina and Chile.... Read More
The verdict is in on Mexico’s former top security official Genaro García Luna.... Read More
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador signed two new decrees related to the country’s fledgling lithium industry on 18 February.... Read More
Earlier this month Alexis Medina, and Magalys Medina, both siblings of former president Danilo Medina (2012-2020) of the opposition Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD), were among those sent to trial on charges relating to the so-called ‘Operation Antipulpo’ (Anti-Octopus), a probe into a high-level corruption network that has implicated key figures in the previous administration.... Read More
“An important step towards strengthening the rule of law and the fight against impunity in Honduras”.... Read More
When the Pacific Alliance trade bloc, comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, was established in 2011, its stated goal was to focus on deepening trade and integration rather than succumbing to the fate of so many other regional groupings that have been forged on ideological grounds and lost impetus as the political sands have shifted.... Read More
“It was like a tropical storm had swept through the building.”... Read More

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