Chile’s Constitutional Assembly presents proposal for new constitution to Chilean president

Chileans will decide whether to adopt or reject the constitution in a nationwide plebiscite on September 4. “I know, and all of Chile is conscious that this hasn’t been easy. And it’s that, dear compatriots, democracy isn’t easy,” Boric said after receiving a copy of the draft document. “Regardless of the legitimate differences that may … Read more

Brazil sees record Amazon deforestation in first half of 2022

Data from INPE satellites shows that 3,750 square kilometers (1,448 square miles) of the world´s largest rainforest were lost in Brazil between January 1 and June 24, the largest area since 2016, when the institute began this type of monitoring. INPE satellites have been registering new monthly deforestation records since the beginning of the year, … Read more

Colombian prison riot sparks fire, killing 51 people

The fire broke out amid a chaotic scene inside the penitentiary in the western Colombian city of Tolua. At about 2 a.m. local time, a fight broke out among prisoners, according to Colombian Justice Minister Wilson Ruiz. One inmate set a mattress ablaze during the brawl, and flames spread across the prison wing, Ruiz said … Read more

Can Colombia’s first leftwing president deliver change? – podcast

Throughout Latin American history, as leftwing parties have taken power across the continent, one country has kept them out of office, very often through force: Colombia. Last week that changed – and when Gustavo Petro formally takes over in August, Colombia will have its first leftist leader. As Joe Parkin Daniels tells Michael Safi, the … Read more

The G7 conundrum: How hard should you push China in a crisis?

When leaders from the G7 group of leading developed economies gather in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday, they will have very different visions of how hard to confront China just as the world seems to be tipping into a major economic crisis. Amid fears of impending recessions and crises over energy and food supply, it’s … Read more

Brazilian indigenous agency workers strike after Amazon killings

Staff at FUNAI, the government body responsible for the protection and interests of indigenous Brazilian people, said that working in the Amazon has become dangerous and, in some cases, deadly. In a statement ahead of the action, strikers had called for “the immediate protection of our indigenist colleagues, Indigenous Peoples and their leaders, organizations and … Read more

Four dead in Ecuador’s anti-government protests

Thursday marks the eleventh day of protest in the country. The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), which has been leading the protests since June 13, is demanding that the government reduce fuel prices, address the problem of unemployment, regulate farm product prices, and fight crime, among other pleas. Ecuador’s National Police said the … Read more

Colombia’s new president aims to reset relations with US

The nation — which has never had a left-wing president — has been Washington’s closest ally in the region for decades. But the election of leftist former guerrilla Petro to the country’s highest office could radically change that relationship. In an interview with CNN last week, Petro said he intends to renegotiate Colombia’s trade deals … Read more

Gustavo Petro wins Colombian presidential race

The former guerrilla won by a slim margin with over 50% of the votes, against 77-year-old entrepreneur Rodolfo Hernandez. In this historic win, his running mate Francia Marquez will now become the first Afro-Colombian to hold executive powers. During his victory speech on Sunday night, Petro said he is open to dialogue with Hernandez. He … Read more

Colombia elections: peace accord and, with it, safety of women at stake

The fate of the country’s historic peace process — and how it impacts Colombians living amid a fragile truce — may well be at stake. Both candidates have said they are going to support the implementation of the peace process but the detail of that support isn’t always clear. This has understandably made those most … Read more