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Mexico’s next presidential election is not due until July 2018, but by mid-December this year the contest has already come to life.
The ruling PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) named its pre- candidate early in the month – although he will not be officially selected until 18 February 2018. This is because their choice, current Finance Minister José Antonio...
On 27 August, Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales made a special TV broadcast to the nation.
In the broadcast, he declared that Iván Velásquez, the head of the UN-appointed CICIG (Commission against Impunity in Guatemala) was ‘persona non grata’ in the country, and that the ‘competent authorities’ would see that Velásquez was immediately deported.
Morales’ move came less than 48 hours after...
By the end of April 1977 the military dictatorship that called itself the ‘Process of National Re-organization’ had been in power in Argentina for over a year.
During that time all political and trade union activity had been suspended. The junta declared war on what it termed ‘subversives’ – mostly young people in organizations fighting to change the system either...
In 1992 the United Nations-backed Chapultepec peace accords brought decades of civil war in El Salvador to an end.
Now, 25 years after the peace accords, El Salvador still faces the challenges of social divisions, high crime rates, and controversial amnesty laws.
A recent event in London examined the legacy of the conflict and the deep-seated problems still facing Salvadorean society.
A newly published collection of articles by leading Mexican journalists details the extent of impunity and corruption that pervades all aspects of life in Mexico today. LAB editor Nick Caistor, a contributor to the anthology, outlines its indictments.
Former Lima mayor Susana Villaran, who was in the forefront of efforts to restore democracy to Peru when strognman Alberto Fujimori was in power in the 1990s, argues that the new government under Pedro Pablo Kuscinsky has to renew the fight.
The new administration under President Mauricio Macri is busy setting about removing all traces of the cultural heritage promoted by Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during their twelve years of Peronist government.