Carolyn Cole photo at The Los Angeles Times. Caption: “Soldiers patrolling the streets of San Salvador in 2017.”

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April 8, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

The United States has the largest immigration detention system in the world, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holding nearly 40,000 people in over 200 centers across the country

Bolivia

A decree the Bolivian government has issued to respond to the COVID-19 emergency includes an overly broad provision that authorities could use to prosecute those who criticize government policies

Brazil

Brazilian Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said last week China had ditched some Brazilian equipment orders when the U.S. government sent more than 20 cargo planes to the country to buy the same products

Veteran journalist Luis Nassif explains the Military’s silent and gradual seizure of power from President Bolsonaro in five acts

Colombia

Se trata de operaciones combinadas, conjuntas, coordinadas y coincidentes con los países de la región y de Europa, interesados en seguir aportando esfuerzos en la lucha del problema mundial contra las drogas

En marzo no solo no disminuyen las agresiones contra líderes sociales y comunales, sino que se disparan las amenazas contra líderes políticos

Casi 300 indígenas embera katío llegaron al parque Tercer Milenio para protestar después de ser desalojados de los famosos pagadiarios en la localidad de Santa Fe. Al no obtener la atención del Distrito, está comunidad no tuvo otra opción

En lo corrido del 12 de marzo, cuando fue declarada la emergencia sanitaria, al día de hoy, ha habido un total de 31 acciones bélicas y 35 hechos de violencia contra la población civil, 16 y 22 de los cuales han ocurrido pasados casi 15 días de la implementación de las medidas de cuarentena

Marzo de 2020 quedó en la historia como el mes con menos asesinatos en la capital de Antioquia en las últimas cuatro décadas, al sumar solo 19 casos

Colombia, Venezuela

Wiliam Brownfield, exjefe antinarcóticos de EE. UU., analiza la nueva estrategia para Venezuela

Internal numbers being shared by officials in Venezuela’s border region of Tachira state show at least 7,600 have arrived since mid-March. More are arriving at a rate of up to 500 per day

Ecuador

Mr. Correa was among 20 people, including his vice president, Jorge Glas, accused of accepting $8 million in bribes in exchange for public contracts from 2012 and 2016

Desde el 16 de marzo, día en el que el presidente Lenín Moreno decretó el estado de excepción para contrarrestar la pandemia del COVID-19 en Ecuador, las Fuerzas Armadas (FF. AA.) empezaron a activarse en áreas que no son usuales

El Salvador

The street gangs that have long terrorized El Salvador have now turned their attention from extortion and killing to a more pressing matter: enforcing social distancing restrictions, often with threats and baseball bats

Guyana

For many, the transformation into an oil economy has brought optimism about greater prosperity. But that optimism is often mixed with a fatalism that nothing will really improve for the vast majority

Haiti

Immigration lawyers and advocates say at least 14 Haitian nationals are scheduled to board a deportation flight from Alexandria, Louisiana, to Port-au-Prince Tuesday

U.S.-Mexico Border

Around 120 of the minors, who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or legal guardian, were quickly sent on planes back to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador

“Faith and reason tell us that the right thing to do right now is to protect each other by taking steps toward social distancing. The federal government has already recognized that this is very nearly impossible in facilities like prisons and detention centers”

The government’s stay-at-home orders mean many people facing crowded shelter conditions and limited medical resources are now effectively immobile

Venezuela

For some of Venezuela’s high-flying “Bolichicos” — the privileged offspring of the socialist revolution — the party hasn’t stopped amid a widening pandemic in a country already gripped by crisis

The response of the Chavista state to Covid-19 goes no further than repeating its authoritarian patterns of behaviour that were in place before the pandemic