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ELN Attacks prompt suspension of ongoing peace talks

February 22, 2018

The Ejército de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Army), or ELN as it is more commonly known, is one of Colombia’s two main leftist guerilla groups, and the last of the country’s three main guerilla groups in full operation. Founded in the 1960’s following a period of Colombian History known as “La Violencia” or “the violence”, the ELN was created based on Marxist ideals and liberation theology, a religious movement inspired by shifts in the Catholic church that teaches liberation from social, political, and economic.

British NGO faces backlash for alleged sexual misconduct in Haiti

February 21, 2018

British-based NGO Oxfam—short for ‘The Oxford Office on Famine Relief’—has recently been plagued by a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct in developing countries by humanitarian aid workers. The most widely publicized of these incidents is the alleged use of prostitutes by several Oxfam workers, including the director of the program, while operating in Haiti to provide aid following the 2010 earthquake.

Will Correa's 'political death' spell new life for Ecuador's left?

February 19, 2018

In 2015, Rafael Correa, the former president of Ecuador, officially passed a constitutional amendment which, in addition to a few auxiliary adjustments, formally eliminated presidential term limits.  Lawmakers who approved the measure did so under the terms that Correa would step aside for the 2017 election - which he did.

Why Cuban landholders keep losing

February 12, 2018

Earlier last month, Cubans Americans held their breath as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson contemplated what would become of Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act.  Eventually passing the responsibility off to Thomas Shannon, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, it was decided that the measure would be suspended another six months, to the dismay of thousands who believed the Trump administration would upend the long disputed bill (Torres 2018).  

Aggressive Crackdown on Protestors and Activists following the Inauguration of Honduran President Hernandez

February 6, 2018

In response to the inauguration of incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Sunday, January 27, protests have once again erupted throughout the capital city of Tegucigalpa, prompting a severe crackdown by armed forces.

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