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An inquiry in Colombia has found that 6,402 civilians were killed by the military between 2002 and 2008 and falsely passed off as enemy combatants. The army’s aim was to pass the civilians off as left-wing rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to boost its kill rate and give the impression it...
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Haiti’s citizens are in a state of civil unrest as fear of current President Jovenel Moïse grows rapidly. According to public and government records, President Moïse’s last day in office should have been February 7, 2021. That date is exactly five years from when he stepped in after the previous president’s term ended in 2016....
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It has been said that the average American uses up to 88 gallons of water per day. Whether this water is used for showering, brushing teeth, washing clothes, dishes, or watering plants, water use is usually taken for granted in the States. Not so in Cuba. Access to clean water in Cuba is a process...
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A Guatemalan village is still reeling from the devastating loss of 19 people. A few weeks ago, 19 burnt bodies were discovered near the northern Mexico and United States border. Those 19 people were on their way to – hopefully – find a better life in the United States when a drug cartel intercepted their...
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Last week’s presidential elections in Ecuador launched a busy political year in Latin America. Chile, Haiti, Honduras, Peru, and Nicaragua are all due to hold national elections, while Argentina, El Salvador, and Mexico will hold legislative and regional elections. According to the Economist, these countries are a diverse mix: “Chile is a mature democracy. Ecuador...
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For anybody who’s been keeping up with international news the last few years, the Venezuelan financial crisis, which started in 2014 with the rise of a socialistic government, is perhaps old news, forgotten as time has worn on. For those in Colombia, it’s still fresh on their minds, as a third of the fleeing Venezuelan...
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“The unborn shall be considered as born for all rights accorded within the limits established by law. It is prohibited and illegal for the mother or a third party to practice any form of interruption of life on the unborn, whose life must be respected from conception.” Abortion for any reason has been illegal in...
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On Sunday, February 7th, millions of Ecuadorians headed to the polls to cast their vote for Ecuador’s next president. Residents from the age of 18 to 65 are required to vote or pay a fine, but many people are eager to see a change in the presidency this year. Many have to wait for hours...
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Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been dubbed the “Paris of the Southern Hemisphere” and the “New York City of South America.” This is because the city has such diversity in cultures and religions. Although Roman Catholicism still holds the title of Argentina’s largest religion, many other religions are growing rapidly. Here are a few statistics on...
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Since Friday, January 15th, some 7,000-8000 Hondurans have tried to make their way through Guatemala in an attempt to immigrate to the United States. Guatemalan forces pushed back the caravans with tear gas and batons. The journey can be quite dangerous. Hondurans band together in large groups when immigrating to the United States to have...
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