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By W. Alejandro Sanchez, Research Fellow at Council on Hemispheric Affairs on March 5, 2013 | 3 CommentsHugo Chávez Frias, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, passed away on March 5, 2013, due to severe health complications. For at least the past year and half, the Venezuelan head of state had been battling cancer that continued to appear in spite of several surgeries. He traveled to Cuba for...
By HANNAH STONE, RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS on February 27, 2013 | 2 CommentsFeatured in InSight Crime, http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/comparing-mexico-colombia-victims-law Mexico has followed Colombia’s footsteps by passing a sweeping law that aims to compensate victims of the country’s drug war. Both projects are incredibly ambitious, and may yet heal some of the wounds left by years of violence–if implemented correctly. On January 9, Mexico’s new president signed...
By Amandha Lopes, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on February 26, 2013 | 2 CommentsThe fire in Santa Maria, in the south of Brazil, during the early hours of January 27, 2013, quickly emerged as one of the country’s most heart-wrenching tragedies. The incident at the nightclub Kiss left more than 230 individuals dead.  The fire is believed to have begun during...
By Kyongwon Kim, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on February 21, 2013 | No Comments
By Kimberly Bullard, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric of Affairs on February 15, 2013 | No CommentsDear Editor, In your January 31 article titled “Timerman rechazó sumar a los kelpers a la reunión con Gran Bretaña,” it becomes obvious that, speaking on behalf of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman means to promote an Argentine version of what appears to be an...