Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said he supports the legalisation of marijuana for medical use.
It’s an odd feeling, being silenced. On the Fourth of July, I heard that El Universal, Venezuela’s century-old newspaper, and among the oldest in Latin America, had been sold to a recently registered, anonymous Spanish corporation. Against a backdrop of fireworks bursting over Lake Michigan, I sat at my computer and started copying from its website into Word documents two years’ worth of weekly opinion columns I had written for the paper. I knew a flood was coming — I had seen it happen before. My laptop would be my pieces’ ark.
One of Brazil's most prominent indigenous leaders has called for police protection following a series of death threats.
One of Venezuela's main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, has told a judge in Caracas that his trial on charges of inciting violence will be a test for the country's democracy.
Bolivia's left-leaning president, Evo Morales, has officially declared his candidacy for a third consecutive term and will run against four other candidates in October.