Rising temperatures, extreme weather and lack of infrastructure are threatening Guatemala’s food security. But the government has done little to recognize the trends and prepare for the fall out.
Mexico is a strong, vocal advocate for human rights in international forums. But not so much when it comes to accepting international oversight and action to protect Mexicans’ rights and lives.
It didn’t seem like much at first—the vote to approve the agenda at June 23 meeting of the OAS Permanent Council. But behind the scenes, Venezuela had been trying to head off a discussion over the state of its democracy. It lost, and with some interesting defections.
Sixty one percent of the homes in Guatemala have been determined to be inadequate, at risk to the effects extreme weather such as mudslides and flooding, potentially displacing more than 9 million Guatemalans.
Since 1993, OAS election observation missions around the region have grown in leaps and bounds. Despite the expanding scope of those missions, though, the quality of monitoring and elections generally has decreased.
If expert predictions are correct and the poor will be most affected by climate change, then Latin America and the Caribbean are particularly at risk. But how much do we know about the specific impacts (say, on housing), and what’s being done to prepare?
The Trump administration is making noises that it will re-focus U.S.-Central America Plan for Prosperity aid on security. But poverty and natural disasters are bigger contributors to migratory flows.
Despite totaling more than 45 million people in Latin America, indigenous people’s and their leaders are woefully underrepresented in national legislatures. How has this affected attitudes of indigenous toward their political systems and their governments?
Despite relatively better human rights records and environmental protection policies, Latin America and the Caribbean lead the world in murders of environmental activists. Why?
The Zika virus has raised the issue of abortion in Latin America, where a number of countries such as El Salvador, Nicaragua and Chile restrict the right to terminate a pregnancy in all cases. Will Zika change the debate and policies on a woman’s right to choose in the Americas?