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Latin America’s unlikely, honest voice for democracy
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Latin America’s unlikely, honest voice for democracy

Jackson Diehl | The Washington Post - January 25, 2016

For years Venezuela's authoritarian populist government grossly manipulated elections and got away with it. So imagine the surprise in Caracas in November when, just a few weeks…

Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed
Business
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Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed

AFP - October 8, 2015

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- Uruguayan pharmacies on Thursday criticized the government's plan to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use in their stores. In an announcement last week, the…

Uruguay’s ‘Pepe’ Mujica: Regulating marijuana ‘robs narcos of the market’
Crime
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Crime
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Uruguay’s ‘Pepe’ Mujica: Regulating marijuana ‘robs narcos of the market’

The Tico Times - August 20, 2015

Uruguay’s ex-President José “Pepe” Mujica trumpeted the legalization of recreational marijuana in his home country in comments he made at Casa Presidencial Wednesday. But he stopped short of…

Uruguay to probe dictatorship crimes
Crime
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Crime
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Uruguay to probe dictatorship crimes

AFP - May 20, 2015

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- Uruguay has created a commission to probe human rights violations perpetrated from 1968 to 1985 as the government cracked down brutally on a leftist…

Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano dies at 74
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano dies at 74

Mauricio Rabuffetti | AFP - April 13, 2015

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, an icon of the Latin American left who chronicled the region's injustices in a career that spanned decades and crossed genres,…

Uruguay says it won’t take more Guantanamo inmates
Global
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Global
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Uruguay says it won’t take more Guantanamo inmates

AFP - March 23, 2015

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay, the only South American country to take in detainees from the US military prison at Guantánamo, said Monday it will not accept any more. "No…

New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer
Latin America
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Latin America
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New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer

Giovanna Fleitas | AFP - March 1, 2015

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Tabaré Vázquez was sworn in as president of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain…

Marijuana activists push legalization of medical cannabis in Costa Rica
Business
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Business
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Marijuana activists push legalization of medical cannabis in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - February 24, 2015

When you hear the phrase “cannabis advocate,” you might picture someone with wild hair and a Bob Marley T-shirt. But Gerald Murray is nothing like that. At…

Automotores Orletti: Memories of the Argentine dictatorship
Crime
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Crime
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Automotores Orletti: Memories of the Argentine dictatorship

Fabiola Pomareda - January 11, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The building looks almost as it did in 1976, although it has deteriorated. The first floor was a mechanic’s workshop, a cold and…

US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo
Crime
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Crime
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US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo

Missy Ryan and Adam Goldman | The Washington Post - December 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration is accelerating its efforts to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, preparing to move dozens of inmates out of the…