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Counterfeiting, contraband, cocaine: how Panama’s trade hub lost its lustre
Colón’s free trade zone was meant to be hub for the Americas but it has become a byword for drugs, gangs and violence

Mat Youkee in Colón

26, Jan, 2023 @11:30 AM

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China circles El Salvador’s economy as country edges toward crypto plunge
President Nayib Bukele bet on bitcoin and its tumbling value has put the Central American country in a financially precarious spot

Mat Youkee

15, Nov, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Afro-Colombians helped install a new government in Bogotá. Will it address their needs?
Despite launching several initiatives, the Pacific coast region suffers from lack of basic services and is in the grips of violence

Mat Youkee in Guapi

15, Aug, 2022 @12:58 PM

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‘We were told our brothers were dead’: Chile’s lost tribe reclaims identity
History books said the Selk’nam, inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America, were extinct but Chile may be about to legally recognize their descendants

Mat Youkee in Tierra del Fuego

03, May, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Gothic becomes Latin America’s go-to genre as writers turn to the dark side
The region used to be almost synonymous with magic realism but recent bestselling fiction draws on a legacy of dictators, poverty and sinister folklore

Mat Youkee in Bogotá

31, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Nayib Bukele calls himself the ‘world’s coolest dictator’ – but is he joking?
El Salvador’s president is consolidating power and seems intent on rewriting the country’s constitution

Mat Youkee in San Salvador

26, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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El Salvador’s bitcoin experiment goes live – as president offers tech support
Nayib Bukele tweeted advice as the cryptocurrency became legal tender – not entirely smoothly – but critics call it a big distraction

Mat Youkee

07, Sep, 2021 @5:37 PM

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Scepticism grows in El Salvador over pioneering Bitcoin gamble
Country will be first to adopt cryptocurrency as legal tender next month – but economists are sounding warnings over risks

Mat Youkee in El Zonte

30, Aug, 2021 @4:30 AM

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Squawking bird blows the whistle on fake video trying to tilt Ecuador election
A widely shared video appeared to show Colombian guerrillas backing a candidate – but an ornithologist spotted something awry

Mat Youkee

09, Feb, 2021 @10:00 AM

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US makes fresh pitch to Latin America in bid to counter China's influence
Experts say Growth in the Americas programme is attempt to reassert US control – and seems likely to anatagonise Beijing

Mat Youkee

01, Oct, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Suriname election: can pandemic help outlaw leader get away with murder?
Coronavirus has stalled opposition’s momentum against president who was recently found guilty of mass murder as country heads into an election

Mat Youkee

21, May, 2020 @9:00 AM

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How Panamanian villagers were left at the mercy of a murderous sect
When a woman and six children were ritualistically killed in the indigenous community of Alto Terrón the official response was complicated by the absence of police and health services

Mat Youkee in Alto Terrón

28, Mar, 2020 @11:46 AM

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