By Raisa Camargo BOGOTA (VR) – This Sunday, Colombians will choose to continue the policies of current president Juan Manuel Santos or opt for a new leader to direct the country until 2018. The outcome hinges on the possibility of ending a more than 50-year armed conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia known as the FARC.
By Rustem Safronov WASHINGTON (VR) – Yesterday it was revealed that four Cuban exiles were arrested on April 26 in Cuba for allegedly planning to carry out terrorist attacks within the country as revealed by the Cuban newspaper Granma. The suspects were identified as José Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodríguez González, Raibel Pacheco Santos, and Félix Monzón Álvarez.
By Tawab Malekzad WASHINGTON (VR) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said April 15 that her government appointed three delegates to deal with the recent disasters that hit the South American nation. The announcement came as her administration stated that at least 3,500 houses have been destroyed and as many as 11,000 people have been displaced by the blaze roaring in the Valparaiso hills.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – Hundreds of protesters gathered in Washington outside the Organization of American States (OAS) today to voice their support for massive anti-government demonstrations in Venezuela.
By Rustem Safronov MIAMI (VR) – Leaving behind the right-wing agenda that has dominated the community’s discourse in the last five decades, a group of Cuban-American leaders and representatives from the island nation met March 15 in this South Florida city to discuss how ordinary Cubans and the diaspora in Florida can help the island nation improving its social-economic situation as well as the actual state of relations between the US, the Cuban government and its citizens.
By VR Web Team WASHINGTON (VR) – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro launched March 11 a new radio and television show aimed at “boosting the formation of democratic values” of Venezuelans and “continuing the victorious march toward peace” of his government.
By Lauren Murphy WASHINGTON (VR) – A jury unanimously awarded March 6 three Latino police officers from Westminster, California over $3 million in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
By Sean Nevins WASHINGTON (VR) – A crowd of approximately 200 gathered at the Bolivarian Hall of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. March 5 to pay their respects to deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez at the first year anniversary of his passing. The event was part of a global commemoration called “Por Aquí Pasó Chávez” (Chávez was here), organized by the Venezuelan government, and featured a photo exhibit depicting the leader’s life and a concert by the Venezuelan traditional music group “Ensamble a Contratiempo.”
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (RV) – As the world turns its eyes to Ukraine, a diplomatic row is facturing Latin America.
Venezuela and the world commemorate March 5th, the first anniversary of the passing of the charismatic leader, Hugo Chávez. Radio VR presents a glimpse of his meteoritic career, his connection with people, and events in Venezuela to remember his legacy and death.
By Julio Urdaneta WASHINGTON (VR) – Venezuelan foreign minister Elías Jaua announced Feb. 25 the appointment of career diplomat Maximilian Arvelaéz as new ambassador to the United States of America.
By Brittany Peterson WASHINGTON (VR)—Mexico’s most powerful drug lord was captured Saturday in the port city of Mazatlan, ending a 13-year manhunt. Joaquin Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” or “Shorty” in Spanish, headed the Sinaloa cartel, which smuggled drugs to the United States, Europe and Asia. The cartel’s turf wars with rival gangs lead to violence that killed more than 77,000 people in the last seven years.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR)– Venezuelan prosecutors have dropped their most serious charges against opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was arrested earlier this week.
By Brittany Peterson WASHINGTON (VR)– Cuba and American diplomatic relations took another hit recently, with the catalyst this time being fresh obstacles put in the way of the Cuban representation in the U.S. processing payment transactions.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR)– Ever since the failure of the Dream Act at the Federal level, states have been wrestling with how to resolve some of the questions surrounding immigration reform. One of the key questions deals with education, and whether students who aren’t legal residents but grew up in the state and graduated from its school system should be eligible for college aid.
By Brittany Peterson WASHINGTON (VR)—The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, is Latin America’s oldest, active guerrilla insurgency. It has fought the Colombian government for 50 years on issues of land rights and poverty. Yet ongoing peace talks in Havana, Cuba aim to put an end to this conflict. Radio VR’s Brittany Peterson had the rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with one of the guerilla fighters and members of the peace delegation, a Dutch woman known as “Alexandra." They met in a central plaza in Havana.
By Brittany Peterson WASHINGTON (VR)—Venezuela heats up Tuesday as another wave of rival protests sweep the country. The issue? Should the democratically elected president stay or go. VOR's Brittany Peterson has more.
By Brittany PetersonWASHINGTON (VR)—Protests have swept Venezuela this week as students, backed by the opposition, flood the streets to denounce inflation, rampant crime and shortage of basic goods seen in the country under the presidency of Nicolas Maduro. Three were left dead and dozens injured during the demonstrations. This is among the greatest problems the Maduro administration has faced since taking office after the late Hugo Chavez.
By Brittany Peterson WASHINGTON (VR)—Venezuelan government officials called Thursday for a pro-government rally in response to Wednesday’s violent anti-government demonstrations, the latter of which left three dead and dozens injured.
By Brittany Peterson WASHINGTON (VR)—Although Latin American and Caribbean nations make up a cornucopia of political ideologies, one unifying desire is to make political and economic decisions on their own terms, free of obligations to world powers. Radio VR's Brittany Peterson looks back on the CELAC summit, and brings us the story on a new trade agreement among the Latin American countries in the Pacific Alliance.