Stories written by Dario Montero
Darío Montero joined IPS Latin America as an editor in 1997. His beats include Uruguayan and international politics and economics. He has worked extensively in radio. In 2002 he began contributing to the programme “Zona Oeste”, of El Puente FM in Montevideo, a radio affiliate of the World Association of Community Radios. He worked as a journalism director, producer and co-presenter on several radio programmes of AM Libre, El Espectador and Océano FM in Montevideo. Montero worked for La República newspaper as assistant editor, chief of political and general news, and writer and coordinator of research teams. He also worked for Guambia, a magazine of political humour, and Aquí weekly as international news chief and correspondent in Argentina. He studied history and geography at the Catholic institute Nuestra Señora de las Nieves in Buenos Aires.

URUGUAY-ARGENTINA: Bridges Close as Credit Lines for Pulp Mill Open

The Uruguayan Tourism Ministry is exploring ways of mitigating the effects of traffic blockades across an international bridge linking the country with neighbouring Argentina, which were renewed this week as a result of a World Bank decision to help finance a controversial pulp mill.

RIGHTS-URUGUAY: Justice, 30 Years Later

Juan María Bordaberry, who staged the 1973 coup that ushered in a 12-year military dictatorship in Uruguay, is now in prison in connection with the 1976 assassination of two legislators who were living in exile in Argentina. His foreign minister, Juan Carlos Blanco, is also under arrest.

IBERO-AMERICA: Remittances No Substitute for Sound Development Policies

Immigrants have a right to send remittances to their families in their countries of origin, and this fast-growing flow of funds must not be seen as a replacement for foreign development aid, according to the final declaration signed by the leaders meeting this weekend in the Ibero-American summit in Uruguay.

URUGUAY-ARGENTINA: Montevideo Applauds Hague Ruling on Paper Mills, Urges Dialogue

The dispute has been bitter at times, but the atmosphere was almost cordial Thursday when the International Court of Justice at The Hague rejected Argentina's lawsuit demanding a halt to construction of two paper pulp mills on the Uruguayan banks of a shared river.

HEALTH-URUGUAY: Recovery Arrives on Horseback

Quickly and decisively, Matilde, a hyperactive 12-year-old girl with Down syndrome, seems to bond with a horse at the equine therapy ranch run by Uruguayan physiatrist Néstor Nieves.

Dr. Nieves guides an equine therapy patient -

Healthy Recovery Arrives on Horseback

Tierramérica visited a ranch in the outskirts of the Uruguayan capital where people who suffer emotional problems, addiction, autism or Down syndrome benefit from therapeutic horseback riding.

URUGUAY: Pulp Mills Pit “Greens” Against Labour

The frequent antagonism between protecting the environment and creating new jobs is clearly evident in the construction of two pulp mills on the Uruguayan side of the river that creates the border with Argentina. In addition to threatening bilateral relations between the two countries, the projects pit environmentalists against labour unions.

Pulp mill under construction by the Botnia company on the banks of the Uruguay River - Guillermo Robles.

Pulp Mills Pit 'Greens'Against Labor

Two pulp mills being built along the Uruguay River are fueling hopes for jobs, but are also stirring up fears about environmental harm and threats to human health.

URUGUAY-ARGENTINA: Pulp Mill Conflict Hits Tourism

Thousands of tourists saw their year-end holiday plans interrupted over the weekend by a roadblock that formed part of the escalating conflict between Uruguay and Argentina over the construction of two pulp mills on the Uruguayan side of a river that runs between the two South American countries.

URUGUAY-ARGENTINA: Pulp Mill Conflict Hits Tourism

Thousands of tourists saw their year-end holiday plans interrupted over the weekend by a roadblock that formed part of the escalating conflict between Uruguay and Argentina over the construction of two pulp mills on the Uruguayan side of a river that runs between the two South American countries.

SOUTH AMERICA: Mercosur Opens Doors to Worrying Fifth Element

Venezuela's admission to South America's Mercosur trade bloc - which is not as imminent as was previously announced - is backed by economic sectors keen on gaining access to oil under preferential terms.

RIGHTS-URUGUAY: First Remains of ‘Disappeared’ Uncovered

The finding of human remains on a farm near the Uruguayan capital, where an armed forces report indicated that two political prisoners who died under torture were buried during the 1973-1985 military dictatorship, could finally lead to the resolution of a case of forced disappearance for the first time in this South American country.

SOUTH AMERICA: 'Archives of Terror' Yield New Horrors

The so-called "archives of terror" discovered by a human rights lawyer in Paraguay over a decade ago continue to yield new information on the cooperation between the de facto regimes that ruled much of South America in the 1970s and 1980s.

RIGHTS-URUGUAY: Excavations Close to Finding Remains of ‘Disappeared’

She was 19 and pregnant when she was abducted in Argentina in 1976 along with her husband, a leftist activist, who was killed two months later. After she was taken to neighbouring Uruguay, she was held in a clandestine torture centre until giving birth, after which she was never seen or heard from again.

ENVIRONMENT-HAITI: A State Lost in the Trash

Uruguayan officers with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti could not believe that the water pumped from 70 metres underground could be contaminated with colibacteria. But indeed it was - and once again they had to rely on their portable water filtration system.

View of the Haitian capita - Histarmar

A State Lost in the Trash

Mountains of garbage are an obvious indicator of the environmental disaster in Haiti, where half of the capital's population lives crowded into precariously built houses.

RIGHTS-HAITI: UN Mission Walks Thin Line Between Peacekeeping and Repression

"For me, to be accused of being overly cautious is a thousand times preferable to being accused of murdering women and children," says Brazilian General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro, military forces commander of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

HAITI: Drought, Poverty, Hunger – and Little Foreign Aid

The Sud province of Haiti is suffering a drought so severe that the planting season has been postponed. Yet no international financial assistance has come through to confront the crisis, reported Cécile Banatte, the local official designated by the interim government of Haiti to govern the largely agricultural southern province.

HAITI: Courts to Decide on Ex-Prime Minister’s Case, Says Gov’t

The courts in Haiti should reach a decision this weekend on the case of former prime minister Yvon Neptune, who has been in jail for the past year and on a hunger strike since mid-April, said his successor Gerard Latortue.

HAITI: Uruguayan Peacekeepers Are Good Neighbours

The family graveyards in front of the homes of rural residents were just one of the eye-opening experiences awaiting the Uruguayan soldiers who arrived in southwestern Haiti 11 months ago as part of the U.N. peacekeeping troops.

HAITI: A Hill Impossible to Climb

Whereas the ''favelas'' in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro are set high up in the hills ringing the city, the hilltops around the Haitian capital are home to palatial mansions, and the housing becomes poorer and more and more precarious as the slopes flatten into the sea.

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