"Daniel San Juan Tolentino dug his own grave. A pile of earth fell on him and buried him." So begins the article on child labourers in Mexico that won first prize in the "Latin America and the Millennium Development Goals" Journalism Awards, organised by IPS and UNDP.
People have been collectively tearing their hair out all over Latin America because of the Venezuelan government's decision not to renew the broadcasting licence of that country's most popular television station, RCTV.
The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) made a commitment in Uruguay Saturday to extend their campaign until 2015, and to emphasise the structural causes that determine that over one billion people in the world are living in extreme poverty.
Coca continues to flourish in the Andean region, with production reduced somewhat in one country while increasing in another. Meanwhile, the drug business is no longer concentrated in just a few hands in Latin America, drug routes, players and products have diversified, and there is no sign that efforts to combat the phenomenon are enjoying any long-term success.
Bolivia's anti-narcotics police have changed tactics under President Evo Morales. Instead of forcibly eradicating coca crops, they now bring vaccines and primary health care to the people of the Yungas region, in exchange for information and assistance that leads to the detection of drug labs and trafficking activity.
Just about any crop can be grown in the heart of Bolivia's fertile Yungas region, say local farmers. But only coca has prospered. And although it is the only crop that brings anything close to a living income, local campesinos are still steeped in poverty.
The most important challenge faced by the Bolivian government of Evo Morales, to carry out a successful process of nationalisation of the country's energy resources, could be blocked in the Senate if the opposition and the governing party fail to find a way to negotiate their differences.
The final statement of the 16th Ibero-American summit, signed this weekend, includes no commitment to regularising the status of undocumented migrant workers.
At odds in the negotiations were the European approach, which seeks involvement by the countries of origin in controlling the flow of people, and the Latin American stance, which puts an accent on the human rights of migrants.
The final statement signed by the leaders meeting this weekend in the 16th Ibero-American summit, the "Montevideo Commitment", includes no commitment to regularising the status of undocumented migrant workers.
In countries like Mexico and Colombia, the power of the drug cartels has paralysed the state’s capacity to combat other transnational crimes like human trafficking, said an expert from Ecuador.
Juan María Bordaberry attained a certain notoriety outside of Uruguay's borders when he transformed himself from democratically elected president to dictator in June 1973, dissolving Congress, outlawing political parties and civil society organisations, and suspending civil liberties in a coup d'etat in which he joined forces with the military.
Every time armed conflict flares up in the Middle East, Israeli embassies and Jewish communities around the world step up their efforts in defence of the Israeli cause, regularly accusing the press, or governments that criticise Israel's foreign policy, of anti-Semitism.
Legend has it that Ciudad Bolívar, a poor neighbourhood strung along the hills on the south side of the Colombian capital, is so called because independence hero Simón Bolívar briefly took refuge in the area after narrowly escaping an assassination attempt in 1828. Today, it is riddled with the concrete failure of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe's push for paramilitary demobilisation.
For the first time since the restoration of democracy in Uruguay, agents of the 1973-1985 dictatorship have been arrested for human rights abuses.
A report from an unexpected quarter, the World Bank, has set forth a number of recommendations to mitigate the environmental impact of two paper pulp factories being built in Uruguay on a river that separates the country from Argentina.
The dialogue between Uruguay and Argentina aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing crisis over two paper pulp factories on the Uruguayan side of a border river has run up against a new hurdle, despite what looked like promising advances.
Genetically modified organisms are leaving an indelible mark on several Latin American countries, regardless of the standards for their use and the attempts to adopt an international regime governing their production and transportation.
The Mercosur trade bloc and South American integration are being put to the test by the growing frictions between Uruguay and Argentina over the construction of two pulp mills on the Uruguayan side of a river dividing the two nations.
Many of the hurdles facing South America's Mercosur trade bloc in its attempts to deepen the integration process have to do with the gap between its ambitious aims and the institutions and other instruments that have been put in place to achieve those goals.
How can problems like poverty, education, health, the environment and gender equality make it to the front pages of newspapers or onto radio and TV newscasts?
If the fourth Summit of the Americas left anything clear, it is the difficulty of reaching agreement on a concept of integration in the region.