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We visited the front lines of Paraguay's slash-and-burn war on weed

July 12, 2016
 Photo by Simeon Tegel/VICE News   From the air, the neat rows of cannabis plants in a clearing carved into the tropical dry forest along Paraguay's lawless border with Brazil look like pine saplings. But once our Vietnam-era Huey helicopter carrying members of the country's anti-narcotics special forces lands, it becomes clear why this small, conservative nation is one ofRead more

Pardon of Peruvian autocrat Fujimori brings his powerful family back into the spotlight

December 27, 2017
LIMA, Peru — Alberto Fujimori, the former hard-right autocrat who led Peru in the 1990s, has offered an ambivalent apology for his administration’s endemic corruption and serious human rights abuses after his abrupt early release from prison. In a Facebook video posted Tuesday, Fujimori, 79, expressed his “profound gratitude” to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, vowed to support national “reconciliation” andRead more

Julian Assange is squabbling with Ecuador’s new president. That could put his London refuge at risk.

October 14, 2017
You might think that the world’s best-known fugitive from U.S. law would want to stay on good terms with the government that is shielding him. But that's not the way Julian Assange operates. The WikiLeaks founder, who has been holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London since 2012, is embroiled in a spat with the South American country's new president, LenínRead more

Warming seas and superstorms are destroying aquatic life

November 29, 2013
CAYE CAULKER, Belize — Stripped of its color and smashed into pieces, the dead coral all but carpets the seafloor. Here, just off Caye Caulker, a tiny, bucolic Caribbean isle that is a magnet for snorkelers and scuba divers, the ravages of climate change are clear to see. Hurricanes have long been normal in this part of the world, andRead more

A surprising move on LGBT rights from a ‘macho’ South American president

July 17, 2016
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivia has a new gender identity law that might put it in Latin America’s vanguard on LGBT rights — but the story behind the measure reveals how far the Andean nation still has to go before ending homophobia. That’s according to Carlos Parra, aka Paris Galán, the country’s best known drag queen and a prominent gayRead more

Lima climate talks aren't focusing on keeping temps down

December 10, 2014
LIMA, Peru — This week another monster typhoon devastated the Philippines, killing at least 27 people. On the other side of the Pacific, in Lima, delegates from nearly 200 governments were knuckling down to the second and final week of the latest round of United Nations talks to hammer out a global climate treaty. Scientists are careful to avoid linkingRead more

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