The Christian Science Monitor

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 00:00
Some are cautioning that the arrest of top drug lord Guzman could unleash a wave of violence. That happened in 2009, after the killing of a Guzman rival.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 00:00
Whether it's chasing after a thief, hunting down a suspect, or seeing a criminal nearly getting lynched by a crowd, you'll find examples of vigilantism even in Brazil's biggest cities.
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 00:00
The lack of a military hasn't kept Costa Rica from doubling down on security, though. In fact, its internal security spending increased more than that of any other Central American country in recent years.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 00:00
The vigilantes have surrounded the farming hub of Apatzingan, considered the command post of the Knights Templar, but had said they were not going into the main city at the request of the army.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 00:00
A high-profile murder saw President Maduro convene a national political meeting and promise to meet a soaring murder rate with an 'iron fist.'
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 00:00
Brazil's pacifying police units have brought 36 favelas under their control since 2008. But some slums are seeing an uptick in violence and many have been ignored.
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 00:00
The US Agency for International Development says it plans to leave Ecuador amid an impasse with the government, just six months after the agency was kicked out of Bolivia, in what analysts say is another sign of the waning US influence in the region.
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 00:00
For now, she has enough votes in Congress to pass tax increases and will likely get support for educational reform. Changing the Pinochet-era electoral system and constitution, however, require super-majorities.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 00:00
While Maduro says the emergency decree powers are necessary to stamp out corruption and fix the country's foundering economy, the move is seen by critics as trampling democracy.
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 00:00
Foreign governments and academics have watched Bolsa Familia's development as it speaks to this age-old debate: Is it the government's role to step in to alleviate poverty? If so, what is the right amount of aid to avoid dependency but still deliver a boo