Cuba took the first step on Tuesday towards eliminating its two-tier currency system, in a move that observers see as ending a system that curbs trade and creates two levels of wage earners.
Woman from the indigenous Ixil community in the Guatemalan highlands holds a cross with the name of a family murdered in 1986 in the village of Sajsiban. On May 20, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court overturned the historic guilty verdict of the nation’s former military dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who had been convicted of committing genocide and crimes against humanity during his short reign from 1982 to 1983. In response, human rights organizations across Latin America organized actions supporting the victims of genocide and condemning legal impunity. Marta Molina of Waging Nonviolence provides a hemispheric overview.
Here is some news that the conservative critics of Venezuela‘s leftist government will not publicize. The Chavistas announced that a new labour law, part of which will grant recognition to non-salaried work traditionally done by women, will come into effect this week. Full-time mothers will now be able to collect a pension.