Americas Now | In-Depth

Americas Now | In-Depth

Detailed, long-form reports featuring current events in the Americas and crafted by our correspondents deployed throughout the region.

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Americas Now | In-Depth
  • Police Brutality Victims Call For Police Reform 

    People across the United States celebrated when former policeman Derek Chauvin was found guilty of three charges for the murder of George Floyd. 
    Police brutality cases have sparked a national debate about what needs to be done to stop them. 
    Dan Williams takes a deep dive into several alleged p...

  • The fight against COVID-19 in Native American territory

    Native Americans in the United States are both beholden to the federal government and independent of it. So when it comes to COVID-19 the tribes have been applying their own methods to fight the pandemic. Toby Muse traveled to one of the largest Native American reservations located in one of the ...

  • Mexico’s vaccination challenge

    Mexico became one of the first countries in the Americas to roll out vaccinations. They began in December but, after the first quarter of 2021, inoculations reached less people than expected. Alasdair Baverstock visited the state of Chiapas, in the south of the country, to look at the vaccination...

  • Amazon's Pantanal Region Still Recovering From Devastating Fires

    In 2020, the Amazon region fell victim to more than 100,000 wildfires, more than any other year on record. 
    One fifth of them occurred in the stretch of forest known as the Pantanal, which crosses three countries: Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. 
    Its biodiversity is unmatched. And it's home to uniq...

  • The reasons behind a crime drop in El Salvador

    For several years, El Salvador, has been on the list of most dangerous countries in the world mainly due to street gangs like MS-13. But in 2020 the crime rates went down significantly. Was it because of the pandemic or is something else stopping violence? Harris Whitbeck has the answer.

  • How bad has the COVID-19 lockdown impacted Colombia’s economy?

    In March 2020 most countries in the world went into lockdown as the COVID-19 outbreak turned into a pandemic. In Colombia the confinement lasted almost six months. Michelle Begue brings us a story of struggle and resilience.

  • Living in Minimum Wage

    A national debate is underway in the United States over whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour from the current $7.25 an hour today, as more than 30 million U.S. citizens now live below the poverty line.

    The last time the U.S. increased the hourly federal minimum wage was in 2009.


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  • Towns in California are fighting back against COVID-19 restrictions

    Lockdowns and other COVID-19 related restrictions have been hurting businesses. In California, locals are beginning to fight back against health authorities. Mike Kirsch reports on a growing number of communities that are ignoring the governor’s mandates.

  • Politics Challenge COVID-19 Vaccinations in Brazil

    By February of 2021, more than a quarter million Brazilians had died due to COVID-19. That made Brazil the second country in the world with the largest death toll after the US. Scientists also located a new virus strain. But the country’s overall health has fallen into a political diatribe. Maria...

  • Food insecurity in the United States

    According to the World Food Program, 150 million people faced food insecurity across 79 countries prior to the pandemic. When the year 2020 ended, that number had gone up to over 272 million. Hunger is not only more common around the world but may also be more visible around your own neighborhood...

  • Argentina is Facing Vaccination Challenges as COVID-19 Cases Increase

    Argentina began seeing a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in mid-January, an unexpected up-tick that happened earlier than expected. The country was still in its Summer season when it experienced the increase and the vaccines acquired so far aren't enough for the entire population.

    Neverthe...

  • Violence in Mexico is Forcing People Out of Their Homes

    In Mexico, the issue of migration goes beyond Central Americans crossing the country to reach the U.S. Border. Drug cartel violence is forcing thousands of Mexicans to flee their homes and towns.

    Since the start of Mexico’s War on Drugs in 2006, more than 150,000 Mexicans have been displaced.
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  • Guarding the rainforest in Guatemala while confronting drug smugglers

    A tropical forest in the north of Guatemala was once guarded by the Mayan civilization. Today, local descendants are managing the resources of the 2-million-hectare jungle by using sustainable ancestral methods. But drug traffickers invested in the area as well and built hidden runways, labs and...

  • A homelessness spike in Latin America's most populated city

    Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest city and home to over 20 million people. The coronavirus pandemic has left thousands without jobs and the number of homeless is rising dramatically. Stephen Gibbs has the story.

  • A massive water-supply-chain interrupted at the US-Mexico border

    In 1944 Mexico and the United States agreed to share water from three rivers that run through their border from California to Texas. Today, due to drier conditions, the Aztec nation is struggling to meet a quota that could endanger a decades long deal. Alasdair Baverstock explains.

  • Gun Sales Skyrocket in COVID-19-ridden USA

    Gun sales have exploded  in the United States during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    There were millions of first-time gun buyers and record-setting number of gun sales in 2020. And it keeps climbing.  

    Americas Now's John Zarrella visited some of the States where gun sales had skyrocketed.

    Sellers, bu...

  • Costa Rica’s centenarians vs. COVID-19

    Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is home to the largest concentration of people over 100 years old in the Americas. For years, scientists have been studying longevity among these centenarians. Now, a team of psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers are being vigilant to protect them ...

  • Foreign college students and other immigrants in the U.S. enter a legal limbo

    Foreign student enrollment in the United States is down because of COVID-19. Hundreds of campuses shut down when the pandemic began. The government warned that international students should either leave the country or transfer to schools with in-person classes. Otherwise they could face immigrat...

  • Mexico’s war on drug-trafficking during the pandemic

    COVID-19 is a menace to most people but drug lords in Mexico see it as an opportunity. While police and authorities are focused on battling the pandemic, the narco business is booming. Toby Muse brings us the story from one of most dangerous cities in the country.

  • Crowded prisons in El Salvador raise Human Right Violation concerns

    The government of El Salvador has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to street gangs like MS-13. And as the crime numbers have gone down, the population of inmates in jails has gone up. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, health conditions for the imprisoned gang members are far from ideal.

  • Life After Hate

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has tracked more than 900 hate groups across the United States. Since 2017 the organization also has witnessed a 55 percent spike in the number of hate groups.
    Attacks by white supremacists have claimed dozens of lives within the last 2 years. Racial tension, viole...

  • Humberto de la Calle: Peace Negotiator

    Humberto de la Calle is a Colombian lawyer, politician and diplomat, who will be most-remembered for his role as a peace negotiator.
    In 2016, Colombia signed a peace agreement with Latin America’s oldest and largest rebel group, the FARC. De la Calle was at the head of the government negotiation...

  • NOLA silenced by COVID-19

    The city of New Orleans became one of the earliest hot zones for COVID-19.  

    Consider this sobering statistic. More people have now died from the Coronavirus than were killed by Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago.  

    While the crisis is abating, doctors and nurses are worried about a second wave, on...

  • Violence picking up in Mexico despite National Guard

    A year ago, Mexican president Manuel Lopez Obrador promised that military forces, then highly criticized by Human Rights advocates, would leave the streets.  

    The newly-created National Guard, a sort of alternative to the police and the military, were tasked with the protection of the Mexican pe...