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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  • Mexican Cartels Blamed for Increased Violence in Ecuador's Prisons

    Ecuador was left reeling when at least 120 inmates were killed in a Guayaquil jail. Local gangs linked with Mexican drug cartels were behind the slaughter in what is believed to be a fight over territory. The riot was the worst prison massacre in Ecuador’s history. Some of the images in this repo...

  • Colombia's Peace Is Unfinished Business

    During Colombia's internal armed conflict more than 6,000 people were murdered, that's according to the country's Justice Department. The dead were categorized as rebel fighters to inflate the number of combat kills. It's a case that is still under investigation. It has left thousands searching ...

  • Miami and other coastal cities become vulnerable due to climate change

    Is Miami Beach sinking? So what exactly does that mean? The technical term is subsidence. It means the lowering of the surface due to the removal or compaction of materials below it. Sinkholes that open up primarily in central Florida are dramatic examples of subsidence. In the wake of the tragi...

  • Pirates in the Gulf of Mexico

    Pirates and robbing ships at sea may seem like a thing of the past. But in Mexico, a region famous for pirates, the practice continues. And as Alasdair Baverstock reports, these modern-day pirates are well-armed and prepared for maritime warfare.

  • Close and personal with Bolivia's president

    From accounting to banking, public service to politics and from academia to Bolivia's leader. Luis Arce was inaugurated in November of 2020, after a long tenure as the finance minister of former president Evo Morales. Americas Now anchor, Elaine Reyes, sat down with him to talk about the pandemi...

  • A view inside the largest Afghan community in the U.S.

    20 years ago the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon shocked the course of geopolitics. It was particularly threatening for a community in California that saw destruction in both their home country and their host country. Correspondent Mike Kirsch reports on the largest A...

  • COVID-19 Pandemic Devastates Argentina’s Economy

    The pandemic has brought about the biggest shock to the global economy in decades. No country was prepared, but some were less prepared than others. Argentina was already two years into a recession when the first cases of the coronavirus were detected. And the country is notorious for its economi...

  • COVID-19 and the new traveling trend

    COVID-19 vaccinations are starting to increase in most Latin American countries. But for months there was a scarcity of vaccines. Thousands traveled north looking for inoculations. Airports were full and airfares rose to pre-pandemic levels. Alasdair Baverstock has the story.

  • Labor Shortage Threatens Service Industry

    Working remotely became a necessity during the pandemic. And many workers are so used to working from home, they don't want to leave. John Zarrella visited some businesses offering jobs that nobody wants.

  • Colombians' Anger is Overflowing into the Streets

    It took them years to escape the violence of the Armed Conflict. Now economic and social problems have led Colombians back into confrontation. Michelle Begue went out to find out the reasons for the turmoil and unrest.

  • Asian Americans are a target of hate in the United States

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Americans have been under attack. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism reported that in the largest cities in the United States, anti-Asian hate crime rose 149% in 2020. Mike Kirsch reports.   

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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...