Uruguayan President Jose Mujica—himself a former political prisoner—announced that his country has agreed to take in five inmates from the Guantánamo Bay prison camp.
In Argentina residents protest Monsanto's plan for a giant facility in their town; Mexican campesinos worry about contaminated corn; Puerto Ricans want labels on GM food.
Col. Alberto Julio Candiotti, a former Argentinine military officer wanted for crimes committed during the country’s 1976-1983 “Dirty War,” was arrested in Montevideo.
Five former South American dictators are in prison for crimes committed under their regimes; Peru's Morales Bermúdez and Haiti's Jean-Claude Duvalier also face charges.
A court in Argentina sentenced the country’s last military dictator Reynaldo Bignone to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during his rule in 1982 and ’83.
The Mercosur trade bloc expressed “strongest condemnation of the violence unleashed between Israel and Palestine,” while Cuba and Venezuela issued stronger statements.