South America

Migrants take to social media to document their risky journey to the US

Migration

The Darien jungle, between North and South America, has become one of the main routes for migrants heading to the United States, with more than 520,000 people crossing just last year. Many are now documenting their migration journeys with their phones and posting videos on social media platforms. From Bogota, Manuel Rueda reports.

Heavy flooding in Brazil’s south creates havoc for residents

Three people cross a ravine as they walk through a forest with water bottles and backpacks.

‘I’ll go for the American dream’: After struggling to get legal status in Colombia, many Venezuelan migrants are heading to the US

Immigration
A fully-covered man riding a motorbike in the street at night

New banking services tackle barriers faced by migrants

A group of runners carrying staffs and smile for a group shot

‘Spirit Run’: A new memoir details one man’s journey to reconnect with nature and his Indigenous heritage

Books
A police officer wearing a face mask asks for identification documents to a driver in one of the neighborhoods where the mayor's office decreed strict quarantine, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Bogota, Colombia, July 14, 2020.

Bogotá tries ‘staggered quarantine’ to slow coronavirus spread

Officials in Bogotá, Colombia are ordering residents in some boroughs to stay in their homes for two-week intervals in hopes that staggering a shutdown across swaths of the city will allow most economic activity to continue while slowing the rate of coronavirus infections. 

Migrants are seen at temporary shelter in the village of La Penita, Panama, on August 23, 2019.

‘We’re dead here’: Migrants stranded in Panama rainforest amid coronavirus

Migration

With borders closed and entire countries on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, some 2,000 migrants — many of them children under age 5 — have been detained for months in Panama, near the rainforest separating South and Central America.

Nathaniel B Palmer in port

Antarctica Dispatch 1: Gearing up and shipping out

The World’s Carolyn Beeler’s first dispatch from onboard the icebreaker comes from the port of Punta Arenas, in Chile’s Tierra del Fuego.

Scarlet tanager

Spring’s uncertain arrival poses problems for migrating birds

Environment

Migrating songbirds have finally found the springtime weather in North America that they need to survive and thrive. Only a couple of weeks ago, they had to fight unusual cold and deep snows in the Northern states.

Protesters gather to rally against U.S. President Donald Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2017.

Trump firing Comey: ‘It helps every authoritarian in the world’

Global Politics

Journalists and academics across the globe see alarming parallels between the US and deeply troubled countries whose leaders go after those who investigate them.