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Argentina's Triple Border

Argentina - Triple Border

The natural border that forms on the Parana and Iguazu Rivers in South America is known as the Triple Border. To the west lies Paraguay. To the east, Brazil and Argentina. It is a region known for its natural beauty and its tourist attractions, like Iguazu Falls the largest system of waterfalls in the world. But the area is also renowned for illicit activity. The porous border has given rise to arms and drugs trafficking with contraband estimated to be in the billions of dollars per year. Americas Now correspondent Joel Richards traveled to the Triple Border to see how authorities patrol this complex frontier.

Game Changer - Alejandro Chavez

Nearly one half of Guatemala's children are malnourished and lack of patient data makes it difficult for doctors to reach them and provide them with proper care. But a research assistant from Stanford University is using technology to revolutionize how doctors get data making vital information accessible where it never was and breathing life into rural Guatemala. Alejandro Chavez is this week's Game Changer.

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Guatemala - Trademark Battle/Cuba - Farming Future

Guatemala - Trademark Battle

Guatemala is recognized throughout the world for the quality of its intricately handwoven textiles. Mayan women have used them to make blouses known as huipiles that, over hundreds of years, have come to represent an important part of their cultural identity. The weaves have also become popular among contemporary designers who use them to create fashion accessories. But some Mayan women aren't happy about that. Saying their designs are being stolen, they have started a legal battle to trademark their products.

Colombia - Farc's Return to Civil Life/Panama - Drones Protect Territory

Colombia - FARC's return to civil life As fifty years of fighting end in Colombia, FARC rebels are trying to resume a normal life. But while they may be laying down their arms, many are not giving up the fight. Many FARC members claim that while they will surrender their weapons, they won't change their ideology. And transitioning back into society could take years. Panama - Drones protect territory A tribe in Panama with strong roots in the rainforest is seeking a land title to secure their territory. And they're protecting their borders with a surprising form of surveillance. Drones.

Wildlife Traffickers

This week's lead story takes viewers to Peru where illegal wildlife trafficking is booming with increasing global markets. Dan Collyns reports on efforts to save the animals of the Amazon rain forest. Next: Americas Now features "Game Changer" which provides a profile of Guatamalan activist Editzar Castro Quiroz who has helped foster - something unique in Guatamala City - "Publinews Braille" an alternative information source providing new hope for the vision impaired.

Green Awards

A report from Ecuador and new initiatives on sustainability and environmental awareness. Harris Whitbeck reports on how the "green awards" are having an impact on the natural world. Next: In the show's "Game Changer" feature, Norma Ramirez Vasquez is profiled. She heads an unusual if somewhat controversial NGO, providing food relief for poor people fleeing violence and poverty and heading north on trains to the north of Mexico in hopes of finding a better life.