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The band of a Russian naval cap.

Russia is now the largest weapons dealer to governments in Latin America. Russia's push into Ukraine has put many on edge. But less known is that Russia is also strengthening its military links south of the Rio Grande and re-establishing itself as a power in the region. Read more»

President Obama with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Saturday during the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.

Forget the horny Secret Service agents and their Colombian hookers. It was U.S. diplomacy that really got screwed at this weekend's Summit of the Americas in Cartagena. Read more»

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Leaders of an international leftist alliance descended on Managua this week to compare revolutionary credentials and strategize their next move in their hemispheric struggle against neoliberalism. Read more»

Ortega on a billboard in 2009.

Is Ortega pushing Nicaragua toward a retro-tropical dictatorship with a God complex? The constitution prohibits the president from seeking re-election, but the ruling Sandinista party, which Ortega runs like a family business, has made it clear it intends to remain in power for a long time. Read more»