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For the rest of the world, guinea pigs may be perfectly cute, low-maintenance pets, or disposable lab test subjects. But in the Andes, where the species evolved, they have a very different use — lunch. Read more»

A coca field

Last October an American anti-drug pilot was fumigating Colombian coca fields when Marxist guerrillas opened fire at his crop duster. Two bullets hit his left leg but the pilot managed to land safely in a cow pasture. He was lucky. Three weeks earlier, rebel gunfire brought down another anti-drug crop-dusting plane, killing the American pilot on board. Read more»

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Hugo Chavez’s legacy polarizes left and right like few other issues. Here, GlobalPost unpacks five of the more contentious claims about Venezuela. Read more»

The human toll of Latin America’s violence is well documented. Now experts are gauging the loss in dollars and cents. Read more»

Michelle Bachelet

For a region famous for “machismo,” Latin America is about to take an unlikely step: elect a record number of women presidents. Read more» 2

Peru (and the U.S.) want the country's coca eradicated. But farmers from the world's coca capital depending on the cocaine source warn there will be blood. Read more»

Conga mine protest in Cajamarca, Peru, March 2012

A quarter century after the shooting of Brazilian rubber-tapper and Amazon conservationist Chico Mendes sparked international outrage, it’s still almost routine for environmentalists across Latin America to pay for their activism with their lives. Read more»

A bowl of coca leaves at the Novotel in Cusco, Peru.

Peru is on the brink of officially confirming its unwanted status as the world’s top producer of cocaine and other illegal coca plant derivatives. Read more»

A coca farmer in Columbia with his crop.

The annual United Nations survey on coca plant production in the Andean region serves as a kind of drug war report card — yet it’s hard to tell whether Colombia is passing or failing. Read more»

United and integrated, the region would be a force to reckon with on the world stage. But does Latin America’s unification reality match up to the rhetoric? Read more»

South America's cocaine giant is also the best at fabricating phony dollar bills. The US Secret Service is working with Peruvian police to stop it. Read more»

Peru Borracho

Missing fire extinguishers and flouting other health and safety codes, Latin American nightclubs have been the scene of deadly blazes before. Read more»

A classroom in Colombia.

Google is building an Internet data center and mobile providers are rolling out 4G networks, but that’s not all that’s in store for Latin America. Read more»

Are genetically modified crops “Franken-foods” or the answer to global hunger and climate change? That is the dilemma dividing Latin America, where vast quantities of GM crops are grown. Ecuador’s constitution actually prohibits them and Peru recently voted for a 10-year moratorium. Read more»

The mayor of the Peruvian capital Lima is working hard to disentangle one of Latin America's most chaotic cities.

Mayor Susana Villaran has battled rats, tax cheats and chaotic streets of Peru’s capital. Now gangsters are attempting to bring her down. Read more»

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