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Latin America’s military is making a comeback

Bloody military coups may now be practically unthinkable in Latin America, but experts say the risks to democracy are real.... Read more»

Here's what else is happening in the Americas besides the World Cup

Believe it or not, there are things going on in South America right now that have nothing to do with Brazil's soccer mega-event.... Read more»

Are any countries seriously trying to tackle the climate crisis?

With floods, droughts, forest fires and extreme storms on the rise, President Barack Obama has been attempting to reassert U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change. So, as negotiators frantically attempt to agree on a new United Nations climate treaty, due to be inked in Paris late next year, how does the rest of the world stack up to the U.S. when it comes to tackling the climate crisis?... Read more»

Just 2 percent of Latin Americans are rated as having free media

Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says.... Read more»

Uruguay’s pot-legalizing president goes to Washington

From ganja to Guantanamo, there's a stunning array of topics for Jose Mujica and Barack Obama to discuss.... Read more»

How Russia arms America’s southern neighbors

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»

Why Maduro's right about Venezuela food shortages

A look at what lies behind Venezuela’s food shortages.... Read more»

Even the 99 percent get kidnapped in Mexico

With ransoms set as low as $250, now more lower-class Mexicans can 'afford' an abduction. Although, sometimes they're killed anyway. "If there's anything democratic in Morelos, it's kidnapping," says Gerardo Becerra, 56, a businessman who is leading a citizens' anti-crime protest movement in Cuernavaca.... Read more»

Analysis

In Venezuela, protests shed light on the extent of media censorship

President Maduro had so far been both subtler and more brutal than Chávez, but studies say he enacted 93 new (not-so-subtle) restrictions between the start of protests in early February and March 20.... Read more»

Venezuela's protests careen into week 5

Amid a rising death toll, defiant demonstrators keep battling with government forces but their diffuse aims are still far from reach.... Read more»

Analysis

Five myths about the Venezuela crisis

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 terror threat and Iran’s inroads in Latin America

Last year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited his ally President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, where the firebrand leaders unleashed defiant rhetoric at the United States.... Read more»

Is Colombia winning the drug war?

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»

Analysis

Latin America: Divided we stand

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»

4 Latin American elections: What to watch

Venezuela and Paraguay pick presidents this month, and Chile and Honduras gear up for votes in November. Some will swing left, others right.... Read more»

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