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An inside view of the University of São Paulo’s Law School shows the reading of a letter for democracy at a demonstration organized by several social organizations in São Paulo on Aug. 11.
An inside view of the University of São Paulo’s Law School shows the reading of a letter for democracy at a demonstration organized by several social organizations in São Paulo on Aug. 11.

Brazil’s Wall Street Turns on Bolsonaro

As the president’s threats to disregard October’s election results intensify, those who could tip the political scale are speaking up.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele gestures during his speech at the closing ceremony of the Latin American Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference at Mizata Beach, El Salvador, on Nov. 20, 2021.
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele gestures during his speech at the closing ceremony of the Latin American Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference at Mizata Beach, El Salvador, on Nov. 20, 2021.

El Salvador’s Scramble for a Bailout

With top officials beset by U.S. sanctions, the country’s IMF negotiations are bound to get complicated.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House in Washington on July 12.
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House in Washington on July 12.

Will U.S. ‘Nearshoring’ Go From Buzzword to Trend?

Washington says it wants to relocate supply chains to the Americas but has offered few concrete incentives to do so.

Elisa Loncon (front left), a Mapuche activist and former president of the Chilean Constitutional Convention, attends the ceremony to present the draft of the new constitution to Chilean President Gabriel Boric on July 4.
Elisa Loncon (front left), a Mapuche activist and former president of the Chilean Constitutional Convention, attends the ceremony to present the draft of the new constitution to Chilean President Gabriel Boric on July 4.

Chile Unveils Its Proposed New Constitution

But the country’s cycle of political change remains in flux ahead of a September referendum on the progressive charter.

Demonstrators with shields gather in Quito, Ecuador, on June 29.
Demonstrators with shields gather in Quito, Ecuador, on June 29.

Ecuador’s Uprising Is Only the Beginning

Public pressure for fuel price relief could echo across the region.

Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro and Vice President-elect Francia Márquez celebrate their victory at the Movistar Arena in Bogotá on June 19.
Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro and Vice President-elect Francia Márquez celebrate their victory at the Movistar Arena in Bogotá on June 19.

Can Petro Move Colombia Away From Oil?

If his presidency goes according to plan, the country could become the world’s biggest crude exporter to halt new exploration.

People attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in São Paulo on Oct. 11, 2019.
People attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in São Paulo on Oct. 11, 2019.

A Far-Right Huddle in São Paulo

CPAC Brasil is evidence that Bolsonaro’s brand of conservatism is becoming more mainstream elsewhere in South America.

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley as she arrives for the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on June 8.
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley as she arrives for the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on June 8.

A Disjointed Western Hemisphere Gathers

The controversial Summit of the Americas yields some progress on health and migration cooperation.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro celebrates in Bogotá on May 29.
Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro celebrates in Bogotá on May 29.

Colombia’s Fight for the Center

An anti-establishment candidate’s late surge in the country’s presidential race has transformed the election.

First Lady Jill Biden, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, and Ecuadorian First Lady María de Lourdes Alcívar de Lasso wave to reporters at the Carondelet Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on May 19.
First Lady Jill Biden, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, and Ecuadorian First Lady María de Lourdes Alcívar de Lasso wave to reporters at the Carondelet Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on May 19.

Will Washington Invest in Its Neighborhood?

The June Summit of the Americas is an opportunity to unveil a more ambitious regional economic strategy.

Cubans line up to buy food outside a store in Havana on Jan. 6.
Cubans line up to buy food outside a store in Havana on Jan. 6.

Rethinking Maximum Pressure

Washington loosens its sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela ahead of a critical summit.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.

Lula’s Tricky Comeback

The Brazilian leftist has crafted an unusual alliance with the center. Will it sully or save him?

Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation
Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation

How Latin American Feminists Won Abortion Rights

Many argue abortion is not just an issue of individual choice but also of social justice.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador talk during the commemoration of Mexico’s Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the enactment of the Iguala Plan at Cerro del Tehuehue in Iguala, Mexico, on Feb. 24, 2021.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador talk during the commemoration of Mexico’s Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the enactment of the Iguala Plan at Cerro del Tehuehue in Iguala, Mexico, on Feb. 24, 2021.

Washington Learns to Live With Regional Differences on Ukraine

The White House is mellowing its public criticism of the stances Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico have taken on the war.

An aerial view of the first thermosolar power plant in Latin America in Antofagasta, Chile, on Sept. 22, 2021.
An aerial view of the first thermosolar power plant in Latin America in Antofagasta, Chile, on Sept. 22, 2021.

Chile Bets Big on Green Hydrogen

The country aims to lure investors and become a global clean energy hub.

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