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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.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during his daily morning press conference in Mexico City on April 11.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during his daily morning press conference in Mexico City on April 11.

AMLO’s Electrical Faceoff

Mexico and the United States might be headed for their biggest clash yet under USMCA.

Migrants and asylum-seekers march to protest against the United States’ Title 42 policy on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on March 21.
Migrants and asylum-seekers march to protest against the United States’ Title 42 policy on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on March 21.

The End of Title 42 Doesn’t Mean Back to Normal

During the pandemic, Washington outsourced harsh migration management to its southern neighbors.

Salvadoran national civilian police prepare to go out on patrol, in conjunction with the armed forces, following the government’s declaration of state of emergency in San Salvador on March 27.
Salvadoran national civilian police prepare to go out on patrol, in conjunction with the armed forces, following the government’s declaration of state of emergency in San Salvador on March 27.

The Open Secret of Government-Gang Talks

El Salvador’s lull in homicides was likely the result of such negotiations. They’d be far from Latin America’s first.

People cheer during a celebration after the number of signatures to call a referendum to repeal some portions of the Law of Urgent Consideration were achieved in Montevideo, Uruguay, on July 8, 2021.
People cheer during a celebration after the number of signatures to call a referendum to repeal some portions of the Law of Urgent Consideration were achieved in Montevideo, Uruguay, on July 8, 2021.

Uruguay’s Low-Key Drama

Latin America’s most stable democracy holds a high-stakes policy referendum.

Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate for the Colombia Humana political party, celebrates after winning the primary for the leftist Pacto Historico coalition in Bogotá on March 13.
Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate for the Colombia Humana political party, celebrates after winning the primary for the leftist Pacto Historico coalition in Bogotá on March 13.

Colombia’s Left Finds Its Footing

A leftist has never ruled Colombia. But after last week’s primaries, the country’s upcoming presidential election is Gustavo Petro’s to lose.

Chilean miner Juan Bugueño leaves the Kiara copper mine in Chile, after work on June 22, 2021.
Chilean miner Juan Bugueño leaves the Kiara copper mine in Chile, after work on June 22, 2021.

Why This Commodity Crunch Is Different

The last time prices soared, Latin American economies boomed. Now, trouble is ahead.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 5, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 5, 2018.

How the War in Ukraine Could Empower Maduro

Skyrocketing oil prices give Venezuela’s embattled leader less incentive to pursue sanctions relief.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 16.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 16.

What Bolsonaro’s Huddle With Putin Says About BRICS

Founded in a bygone geopolitical era, the economic grouping complicates great-power competition today.

From left to right, Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo, and Dominican President Luis Abinader wave during a welcoming ceremony prior to their meeting at the presidential palace in Panama City on Oct. 20, 2021.
From left to right, Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo, and Dominican President Luis Abinader wave during a welcoming ceremony prior to their meeting at the presidential palace in Panama City on Oct. 20, 2021.

Can a New Central American Alliance Nudge Ortega?

Costa Rica’s next president will guide a pro-democracy pact with Panama and the Dominican Republic.

A screen on a bus shows Chinese President Xi Jinping making a speech via video link for a session of the International Olympic Committee in Beijing on Feb. 3.
A screen on a bus shows Chinese President Xi Jinping making a speech via video link for a session of the International Olympic Committee in Beijing on Feb. 3.

Argentina and Ecuador Choose Business Over Boycotts in Beijing

Alberto Fernández and Guillermo Lasso hope financial backing from China can quell economic and political troubles at home.

Brazilian samba legend Elza Soares performs in a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 28, 2018.
Brazilian samba legend Elza Soares performs in a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 28, 2018.

What the Death of Two Cultural Giants Says About Brazil Today

Political opposites Olavo de Carvalho and Elza Soares garnered vast youth followings in the final years of their lives.

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