Our Top Weekend Reads
Beirut’s blast reopens old political wounds, why Europe must stand up for Belarus, and Colombian armed groups spread fear amid lockdown.
In Colombia, the Pandemic Provides Fertile Ground for Illegal Armed Groups
Criminal bands and fighters are capitalizing on fear to expand their control in vulnerable communities.
Latin America Can’t Survive the Coronavirus Crisis Alone
Countries are too rich to access conventional aid, but they can’t cope by themselves.
Uruguay Emerges as a Rare Pandemic Winner in Latin America
Despite the border with hard-hit Brazil, the coronavirus is well under control in the country.
Malaria May Still Be 2020’s Biggest Killer
The coronavirus has shut down large-scale treatment and prevention programs around the globe, which could send malaria deaths skyrocketing this year.
Iran Is Working Hard to Revive Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America
Reactivating old alliances in America’s soft underbelly is not as easy as it seems.
Mourning in Mexico
As the coronavirus death toll mounts, interrupted mourning rituals leave families unmoored.
Brazil Is Suffering. Bolsonaro Isn’t.
The Brazilian president is proving that right-wing populism has ways of overcoming self-inflicted disasters.
The Pandemic Has Triggered Dramatic Shifts in the Global Criminal Underworld
Drug cartels are facing broken supply chains, shrinking revenues, and shifting markets. Rising violence is just one effect.
In the Coronavirus Era, Trump’s ‘America First’ Means ‘Latin America Alone’
The Trump administration’s response to the pandemic in Latin America perfectly illustrates why U.S. relations with the region are on life support.
‘We’re Doing What the Government Won’t Do’
In Mexico, a growing citizen movement is searching for thousands of victims of forced disappearance in the absence of enforcement of government policies.
Nicaragua Is Stumbling Into Coronavirus Disaster
An aging autocrat and an already wrecked health care system are a dangerous combination.
Poor Countries Need to Think Twice About Social Distancing
Policies imposed in rich countries to fight the coronavirus could have adverse effects in low-income nations—potentially endangering more lives than they save.
The Coronavirus Will Cause New Crises in Latin America
The region’s economic and political systems were already under strain. In 2020, the virus may push them to a breaking point.
The Coronavirus Could Topple Governments Around the World
The coronavirus pandemic might not disrupt politics in wealthy Western democracies, but it is likely to unleash political instability—and even regime change—in developing countries already suffering from an economic crisis.
The Coronavirus Is the Biggest Emerging Markets Crisis Ever
The pandemic is starting to topple one of the pillars of the globalization era.
Iran May Be Eyeing the United States’ Soft Underbelly
When Iran takes revenge for the killing of Qassem Suleimani, history suggests it could happen in Latin America.
No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset
The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.
Could Venezuela’s Loss Be Latin America’s Gain?
The world’s second-largest refugee crisis could change North and South America for the better, but host countries can’t shoulder the burden without international help.