South America

A demonstrator supporting ousted President Martín Vizcarra holds a Peruvian flag during a protest against the government of then-interim President Manuel Merino in Lima on Nov. 14.

Peru Needs a New Constitution

The country went through three presidents in a week in November—and it might soon have another if it doesn’t pursue a constitutional referendum like neighboring Chile.

Demonstrators hold flags with the face of former president Evo Morales during a Movement for Socialism closing rally ahead of presidential elections in El Alto, Bolivia, on Oct. 14.

Will Bolivia’s Elections Usher in a New Wave of Socialism in Latin America?

A year after the leftist leader fled La Paz, Morales is looming over the upcoming vote.

A volunteer church worker delivers a box with food supplies at the Villa 31 shantytown, amid the lockdown in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 25.

Argentina’s Economy Crumbles as Buenos Aires Lockdown Continues

The nation was already on the economic brink before COVID-19 hit.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Under Cover of Coronavirus, Maduro Is Consolidating Control

As the pandemic continues to stress the country’s collapsing health system, Venezuela’s president has bolstered his political ground.

“Mom told me what happened, what a scare!” Fran, the digital influencer, says to her aunt over a video call. Her uncle and their family’s maid contracted COVID-19 from guests, who came over for a birthday celebration. The family “spared no expense” on medical care for the uncle, who survived after 12 days in an intensive care unit. The aunt is categorical: It wasn’t the guests who infected him; she blames the maid. “You know how it is in the favela, everyone crammed in,” she says. “She brought COVID to us.” The maid dies in a run-down public hospital and is replaced by another one right after. “New maid—I have to teach her everything. How annoying,” the aunt laments. “Hahaha, I know how it is. But thank God the worst is over now,” Fran says. “Life carries on.”

A New Comic Exposes Racism Amid the Pandemic in Brazil

“Confinada” critiques the disproportionate toll the coronavirus has taken on poor and Black Brazilians—on top of ongoing systemic inequality in the country.

Voters cast their ballots at a polling station.

Does Guyana Foretell an American Future?

A disputed election. Racialized parties. A constitutional crisis. Washington already has a model for what could go wrong.

President Jair Bolsonaro speaks with supporters in Brasília on April 19.

Why Jair Bolsonaro’s Coronavirus Denialism Won’t Hurt Him

The Brazilian president is banking on popular outrage at lockdowns if the economy falls apart—and elite fears of his vice president.

Posters against the International Monetary Fund in Buenos Aires

Argentina’s Friendships Could Jeopardize Its Debt Relief

Facing a coronavirus-aggravated economic downturn, Argentine President Alberto Fernández is walking a foreign-policy tightrope between Bolivia, Venezuela, and the United States.

Relatives of patients in Venezuela

Venezuela’s Health Care Crisis Now Poses a Global Threat

The collapsing medical system can’t handle a coronavirus outbreak on its own. It’s time for the international community to step in.

People demonstrate in Lima on Oct. 3, 2019, after President Martin Vizcarra dissolved Peru's unicameral parliament.

Peru’s Vote for a New Congress Could Shape the President’s Legacy

After suspending the country’s Congress last fall, new legislative elections could give Martín Vizcarra the support he needs to confront corruption—or lead to renewed political gridlock.

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández

U.S.-Argentine Relations Can Survive Trump’s Tariff Threat

Since Alberto Fernández’s election, the U.S. president hadn’t antagonized the incoming leftist administration—until the announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum this week.

People demonstrate under pouring rain in Bogotá on Nov. 21.

Colombia Joins Latin America’s Wave of Protests

After hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets, President Iván Duque’s administration faces calls to address a range of demands.

A supporter of former Bolivian President Evo Morales

Evo Morales’s Chaotic Departure Won’t Define His Legacy

History won’t remember him for the ongoing unrest, but for the enfranchisement of Bolivia’s indigenous population.

Demonstrators march through Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 12.

Chile’s Protesters Have Won a Path to a New Constitution

Here’s why they want to replace the dictatorship-era document.

Venezuelans line up to cross into Cúcuta, Colombia, on June 8.

Don’t Let Venezuela’s Crisis Take Down Colombia Too

Washington should do more to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the region.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri speaks during the second debate for presidential candidates in Buenos Aires on Oct. 20.

Mauricio Macri Was Bound for Disaster

Argentina’s president, who is widely expected to lose Sunday’s election, had no options to save the country’s economy that would have let him stay in power.

Demonstrators march in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 23.

Why Chileans Are Still Protesting Despite Reform Promises

In Santiago, demonstrations over economic inequality are expected to continue after President Sebastián Piñera promised reforms.

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