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  • My farewell column

    11/8/18
    At about the sixth hour of standing in line for a document to renew my Chilean ID card, under an unforgiving sun that appeared like an ominous yellow disc, my mind took me back nine years, when I started work at BNamericas. I'v...

  • Bolsonaro: A menace in the making?

    10/29/18
    Let's get something clear. President-elect and former army captain Jair Bolsonaro is a potential threat to Brazil's democracy with his glorifying of the military (he has openly declared his support for torture,...

  • Brazil toggles between extremes

    10/2/18
    Brazil goes to the polls on Sunday, October 7, in the most contentious election since the country returned to democracy in 1985. Uber-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad will likely go to a second round on...

  • Ortega vs. Somoza

    8/8/18
    Is it fair, as several commentators and protesters in Nicaragua have done, to put the government of Daniel Ortega on a par with the Somoza dynasty overthrown by the Sandinista revolution in 1979? There may be certain similarities,...

  • Music to Maduro's ears

    7/9/18
    A White House official may have denied the US wants to invade Venezuela, merely stating that all options are on the table, but Donald Trump has clearly entertained the prospect on numerous occasions and could still be flirting with...

  • Who is Mexico's likely next president?

    6/27/18
    On July 1, Mexico votes for a president to serve a six-year term, bringing the scandal-plagued Enrique Peña Nieto era to a close. A major poll with just a week to go shows leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO as many call ...

  • There's no going back on peace

    6/22/18
    Colombia's president-elect Iván Duque is unlikely to completely tear up the peace agreement that incumbent Juan Manuel Santos reached with the FARC leftist guerrilla group, ending more than 50 years of conflict. And if he...

  • Corruption brings down once-revered PPK

    3/22/18
    Corruption shot down Peru's president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK), but the crime committed has just as much to do with political maneuvering as with construction firm Odebrecht. PPK, who resigned on March 21 just before a...