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On November 19, 2017, Chileans went to the polls to select a new president and national legislators, and the polls indicated that former President Sebastián Piñera, the candidate of the center right, was the clear front runner. Yet Piñera, who governed Chile from 2010 to 2014, came in seven percentage points short of where forecasts

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While the Venezuelan economy continues to contract and oil production continues to fall, the government of President Nicolás Maduro has had to scramble (somewhat unsuccessfully) to make payments on the nation’s debts. On November 13, 2017, Venezuelan officials met with creditors in Caracas, but little headway was made, even as ratings agencies declared Venezuela in

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The Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), also known as the Sandinistas, won the bulk of Nicaragua’s mayoral offices in its municipal elections on November 5, 2017. The FSLN, former guerrillas who prevailed in the 1979 Revolution and ruled Nicaragua until 1990 under President Daniel Ortega, has been Nicaragua’s dominant political force since Ortega returned

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Accused yet again of conspiracy and obstruction of justice, on Oct. 25, 2017, Brazilian President Michel Temer found his political fate once more in the hands of the Chamber of Deputies, which had to vote on whether or not to accept the charges against him. For Brazil’s Supreme Court to investigate the president, 342 of

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President Macri’s Cambiemos coalition won in Argentina’s top five population centers, including the city of Buenos Aires, and the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Santa Fe, and Mendoza. The comprehensive victories by the president’s allies strengthened his position in Congress, and seemed to cast doubt on the idea of a national-level political comeback by his

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On October 15, 2017, President Nicolás Maduro’s government said it had won a landslide victory in the closely watched election of state governors. The outcome shocked many experts amid claims by the opposition of fraud, manipulation, and official intimidation. Many international observers called the official results “suspicious.” Maduro’s supporters claimed to have won the governorships

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El Che, as he is known, was a comrade in arms of Fidel and Raúl Castro during their guerrilla struggle in Cuba’s Sierra Maestra that overthrew the bloody dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. And though he died in Bolivia in 1967, fifty years ago this month, in Latin America he remains a figure of

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President Michel Temer has earned the dubious honor of becoming the most unpopular president in Brazilian history. In a recent poll, his approval rating stood at 3%, which is the lowest for any president since the beginning of modern polling. Worries about the economy and anger over his role in corruption scandals stand out as

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On September 19, 2017, exactly thirty-two years after the devastating earthquake of 1985, a powerful quake shook central Mexico. The 7.1 magnitude quake crumpled many buildings into huge clouds of dust, killed hundreds, and sent thousands fleeing into the streets. In densely populated parts of Mexico City, mounds of rubble were all that was left

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On September 8, 2017, Mara Fernanda Castilla Miranda, a 19-year-old college student in the city of Puebla, Mexico, left a party and caught a ride from a Cabify driver. On September 15, her body was discovered in a Puebla motel. Soon thereafter, massive demonstrations erupted throughout the country in which women demanded justice in the

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