Global Issues

Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India received the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for risking their lives to help protect children from slavery, extremism and forced labor.


US - Cuba thaw : The Economic Side

Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and.....

Living / People

What should Uruguay do with its Nazi eagle?

World War Two was never as close to land in South America as on 13 December 1939, when three Royal Navy cruisers challenged Germany's Admiral Graf Spee off the coast of Uruguay.


  • US Cuba Policy

    There was a time, not too long ago, when any mainstream politician running for statewide or national office in Florida had to rattle off fiery rhetoric against the Cuban government and declare unquestioning faith that the embargo on the island would one day force the Castros from power.

  • Brazil makes it hard to back key U.N. reforms

    Latin American leaders speaking at the opening session of the United Nations’ General Assembly renewed their calls for a reform of the U.N. Security Council to give wider representation to emerging powers. But they are not likely to succeed, and it’s partly their own fault.

  • US political pendulum swings to the right

    What our political pendulum tells us is that we the people are neither hard right nor hard left, if every now and then an exemplar of either wins favor long enough to remind us of this fact. What we are is a nation of sensible sorts, most of whom come home each day to rest where the pendulum do. May the victors, both Democrat and Republican, remember this fact and keep it close to their conscience.

Latam Media

Historic shift in diplomacy brings US and Cuba closer


Human-Rights Advocacy in Latin America

On December 8, Amnesty International released a report detailing the difficulties experienced in the defense of human rights across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Insecurity, Corruption Threaten LatAm Democracies

Two reports published december 3th have focused attention on widespread perceptions of insecurity and corruption in Latin America, a trend with harmful consequences for democratic governance in the.....

Unasur’s Open Immigration

Every year, South American leaders attend summit after summit, purportedly to discuss regional matters and coordinate the strategies of various regional organizations.

The key to a US-Cuba thaw

It's been exactly five years since the US government contractor Alan Gross was arrested in Havana, dashing hopes amongst anti-embargo advocates that President Barack Obama would make a bold move on.....


Mexico's Punta Mita

I plunged feet-first into a Jacques Cousteau daydream recently. I had been skimming across the clear, blue waters of Mexico's Banderas Bay in a power boat when our guide stopped near the rocky,.....

In Bolivia, awe-inspiring scenes at every turn

In the Bolivian Andes, ice-blue glaciers crown amphitheatres of peaks, llamas graze quietly in the afternoon sun and the evening light fades into frigid mountain nights.

Las Lajas Sanctuary

The Las Lajas Sanctuary in southwest Colombia has made a name for its stunning architecture and a series of myths involving the appearance of the Holy Virgin and a mysterious mural of which nobody.....

Mojito: The Drink That Fuels Cartagena

When you are in Cartagena, it is hot and sometimes it is quite hard to get out of bed and convince yourself to do something in the heat of the day.


My 12-Step Digital Detox for a Healthier 2015

If you're like me, you probably sleep with your smartphone and tablet at arms reach. Then start checking email, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and.....

5 Things No One Tells You About Losing Weight

There's little more inspiring than a dramatic health transformation. But in our typical narratives surrounding weight loss, we tend to focus on the.....

Jennifer Lawrence's regimen for the Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen, the Mockingjay of “The Hunger Games series,” got everyone awed- and- inspired with her athleticism in the movie.

Want To Lose Weight? Stop Counting Calories

On its face, it all seems so easy: Calories are calories, no matter the food. And if you want to lose weight, all you have to do is simply "spend".....

Identity / Culture

China’s Defiant Choice for Its Peace Prize: Castro

He was already known for imprisoning political dissidents, facing off with President John F. Kennedy over Soviet nuclear-tipped missiles, and repelling an invading force of Cuban exiles trained by.....

Exhibition Gives Visitors a Look at Erotic Art from 19th Century

Erotic fantasies from the 19th century, sprinkled with violence, place the nude female body at the center of the National Museum of Fine Arts’s most daring exhibition in recent years in Buenos Aires...

A “Poetry Grove” at Guadalajara

A tidy grove of “poetry trees” amid Guadalajara’s International Book Fair aims to keep alive the memory of a quartet of departed Latin American bards.

Rock and Roll and Brazil’s silent revolution

Having a band was a definite step up in the rock ‘n roll ranks, as well as being a lot of inexpensive fun and therapeutic. When the music got going, the sense of empowerment was tremendous.

Latam Entertainment

Benicio del Toro to Receive Prize, Screen Film at Havana Festival

Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro, one of the stars invited to the 36th Havana International New Latin American.....

Carlos Santana - The Universal Tone

Carlos Santana is one of the most influential and celebrated artists of all time. For forty years and as many albums.....

Enrique Iglesias, Calle 13 Own Latin Grammys

Enrique Iglesias picked up his first Latin Grammy in more than a decade Thursday, winning three trophies including.....

Charly and Fito pay homage to Cerati

Argentine musicians recorded a special show to remember the late singer.

Environment & Climate

Nations Plod Forward on Climate Change Accord

Negotiators from around the globe were haggling into Saturday night over the final elements of a climate change agreement that would, for the first time, commit every nation to cutting its.....

Deal salvaged at UN climate talks in Peru

Climate negotiators salvaged a compromise deal in Lima early Sunday that sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected a rigorous review of the greenhouse gas emissions limits.....

Water woes in Lima: A glimpse of our future?

As UN negotiators meet in Lima to work out a plan for dealing with rising temperatures, Matt McGrath visited a community paying a high price for water supplies threatened by climate change and.....

Can Drones be Used to Fight Eco-Trafficking in Latin America?

With indigenous communities in Panama and Peru reportedly planning to use drones to monitor rainforest destruction, this raises all kinds of possibilities for how drones could be used in the future.....

Living Future

Bitcoin Entrepreneurs Plot for Latin America Stronghold

Now no-one can stop the increasingly rapid adoption of bitcoin around the world. That, at least, was the message of the organizers at the second annual Latin American Bitcoin Conference that took.....

“Holograms” That You Can Feel And Touch

Technology has changed rapidly over the last few years with touch feedback, known as haptics, being used in entertainment, rehabilitation and even surgical training.

The Argentinean Suitcase to Revolutionize Travel

The project is called Bluesmart, and it may be one of the foremost technological inventions of the last few years. It is an intelligent suitcase, developed by a small group of Argentinean.....

Chasing the sun at Chile's Solar Atacama Rally

Rally racing in solar-powered cars has taken off in recent years, nowhere more so than in Chile's Atacama Desert, says the BBC's Gideon Long.

Living Fast

How to drive a real F1 car

First, find at least $7000...The problem with driving an F1 car… okay, there are several: 1) It’s not yours 2) You don’t have any idea where its limits are, and 3) It costs not only more than your.....

Marc VDS Announces BMW Z4 GTE Program

Marc VDS Racing Team will compete in the GTE class of the European Le Mans Series next year, with Andy Priaulx joining the Belgian team as the lead driver.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-class

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-class has been on sale for a couple months now, along with a positively rabid GLA 45 AMG version, and European tuners are already releasing their own versions of Stuttgart's.....

Hamilton formula 1 champion again

With victory in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton became the first British driver to win multiple world titles since Jackie Stewart in 1969, 1971 and 1973. Jim Clark and Graham Hill, who both.....

Living Green

The Christmas Bulb: Growing and Caring for Amaryllis

The Christmas Bulb: Growing and Caring for Amaryllis

With its beautiful, rich color and striking, large blooms, the amaryllis is a favorite flowering gift for the holiday season. Native to South America's tropical regions, the amaryllis (with the.....
Planning Your Garden

Planning Your Garden

Key Planning Tips.   Start Small. If you decide to plant up some new areas this year, start small so that you can test for success and appearance. You can always make it bigger next year.
Fall and Winter Greens & Reds & More

Fall and Winter Greens & Reds & More

When the trees begin to show fall colors, your garden can too. Unless you live in a mild winter climate, you may not have thought about planting for a fall harvest that can continue even into the.....
How to Grow Wildflowers

How to Grow Wildflowers

In the past few years I've read about, and have seen more interest in wildflowers, so I figure it's about time I jump in and add my two cents.