Global Issues

Taking Cuba Off Blacklist Leaves Only North Korea as Cold War Vestige

The normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than a half-century of enmity would leave only North Korea on America’s Cold War blacklist, and only Iran, Sudan and Syria as.....


The Numbered Days of State Petroleum Players

In the face of the obsessive and widespread belief that the state can plan for everything, making deliberate and meticulously prepared decisions, reality shows us quite the opposite.

Living / People

Leopoldo López: LatAm’s #1 Enemy of the State

Although still behind bars, Leopoldo López has been recognized as the most influential “challenger” in Latin America by Foreign Policy magazine. On Monday, the outlet launched its list of the 100.....


  • Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’

    While President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he will normalize relations with Cuba is the biggest diplomatic breakthrough with the island after six decades of hostilities, his speech may have been less “historic” than he portrayed it, according to numerous U.S. congressional sources and Cuba experts.

  • 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


US-Cuba deal: Latin America's 'Berlin Wall moment'

The decision by the United States and Cuba to normalise their diplomatic relationship after five decades of animosity was long-awaited news for many Latin Americans, and one they have widely.....

Education Quality in Latin America Comes Down to Teachers

It seems like almost every day more evidence comes in showing that teachers are the most important single factor when it comes to education quality. While that makes intuitive sense, it is also.....

Havana Celebrates Historic Shift

They crowded around old, battered televisions in Havana and erupted in tears and applause at a spectacle they could scarcely imagine, let alone believe: President Raúl Castro, followed by President.....

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.


The hunt for a peaceful Honduras

I felt like I had been shocked; a surge of electric pain seared my thighs. Distracted by a pair of blue-and-white dappled eagle rays, I hadn’t noticed the tumbleweed-sized fire coral I was now.....

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.....


12 Secrets to Avoid Santa's Waistline

The average person gains between 4 and 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a scary statistic. Parties, family gatherings, stress,.....

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.

Identity / Culture

Argentine City Takes Beauty Off Its Pedestal

Argentina’s obsession with certain standards of female beauty has contributed to some of the world’s highest rates of eating disorders among women.

Mysterious Pre-Columbian Spheres on Show in Costa Rican Capital

Mysterious pre-Columbian spheres and other objects from an area in southern Costa Rica declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO can now be seen at in an exhibition in San Jose.

Cuba 'will not change' communist system, despite thaw with US

Cuban President Raul Castro has hailed a recent US move to normalise bilateral relations but stressed Havana would not change its political system.

Couples tango for Pope Francis in St Peter's Square

The St Peter's Square tango was the brainchild of a dance teacher who appealed on social media for couples to show their support for the pontiff.

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

White Christmas? Start worrying about El Niño and its effect on food prices

The Christmastime weather effects of El Niño will be felt across the world. Let’s hope the economy – including your supermarket’s produce aisle – can stand it

Bitter winters for Peru's alpaca farmers

Until last year, the greatest disruption to the lives of the alpaca farmers of Melgar in recent times had been the arrival of the Shining Path guerrillas in the province almost three decades ago to.....

Latin America Moves Forward on Climate Change

Divisions among governments about how to deal with global warming pushed the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP20, nearly two days past its deadline. But the agreement approved.....

10 things to know about China, Latin America and the environment

New book argues Chinese firms’ presence in Latin America focuses on the most environmentally-damaging sectors

Living Future

That smartphone is giving your thumbs superpowers

When people spend time interacting with their smartphones via touchscreen, it actually changes the way their thumbs and brains work together, according to a report in the Cell Press journal Current.....

A Look At North Korea's Cyberwar Capabilities

Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country, Washington suspects, is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling.....

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.

Living Fast

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The 2015 model is the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel.

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.....

Living Green

Resolutions for Gardeners

Resolutions for Gardeners

A new year typically brings about resolutions right? Be they for losing weight, being more organized or simply an overall "being better" wish, resolutions are good goals to have.
Garden Trends for 2015

Garden Trends for 2015

Health, nature, and living outdoors are some of the key gardening trends nationwide for this coming year. Each year, the Garden Media Group ( a marketing firm for the.....
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.