A joke making the rounds on the Internet says that if Argentina were a celebrity, it would be Justin Bieber -- a rich, spoiled, irresponsible teenager, who always repeats the same mistakes, and always blames others for them.
What’s most worrisome about Latin America’s disastrous performance in the recently released international PISA student tests are not the results themselves, but that many countries in the region are not even recognizing that they have a serious problem.
Of all the things that happened in Latin America in 2013, the one that could have the most positive long-term impact — if it's implemented properly — is the agreement between Mexico’s three biggest political parties to approve fundamental reforms.
The assassination of John F Kennedy means that we all get to decide how his story should have ended, and thus plot an alternative trajectory for the country he so fleetingly led. The events in Dallas exactly 50 years ago made JFK as much a myth as a man, one of history's most endlessly malleable figures.
The puzzle of America today: the plutocrats have never been richer, and their economic power continues to grow, but the populists, the wilder the better, are taking over. The rise of the political extremes is most evident, of course, in the domination of the Republican Party by the Tea Party and in the astonishing ability of this small group to shut down the American government.