I-Queue land

If there's one thing that Latin America does as good as anywhere, it's queuing. In fact, if there was a world championship to ascertain which nation is the best at waiting, usually patiently, in lines, it's a safe bet that the winner would come from this part of the world.

Brutal murders show violence women face in Latin America

Statistics are incomplete and inconsistently kept across the region. But where they are available, they are startling: Domestic violence kills nearly one woman a day in Argentina, more than five a day in Mexico and 15 a day in Brazil, for example. The issue has surged to the surface in Argentina, where a recent series of gruesome killings has raised new alarm.

Cuba: Very big fuss over very small economy

President Barack Obama’s historic normalization talks with Cuba have brought about a lot of excitement in business circles, and hardly a day goes by without new reports of U.S. investors, lawyers and entrepreneurs flocking to the island. But I’m afraid most of them will lose their shirts there.

Venezuelans worry more about food than crime

Finding basic products has become a reason for Venezuelans to get out of bed in the morning. They meticulously scan the different supermarkets and pharmacies where they may be able to buy one of the price-controlled products that are so scarce in Venezuela these days.

What's the prime of your life?

Is ageing an inevitable decline – or are there unexpected perks to getting older? Do you ever worry that the prime of your life has already passed you by – and it didn’t even have the courtesy to let you know as it flew overhead?

The Chinese chequebook

A Chinese scheme to build a railway across South America, crossing the Amazon rain forest, moves a step closer as Peru agrees to study the plan. Latin America needs to be more hard-headed with its big new partner