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Haiti: Tourism on the Comeback Trail?

Haiti: Tourism on the Comeback Trail?

The government launches a new initiative to boost tourism, this time making use of Haiti's rich history. Russell White takes a look.  

Global Drug Report: Don't Just Decriminalize, Demilitarize

Global Drug Report: Don't Just Decriminalize, Demilitarize

The US-backed drug war in Latin America has not reduced drug-trafficking but has led to a dangerous militarisation of some countries, creating a culture of human rights abuses and impunity, says author of a damning new book.  

Amazon's 'flying rivers' dry up

Amazon's 'flying rivers' dry up

The unprecedented drought in Sao Paulo may be the result of deforestation and global warning, say scientists.  

Brazil's

Brazil's "Iron Stone"

Controversial Kazak company, accused of fraud and corruption, is pressing ahead with big iron ore project in Bahia.  

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20 notes on the Brazilian election

20 notes on the Brazilian election

Seasoned Brazilian political observer, Bernardo Kucinski, comments on the victory of Dilma Rousseff, suggesting in passing that this election could pave the way for the return of Lula.  

Brazil – the next four years

Brazil – the next four years

The virulence of the electoral campaign hid it but analysts now agree that it was a crucial election for deciding the future of the country.  

'K' by Bernardo Kucinksi receives enthusiastic review in USA

'K' by Bernardo Kucinksi receives enthusiastic review in USA

An American reviewer calls 'K', published in English by LAB last year, as a 'compelling novel' and 'one of the most important to emerge in recent years'.  

Mexico: disappearances put pressure on Peña Nieto

Mexico: disappearances put pressure on Peña Nieto

The disappearance of 43 students from Guerrero has undermined President Enrique Peña Nieto's attempts to 'change the conversation' in Mexico.  

Bolivia -- Evo Morales wins comfortable victory

Bolivia -- Evo Morales wins comfortable victory

Almost two-thirds of the population still support Morales and his policies. The Bolivia Information Forum provides initial analysis.  

Latin America Inside Out Blog: Latest Posts

Nicaragua: pros and cons of the interoceanic canal

Nicaragua: pros and cons of the interoceanic canal

The costs and benefits of the Punta Gorda - Brito route to supplement and replace the Panama Canal.  

Nicaragua Now: climate change, coffee, Contras and young people

Nicaragua Now: climate change, coffee, Contras and young people

LAB Partner, UK-based Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign publishes an excellent quarterly journal.  

Chile: the remnants of dictatorship are slow to fade

Chile: the remnants of dictatorship are slow to fade

Younger Chileans seem remarkably unbothered by the continuation of a constitution framed under the dictatorship.  

Brazil -- The Polluted Face of Carajás. 2

Brazil -- The Polluted Face of Carajás. 2

Air pollution coming from the pig iron factories that surround the small community of Piquiá is making the inhabitants seriously ill  

Brazil -- The Polluted Face of  Carajás. 1

Brazil -- The Polluted Face of Carajás. 1

Piquiá de Baixo is dying from pollution from the production of pig iron at the giant Carajás mine  

Focus on Elections and the Environment

Peru: The Conga mine casts its shadow over local elections

Peru: The Conga mine casts its shadow over local elections

Gregorio Santos, in prison for opposing the Conga gold and copper mine, is elected regional president.  

Uruguay: Uncertainty looms over election second round

Uruguay: Uncertainty looms over election second round

President Mujica's chosen successor remains favourite, but the margin is tight.  

Uruguay: Pepe Mujica, hero, populist, or demagogue?

Uruguay: Pepe Mujica, hero, populist, or demagogue?

President Mujica's humble life and style have been widely popular, but not everyone likes or respects him. Javier Farje reports from Montevideo.  

Bolivia: Happy Days Are Here (Again) for Evo Morales

Bolivia: Happy Days Are Here (Again) for Evo Morales

Evo won a sweeping victory at the polls and will soon begin his third five-year term. What explains his continuing popularity?  

Bolivia: Evo set to win amidst a mix of hope and fear

Bolivia: Evo set to win amidst a mix of hope and fear

Pollsters predict another landslide victory for Evo Morales in Bolivia’s forthcoming presidential election, but not all of his supporters are as enthusiastic as they once were. Shafik Meghji reports for LAB from La Paz.  

Brazil’s election – the last few days

Brazil’s election – the last few days

Barring a last-minute upset, Dilma should scrape home in Sunday’s election, reports Jan Rocha from São Paulo  

Colombia: Tragedy strikes Sierra Nevada Indians

Colombia: Tragedy strikes Sierra Nevada Indians

On top of a lightning strike and landslide which killed 17, the Kogi tribe leader's son is shot by assassins.  

Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

Continuing dependence on gas and oil threaten all Venezuela's social gains.  

Latin America on a Dangerous Precipice

Latin America on a Dangerous Precipice

FAO optimism about eliminating hunger ignores climate change, which will present a big risk for the continent.  

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