It was ranked alongside Russia, India and China as an emerging global economic powerhouse but now the pillaging of Brazil’s natural resources, corruption at its highest levels and a crippling drought is threatening that status.
There's been a real explosion in obesity and diabetes in Mexico, largely because NAFTA has changed profoundly the country's food systems.
A photography exhibition and a theatre play bring the problems of reconciliation and healing in a divided society like El Salvador to London audiences.
A series of events has been organised this week in protest over the official visit of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, which begins on 3 March.
In Geneva a UN Committee asks an official Mexican delegation tough questions about the disappearance of the 43 students
A fascinating article by a US investigative journalist argues convincingly that Nisman was not murdered because he had irrefutable proof that Iran and the Argentina government were covering up those behind the AMIA bombing.
While Latin America is pressing hard for increased rights, advances are being blocked by repressive police forces, says Raul Zibechi.
Profiles of four individuals who have fought mining, logging and land-seizures to protect their communities.
Dutch journalist Teake Zuidema gave a lift to some Nicaraguan police on their way to control demonstrations by farmers afraid of compulsory purchase and forced relocation.
Suspension of the retrial of Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt has dashed hopes of justice and underlined the need for a radical shake-up of the judiciary.
The disappearance of 43 student teachers at Ayotzinapa has brought the issue of 'memoria' to the fore. Relatives do not want monuments. "You took them away alive, we want them back alive", they say.
The Argentine government is proposing a complete overhaul of its intelligence services. But we are no closer to discovering who (if anyone) killed prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was leading the investigation into the 1994 AMIA bombing.