As Barack Obama flies to Cartagena in Colombia this week to attend the Summit of Americas, LAB has produced a special issue of the newsletter focussed on relations between Latin America and the United States.
In this newsletter, the second in our series on women, we have commissioned two articles looking specifically at the female presidents of two leading countries in the region: Cristina Fernández in Argentina and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil.
Last week I went to Manaus for a conference. It was 40 years since the first time I'd been there. Manaus then was a small town of elegant old houses dating from the rubber boom, built around the grandiose Opera House, a town of precarious shanties
Last week we dined by candle light - not from choice but because a giant blackout left all of Sao Paulo, Rio and 16 other states without power for nearly 4 hours. Sixty million people were affected - stranded in lifts, on trains, on the underground.