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Alan García – the broken leader

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In 1980, I was working for small weekly newspaper in my native Peru called Kausachum, a quechua word that means ‘Long life’. The editor was Augusto...

Venezuela: the struggle to preserve a dream

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Former LAB editor Javier Farje visited Caracas recently and explored communities and walked the streets of the Venezuelan capital to find a people who are not prepared to give up just yet.

Chile: the remnants of dictatorship are slow to fade

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

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

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

Cuba: The new man or the new economy?

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Cuba's main source of overseas earnings is now the work done by its doctors and medical professionals writes LAB editor Javier Farje from Havana.

The Cuba Five — when five minus two makes Five

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Two of the Cuban Five - René González and Fernando González - are back in Cuba but their thoughts are still with their imprisoned compatriots. Lab editor Javier Farje writes from Havana.

Mexico: Is the “new” PRI worse than the “old” one?

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It will soon be two years since the PRI returned to power and people from different walks of life are already fed up with the lack of progress in the economy and education. LAB editor Javier Farje reports from Mexico City

Nicaragua: the never ending hope

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In this blog from Managua, LAB editor Javier Farje, writes about the trials and tribulation of the Sandinistas who are not prepared to lay down the weapon of hope.

VENEZUELA 3: DON’T MESS WITH BOLIVAR

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This is a government obsessed with Simón Bolivar, writes Javier, in his last post from the country.

OIL, DAMNED OIL!

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Oil is both a blessing and a curse to Venezuela. The country's presidents mismanage it at their peril.

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