As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, archaeology is enjoying a revival, thanks in part to an unlikely convergence of bureaucracy and sensibility.
These days, whenever the Organization of American States convenes — as it did last week in Washington for its 45th general assembly — magical thinking takes over.
Mexico has become the first developing nation to meet the United Nations' challenge to publish a road map for combating climate change.
Anyone looking for a bold Latin American reprimand to the poisoned relations between Venezuela's government and its opposition may be in for a letdown.
While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames "saboteurs" for hoarding goods and scalping prices in an alleged plot to "destabilize" the national economy, Venezuelans are steaming over an economy in deadfall, inflation heading to three digits and supermarkets stripped of frozen chickens.
Perhaps most remarkable about the Cuba-U.S. agreement to re-establish diplomatic relations is that Latin American leaders were caught napping by the most significant Latin American moment in the last half-century.
As Gaza smolders, the anti-Israel drumbeat in Latin America is likely to continue, but the smart money says the damage will remain confined to the rhetorical battlefield. Trade will go on.