LATIN AMERICA

BRAZIL’S OLYMPIC DREAMAn account of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro based on the webmaster’s own trip to the games, along with personal reflections on Brazil in general.

TERRA BOA E GOSTOSAShort post announcing the webmaster’s visit to the Rio Olympics.

TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONSNot about the usual North American-European relations, but about Brazilian-African relations.

PEACE IN OUR TIME?An account of Colombia’s long civil war and drug-trafficking problems, written in April 2016 as a peace agreement seemed to be in sight.

THE EBBING OF THE RED TIDEOn the gradual but perceptible waning of support for leftist/socialist populism in Latin America in the wake of the commodity bust.

¡ADIÓS A SÁBADO GIGANTE! – A farewell to Sábado Gigante, a long-running, enormously influential Latino variety show.

ANT INFESTATIONThe terrible problem of gang violence and drug trafficking plaguing northern Central America.

IF YOU’RE ANGRY AND YOU KNOW IT, BANG A POTThe increasingly vocal protests in Brazil against the government’s massive corruption scandal (written in March 2015).

BRAZIL’S LATEST TELENOVELAThe dramatic and consequential Brazilian election of 2014, which saw Dilma Rousseff and her Worker’s Party reelected despite a flagging economy and a huge corruption scandal.

THE NEW TREASURE OF THE ANDESThe glories of Peruvian food.

A FRACAS IN CARACASThe oldest post on this blog; it’s about the protests against Nicolás Maduro in the wake of Venezuela’s cratering economy (written way back in September 2014).

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