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Ecuador Votes as Latin America’s Left Sags, a Generation of Icons Gone

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An election without Rafael Correa, the longtime leftist leader of Ecuador, is one more step away from a movement that once swept the continent.

Lima, Peru: a culinary journey with 10 delectable stops

Many people call Lima Peru the ?Culinary Capital of Latin America,? and there are plenty of reasons for such a title. In this Andean city, one finds a celebration of ancient techniques and avant-garde practices that seamlessly merge inside the local kitchens of Lima?s highly diverse restaurants and bars. Show More Summary

Trump’s war on the news media is serious. Just look at Latin America.

President Donald Trump continues to wage his self-proclaimed “running war with the media.” During yesterday’s press conference, he evaded inquiries about his campaign’s contact with Russian officials by ignoring mainstream media reporters, only taking questions from those working for conservative news outlets. Show More Summary

Barcelona’s ID Finance raises $50 million in debt funding to expand fintech to developing countries

ID Finance, a fintech startup the relocated from Russia to Barcelona, has raised $50 million in debt from a consortium of banks as it seeks to expand across Latin America. The funding was led by Russian bank TransKapitalBank following the company’s launch in Brazil last year. Founded by CEO Boris Batine and COO Alexander Dunaev in 2012, the […]

Prosecutors from 15 countries to meet on Brazil scandal

Prosecutors from 15 countries will meet Thursday and Friday in Brasilia to discuss a massive bribery scandal at Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht which has spread across Latin America. The meeting will be headed by Brazil's prosecutor general, Rodrigo Janot. Show More Summary

Opinion: After Flynn debacle, his choice for NSC Latin America chief should go, too

Michael Flynn’s firing as Donald Trump’s national security adviser after just 24 days in the job should raise among good government advocates the question of who else on the National … Click to Continue »

Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and Freedom in Latin America

(February 15, 2017 12:45 PM, by Amy Willis) Stories about Bitcoin seemed to me to be all the rage for a while, having since tapered off. (At least in my own newsfeed...) The digital currency has long been trumpeted by libertarian-leaning types. I mean, what's not to... (0 COMMENTS)

Charles Darwin, Chagas’ disease, and the killer kissing bugs of California

An insect known as the kissing bug has the ability to pass along Chagas’ disease to unsuspecting people. While it affects more people in Latin America than in this country, this parasitic disease can still be a problem in the southwestern United States. Show More Summary

Travel Hacks To Stay Safe While Backpacking

I spent last year traveling through Latin America, from Mexico right down to Patagonia. Judging from some of the reactions of... The post Travel Hacks To Stay Safe While Backpacking appeared first on Lifehack. Here are my top tips for staying safe and worry free while backpacking.

Billionaire Bueno, UnitedHealth's Latin America chairman, dies

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian billionaire Edson de Godoy Bueno, who built a healthcare empire in his country that became UnitedHealth Group Inc's platform to expand in Latin America, died on Tuesday.

Corruption Scandals With Brazilian Roots Cascade Across Latin America

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Years of investigations have resulted in 77 Brazilian Odebrecht executives signing plea deals, and now officials across the region are facing legal trouble.

From NPR's Latino USA: The View From Here

Things often look different when seen from another angle, and nowhere is that more true than politics. Today on the show, what Trump looks like from Latin America—for some, his leadership style seems eerily familiar. Plus, how should...Show More Summary

Jim Epstein on Bitcoin, the Blockchain, and Freedom in Latin America

Writer, reporter, and film producer Jim Epstein talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about mining Bitcoins in Venezuela as a way to import food. Venezuela is a tragicomic example of how policy can lead to strange and presumably unexpected outcomes. Show More Summary

An Opening Artists' Salvo Against Anything That Divides The U.S. And Mexico

Michael Govan of LACMA, about the Pacific Standard Time art festival opening in the fall, known as PST LA/LA (one of the LAs is for Latin America): "We have so much to do to make everyone understand how connected our cultures are — how connected we are.... There is no us and them. There […]

Brazil’s huge corruption scandal is spreading to the rest of Latin America

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LIMA, Peru — For more than two years the “Car Wash” corruption mega-scandal engulfing Odebrecht, Latin America’s largest construction company, has roiled Brazil. It contributed to the drive to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, landed numerous powerful people behind bars, helped stall the world’s ninth-largest economy, and led to a $3.5 billion corporate fine — a […]

Ushering In The Renewable Energy Transition At Latin America Energy Forum, March 9–10, 2017

The Latin America Energy Forum will see over 250 energy developers, financiers and public sector stakeholders gather from North and Latin America. The Latin America Energy Forum is co-located with the Powering Africa: Summit from 9-10 March at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Brazil Supreme Court judge calls for drugs legalization to beat gangs

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian Supreme Court justice called on Friday for the legalization of marijuana and even cocaine to undo the growing power of drug gangs behind a wave of violence that has shaken Latin America's largest country.

Research investigates role of protein in obesity among Latin American women

Obesity in Latin America is increasingly concentrated among women of low socioeconomic status, but surprisingly little is known about what such women eat or how their diets compare to others. In a new study, researchers tested an explanation...Show More Summary

Can a Chilean outsider revive Latin America's ailing left?

Senator Alejandro Guillier inside the Chilean congress in Valparaiso, Chile. Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters Cristóbal Bellolio, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez According to popular wisdom, if a government's approval ratings are in the low 20s with...Show More Summary

Cattle pastures and other degraded lands become new oil palm plantations

A new study published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters by researchers at the University of Puerto Rico offers the first regional look at lands being converted to palm oil plantations in Latin America. Palm oil is a primary ingredient in processed foods, soaps, cosmetics, and biofuel. Show More Summary

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