Latin America

Sandinista! The US Left and Nicaragua

Sandinista! The US Left and Nicaragua

When the Sandinista insurgency overthrew the barbaric dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in 1979, many on the international Left believed that Nicaragua had become a nation alive with political possibility. American radicals, in particular, understood the revolutionary new government led by Daniel Ortega to be a noble rebuke to the hegemony

Ronald Radosh
Ronald Radosh
Foreign Affairs
The Language of Totalitarian Dehumanization

The Language of Totalitarian Dehumanization

A week before the massive protests erupted in Cuba, I was celebrating Fourth of July at a friend’s house in Oakland, California, and listening to her tell me stories about her adventures there. She is a Jewish red diaper baby and today seems to identify as some sort of

Clifton Ross
Clifton Ross
Human Rights
Cuba’s Doomed War on Independent Art

Cuba’s Doomed War on Independent Art

There were seven police officers, all dressed as civilians. They arrived at the improvised Havana music studio on the morning of Monday, September 28th, kicked down the door and found their target—Maykel Castillo Pérez, a well-known Cuban rapper and human rights activist who was in the process of recording

Jorge C. Carrasco
Jorge C. Carrasco
Activism
Chile’s Elites Are Creating Another Latin American Populist Meltdown. Voters Must Stop Them

Chile’s Elites Are Creating Another Latin American Populist Meltdown. Voters Must Stop Them

On October 25th, Chile will hold its most important vote since 1988, when General Augusto Pinochet lost a national plebiscite on the question of whether he’d be permitted to extend his rule for another eight years. That 32-year-old referendum result allowed Chile to finally adopt the democratic form originally

Axel Kaiser
Axel Kaiser
Latin America
The Coming Post-COVID Global Order

The Coming Post-COVID Global Order

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated economics in the West, but the harshest impacts may yet be felt in the developing world. After decades of improvement in poorer countries, a regression threatens that could usher in, both economically and politically, a neo-feudal future, leaving billions stranded permanently in poverty. If this

Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger
Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger
Africa
Four Decades of Terror: Rio de Janeiro’s Never-Ending 'Drug War'

Four Decades of Terror: Rio de Janeiro’s Never-Ending 'Drug War'

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro. Late August 2020. A woman tries to keep her child quiet. She is using her phone to film silhouettes moving past her glass front door. There is no mistaking the swift, purposeful shadows. Hunkering down, they point assault rifles and machine guns. During the short,

Damian Platt
Damian Platt
Latin America