Latin America

COLUMN

Please Do Not Teach This Woman to Fish

Why poor countries have too many entrepreneurs and not enough factory workers.

Daniel Altman |

Dispatch

Brazil Is 'Totally Screwed'

The land of sun, sex, and soccer couldn’t be more down about the World Cup.

Shannon Sims |

Report

How to Bleed a Country

Guatemala’s government continues to deny a genocide, violently repress activists, and undermine the rule of law. Has anything really changed since civil war ended nearly 20 years ago?

Lauren Carasik |

Think Again

10 Million Sardines in a Sea of Skyscrapers

How sprawling megacities -- from Lagos to Mumbai -- might just save the world.

Jonathan Kalan |

Dispatch

The Money-Losing Machine in Caracas

Forget Chávez and his Bolivarian Revolution -- it's oil that wrecked the Venezuelan state.

Ángel Ricardo Martínez |

Argument

When an Activist Falls in the Rain Forest Does It Make A Sound?

Why Brazil is the most dangerous place in the world to be a tree-hugger.

Will Potter |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

The Great and Magical Gabo

Fame, acclaim, and a notorious friendship with Fidel Castro: The life of writer Gabriel Garcia Márquez was as fantastical and politically charged as his reality-bending novels.

Amy Finnerty |

Dept Of Secrets

Vladimir Channels the Gipper

Putin's rationale for invading Crimea sounds a lot like Reagan's for invading Grenada.

Nate Jones |

Argument

In Defense of the Handout

Are conditional cash transfers really the silver bullet to raising countries out of poverty?

John Norris |

Christian Caryl

Dropping the Political F-Bomb

Nowadays, it seems, everyone's a fascist. Here's a handy guide to identifying the real thing.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.

Christian Caryl |

Report

Crude Revolutionaries

Why some see further unrest in Venezuela as a threat to the Castros in Cuba.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Head Games

Mexico’s president promised a new approach to the drug wars. So why is he still going after big fish?

Evelyn Krache Morris |

Dispatch

The Poster Boy

Can Leopoldo López unite Venezuela's fractious opposition and exorcise the ghost of Hugo Chávez?

Peter Wilson |

Report

Murder and Mayhem in Suriname

How a president's son tried to help Hezbollah attack the United States.  

William Rosenau |

Argument

Adiós, El Chapo

The good news is that Mexico's biggest drug kingpin has been arrested. The bad news is that it will trigger new violence on both sides of the border and do little to stem the flow of cocaine.

Douglas Farah |

Report

Dilma's Power Problem

Politics are hobbling Brazil's once-brilliant energy future

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Vanished

In 2011, Israel Arenas Durán disappeared in northern Mexico. Why can't the government find him -- and the thousands of others who've gone missing in the country's drug war?

Nik Steinberg |

Argument

The Cuban Paradox

Why is Havana so cautious about reform? Perhaps because its reformer-in-chief is also a stalwart of the revolution.

Javier Corrales |

Report

How a Mega Project Snafu Could Snarl America’s Gas Exports

The expansion of the Panama Canal is on hold -- and so is the U.S. dream of sending energy to Asia.

Keith Johnson |

Lab Report

Venezuela’s Glass Revolution

In 2013, Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution survived the death of Hugo Chávez. Now his successor, President Nicolás Maduro, confronts his toughest challenge yet: an economy on the brink. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Venezuela.

Juan Nagel |

Argument

Crude Awakening

How the opening of Mexico's state oil monopoly could spell the end of Keystone XL.

Robert Collier |

Report

Mexico's Global Gusher

Why a historic energy reform will be felt from Brazil to China.

Keith Johnson |

Feature

The Design and Fall of Civilizations

The technology uncovering humanity's past -- and perhaps its future.

Douglas Preston |

Think Again

Think Again: Mexican Drug Cartels

They aren't just about Mexico or drugs anymore.

Evelyn Krache Morris |

Argument

Tables Turned

How two women could shake up Colombia’s unprecedented peace talks with the FARC.

Virginia Bouvier |

Christian Caryl

Does the World Need a Vatican Spring?

Pope Francis wants to reform the church. But does that mean giving believers a vote?

Christian Caryl |

Report

Is Washington Letting This American Rot in a Cuban Jail?

Havana keeps saying that it's willing to let this U.S. contractor go. But the White House and Congress keep rejecting the offers.

Yochi Dreazen |

Dispatch

Crooked in Caracas

President Nicolas Maduro is promising to knock out graft and corruption. But as election ploys go, this one looks extremely cynical.

Peter Wilson |