South America

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Afghanistan goes to the polls; pro-Russian demonstrators clash with police in Ukraine; and Indian elections begin.

FP Staff |

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 |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

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 |

Dispatch

Speak Ill of the Dead

A year after his death, Hugo Chávez is still wrecking Venezuela. Why won’t his opponents just say it?

Peter Wilson |

COLUMN

Get Real

Brazil's economic party ended well before the World Cup was set to begin. What went wrong? 

Daniel Altman |

Dispatch

Head in the Sand

How long can Venezuela's president pretend not to see the economic ruin his policies have created?

Peter Wilson |

The List

Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

Catherine A. Traywick |

COLUMN

Slip Slidin' Away in Argentina

Does President Fernández de Kirchner have a plan to save her foundering currency?    

Daniel Altman |

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 |

Slide Show

Plots and Plans

The world's dissidents wield an unconventional weapon: kitchenware.

Prachi Vidwans |

Feature

Bush League

How baseball fell apart in the land that gave us Mariano Rivera and Rod Carew.

Eric Soussanin |

Christian Caryl

What My Daughter Deserves

The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Quiet Revolution

Technology is changing the way we fight war. But it's also changing the way we make peace.     

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Daniel Altman

Competitive Chic

The World Economic Forum's big report isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Daniel Altman |

Christian Caryl

Mob Rule

Why organized crime is a growing force in world politics.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Aeroflop

Taking in Snowden didn't go exactly as the Kremlin had planned.

Dmitri Trenin |

Dept Of Secrets

Israel's Secret Uranium Buy

How Argentina fueled Ben-Gurion's nuclear program.

William Burr |

Argument

Cristinanomics

Argentina’s crazy plan to save the economy through money laundering.

Douglas Farah |

Dispatch

Blow Back

Sorry, Washington. If, after 30 years, Colombia can't win the war on drugs, no one can.

Jonah Engle |

Dispatch

An Election for the Birds

As Venezuelans head to the polls to replace Hugo Chávez, a crazy campaign takes a turn toward the truly bizarre.

Peter Wilson |

Argument

Ten Questions for the New BRICS Bank

The great emerging markets want to start their own bank. But it doesn't seem like they've really thought it through.

Isobel Coleman |

Feature

Sim Paulo

How I used SimCity to solve the world's worst traffic jam.

Mike Rose |

Backstory

Saving Hugo Chávez

The United States never tried to kill the late Venezuelan leader. In fact, we may have even saved his life.

Otto J. Reich |

Dispatch

The Beatified Game

How the new pope has blessed the long suffering soccer fans of Argentina’s Club Atlético San Lorenzo.

Haley Cohen |

Daniel Altman

Hugonomics

Was Chávez good for Venezuela?

Daniel Altman |

EXCERPT

Hugo's Banker

How China propped up Chávez.

Henry Sanderson |

Lab Report

The House That Chavez Built

Hugo Chávez subordinated the needs of Venezuela’s economy to the imperative of keeping himself in power. Now the job of cleaning up falls to his successor.

Javier Corrales |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

Morales Walks the Populist High Wire

Morales talks big populist talk. Here's how it's actually working out. 

Robert Looney |