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Chávez marches on

Venezuela's opposition has finally managed to unite—but it is unlikely to stop Hugo Chávez winning re-election
Guy Taylor  

Lula’s second breath

In 1980 I travelled to São Paulo to meet Lula, a firebrand trade unionist. Twenty-six years later, a wealthier and more democratic Brazil is preparing to re-elect him to a second presidential term
Jonathan Power  

The Cuba connection

Why was America so obsessed by Fidel's recent health scare? Look to the "battleground" state of Florida for an answer
Steven Hill  

A tale of two lefts

Andrés López Obrador's failure to win the Mexican election masks a broader trend: Latin America's recent turn to the left. But there are two distinct lefts in the region: one modern and reformist, with its roots in hardcore leftism; the…
prospect  

Last dance for Cuba

As the Ballet Nacional de Cuba comes to London, British audiences will have perhaps a final chance to behold one of the country's great cultural institutions—stuck in a timewarp, but glorious nevertheless
Ruaridh Nicoll  

Tribal preservation

Fifty years ago, Brazil's indigenous peoples faced extinction. Thanks to a long campaign, led initially by white sympathisers but now by the Indians themselves, land rights and political protection have been won. Indian reserves now cover an area bigger than…
John Hemming  

Hugo Chávez

Venezuela's comeback kid has survived by brandishing a buffoonish popularism. But he is serious about his anti-Americanism
Benjamin Backwell  

Latin realism

The current crisis in Argentina highlights Latin America's mixed experience with globalisation and liberalism. But there is little support for modern-day Che Guevaras
Richard Lapper  

Plan Colombia

The American military is fixated by a mission to hit cartels and leftist guerrillas in one strike. While western consumers fund the narco economy, is Bush going to war?
Mark Bowden  

Orwell plus poems

Octavio Paz, who died in April, was the great poet-critic of Latin America. Michael Schmidt, a friend and translator of his work, recalls his journey from Marxist to maestro
Michael Schmidt  

Dancing on the edge

A few weeks before the Pope's January visit, George Walden arrived in Cuba to find that prostitution seems to be the only part of the country's economy which functions. Is Cuba heading for a grand finale?
George Walden  

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez is admired in Europe as the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and as a Latin American intellectual who speaks for the downtrodden of his continent, but his full story is more complex
Charles Lane