Politics in Colombia

The Post´s argument is that the transition from traditional to broker styles of clientelism in Colombia has weakened the capacity of Colombian political elites to deal with increasingly serious problems of social conflict and political violence.

Brazilian politics: The power behind the throne

In the three decades since the restoration of democracy in Brazil, the centrist Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB) has rarely been out of power. The two presidents with no PMDB ministers in their cabinets had cause to regret it.

The Duracell leaders

Latin American politicians need to know when to retire. “All political careers end in failure,” observed Enoch Powell, a British politician. But in Latin America, some seem never to end at all.

2016 Dodge Viper ACR first drive

The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is the pinnacle of the Viper line, differentiating itself from lesser snakes with a new 10-way, double-adjustable suspension setup, 15.4-inch carbon ceramic brakes, Kuhmo extreme-performance tires, and a rear spoiler big enough to land a spaceship on.

Mercosur agrees to give intra-trade a new boost eliminating barriers

Mercosur agreed at the Brasilia summit that in the second half of the year they will address alternatives for the elimination of tariff and other similar barriers that impede the natural flow of trade of goods and services among its members. The initiative was agreed by Common Market Council, CMC, on the first day of deliberations and confirmed on Friday by the presidents of the group's full members.

Ecuador, Argentina and the at-risk inter-American system

In 2012 Ecuador and Argentina—along with Bolivia and Venezuela—led an effort to gut the prestigious Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Three years later, at the 45th General Assembly meeting in Washington, DC this June, representatives from both Ecuador and Argentina were elected to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Decade ban for Venezuela ex-governor

The state prosecutor's office in Venezuela bars a former state governor, Pablo Perez, from holding office, the third such banning this week. Some opinion polls have suggested the government could lose December's parliamentary vote.

The Brazilians winning in Japan

Starting in 1908, hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens left behind a then troubled economy to start a new life in South America's largest country. But when Brazil's economy hit troubled times in the 1980s, this process went into reverse and descendants of Japanese immigrants began to look to Japan

Foil sachet saving babies from HIV

Inside a foil sachet, which looks more at home in a fast-food restaurant, an exact dose of antiretroviral medicine is helping to protect newborn babies against the threat of infection from their HIV-positive mothers.