Mac Margolis

Stories by Mac Margolis

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    The Comeback Queen

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has deftly used domestic and international crises to turn her declining popularity around.
    European Edition Version
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    A Peace Plan With Peril

    In Colombia, the president lost his popularity after he sought to end a 50-year insurgency.
    European Edition Version
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    Brazil’s Celebrity Priest

    Father Marcelo Rossi has a No. 1 bestseller, legions of followers, and an unusual style of Catholicism.
    European Edition Version
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    Slash and Burn

    Brazil’s rainforest is going up in smoke. Again.
    European Edition Version
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    Drying Up

    Where’s the toilet paper in Venezuela?
    European Edition Version
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    The Queen of the Cowboys

    As one of Brazil’s biggest landowners, Kátia Abreu rides a horse to work and never shuns a fight.
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    Maids and Masters

    No one has more domestic servants than the Brazilians. But a new law is designed to move those downstairs upward.
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    A Holy Book

    A pope and a rabbi begin a conversation ...
  • Face-off: Heartthrob Ricardo Darin vs. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

    Showbiz Showdown

    A war of words between their president and their 
biggest screen idol has mesmerized Argentines.
  • Brazil, Sao Paulo, August 27, 2011.

    The Brazilian Decade

    From the catwalk to the campaign trail, this stylish, self-confident nation of 197 million will shape Latin America in 2013 and beyond.
  • Barbosa

    Joaquim Barbosa

    A black man in black wins Brazil’s hearts and minds.
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    Fighting Words

    Dilma channels her ‘Inner Lula.’
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    Selling a Socialist

    He’s known as the James Carville of Latin America. But can he help Hugo Chávez?
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    Garden of Dreams

    Bernardo Paz is creating a botanical Eden of sculpture.
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    Griselda Blanco

    Frumpy and short, with a double-barreled chin, she could have passed for the grandmother next door. But no one called Griselda Blanco a golden-ager. The 69-year-old Colombian made her name notching up felonies from drugrunning to multiple murders. Drive-by shootings were her calling card. On the way up, the “Godmother” also made enemies and apparently one of them caught up with her last week in Medellín. Blanco was out running errands in her hometown, shopping at a neighborhood butcher shop, when a man on a motorcycle pulled up and shot her twice in the head with a large gun before speeding away. Blanco’s pregnant ex-daughter-in-law, who saw the whole thing, placed a Bible on Blanco’s chest as she bled to death. The $165 of meat she’d just purchased fell on the pavement.
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    A Big Hug For Hugo

    Latin American democracy is in worse shape than you think.
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    Lula Returns

    Brazil’s favorite son is cancer-free. But will he run for office?
  • Carlos Fuentes

    Remembering Carlos Fuentes

    The passionate novelist was Latin America’s literary father. But Mac Margolis says his footprint stretches far beyond literature.
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    A Henchman Comes Clean

    In the chilly 'Memories of a Dirty War', Cláudio Guerra recalls his days in Brazil's military dictatorship. By Mac Margolis.
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    Bolaño's Literary Ghost

    Even ‘The Secret of Evil,' a posthumous collection of essays and short stories by the great Chilean writer, haunts the field. By Mac Margolis.
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    Argentina’s Teflon Lady

    Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is set to sweep the polls for four more years as president.
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    Hard-Left Heartthrob

    Chile’s youthful revolutionary leader is rattling a nation—and a continent—as she champions education reform.
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    Bigger than Coelho?

    Brazil’s star preacher is the country’s new best-selling author of fuzzy, feel-good spirituality.
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    Don’t Mess With Dilma

    A woman is president in booming, macho Brazil. And Dilma Rousseff’s calling the shots. By Mac Margolis.