Putter Up: New Latin Links

Just as Latin American players are becoming big names in golf, Latin courses are getting notice. Golf Magazine's latest list of the top 100 includes courses from Baja California and the Dominican Republic. New courses are also sprouting across Mexico, with $100 billion in golf-related development. The roster of names who've designed courses there reads like a who's who of the sport. The star attraction of La Loma Club de Golf in San Luis Potosí is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that opened...

Sports: The New Latin Links

Latin American players are becoming big names in golf, led by Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, the reigning queen of the women's pro tour. Latin golf courses are also becoming increasingly famous—Golf Magazine's latest list of the world's top 100 courses includes entries from Baja California and the Dominican Republic. New ones are sprouting all over Mexico—$100 billion in golf-related development, including at least 30 new courses, is now underway.The roster of names who have designed courses in...

Military Equipment Easy to Buy

An undercover investigation found that it's easy for anyone to buy sensitive U.S. military equipment on the Web, prompting renewed congressional scrutiny.

Q&A: Evangelist Luis Palau

A prominent Argentine evangelist discusses his role as part of the 'Superclass,' and what it means to be a religious leader in a globalized, information-driven world.

If Lethal Dictators Ban the Death Penalty, Who Cares?

For years now, the death penalty has been held up as a marker of enlightenment, distinguishing the cultivated states that ban it from the brutish ones that still administer it. By this measure, the world is becoming a much more righteous place, with 135 of 197 nations now in the cultivated camp, up from 105 a decade ago when pillars of Western civilization like Canada and Britain still employed the death penalty. More surprising members are banning the punishment every month: the latest...

Female-Only Transportation

When Ariadna Montiel was a student in the 1990s and rode Mexico City's subways during peak hours, she shunned skirts in the hope of sparing herself the groping hands of a male passenger. Now the 33-year-old architect—who took charge of the capital's bus system a year ago—has devised a novel solution to the dilemma of leering lotharios: women-only bus service. Coaches bearing pink LADIES ONLY signs on their windshields made their debut on four Mexico City bus routes last month, and Montiel...

The Ghost Of Simón Bolívar

Nearly 200 years ago Venezuelan patriot Simón Bolívar declared his country a free and sovereign state, and went on to liberate four other South American nations from Spanish colonial rule, envisioning a confederation of Andean republics that would stretch from the isthmus of Panama to the high plateau country of Bolivia. His dream inspired another, decades later, when a young Hugo Chávez, then an Army officer in his late 20s, gathered with some of his military colleagues in the Venezuelan...

Roll Over, Monroe

The influence the United States once claimed as a divine right in Latin America is slipping away, fast.

U.S. Rep on Free-Trade Pacts

Despite rising protectionist sentiment in Congress, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab says pending free-trade deals will pass--and benefit American workers.

A New Breed of CEOs

Emerging-market CEOs used to play it quiet. Now some are embracing capitalist celebrity, flaunting their winnings in the public eye.

Unpaid Teens Bag Groceries for Wal-Mart

Thousands of adolescents work as unpaid baggers in Wal-Mart's Mexican stores. The retail giant isn't breaking any laws—but that doesn't mean the government is happy with the practice.