The Comeback Queen

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has deftly used domestic and international crises to turn her declining popularity around.

Maids and Masters

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

Showbiz Showdown

A war of words between their president and their 
biggest screen idol has mesmerized Argentines.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hard-Left Heartthrob

Chile's youthful revolutionary leader is rattling a nation—and a continent—as she champions education reform.