With the Communist Party finding a second life in Russia one wonders if trust is wearing thin between Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. The two leaders hold discussions in Caracas tomorrow.
Though the season's liberal spirits are in the air for many weeks, Carnaval starts in earnest on the first Thursday in February, designated as "Compadres" - technically "godfather" but here closer to "drinking buddies."
It's easy to romanticize South America as being in the throes of dramatic political upheaval. The reality is that social movements, with the exception of Bolivia, are not powerful enough to change the fundamental structures of society.
The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth could do for our planet what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has done to integrate human decency into countries' legal systems around the globe.
The failure of world leaders to come to terms with the climate crisis provoked anger and disappointment. My colleague at YES! Magazine, Brooke Jarvis, reported on the early responses to the climate deal.