Though the interventionist role of the military has mostly disappeared across Latin America today, the temptation of populist politics remains. Indeed, today, the temptation is greater than ever as democracy joins with a politically active middle class.
The reality in Venezuela does not support Chavez's supposed leftist credentials. It would be much better for the European and British left to look at more sensible Latin American leftist leaders such as Velasco or Lula, and less toward Chávez's siren calls.
No, Chile's first-ever nominee for Best Foreign film, was never going to be playing in the sixplex next to Die Hard: The Reunion Tour. But when it didn't win the Academy Award, there went the possibility that Americans will even know it exists. Let's correct that here.
Chile's Oscar nominated film No does not look good -- but that is just one part of its resounding success. Equal parts in humor, suspense and joy, No is a triumph.
No, director Pablo Larrain's slightly fictionalized account of anti-Pinochet's "No" campaign, was enough to net Chile its very first Oscar nomination in the foreign language category, and I was able to get some time with Larrain to discuss the project.
In the afternoon, I asked a couple other guides, sure that someone would know someone who'd have, at the very least, a pirate signal on which I could tap into the American psyche for a few blissful hours.
As Sundance heads into its mythic second weekend -- of which many have heard but few dare endure -- all trappings of mainstream movie civilization fall away: plot resolution, reliable narrators, temporal continuity.
They were screaming. They were hugging. They were jumping up and down in the aisles. It was weird watching faces turn from mild smiling complacency to staring pop-eyed shock. Someone near me shouted, "Oprah moment!"
Patagonia experiences all four seasons on any given day at any time of the year.
At AFAR, we believe that (nearly) anywhere in the world could be a place to go in 2013. Maybe it's because we subscribe to the choose-your-own-adventure approach to travel. That said, the following 13 places really stand out for us this year.
Chile has been a strong source of value-priced wines since the late 1980s. It is now the world's ninth largest producer of wine -- ahead of both Germany and Portugal -- and the fourth biggest source of wine imports to the U.S. after France, Italy and Australia.
As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?
On Wednesday, Chile became the first country in the world to protect all of its seamounts from bottom trawling, a destructive practice that can reduce centuries-old coral gardens to rubble in moments.
When on vacation, it can sometimes be the seemingly ordinary "local" sights that prove the most memorable.
Tracy Worcester, founder of Farms Not Factories and producer of the film Pig Business which exposes the dangers of intensive pig farming, has just ret...
Some of these battles have been won this year, but more confronts us. Here are some examples of actions by key countries and why it is critical that we succeed on these efforts in the next few years.