This year should have been a stellar one for US-Latin American relations, marked by trade deals and Obama's high popularity in the region. Instead, 2011 held a sense of distance between the regions.
Because of worsening security, the Peace Corps is suspending operations in Honduras and freezing new applicants in Guatemala and El Salvador. It could be a long time before they return.
The Mexican city's 1,100-member police force has just been fired, with the Navy put in charge of civilian security. Many in Veracruz won't miss the cops, whom they distrust.
Registered voters in Chile have long been required to vote or else be fined – a disincentive for many to register. But the law has been reformed, potentially adding 5 million Chileans to the voter rolls.
Venezuela could find its often renegade diplomacy reined in if and when it joins Mercosur. But the likely big winner would be Brazil.
Calling themselves 'Messenger Angels,' youth members of an evangelical church are protesting Mexico's drug violence by taking to the streets carrying signs and wearing angel costumes.
South American trade group Mercosur sided with Argentina this week in its ongoing dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands.
While Americans may sympathize with the plight of Lori Berenson, who returned to the US today on parole from her 20-year prison sentence in Peru, Peruvians still see her as a terrorist.
Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall, who died over the weekend, spent the last years of her life trying to educate beauty-obsessed Venezuelans about priorities.
Guest blogger Kevin R. Johnson selected the 10 immigration events with the widest impact in 2011 – and Arizona's people, places, and laws featured prominently.
The island's murder rate, which will likely set a record this year, and a police force that a top official at the US Justice Department called 'one of the worst I've seen' both fit the definition of a narco-state.
But the standoff in Congress over food exports and family travel to Cuba is a reminder, writes guest blogger Anya Landau French, of how far some are willing to go to punish Cuba's leaders.
As the summer kicks off in the southern hemisphere, the Chilean government is encouraging men to not wear ties, in an effort to decrease use of air conditioning – and thus energy.
Ayman Joumaa was indicted in Virginia this week for laundering Hezbollah money and helping smuggle drugs out of Latin America. Blogger James Bosworth argues this is not a reason to worry.
As illegal immigration rates go down and the National Guard's deployment costs rack up, the Obama administration prepares to cut the Guard's presence along the US-Mexico border.
A provision into the omnibus spending bill being negotiated in Congress this week could present a terrible quandary for thousands of Cuban-Americans, warns guest blogger Anya Landau French.
Colombia is worried that FARC fighters are looking to acquire missiles in Venezuela, which would diminish Colombia's air-power advantage against the rebels.
Thirty years after the Salvadoran Army massacred more than 800 people, many of them children, in El Mozote, El Salvador, residents and officials held a commemoration for the victims.