Brazil has performed well, writes guest blogger Greg Michener, but its leaders' swagger reflects an immodesty unmerited for a country as susceptible to the winds of change as Brazil.
Mexican drug cartels are not an insurgency, argues guest blogger Patrick Corcoran, and thus a US counterinsurgency campaign in Mexico probably wouldn't solve the country's crime problems.
Had Bolivia's President Evo Morales not backed down in a dispute over the construction of a key road through the country's rainforest, deadly protests could have toppled his presidency, argues guest blogger James Bosworth.
Guest blogger Miguel Octavio argues that by capping car prices, Venezuela is choking the domestic automotive market, despite the country's cheap gas and high demand for cars.
Mexican officials identified several of the bodies dumped on a Mexican highway as Zeta gang members. A gang linked to the Sinaloa Cartel claimed responsibility for the murders.
In the state of Veracruz, 35 bodies were dumped Wednesday on a busy avenue during rush hour. Mexico's roadways have become a frequent stage for drug war violence.
In three months deep water drilling is set to begin in Cuban waters in the Gulf of Mexico, but the US embargo on Cuba could spell catastrophe should a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon spill occur.
Today, Brazil formally unveils its plans for the multi-country initiative, a timely move as ministers are sacked and people take to the streets to demand more transparency.
The DAS, Colombia's scandal-ridden intelligence service, is alleged to have provided intelligence – including identities of undercover agents – to one of the region's most wanted drug lords.
Six earthquakes hit the tiny Central American nation of Guatemala Monday, killing at least three people.
Recent reports indicate foreign companies are not feeling the effects of the violence in Mexico and Central America, likely due to the difficulty of extorting multinational corporations.
Guest blogger James Bosworth says that while Venezuela is arguably promoting drug trafficking, Bolivia's anti-drug efforts seem on a par with US allies – making US criticism seem sour grapes.
Nicaragua has one of the region's lowest murder rates, in part because its gangs are small-time and transnational cartels haven't moved in. But that may be changing as the Zetas are expand south.
Mexico has much tougher gun laws than the US, but towns desperate to contain crime might be wishing for easier access for their communities.
Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets have played a critical role in the self-imposed media blackout across parts of Mexico, but now their users could be intimidated as well.
The decision to keep Guard troops along the US-Mexico border until the end of the year comes amid a 40-year low in Border Patrol arrests and a 60 percent drop in Mexican immigration since 2006.