President Rafael Correa is expected to win big in today's vote. He talks like a leftist, but many say he doesn't act like one.
Readers write about needle and syringe exchange programs, Obama's handshake in Latin America, reverse-discrimation, and what US students learn about Islam.
So far, Ford is avoiding bankruptcy or a government bailout. Consumer confidence will be most important in securing its financial situation.
The president's high approval ratings in a new poll suggest that Americans appreciate his cooperative approach to world affairs.
Watch for new US and Venezuelan ambassadors and cooperation on the drug war.
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent was ranked 54,295 on Friday.
His cooperative tone helped some leaders begin to move beyond historical grudges against the US.
Despite worries that the agenda would be hijacked by a debate about America's Cuba policy, the Summit of the Americas finished with a feeling of goodwill.
As America became distracted by the war on terror after 9/11, the region sought other partners.