According to the new Happy Planet Index, Central America is one of the happiest regions in the world. Don't mind the violence.
The rebranding of left-leaning populist Ollanta Humala ahead of today's Peru election shows the wide spectrum of leftism in today's Latin America and how the most radical fold has started to wane.
With oil prices down by half since July, the Venezuelan leader's largess may dry up.
On Sunday, the Amazonian states of Beni and Pando voted overwhelmingly in favor of more autonomy from the socialist government of Evo Morales.