Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suspended a trade deal with Bolivia last week for failure to rein in coca growing. Some 50,000 jobs could be lost.
The region is affected by global downturn, but more prepared this time thanks to greater foreign reserves and less external debt.
In an emergency meeting Friday, OPEC tries to prop up oil prices as a looming global recession dampens demand.
With oil prices down by half since July, the Venezuelan leader's largess may dry up.
Readers write about ways to bring stability to Bolivia and whether today's conservatives more resemble Lincoln or Douglas.
Some see demise, but others cite enduring signs of US power.
Ecuadoreans easily approved a new socialist-leaning charter Sunday.