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Who Was Pablo Neruda and Why Is His Death a Mystery?
After a decade-long investigation, a team of forensic experts issued their final report on the exhumed remains of the acclaimed Chilean poet. Here’s why there are so many questions around his death.
The rise of green hydrogen in Latin America
Franklin Chang-Díaz gets into his car, turns on the radio and hears the news about another increase in the price of gasoline. But he sets off knowing that his trip won’t be any more expensive: His tank is filled with hydrogen. His car takes that element and combines it with oxygen in a fuel cell that works like a small power plant, creating energy—which goes into a battery to power the car—and water vapor. Not only will Chang-Díaz’s trip cost no more than it did yesterday, it will also pollute far less than a traditional gasoline-powered car would.
Chang-Díaz would like to have a public hydrogen station nearby whenever he needs to fill his tank, but that isn’t possible yet, either in his native Costa Rica or in any other Latin American country. He ends up instead at the hydrogen station he built himself, as part of a project aimed at demonstrating that hydrogen generated with renewable energy sources—green hydrogen—is the present, not the future.
A physicist, former NASA astronaut and the CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company, Chang-Díaz has a clear vision. Green hydrogen, he believes, is a fundamental player in lowering emissions from transportation and converting regions that import fossil fuels—such as his small Central American country—into exporters of clean energy, key to avoiding the catastrophic effects of global warming.
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China’s Balloon Dispute Aims Attention at Xi’s Leadership
The flap with the United States raises concerns about how China wields its power in a climate where one wrong move could set off an accidental conflict.
Half Moon Bay Shooting: Suspect Faces Charges as Community Reels From Deaths
A 66-year-old man is facing seven counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
2022 Was a Deadly Year for Journalists, Especially in Latin America
There were nearly as many journalists killed in Mexico alone as there were in Ukraine.
Going Whole Hog for a Noche Buena Tradition
Roast pork is the must-have Christmas Eve centerpiece for many Latinos and Filipinos, and for processors like La Casa Sierra near Tampa, Fla., business is booming.
Bad Bunny’s Concert in Mexico Sold Out, But Many Ticket Holders Were Turned Away
The concert was supposed to be one of Mexico’s largest, sold out months before. Instead, one of the world’s biggest stars played to a half empty floor.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia on Magic Realism and Latin American Literature
Describing new Latin American literature as ‘magic realist’ prolongs a stereotype that overlooks the full depth and richness of each novel’s true genre.
As Venezuelan Antagonists Talk, the U.S. Softens Its Stance
Negotiations between the Venezuelan government and opposition could lead to an easing of the country’s protracted crisis.
In Brazil, Lula Beat Bolsonaro. Now Comes the Hard Part.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had one of Latin America’s best presidencies ever in the century’s first decade. His second try looks far more difficult.
Price of Diesel, Which Powers the Economy, Is Still Climbing
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one reason that the fuel is scarce. Another is a series of yearslong, intertwined events that cover the globe.
Bolsonaro vs. Lula: What to Know About Brazil’s Runoff Election
The vote comes after a long and ugly campaign that pits two major political figures against each other in race that has tested the country’s democracy.
Two Futures Face Off in Brazil
The fate of democracy is at stake in the nation’s most important election in decades.
As Immigration Issue Looms, Biden Officials Turn Eye to Latin America
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, just back from South America, met again with his Mexican counterpart.
US Considers Easing Sanctions on Venezuela as Migration Surges
The Biden administration may allow the last American company producing oil in Venezuela to resume exports if the Maduro government takes steps to restore democracy.
How Catholics Became Prisoners of Vatican II
As the Second Vatican Council turns 60, it looks unsuccessful and irreversible.
For Latin American Women, Horror and Fantasy Capture Everyday Struggle
Aiming to unsettle readers and offer social critique, writers like Samanta Schweblin and Mónica Ojeda are in a new vanguard.
Eric Adams Declares State of Emergency in New York City to Respond to Migrant Crisis
The number of people in the New York City main shelter system has exceeded 61,000, nearing a record for the city.
In Record Numbers, Venezuelans Risk a Deadly Trek to the U.S. Border
Two crises are converging at the perilous land bridge known as the Darién Gap: the economic and humanitarian disaster underway in South America, and the bitter fight over immigration policy in Washington.
Where defending nature can be deadly
No region is more dangerous for environmentalists than Latin America. We explain why it’s getting worse.
Bolsonaro Outperforms Polls and Forces Runoff Against Lula in Brazil’s Presidential Election
The two political titans will face off again later this month in a race widely seen as a major test for one of the world’s largest democracies.
Lula vs. Bolsonaro: What to Know About Brazil’s Election
Jair Bolsonaro has questioned the integrity of Sunday’s election and trails in polls to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a leftist and former president, who was imprisoned amid a corruption scandal.
Why New York Is Resorting to Tents to House Surge of Migrants
The city, struggling to provide shelter to more than 10,000 migrants, will use temporary structures to hold new arrivals for their first few days.
The U.S. Vowed to Defend Central American Democracy. Autocrats Had Other Plans.
The Biden administration’s plan to stem migration by building the rule of law in Central America has thus far failed to stop authoritarians or persuade people to stay.
Colombia’s Petro Sees a Way Out of the Failed Drug War. Will the U.S. Cooperate?
The Biden administration’s new forward-thinking national policies are a step in the right direction, but the president must go further and end the global drug war.
Chile Votes on Constitution That Would Enshrine Record Number of Rights
In a single ballot on Sunday, Chileans will decide on abortion, universal health care, rights for nature and a record expansion of constitutional rights.
As Latin America Shifts Left, Leaders Face a Bleak Reality.
All six of the largest economies in the region could soon be run by presidents elected on leftist platforms. Their challenge? Inflation, war in Europe, growing poverty at home.
China Is Playing Hardball with Troubled Debtors. That’s Dangerous for All of Us.
When one country defaults, lenders start worrying that others will do the same.
Mexico’s Leader Says Poverty Is His Priority. But His Policies Hurt the Poor.
Halfway into the president’s term, the plight of Mexico’s lower classes has only worsened. Economists say it is the result of government mismanagement of welfare programs and the economy.
MLB Union Short on Latino Voices Ahead of International Draft Deadline
A deadline looms on an international draft, but players from Latin America, who would be affected more than anyone, are largely absent from union leadership.
Gustavo Petro Promised to Transform Colombia as President. Can He Do It?
During his campaign, Gustavo Petro proposed major reforms if he was elected. After winning Sunday’s presidential election, he’ll now have to prove he can carry out those changes.
Jan. 6 Hearings Underscore Hard Truths About Democracy
When political leaders face a constitutional crisis, like that of Jan. 6, the process of collectively deciding how to respond can be messy, arbitrary, and sometimes change the nature of the system itself.
Biden to Host Latin American Leaders at Summit in Los Angeles
The president is already the subject of a boycott by some of the region’s most important heads of state, and his agenda is being met with deep skepticism.
Families Reel Outside El Salvador Prisons After Gang Violence Crackdowns
Dozens of women wait outside a detention facility for news of their loved ones after a crackdown on gang violence resulted in the imprisonment of more than 25,000 people.
Honduran Supreme Court Ratifies U.S. Extradition Request of ex-President
The former leader of Honduras is accused of colluding with drug cartels to ship tons of cocaine to the United States in return for financial support for his political party.
Explosion of Gang Violence Grips El Salvador, Setting Record
Gangs went on a killing spree, gunning down anyone on the street. At least 62 were killed on Saturday, the deadliest day on record since the country’s civil war ended 30 years ago.
Vacations Abruptly End as Tourists Return to a Different Russia
While Russian tourists were visiting Margarita Island, their country invaded Ukraine. Many were left wondering what travails awaited them back at home.
Guatemalan Women Face Up to 10 Years in Prison Under New Abortion Law
The measure, which is expected to be signed into law by the Guatemala’s conservative president within weeks, would impose the harshest punishments for abortion of almost any country in Latin America.
How Colombian Feminists Decriminalized Abortion
As the United States faces growing restrictions on abortion, activists in Latin America are increasingly relying on one another to knock down barriers in the region.
Colombia Decriminalizes Abortion, Bolstering Trend Across Region
The court’s decision follows years of organizing by women across Latin America for greater protections and more rights, and significant shifts in the region’s legal landscape.
A World Away From Ukraine, Russia Is Courting Latin America
The Ukraine crisis has revived a struggle over Latin America between the U.S. and Russia, as Vladimir V. Putin seeks greater influence in the region.
‘Chilean Poet’ Is a Playful Novel About (Yes) Chile and Poetry
Alejandro Zambra’s latest book is a lighthearted study of artistic birthright, national identity and Chile’s contemporary literary scene.
Años Viejos: Torching the Old Year to Toast the New One
In parts of Latin America, the traditional burning of rag dolls was used to symbolically banish the woes of the year gone by. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see TV hosts and ex-presidents going up in flames.
Expanding the Scope of ‘Latin American Art’
Eight not-to-be-missed shows offer scores of creators and local art traditions from New York, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.
Chile Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage at Fraught Political Moment
The legalization of same-sex marriage in Chile comes as the conservative country grapples with sweeping demands for social change.
Hondurans head to the polls on Sunday, but widespread political violence during the campaign and questionable results from 2017 are looming large.
Professor Cited as Corruption Expert Is Sentenced for Money Laundering
A former University of Miami international studies professor used bank accounts in his name and the name of a company he created to launder about $2.5 million, prosecutors said.
Frida Kahlo’s ‘Diego and I’ Self Portrait Sells for $34.9 Million
The sale at Sotheby’s on Tuesday was a benchmark for Kahlo and was the most valuable work of Latin American art ever sold at auction.