They survived the pressures of globalisation and now thrive internationally.
For all its faults, Chavismo has finally put marginalised Venezuelans at the centre of national culture – and many on the right still resent it.
As their country's politics and economy collapse, Venezuelan writers, publishers and booksellers are taking a stand.
The spectacle of two countries confronting systemic corruption and bad government says a lot about the state of Latin American democracy.
As a former president goes down for nine-and-a-half years, Brazil's judicial structures are weathering the political crisis well.
Ousting an executive leader from office doesn't always have the intended effect, as these examples from Central and South America show.
The world seems convinced that Venezuela's famous national orchestral programme is turning on the government. Why?
The 2015 Zika outbreak in South America brought the virus to global attention. But tracing the history of the virus in West Africa can give clues to tackling future outbreaks.
One of the world's most spectacularly unpopular president might yet make it through.
Oil-dependent and led by a charismatic dictator with a chaotic economic policy, is Suriname the next Venezuela?
Having seen off his predecessor in a spectacular impeachment saga, Michel Temer may be forced out of office for misconduct of his own.
Fed up with an increasingly authoritarian government, Venezuelans are taking to the streets – where they are met with violence.
Brazilian state governments increasingly use the military for services they should provide themselves.
Shaman have used the psychoactive effects of ayahuasca for spiritual and healing purposes for hundreds of years. But a new breed of tourist has discovered this plant-based drug.
Violence is on the rise in French Guiana. To understand this phenomenon, scholars delve into the often tragic history of the region.
Zika is not gender neutral: women’s rights are at stake.
Fed up with corruption, violence and stagnant public services, more Brazilians are turning to hardline conservatism.
Being Brazilian in the US means navigating an identity that doesn't neatly fit into a single check-box, and can be perceived in vastly different ways depending on what part of the country you're in.
The scene of Chile's proudest football triumphs is also a monument to some of its darkest days.
The strange and enlightening tale of a South American dictator who tried to prevent white people from marrying other white people.