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Brutal police raids on São Paulo’s so-called ‘Crackland’ have shocked the city and paved the way for redevelopment of this prime piece of real estate. Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Wrecking to ‘revitalise’: São Paulo expels drug users and razes buildings, claiming public safety

Luz, a once-elegant 19th-century neighbourhood in downtown São Paulo, is prime for redevelopment. The only problem: people live there, including at a homeless encampment known as “Crackland”.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), right, with Delfina Gomez of his MORENA party. Gómez narrowly lost the Mexico State governor’s race on June 4 but gave her party a boost for the presidency. Carlos Jasso/REUTERS

In Mexico, a firebrand leftist provokes the powers that be – including Donald Trump

Can Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexican politics' long-time left-wing rabble rouser, finally win the presidency?
Bricks, laid out in front of Congress, represent the staggering number of Brazilians killed each week. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s biggest problem isn’t corruption — it’s murder

Some 60,000 Brazilians are killed each year, accounting for 10% of all homicides worldwide. As terrorised voters look to authoritarian leaders to impose order, Brazil's democracy hangs in the balance.
Some 13 people ‘disappear’ in Mexico every day, and the country is on track to record 30,000 homicides this year. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

Is Mexico actually the world’s second most murderous nation?

A controversial report claims that Mexico is more violent than Afghanistan and Yemen. It's wrong on the details but right that Mexico is, in effect, a war zone.
Surinamese’s President Desi Bouterse in 1996, speaking in front of a portrait of himself from back in his military strongman days. Reuters

In Suriname, an endless refrain: boom, bust, and Bouterse

Oil-dependent and led by a charismatic dictator with a chaotic economic policy, is Suriname the next Venezuela?
Calls for Brazilian President Michel Temer’s ouster are growing louder due to allegations of government corruption. Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Brazil’s tide against corruption swells

Brazil's political crisis is spiraling to a new level amid the release of recordings that allegedly caught the president authorizing a bribe. Fixing this mess will take more than a personnel change.
War, Ford, fascism, Reaganomics, the pink tide, the EU, debt crises, rights-based activism, a fierce backlash… none of this is new. Wikimedia

The road to the great regression

We may think of current reactionary politics as radical and new, but unchecked mercantilism has always elicited a fierce backlash from both left and right. Here's what history tells us about today.
It’s hard to know what to believe these days. Marco Bello/Reuters

Venezuela has a fake news problem too

The president has fled the country. An activist has died in jail. A military coup is afoot. Fake news is dividing Venezuelans, making a peaceful end to its profound crisis ever less likely.

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