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Species lost from the eastern forests of the U.S. – from left to right: Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet and Bachman’s Warbler. Alexander C. Lees ©Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

Will we soon see another wave of bird extinctions in the Americas?

The extinction threat you haven't heard of: several South American birds teeter on the brink of existence due to habitat loss. And history is not the best guide for how to save them.
Dale una oportunidad a la paz. Reuters/John Vizcaino

Is Colombia finally on the verge of lasting peace?

Colombia has set up a new peace process to secure justice for hundreds of thousands of victims of the FARC. But it's tried and failed at this approach before.
The faces of 21 people tried for involvement in kidnapping, torture and murder at a dictatorship-era detention centre. Reuters/Enrique Marcarian

The heated human rights debate facing Argentina’s new president

Argentina's right-wing press wants an end to "revenge" for crimes committed under the old dictatorship. But revenge and justice aren't the same thing.
Magical realism has evolved into a heavily, and ironically, political literary form. Berli Mike

Explainer: magical realism

With roots in post first world war paintings of empty European cities, magical realism has evolved into a heavily, and ironically, political literary form.

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