Politicians behind bars

On August 2, 2005, Brazil’s biggest case of political corruption went before the Brazilian Supreme Court. The incident became known as the Mensalão Scandal (“mensalão" meaning “big monthly”...

A rising giant

I missed the most exciting year Brazil has had since I was born. The nationwide protests against corruption made me feel, more than 6.000 kilometers away from my native country, that Brazilians had finally...

Reviving Investigative Journalism

Chuck Lewis, founder of The Center for Public Integrity, weighs in on the shortcomings and successes of investigative journalism. Lewis has built his career on watchdog journalism, or as he describes it,...

The Nicaragua canal dream

Nicaragua is making small steps forward on its plan to construct a major canal that would run through the middle of the country, connecting the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea. On Dec. 1, the...

A day to end impunity

The International Day to End Impunity is celebrated every Nov. 23 since 2011 to mark the anniversary of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines. Thirty-two journalists were murdered while covering the...

Female bloggers fight for freedom of speech

In November 2009, Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez was walking to a march against violence in Havana when three men drove up in an unmarked black car and told her to get in. When she refused, they dragged her into...

Expected winner, uncertain future

As Chilean voters prepare to go to the polls on Nov. 17 to decide the country’s future, the leading presidential candidates Evelyn Matthei and Michelle Bachelet have brought the past into focus. Two...

Dynamic economy, shy diplomacy

During his latest official speech to the United Nation’s General Assembly on Sept. 24, Chilean President Sebastian Piñera advocated Chile’s candidacy as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council...