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Into the Future: The Modern Era in Latin America

As Latin America enters the information age, there are still many questions about the future of this fascinating part of the world. What will become of Cuba after Castro? When will Brazil claim its place as a world economic power? Will the people of the Americas put political corruption behind them and move forward?

Top Ten Stories in Latin American History from 2000-2010
The decade of the "00's" was a big one for Latin America. Dictators were sentenced, the region moved to the left, and Fidel Castro finally started showing his age. What were the top ten stories of the decade?

Operation Xcellerator
Operation Xcellerator was an anti-narcotic initiative by the United States government which lasted from mid-2007 to early 2009. Specifically targeted at the powerful Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, it resulted in more than 750 arrests and the seizure of tons of drugs and hundreds of weapons and vehicles.

Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's Firebrand Dictator
Venezuela's firebrand dictator is known for making waves. After leaping onto the public stage with a failed 1992 coup attempt, Chavez became president legally in 1998 and has not looked back. Loved by the poorest Venezuelans, Chavez has made many enemies over the years, many of them in the United States government.

Biography of Raul Castro
Raul is the forgotten Castro, the quiet one who has always been in the shadow of his brother Fidel. But Raul played an important role in the Cuban Revolution and a series of even more important roles in post-revolution Cuba, including serving as President.

Women in the History of Latin America
From Evita Peron to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, women have always played key roles in the history of Latin America. Here are a few of the more important ones, in no particular order:

The Raúl Reyes Incident
On March 1, 2008, Colombian armed forces stormed across the border into Ecuador to attack an outpost of rebels associated with the FARC, an insurgent group which has been attempting to bring down the Colombian government. Although the raid was a success, it caused an international incident involving the governments of not only Ecuador and Colombia but Venezuela, Mexico and France as well.

The Ten Most Important Events in the History of Latin America
Latin America has always been shaped by events: wars, rebellions, invasions and more. Which have been the most important? My top ten are based on international and domestic impact.

The Ten Most Influential Latin Americans in History
Latin America has had its share of leaders, but these ten people have made a difference not only in their home country, but in the world.

Foreign Intervention in Latin America
Latin America has been dealing with foreign intervention in its affairs since the days of Columbus. How has it changed over the years?

Chavez and Bolívar
Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, said recently that he would like to reopen the famous case of the death of Simón Bolívar, who died in 1830. Why would he want to do so? Here’s the scoop.

Great Mysteries of Latin American History
Latin America is a land of mystery...and mysteries! The history of the region is full of unsolved murders, strange disappearances, mistaken identities and more.

Biography of Ollanta Humala Tasso
Ollanta Humala is a Peruvian army officer and politician. He was elected to the Presidency of Peru in June of 2011.

Famous Pirates in Books and Movies
Pirates have been a part of popular culture ever since they sailed the seven seas! Today, some fictional pirates such as Jack Sparrow or Long John Silver are more famous than any genuine pirates of history! Here are some famous fictional pirates, with their historical accuracy thrown in.

Famous Ships in Latin American History
From the Santa Maria to the USS Maine, ships have played important roles in the history of Latin America.

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