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See past issues:

June 14: Milei's legislation and Peru's Chinese connection

June 7: Priorities, priorities: What comes next for Mexico's president-elect?

May 31: Mexicans head to the polls Sunday. We’ve got you covered.

May 24: Mexican expat, Peruvians extracts, DR election facts

May 17: Mexico's "voto útil" debate and the DR's decision day 

May 10: DC looks to Latin America, Panama's old and new politics

May 3: Panama’s election, Mexico’s debates, El Salvador’s lonely opposition

April 26: The DR difference and the importance of ports

April 19: Ecuador’s 11 questions and Mexico’s 9 governorships

April 12: AMLO v. Noboa, Sheinbaum v. Gálvez, Musk v. Brazil

March 22: Mexico’s candidates, Bitcoin exchange rates

March 15: The race is on in Panama and Mexico City

March 8: Closing gender gaps, racing against the clock 

March 1: Campaign-launch Friday, Super Tuesday

February 23: Young voters, summit hosters, and art promoters

February 16: Latin America's China pacts and papal acts

February 9: LatAm's judges, AMLO's nudges, Russian grudges

February 2: Leaders race to reelection, exports slow down

January 26: Bukele's gone viral 

January 19: AMLO’s reforms and Milei’s mission

January 12: The lowdown on Latin American elections

December 15: ¡Felices Fiestas! Wrapping 2023 and Unwrapping 2024

December 8: Milei’s big day and Maduro’s desperate play

December 1: Literature in translation and Mexico’s electoral situation

November 17: Leaders by the Bay. Argentines have their say

November 10: Glass ceilings, tapped phones, and a foiled plot

November 3: Massa v. Milei. Panamanians v. the government

October 27: Venezuela's big October and Argentina's electoral path to November

October 20: The race for the Casa Rosada. The case for Latin America 

October 13: Latin America reacts to war; Ecuador heads to the polls

October 6: Arévalo in DC, Boric in China, GDP expectations 

September 29: On the ground in Argentina and on the bench in Brazil

September 22: Lula's UNGA return slipping on SDGs and more

September 15: Mexicanas in politics, Venezuelans in space, spies in Latin America 

September 8: We're back: Election surprises and a look forward

July 28: AI, cyberattacks, and semiconductors

July 21: Argentina’s PASO and Ecuador Post-Lasso

July 14: European relations, Guatemalan allegations, Venezuelan creations

June 30: Combatting corruption and celebrating ceviche

June 23: Ambassadors in Venezuela, Elections in Guatemala, Ducks on the Metro

June 16: AMLO’s succession, Ecuador’s election, and a frog obsession 

June 9: Choices in Guatemala, chess in Mexico, changes in Brazil

June 2: The State of Mexico and the state of regional integration

May 26: Suspensions, elections, and eruptions

May 19: In Ecuador, crossed death. In Washington, crossed fates

May 12: Uncertainty in Guatemala’s election and a resounding result in Chile

May 5: Latin America’s bold journalists and Brazil’s bold artist

April 28: Lasso’s next paso, eye on Paraguay, and drama in Colombia

April 21: The China-Taiwan tussle, U.S.-Colombian muscle, a chef’s hustle

April 14: Lula's 100 days, Chile's 40 hours, and 60 years of searching

March 31: Petro’s reforms, Lasso’s struggles, Lula’s views

March 24: Politics in Paraguay and water across the region

March 17: Corn, dark horses, and soap operas

March 10: Yes, we do mind the gap

March 3: Ten Years of Maduro. A Women's History Month playlist

February 17: Pegasus, Petro’s reforms, and prosecutors

February 10: A year of the Ukraine conflict, six months of Petro

February 3: Elections in Argentina and Guatemala. Plus—Uruguay’s imperfect example

January 27: Peru’s views and eggs smuggling news

January 20: CELAC, the García Luna trial, and lasers

January 13: A look at Latin American elections in 2023

December 23: Special Chasqui edition: Stories you missed in 2022

December 16: Peru’s agitation, Brazil’s certification, and Argentina’s caffeination

December 9: Women’s health in Venezuela and Peru’s turbulent week

December 2: Climate financing and North American romancing

November 18: Petro’s 100 days and Mexico’s 100,000s of protestors

November 11: Latino votes and LatAm’s banknotes

November 4: What does Lula's win mean for the world?

October 28: Guacamaya's revelations and Brazil's second-round elections

October 21: U.S.'s immigration situation, Brazil’s conservative wave, Chile's flower hour

October 14: Brazil's polls, Castillo’s woes, and Argentina’s currency controls

October 7: Latino voters, Brazilian results, and Mexico’s political punchline

September 30: Brazil's first-round election for a second chance

September 23: Live from New York! It’s UNGA

September 16: Mexico’s military, Brazil’s guns, and Colombia’s flowers

September 9: El Chasqui is back! Brazil's election and Chile's future

July 29: Investigations, vaccinations, and growth expectations

July 22: Testing the constitutional waters in Chile

July 15: Colombia’s cabinet, Argentina’s deal, and Mexico’s pledge

July 8: AMLO’s meeting, Lula’s pledge, Lasso’s shuffle 

June 24: Inflation, great expectations, and pride jubilation

June 10: Inside the outsiders in Colombia 

June 3: Elections in Mexico, cyberattacks in Costa Rica, and jaguar teeth in Peru 

May 27: A Colombian race in flux, a Californian summit in sight 

May 20: 499 articles: What's in Chile's draft constitution? 

May 13: Summit invites and crypto dips

May 6: 100 days of Xiomara Castro, 1 month to the Summit, and 24 basic Mexican goods

April 29: Meet the VP nominees in Brazil and Colombia

April 22: Immigration, lithium, economic growth, and more

April 8: Lasso's tricky year and AMLO's electric dreams

April 1: Costa Rica in the runoff and Peru in the running

March 25: Total recall? Referendums in Mexico and Uruguay

March 18: U.S. sanctions regimes on autocratic regimes

March 11: Brazilian beans, Costa Rican polls, Pokémon in Chile

March 4: Who's soft on Putin? A Latin American scorecard

February 18: Colombia's triple-header

February 11: Moscow diplomacy, mercurial Bolivia, Mexican skating

February 4: Lithium’s potential and Bolsonaro’s diplomacy

January 28: Brazilian polls, Castillo’s quotes, and a generation of learners 

January 21: The great unknown in Costa Rica's elections 

January 14: Covid variants and democratic variance

December 17: The best vaccinators, the best risk, and the best recs

December 10: Democratic summits and political orphans

December 3: And the winners are… 

November 19: Chile’s up to bat. Honduras is on deck.

November 12: A vote foretold, a race redrawn, a die cast

November 5: Youth voters, criminal gloaters, and coal promoters

October 29: It’s election season

October 22: Good news, bad news, fake news

October 15: Mexico’s fresh agreement and Nicaragua’s stalemate

October 8: All the Chilean and Colombian candidates

October 1: Anti-vote and pro-vaccine

September 24: A LatAm Eye on UNGA

September 17: Bicentennial blowback and a September surprise

September 10: High-level dialogue and low-level vaccinations

July 30: Tensions, boosters, downgrades, and a champion skater girl

July 23: Peru's castle, Colombia's keg, Chile's cookie

July 16: Donation diplomacy, Chile’s tea leaves, and Cuba’s crisis

July 9: Culprits, capital flight, and Cannes

July 2: Gamma, Lambda, Delta, and USMCA

June 25: A model election, a ghost company, and a bear

June 18: Constitutions, corruption, and cabbage milk

June 11: The Copa, crypto, and Chiquitín

June 4: Elections In Mexico And Peru, And Political Pups, Too

May 21: Maduro's signals, Peru's polls, and El Salvador’s cinema

May 14: Taiwan, tax reforms, and tres leches

May 7: Earth, Space, and Taxes

April 30: The VP, data privacy, and cryptocurrency

April 23: Big investment, modest deliveries, and the smallest monkey

April 16: Biden is hosting, Peruvians are voting, Aymarans are climbing

April 9: Peru and Ecuador are off to the races

March 26: Vaccines, votes, and Von Diaz recipes

March 19: Peru decides, Chile plants, Mexico cumbias

March 12: Travel, rare horses, and a lizard

March 5: Parity, playlists, and pins

February 26: Deconstructing chavismo and diplomatic lemonade

February 19: Bukele, blackouts, and the bad guys

February 12: Covid milestones, Moïse, and migrants

February 5: On elections, vaccinations, and axolotls

January 29, 2021: El Chasqui gets a makeover