The Americas

Criminal enterprise

Mexico’s gangs could be the country’s fifth-biggest employer

A recent paper suggests a novel way to curb their power

A textbook row

Andrés Manuel López Obrador puts his stamp on Mexico’s schools

Some parents and politicians are putting up a fight

Canada’s embattled prime minister

The spat with India only adds to Justin Trudeau’s woes

Support for his government was faltering even before the squabble

Sertanejo swagger

Brazil’s hinterland now resembles Texas

It is a land of “roughs”, not playboys

Rio roulette

Short of cash, Brazil’s government may end its gambling prohibition

The illegal sort takes in more than the drugs trade

Southern spooks

Latin America remains a playground for Russian intelligence

The region is a good spot to nurture spies

Argentina’s next president?

Meet Javier Milei, the front-runner to be Argentina’s next president

The radical libertarian gives an interview to The Economist

Se?ora Presidenta

Two women are vying to be Mexico’s next president

Claudia Sheinbaum will go head-to-head with Xóchitl Gálvez

Half a century later

Chile is still haunted by the coup in September 1973

Gabriel Boric, the young left-wing president, is a fan of Salvador Allende

Treasure islands

A wave of international rule-making threatens Caribbean tax havens

Their old wheezes are running out of steam

A win for democracy

Elections in Ecuador and Guatemala suggest an anti-incumbent surge

The rise of the outsider candidate is a broader trend across the region

Sub-national and sub-optimal

Latin America’s local governments too often fail their people

A forthcoming paper shows the effects of bad government