Pope Francis I’s murky past in Argentina

Today Australia woke up to its first Latin American and Jesuit pope. Although apparently being second choice behind the former pope Benedict when he was elected in 2005, Pope Francis I was seen as an outside chance this time round. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, comes from the region with the most Catholics in…

In death, Chavez is more alive than ever in Latin America

The recent death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavezfrom cancer comes as no great surprise. The former military leader had rarely been seen in the public eye since December last year when he travelled to Cuba for surgery, and premature rumours about his death have been circulating for months. But his shadow now looms large over South…

Chavez Signs Off

By Andrew Self Hugo Chavez won election after election in Venezuela and transformed the lives of the country’s poor – making plenty of enemies along the way. Andrew Self on the legacy of the controversial strongman Hugo Chavez will certainly go down as one of the most (in)famous Latin American leaders of all time alongside…