Nora Lustig (Tulane), Luis F. Lopez-Calva (World Bank), and Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez (UNDP): Deconstructing the Decline in Inequality in Latin America. Thamy Pogrebinschi (WZB): The Pragmatic Turn of Democracy in Latin America. Kenneth M. Roberts (Cornell): Party Systems and Democratic Divergence in Contemporary Latin America. From Middle Ground Journal, a review essay on Caribbean history and its relevance to global history by Jerome Teelucksingh. Antonio Lecuna on how Latin America's Left gets cozy. Marie Arana on Simon Bolivar, the Latin American hero many Americans don’t know. The blank slate state: Will an isolated corner of Honduras become the new birthplace of liberty? Alo Presidente: Martin Marinos on Hugo Chavez and popular leadership. Pablo Stefanoni on the libertarian left and “people’s governments”: Some bridges, and a fair number of precipices. Is the US losing Latin America? Shlomo Ben-Ami wonders. Too bourgeois to bus tables: An article on Mexico’s middle class. Che Guevara's “betrayer” Ciro Bustos tells his side of the story after 40 years. Fractured continent: Juan de Onis on the turmoil and promise of Latin America. Tim Harcourt on Uruguay, South America's New Zealand. Andres Velasco on illiberal democracy in Latin America. Ecuador asked the world to pay it not to drill for oil — the world said no. Brazilian soldiers and native tribespeople are clashing in the Amazon. Lucas Lyndes on how ebooks can bridge borders in Latin America.