Nathan Sears (UDLA): Military Trends in South America, 1991-2013. Cristian Cabalin (Chile): The Conservative Response to the 2011 Chilean Student Movement: Neoliberal Education and Media. Samuel Friedman and Thiago Amparo (CEU): Pluralism and its Limits: The Constitutional Approach to Sexual Freedom in Brazil and the Way Ahead. Moises Naim on the tragedy of Venezuela: The country is now the world's capital of inflation, homicide, and scarcity — but half the population is no longer willing to tolerate it. Uruguay is a land of contrasts: As Brian Kevin observes, visitors can expect to see flashy import sedans right alongside donkey-drawn rickshaws. Stephan Richter and Uwe Bott on Brazil: An object of history or a subject? Undermining democratic capacity: Robert Wasserstrom on myth-making and oil development in Amazonian Ecuador. The parable of Argentina: There are lessons for many governments from one country’s 100 years of decline. Rodrigo Linares on how the current conflict in Venezuela could have easily have been avoided if minimal spaces for dialogue between opponents had been safeguarded. Carrying an extraordinary name is remarkably widespread in Brazil — just ask Wonarllevyston Garlan Marllon Branddon Bruno Paullynelly Mell Oliveira Pereira. The Pinochet myth is alive: Columnists keep saying the Chilean dictator was a brute who modernized the economy — actually, he was a brute with a rotten economic record. This is class war: Nicholas Laursen writes in defense of Venezuela (and part 2). With a building spree tearing apart sections of Rio de Janeiro, archaeological finds are giving new insight into its old role as a slave trade center.

From Politics and Culture, a special issue on Materialist Feminisms Against Neoliberalism, including Sarah Amsler (Lincoln): For Feminist Consciousness in the Academy; Karen Bridget Murray (York): Feminization Through Poverty; Kate Gleeson (Macquarie): Abortion and Choice in the Neoliberal Aftermath; and Max Haiven interviews Silvia Federici on occupations and the struggle over reproduction. Francis Fukuyama on how American power is waning because Washington won't stop quarreling. Putin’s pique: David Remnick on the Russian President’s invasion. Russians will always be America's favorite villains — and now they're back. The unmaking of empires is a messy business: Timothy Garton Ash on how states are born by accident but sustained by ardour. The introduction to The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century by Angela E. Stent. James Kwak on Bitcoin and the myth of tech utopia: The belief that every human problem can be solved with software forgets the human element inside all software. Will Leitch on why Jason Collins and Michael Sam are heroes and, more importantly, forefathers. Matthew Shaer on raging against hacks with muckraker turned magazine-maker Matt Taibbi. Peter Brooks reviews The Double Life of Paul de Man by Evelyn Barish. The reckoning: The father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers. David Carr on barely keeping up in TV’s New Golden Age. This winter’s cold has been nearly exclusive to the eastern U.S. — there’ve been record-setting wildfires in California and in Norway, and Australia just racked up another hot and dry summer.

Virgilio A. Rivas (PUP): Designing the Apocalypse: Sketch of a New Environmental Aesthetics. What happened about 3,200 years ago to bring about the collapse of not just one but a number of flourishing civilizations on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean? Tom Engelhardt on the media’s apocalypse problem: How do you report on the end of the world? Warming the world to extinction: Thom Hartmann on the last hours of humanity. The Arctic Seed Vault puts apocalyptic talk of climate change in perspective — but not how you might think. Jon Turney reviews The Future Is Not What it Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity by Jorg Friedrichs. Robert Jensen on the future must be green, red, black and female. How to reverse a slow-motion apocalypse: Todd Gitlin on why the divestment movement against Big Energy matters. Are we falling off the climate precipice? Scientists consider extinction. Alexander Nazaryan reviews Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton. Human overkillers and the next great die-off: Kathryn Schulz reviews The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (and more and more) Elizabeth Kolbert and Bill McKibben discuss raising awareness about environmental catastrophe. Shaoni Bhattacharya on a taste of no-tech life in a post-apocalyptic bunker. Kyle Vanhemert on a foolproof solution for saving the Earth: Shrink all humans. Kill all the humans: Hank Green tries to figure out whether humans are worth all of the environmental destruction they wreak about the earth.