Coming Clean: Ex Rio Drug Queen Recalls Life of Crime

Coming Clean: Ex Rio Drug Queen Recalls Life of Crime

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2013

Fabiana Escobar was married to one of the most powerful drug lords in Rio de Janeiro. Together they helped run the cocaine trade in the city's largest favela. But her husband was thrown in jail, and police retook control of the slum. Now Escobar says she wants to stop other women from making the same mistakes she made. By Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]

Fiesta in Argentina: Olé, Olé, Francisco, Francisco!

Fiesta in Argentina: Olé, Olé, Francisco, Francisco!

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2013

Germans went crazy went Joseph Ratzinger was chosen as pope in 2005. On Wednesday, it was Argentina's turn, with crowds gathering at a Buenos Aires cathedral and chanting in celebration. T-shirts bearing the slogan "I come from the end of the earth" appeared almost immediately. By Ariel Magnus in Buenos Aires more... Comment ]


The Eternal Comandante: Hugo Chávez's Complicated Legacy

The Eternal Comandante: Hugo Chávez's Complicated Legacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2013

Hugo Chávez's supporters are relying on his cult of personality to hold on to power. In doing so, they are overlooking a different legacy he left behind in Venezuela: one of corruption and mismanagement. By Jens Gluesing and Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Africa's Cocaine Hub: Guinea-Bissau a 'Drug Trafficker's Dream'

Africa's Cocaine Hub: Guinea-Bissau a 'Drug Trafficker's Dream'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2013

Guinea-Bissau has become a major hub of cocaine trafficking between Latin America and Europe. But any wealth the West African nation has derived from its middleman status has been offset by increased violence and instability. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]


World from Berlin: 'Venezuela Faces Difficult Times'

World from Berlin: 'Venezuela Faces Difficult Times'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2013

Venezuela is mourning the passing of President Hugo Chávez this week, but what does the future hold for the country? German commentators say it would do well to avoid another charismatic autocrat like Chávez. more...

Reactions to Death: Chávez Showed 'Will to Fight for Justice'

Reactions to Death: Chávez Showed 'Will to Fight for Justice'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2013

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was a controversial figure, inspiring hope among the country's working class but attracting criticism in the West for an allegedly dictatorial governing style. more...


Narcissus from Caracas: Chávez Death Ends an Era in South America

Narcissus from Caracas: Chávez Death Ends an Era in South America

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2013

Hugo Chávez will be remembered for completely changing the face of both Venezuela and much of Latin America. For most of his rule, he almost always got what he wanted. But his methods were not universally welcome. His death on Tuesday marks the end of an era. By Klaus Ehringfeld in Mexico City more... Comment ]

Our Right to Poison: Lessons from the Failed War on Drugs

Our Right to Poison: Lessons from the Failed War on Drugs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 22, 2013

The global war on drugs has cost billions and taken countless lives -- but achieved little. The scant results finally have politicians and experts joining calls for legalization. Following the journey of cocaine from a farm in Colombia to a user in Berlin sheds light on why. By Jochen-Martin Gutsch and Juan Moreno more... Comment ]


Mexican President Peña Nieto: 'We Have to Crush the Mafia'

Mexican President Peña Nieto: 'We Have to Crush the Mafia'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2013

Enrique Peña Nieto took over as Mexico's president in December. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses his plans to fight poverty and drug violence and why Europe should take advantage of his country's economic boom. more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Venezuela Elections 'Free, But Not Fair'

The World from Berlin: Venezuela Elections 'Free, But Not Fair'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2012

Opposition supporters in Venezuela were disappointed by the results of Sunday's elections, when President Hugo Chavez beat his opponent by a comfortable margin. German media concede Chavez was the clear winner, but warn his provocative populism is incapable of solving the country's problems. more...