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  1. FT Alphaville

    April 4, 2014

    Guest post: The IMF approach to sovereign debt restructuring

    This year’s IMF-World Bank Spring Meeting is likely to include discussion of proposals to change the fund’s policy on...

  2. April 1, 2014

    Mercosur views Pacific Alliance with unease

    To the east of the Andes, the countries that stretch out towards South America’s Atlantic coast – which together form the...

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  1. New Trade Routes: Pacific Alliance

    In the short space of two years, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – the founder member...
  2. Investing in Young People

    With a third of the world’s 200m unemployed under the age of 25, FT writers examine th...
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  1. March 14, 2014

    Alejandro Zaffaroni, life scientist and entrepreneur, 1923-2014

    As the second world war drew to a close in 1945, Alejandro Zaffaroni hitched a ride on a US military cargo ship from his...

  2. February 2, 2014

    Discoveries: Art, Science & Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums, Two Temple Place, London – review

    Can you distil the intellectual life of centuries into an exhibition? If so, Cambridge’s eight major museums are uniquely...

  3. January 24, 2014

    LGBT youth suffer isolation and intolerance

    When Dan Savage put up a YouTube video in 2010 in reaction to the suicide of Billy Lucas, a teenager in Indiana who was...

  4. beyondbrics

    January 16, 2014

    Uruguay: an international (legal) cannabis hub?

    Could Uruguay’s groundbreaking marijuana law lead to more than just legal spliffs? Politicians, government officials and...

  5. beyondbrics

    January 14, 2014

    Argentina: top-end car tax starts to bite

    Nice car Tough times for consumers in Argentina. Thanks to a 35 per cent tourist tax, many are swapping the white sands of...

  6. FT Photo Diary

    January 10, 2014

    Uruguay lightning strikes

    Mariana Suarez/AFP Lightning streaks across the sky of Montevideo, over the Legislative Palace, seat of the government in...

  7. January 3, 2014

    Drugs policy enters a brave new world

    On New Year’s day the US state of Colorado began an experiment in drugs policy that is attracting the attention of policy...

  8. beyondbrics

    December 23, 2013

    Uruguay loses finance minister in year-end dampener

    It had all been going so well for Uruguay’s president, José “Pepe” Mujica. The passing of a groundbreaking law this month...

  9. beyondbrics

    December 19, 2013

    Caribbean and drugs: time for some healing?

    Richard Thomas, a dreadlocked Jamaican sound engineer and musician, is still livid over the last time he was arrested and...

  10. beyondbrics

    December 14, 2013

    The Weekender, December 14

    The week in emerging markets, including our most read, five things we have learned and some long reads for the weekend. Plus...

  11. December 12, 2013

    Uruguay is right to opt out of the world war on drugs

    It is not immediately obvious what a boy from a small south Wales mining village and the government of Uruguay have in...

  12. beyondbrics

    December 11, 2013

    Uruguay experiments with marijuana - will it work?

    Pot smokers all over the world may be lighting up joints to celebrate the fact that Uruguay on Tuesday became the first...

  13. December 8, 2013

    Uruguay blazes trail as cannabis looks set to become legal

    Julio Rey’s eyes glow with pride as he shows off the sticky, pungent buds recently harvested from his homegrown marijuana...

  14. FT Photo Diary

    November 13, 2013

    Jordan fans' victory hopes

    Raad Adayleh/AP Jordanian fans attend the World Cup play-off first leg soccer match between Jordan and Uruguay at Amman...

  15. beyondbrics

    November 12, 2013

    Guest post: Argentina threw its creditors under the bus

    By Arturo C. Porzecanski Carlos Mauleon, the former Barclays Capital investment banker who handled Argentina’s 2005 debt...

  16. October 28, 2013

    Leaks have weakened American control of the web

    From the moment they appeared, Edward Snowden’s revelations have been making life awkward for Barack Obama. Before his first...

  17. The World

    October 7, 2013

    Argentina’s ailing president – what happens next?

    Cristina Fernández is an aggressive politician with a fragile state of health, which makes for a lousy combination. Credibly...

  18. October 4, 2013

    Consumer prices surge in Uruguay

    A rather quiet end to the week, especially as the US shutdown means the all-important non-farm payrolls report will not be...

  19. September 27, 2013

    Messi appears in court over tax evasion allegations

    Lionel Messi, the Barcelona and Argentina footballer, appeared in a Spanish court on Friday to defend himself against...

  20. September 13, 2013

    How we all went Dutch

    I’m not Dutch but, in 1976, my family moved to the Netherlands. Though my new classmates were only seven, most cycled to...

  21. August 11, 2013

    Brazil reaches out to EU for trade deal

    Brazil’s rising prosperity has led it to consider pushing for its own trade deal with the EU, after years of struggling to...

  22. August 4, 2013

    Beginning of the end of prohibition and of war on drugs

    Uruguay’s Congress last week took a big step in becoming the first country in the world to legalise the cultivation, sale...

  23. beyondbrics

    August 2, 2013

    London headlines

    * Brazil backs IMF aid for Greece and recalls representative * Libyan oil exports tumble on port closures * Robust renminbi...

  24. August 1, 2013

    Uruguay votes to legalise marijuana

    Uruguay’s lower house of Congress has passed a groundbreaking bill to legalise marijuana, despite high public disapproval of...

  25. July 31, 2013

    The benefits and perils of riding China’s coat-tails

    Few parts of the world have benefited as much from China’s rise as Latin America. In 1990, China was a lowly 17th on the...

  26. beyondbrics

    July 22, 2013

    Belarus gets a shot of Chinese investment

    A downturn in new auto sales in Russia this year has not deterred Zheijing Geely Holding. The Chinese car maker has entered...

  27. beyondbrics

    July 22, 2013

    Colombia's Grupo Aval to buy BBVA Panama in latest move in Central America

    In another example of Colombian banks using their local dominance as a base for expansion into Central America, Grupo Aval,...

  28. beyondbrics

    July 11, 2013

    China: can Mercosur members agree?

    China’s interest in Latin America is clear: the region supplies the raw materials it craves and handily also provides...

  29. beyondbrics

    July 3, 2013

    Big Tobacco vs Little Uruguay

    Philip Morris International, the makers of Marlboro, the world’s best-selling cigarette brand, has won the right to take its...

  30. June 12, 2013

    Barça’s Lionel Messi under investigation for tax fraud

    Lionel Messi, the Barcelona striker and one of the world’s best-paid athletes, is under investigation for tax fraud amid...

  31. beyondbrics

    June 11, 2013

    JBS: beef, chicken and a lot of debt

    Just as picanha, the juicy Brazilian cut of steak, whets the appetite of denizens of Latin America’s biggest country, so do...

  32. June 10, 2013

    Brazil deal creates meat processing giant

    JBS, the world’s largest beef producer by sales, will pay R$5.85bn for the Brazilian poultry and pork plants of indebted...

  33. May 31, 2013

    Iran accused of founding LatAm terror network

    Iran established terror and intelligence networks in the 1980s designed to perpetrate attacks in several Latin American...

  34. May 29, 2013

    Lloyds sells private banking arm to UBP

    Lloyds Banking Group is to sell its international private banking business to Union Bancaire Privée as the state-backed...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 23, 2013

    Pacific Alliance: the most exciting thing going on in LatAm these days

    On Latin America’s Pacific rim, deepening free trade appears to be the name of the game, as the region’s pro-markets...

  36. May 20, 2013

    Rethinking drugs

    In the “War on Drugs”, drugs seem to be winning. On the supply side, about 70,000 people have died since Mexico launched an...

  37. beyondbrics

    May 16, 2013

    Uruguay: more Brazil, less Argentina

    Uruguay’s leftist former guerrilla president, José Mujica, is renowned for telling it like it is. Which is why he doesn’t...

  38. May 16, 2013

    Uruguay’s José Mujica lauds booming Brazil ties

    It is clear where José Mujica’s priorities lie. And they are not across the River Plate. After a spot of morning work on his...

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