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Nine long months ahead. Early polling shows Brazil’s 2022 presidential competition coming down to the current holder of the office, Jair Bolsonaro, and a previous one, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Of course, if recent years have taught us anything, a lot can happen in a few months. Ahead of October general elections, we’ll be monitoring the polls to see how the race for the top spot shifts, what’s got voters worried, and which demographics back which candidate. Check out our newly released Brazil poll tracker.

See more in our 2022 Election Guide.

Speak now. Six months into office, Peru’s Pedro Castillo finally started giving media interviews. We take a look at six notable quotes from the political newcomer who shook up the Lima political establishment even though, as he puts it, “I wasn’t prepared to be president.”


—Human Rights Foundation’s Alex Gladstein at AS/COA’s event on crypto in the Americas about why citizens in places without easy access dollar bank accounts, like Cuba and Venezuela, are using cryptocurrencies


Lourdes Maldonado, assassinated on January 23, marks Mexico’s third slain journalist this year alone. The reporter from Tijuana had personally asked the president for protection, per Article 19. Her death prompted nationwide protests over violence against the press in Mexico—the most dangerous country in the Americas to be a journalist.


Percent of school weeks that were partially or fully closed from March 2020 to November 2021 in Latin America—the highest of any region in the world. The new edition of Americas Quarterly looks into the effects of Covid on a generation of learners.

ICYMI from Americas Quarterly: How to reverse Covid’s toll on Latin American education. Argentina’s creative work to get kids back in class. Be wary of Argentina’s latest economic “miracle.” Ballet is a secret weapon keeping Brazilian kids in school.
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