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An election worker in Bogotá. (AP)

A Colombian who’s who. Yes, the next presidential vote isn’t until May 2022, but as is so often the case with elections, the names of contenders are already being floated in the race to replace Iván Duque. Get a sneak peek of who’s competing and what the voters think of their options.

But first. Chileans will cast ballots for their future president next month, and one frontrunner, Sebastián Sichel, recently lost support in the polls. See who’s gaining ground in our poll tracker.

See who's competing for the Chilean presidency.

Learn more in our 2021 Election Guide.

Smoothing a bumpy ride. U.S.-Mexico security ties have hit turbulence, and top cabinet members from both sides are meeting in Mexico City on October 8 for a reset. In an Insider, AS/COA Online’s Carin Zissis explains what’s at stake and why they’re looking to turn the page on the 14-year-old security deal known as the Merida Initiative.


—Katie Paul, Director of the Tech Transparency Project


This week’s release of the Pandora Papers exposed the web of tax havens used by the world’s wealthy to safeguard their money. In the case of Latin America, a glut of presidents, celebrities, and businesspeople were named. Read the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ explanation of the mechanisms behind Latin America’s hidden billions.

The moment many U.S. parents have been waiting for came this week: Pfizer is seeking emergency vaccine authorization for kids age 5 to 11. In Latin America, some countries have already started immunizing children that young. See our freshly updated look at vaccine age eligibility in the region.
ICYMI from Americas Quarterly: Why Uruguay’s bet on China matters for Latin America. Dollarization can’t save the Venezuelan economy.

We’re just about done with this week.

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