In South America, progressive advances continue, despite the coup in Honduras and electoral defeats in Panama, Costa Rica and Chile.
Bolivia's president won praise July 28 when the UN General Assembly approved a groundbreaking Bolivian resolution on the right of all human beings to water and sanitation.
Fidel on Obama, Bolivia's economy, Australian uranium mining, Kenyan constitution, UN and climate change, France vs. Roma.
Cuba's economy, Chilean hunger strike, South African public workers, U.S. arms for Saudis, missile defense for Czechs, Bangladesh textile workers.
Brazil will soon elect a new president, to replace current President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva who is constitutionally forbidden from succeeding himself, all 513 members of the lower house of Congress plus two thirds of the 81 senators.
Making it the 10th country in the world, Argentina legislators backed by President Cristina Fernandez, voted 33-27 in the Senate with 3 abstentions in a landmark decision July 15 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
It remains to be seen whether, or how, the United States might respond with a reciprocal gesture that could begin to thaw the long-frozen relations between the two governments.
The Costa Rican opposition is protesting an announced agreement that would allow 7,000 U.S. troops to operate on Costa Rican soil, coordinated with 46 U.S. ships in territorial waters.
Presidential elections May 30 in Colombia ended up unexpectedly - apparently - but perhaps there's more to it.
Four months after a new president, Porfirio Lobo of the right-wing National Party, took power, killings continue and he has still not achieved full legitimacy in Latin America.