As 2015 wound down, the left wing Bolivarian "pink tide" in Latin America suffered two serious setbacks, both of which are sobering results that have it reassessing political tactics.
Suriname parliament granted President Desi Brouterse immunity for 1982 murders, raising ire of human rights groups.
Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth, (in Spanish La Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra) which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans.
The conviction of four leaders of the Mapuche indigenous group in Chile is drawing international and national condemnation of Chile's right wing government and President Sebastian Piñera.
Once again, tensions are rising between the right-wing, U.S.-allied government of Colombia and the left-wing government in neighboring Venezuela.
The Arizona anti-immigrant law is garnering international attention.
Sebastian Pinera defeated Eduardo Frei, the candidate of the governing coalition (Concertacion), becoming the first candidate from the right wing to win Chile's presidency since 1958.
Former bishop Fernando Lugo gained Paraguay's presidency in 2008 supported by a multifaceted coalition of popular forces.