Tabaré Vázquez waves a Uruguayan flag to celebrate his victory in the country’s presidential election. His victory follows those in recent weeks for fellow leftists Evo Morales in Bolivia and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. Photograph: Matilde Campodonico/AP

Sunday’s comfortable victory for the ruling Broad Front movement in Uruguay was the latest confirmation of the enduring appeal of left-wing rule in So(...)

Street vendors protesting against a 20 per cent increase in the cost of water yell at riot police in 2000, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photograph: Gonzalo Espinoza/AFP/Getty Images

If the debacle of Irish Water suggests the State is “heading gradually” towards ungovernability, as Fintan O’Toole suggested in these pages recently, (...)

Tony Mangan at Machu Picchu in Peru

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

Environmental advocates participate in the “People’s Walk for Climate Justice”, a walkathon against climate change in the  Philippines. The latest round of UN climate talks are set to “grind to a halt” unless its joint co-chairs find a way of reconciling serious differences between rich and poor countries. Photograph: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

The latest round of UN climate talks “will grind to a halt” unless its joint co-chairs find a way of reconciling serious differences between rich and (...)

Bolivia’s  Evo Morales speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in La Paz on Monday. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

The main opposition candidate in Bolivia’s election has conceded defeat to Evo Morales, after the socialist president looked certain to have easily wo(...)

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales speaks during a closing ceremony of his presidential election campaign. The Bolivian presidential election takes place today.  Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

Bolivians vote today in an election that is almost guaranteed to hand a third consecutive term to President Evo Morales, a former coca farmer whose br(...)

Michael Dwyer’s mother and sister travelled to Santa Cruz to visit the places where Michael  spent his last days before he was shot dead in Hotel las Americas. Photograph: Julien Behal/Phoenix Films

Santa Cruz is planned out in a series of concentric circles. My translator tells me there were just two when he was growing up. Now, each year seems t(...)

Michael Dwyer:  shot dead by Bolivian police. Photograph: PA Wire

Caroline Dwyer, the mother of Michael Dwyer who was shot dead by Bolivian police in April 2009, has spoken of the fear and intimidation she felt on he(...)

Left behind: Caroline Dwyer and her daughter Aisling in room 457 of Hotel las Americas, in Santa Cruz. Photograph: Julien Behal/Phoenix Films

They wore summer dresses and sandals, and you could at first glance have mistaken them for a mother and daughter off on a girls’ holiday together. But(...)

The family of Michael Dwyer has formally presented its request for an international inquiry into his death at the hands of Bolivian police to senior officials of the Andean country. Photograph: PA

The family of Michael Dwyer has formally presented its request for an international inquiry into his death at the hands of Bolivian police to senior o(...)