Norman Gall is the Executive Director of the Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics in São Paulo. He has been engaged in research and reporting in Latin America since 1961.
 (October 2015)

Why the Water Is Running Out

Children carrying bottled drinking water during China’s worst drought in a century, Qinglong, Yunnan province, April 2010
Greater São Paulo, a city of 21 million people, is experiencing its worst drought since the 1870s; the city’s water supply is in danger. Sewage, pesticide, and trash pollute São Paulo’s rivers and reservoirs. Rain falling on the vast paved surface of the metropolis drains quickly into its polluted rivers.

Carnival in Caracas

During his early days as a journalist the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, had come to regard Caracas as “an apocalyptic, unreal, inhuman city.”[^1] Reporting for the Venezuelan magazine Momento, he wrote about the military and popular revolts that led to the overthrow …

Santo Domingo: The Politics of Terror

We know that many who are now in revolt do not seek a Communist tyranny. We think it’s tragic indeed that their high motives have been misused by a small band of conspirators, who receive their directions from abroad. To those who fight only for liberty and justice and progress, …

Slaughter in Guatemala

One of the most gruesome slaughters of this century in Latin America has been taking place in Guatemala during the past four years, and it has increased radically in recent months. This nation of ancient Mayan highland culture and rain-soaked hills and savannas is suffering a reign of terror that …