South America


The starry-eyed fascination with South American shamanism in the spiritual counter-culture is beginning to shift towards a more grounded, realistic perspective. Aurelia Hunter tells a personal tale of Q’ero shaman mistreating her…


For students of economics and ancient civilizations alike, the strange economy of the Incan Empire is fascinating. Annalee Newitz writes for io9: In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Inca Empire was…



This past fall, the Independent‘s Owen Jones wrote that Hugo Chavez’s towering feat was “proving it is possible to lead a popular, progressive government that breaks with neo-liberal dogma”: Even opponents of…



John Lyons reports on some seismic shifts in where cocaine is produced, for the Wall Street Journal: In the dusty town of Villa Tunari in Bolivia’s tropical coca-growing region, farmers used to…