Hugo Chavez has been dead a week and the race to replace him is already set. In many ways it'll be a rematch of the October election Chavez won handily. But the question is whether the less fiery Nicolas Maduro can top Henrique Capriles as well.
Italy is facing political gridlock, while Europe contemplates the political and economic consequences of Italian voters ousting the country's internationally popular technocrat prime minister in favor of candidates who vow an end to austerity and more benefits for all Italians.
There are thousands, perhaps millions of immigrants waiting in line, legally, to become U.S. citizens. Politicians agree that those who may be put on a path to legalization by immigration reform should wind up "behind" those already in line. What that means, though, is ill-defined. And if the line doesn't speed up, folks may die in line.
Ecuador's media have been under fire since President Rafael Correa took office in 2006. He appears set to win a third term later this month, which means more difficult times for the country's independent media.
Comprehensive immigration reform is the word of the week. Senators have a plan, the president has a plan and activists have more plans than they know what to do with. But if history is any judge, these plans for comprehensive reform will have a tough road ahead of them.
Every four years, a president is sworn in to office in the United States. Traditionally, that person, delivers an address to the nation, laying out priorities for his term. But typically, when that president is doing so for the second time, it's a shorter address.
Hispanics played a major role in deciding November's presidential election. And now, as President Barack Obama prepares to start his second term with an eye on immigration reform, many Hispanic activists are hoping to take that new power and put it to work.
Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israeli citizens, a block about equal in size to the Hispanic population in the United States. But while Hispanics in the United States made a big difference in the past election, Arabs in Israel have little impact on Israeli elections.
Israel's electoral system for parliament has people voting for parties, not people. In order to get seats, a party needs to win at least two percent of the vote. Some 34 parties are running this year and some parties that are on the fringe of Israeli politics are on the verge of winning enough support to actually secure seats.
President Barack Obama's most recent cabinet nominations have been largely white men -- a move that's been criticized by advocates for women and people of color. They say they're surprised and disappointed with Obama's choices.