South America

Environment

In the Colombian Amazon, peace has environmental consequences

For decades, the Colombian Amazon — a region that makes up nearly half of the country’s territory — was virtually blocked off to human encroachment and development by the presence of the leftist guerrillas of the FARC, who long depended on the shelter provided by the region’s thick, largely uninhabited forests.

Global Politics

Brazil top court ruling could free Lula, derail corruption fight

Several justices on Brazil's top court have already made clear they want to overturn a landmark 2016 ruling that allowed defendants to be jailed if their graft convictions were upheld on a first appeal — the sole reason that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and several senior politicians and businessmen are currently behind bars.

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Health Care: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The Takeaway talks with people standing in line at a free health care clinic in California and with Stan Brock, the CEO and founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM), a global, all-volunteer non-profit which provides free medical care to the uninsured.