Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico are set to form a new regional economic block. But given that all four countries already benefit from free trade agreements, where's the need for such a pact? The answer lies in Brazil's recent - and projected - boom.
Less than a year after a new Turkey, Brazil and Iran diplomatic power triangle appeared to have come into being,
Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's new president, has downgraded her country's relations with Tehran.
Agreeing to protect civilians in Libya was the easy part. Deciding how to do so is proving much more difficult.
The US president's first-ever trip to South America has been historic alright, but not for the reasons initially expected.
After the earthquake and tsunami that recently rocked Japan, things have changed and life is now very distressing for Japanese living in Brazil.
Hacker, now in hiding, who turned in US soldier accused over WikiLeaks, says he got "coffee and a pat on the back".
What a change from when I came here three years ago! Back then virtually nobody had heard of us. Out of those who did, one tried to bomb our offices several years ago.
In a chill wind whistling through leafless trees, on a hill overlooking Washington DC, stands one reminder of why the administration thinks the way it does.
Chavez's refusal to support the Libyan people and go against his buddy Gaddafi makes one wonder if the 'leader of the left' has taken to hallucinogenic potions himself.
As people walk the empty weekend Washington streets to their traditional brunch spots, there's plenty on the menu to chew on.
At a time when weapons are being used by governments against their own people, the Abu Dhabi arms fair leaves a nasty taste. But it is the reality.