Where Totem Poles Are a Living Art (and Relics Rest in Peace)

Imagine opening an old shed by the side of the road and finding a 19th-century painting by a master artist. That’s what happened to me recently in the small,...

Canada Letter: Thanksgiving, Old Photos and Guns

As most readers of this newsletter know, this weekend belongs to the real Thanksgiving. And one of the Canadians at The Times, Kerri MacDonald, a photo editor from Guelph,...

On the Cocktail Trail in Brazil, a Favorite Spirit Gets Frisky

As in many large countries, most of the popular stereotypes about Brazil unravel with the slightest tug. A nation of sunny beaches and exquisite tans on svelte bods? Sure,...

Tillerson’s Firing Had Been Expected, but It Still Stunned Observers

President Trump’s firing of Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state sent shock waves through the world on Tuesday, leaving many governments initially speechless and raising the prospects of...

Armando Hart, Who Revolutionized Cuban Schools, Dies at 87

Armando Hart, who as Fidel Castro’s confidant and first education minister redeemed the Cuban revolution’s vow of universal literacy, died on Sunday in Havana. He was 87. The cause was...

Nicaragua Roiled by Protests Over Social Security Benefits

MEXICO CITY — Extraordinary protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua extended into a third day on Friday as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets...

Argentine Paper Stood Up to the Generals, but Succumbed to Market Forces

BUENOS AIRES — The Buenos Aires Herald opened its doors nearly 141 years ago, but became legendary by exposing forced disappearances during the 1976-83 military dictatorship, a chapter of...

Trump Win Probably Didn’t Cause Canadian Immigration Website’s Crash

OTTAWA — Many people thought it was no coincidence in November when the website of Canada’s immigration department crashed just as the election returns in the United States were...

A Defender of the Constitution, With No Legal Right to Live Here

LOS ANGELES — She spends her days preparing legal strategies to help undocumented immigrants stay in the country. But at any moment, Lizbeth Mateo could be picked up for...

You Love Venezuelan Rum. But Is It Time to Boycott?

A reader recently asked me about Venezuelan rum. “Is it ethical to still drink it given the current horrific situation politically and economically?” she wrote in an email. “I adore...