South America

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The Torture Colony

A utopian German settlement in Chile had already turned darkly cultish by the time it became a secret torture site for enemies of the Pinochet regime.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Art of Fiction No. 69

“In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.”

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The Truth of El Mozote

The story of a massacre in El Salvador.

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The Expendables

Life in the French Foreign Legion.

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Rio: The Fight for the Favelas

On the experimental favela police force UPP (aka “The Big Skull”) and their efforts to clean Rio’s largest slum in advance of the World Cup and Olympics.

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How an Accused Guatemalan War Criminal Won U.S., Canadian Citizenship

A California martial arts instructor’s secret past.

Previously: Finding Oscar
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The Beautiful Game

In Argentina, where the fútbol underworld controls everything from t-shirt vending to murder, and “rowdy gangs” have turned the stadium into a battleground.

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Mother of God, Child of Zeus

On the perils and poisons of mining for gold in southeastern Peru.

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I, Turbo

On spending six months on the southern coast of Argentina with the “Jane Goodall of penguins” and several hundred of her research subjects.

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Buy the Right Thing

On a press junket in Ecuador, the author investigates the ethics of shopping.

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Mengele’s Skull

Tracking the Nazi doctor’s bones through South America.

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The Daughter of the Disappeared

The man 27-year-old Victoria Donda believed to be her father shot himself after  being revealed as a former member of an Argentinean death squad. Immediately after, a human rights group came to her with information on her birth parents: murdered political prisoners.