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Around the World in 80 Days, Day 58: Chile – South America’s Most Stable Democracy?

At this moment, I am on a flight following the spine of the Andes northward from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Peru.  Running some 4,300 miles, the Andes are the longest continuous mountain range in the world.  Looking out on the endless snowcapped peaks, I am reminded of the 90s film, Alive.  It is the story … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 56: Brazil – Apocalypto

In his introduction to The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis, who very much believed in an unseen spirit world, wrote: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils.  One is to disbelieve in their existence.  The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 54: Argentina – Like Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown

In early 1944, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, sent agents to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Their task was to establish an escape route for Nazis should Germany lose the war.  When that outcome became a reality in May 1945, Nazis flowed into Argentina (and throughout South America) where they were welcomed by the government … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 52: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina

It’s #ATW80 Day 52, and Larry calls in to the Rick and Bubba Show to report on country #10: Argentina. With a seemingly cyclical history of bribery and corruption, does Argentina now find itself trending towards freedom? Larry gives a fascinating overview of that nation’s recent history, its love/hate relationship with dictatorship, why many Nazi … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 50: South Africa – The Power of One

My first impression of Afrikaners, formed early in life, came from the 1989 hit Lethal Weapon 2.  South Africa, hitherto largely unknown to me beyond vague recollections of something my history teacher called the Boer War and old episodes of Wild Kingdom, took on a very sinister quality.  The baddies in that movie are blue-eyed, … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 48: A Nigerian Christian Comments on His Country’s Star Rating

People from all over the world write to us about any number of things.  It may be to thank us for our work or to pour out venom on it.  It may be to request resources or to challenge us in some way.  Regardless, I seldom have opportunity to respond.  But the email below was … Read more