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Conflicts between state and federal security agencies in Mexico exacerbate the situation.
Crime syndicates and militias need to provide benefits to communities to survive.
Cancun promises to be calm to a fault.
In the war against drug cartels, Mexican police and military often work at cross-purposes to each other.
Grassroots social movements helped put left-leaning Latin American governments in place -- that doesn't mean ongoing relationships have been easy.
Almost two years after President Obama promised to close Guantanamo, unnamed administration officials are predicting that the prison will remain open "for the foreseeable future."
On Oct. 31, Brazilians elected their new president, Worker's Party (PT) candidate, Dilma Rousseff.
WikiLeaks' latest document dump runs the gauntlet from gossip to outstanding diplomatic intelligence.
Discouragement is already in the air in the lead-up to the Cancun talks, but hope must stay on the table.
Kirchner was one of the few global south leaders to successfully challenge international financial institutions, and get away with it.