Regions / Latin America & Caribbean
At the G-8 Summit in Georgia, one of the main items on the agenda was the democratization of the Middle East, and the recent commemoration of the D-Day anniversary and the passing of President Reagan both generated discussion concerning the defense and spread of democracy.
After five years of extra-constitutional attempts to remove President Hugo Chávez from power, the U.S.-supported Venezuelan opposition finally got what it has asked for: a referendum on Chávez’s rule on Sunday. But having attained their stated goal, it could be the worst thing that has happened to them.
President Carlos Mesa won a stunning political victory last month when Bolivian voters overwhelmingly approved a five-point referendum, endorsing his plans to develop Bolivia’s gas reserves.
People looking to get excited about American democracy in an election year needn't look further than the current proposals on poor country debt relief from multilateral institutions being put forward by the presidential campaigns.
Trade ministers from the Americas are meeting in Miami November 20-21 to discuss plans to completeor drastically scale back the scope ofthe negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
When President Bush took the oath of office, one pledge he didn't make that he should have was to stop the torture.
With the nomination of John D. Negroponte to head the newly restructured intelligence system and the rather startling choice of the controversial and confrontational John Bolton as ambassador to the UN, Bush continues to show much less concern for world public opinion or credibility than for personal loyalty and a hard-right ideology.
When historians look back over the past 25 years, one of the great crimes they will identify is the Third World debt crisis.
With annual lending to Latin American countries surpassing $8 billion annually, the IDB has significant influence over the region’s economies.
Today we would do well to remember Romero as an example of moral courage in a time of war. But his story is also significant because El Salvador has repeatedly been used by the current Bush administration as a parallel for the situation in Iraq.