Regions / Latin America & Caribbean
In pandering to the gun lobby, the Bush administration showed what little regard it has for strengthening international efforts to deal with trafficking in small arms.
In the coming weeks, Congress will begin to debate the wisdom of sending a billion additional dollars to the Andes region of South America.
What do Fox and Bush mean when they say they want progress on NAFTA?
The inability of the Colombian State to control its national territory and diverse armed groups is perceived to pose a threat to the other countries of the Andean region.
Guatemala's increasing violence highlights the failure of the peace process, but it also raises the question of whether Guatemala is moving toward neofascism.
U.S. President George W. Bush and his Mexican counterpart Vicente Fox are cooking up a new guestworker program to absorb the thickening flow of Mexicans willing to put their lives on the line to bust onto the bottom rungs of the decelerating U.S. economy.
Any antidrug policy that forsakes or underestimates the decisive importance of democratic institutions or economic and social issues will always be counterproductive and play into the hands of drug traffickers.
Whoever is to blame in the Bowers incident, there is no escaping U.S. culpability in a policy that leads to death and destruction and is ultimately ineffective.
The supposedly successful closure of the "air bridge" hasn't therefore meant the end of the joint U.S./Peruvian "surveillance" program, but rather increased the area where "interdiction" must occur.
Even if the U.S. and Colombian governments were to take alternative development seriously, there are staggering obstacles to overcome.