Regions / Latin America & Caribbean
Every incoming plane into Porto Alegre is overbooked, all hotels, hostels, and empty apartments are full, makeshift campsites are sprouting in city parks, and the crowds in cafes converse in a mix of languages.
Sparked by the government's latest economic policies, which restricted the amount of money people could withdraw from their bank accounts, political demonstrations and the looting of grocery stores spread across the country.
Will the Bush administration retreat from hardline unilateralism when it comes to aid for Argentina?
The reverberations from the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 enmeshed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a major legitimacy crisis over its recently assumed mission to promote free capital mobility around the globe.
The U.S. needs to resume its original Bretton Woods perspective.
The policies of the IMF are not only backed by the U.S. government and its allies, but also by powerful elites in low-income countries. Yet the economic case for change is overwhelming
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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.
Guatemala's increasing violence highlights the failure of the peace process, but it also raises the question of whether Guatemala is moving toward neofascism.
In the coming weeks, Congress will begin to debate the wisdom of sending a billion additional dollars to the Andes region of South America.