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Archive for April, 2009
The Latin American economy is expected to contract this year as countries face losses from declining exports, tourism and remittances. But while some world leaders have become political casualties of the economic crisis, blogger Thiago de Aragão writes that in most Latin American countries, people seem to sift apart economic and political issues.
On Thursday, the government of Pakistan sent paramilitary troops to a northwest district that was recently taken over by the Taliban. Michael Krepon of the Henry L. Stimson Center discusses the Taliban's growing influence and increasing concerns about the Pakistani government's ability to control the militants.
Turkey and Armenia have worked out a framework to normalize relations, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday. The announcement comes just before Armenia commemorates the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks between 1915-1917 -- a long source of tension between the neighboring countries.
A Pakistani-American writes that a lack of economic opportunities has led many Pakistani youths, including herself, to leave the country. Those too poor or who lack the connections to flee often turn to violence.
Alon Ben-Meir of New York University discusses what's behind the shift in Israel's approach to peace negotiations and the challenges it presents for the Obama administration and the Palestinians.
South Africa held national parliamentary elections on Wednesday. The ruling African National Congress is widely expected to emerge victorious, but analysts say the ANC will struggle to win the two-thirds majority that it has won in the past, with new challengers set to make a strong showing.