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Brazil’s nationalistic move to up oil stakes angers critics

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Brazil’s nationalistic move to up oil stakes angers critics

A new law proposed by Brazil's president would give Petrobras, the state-owned oil giant, a minimum 30 percent stake in all future oil projects. Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports on the uproar it has caused, with critics arguing for fair distribution of oil profits around the country.

Posted: September 1, 2009 15:14   Comments: 1
Argentina still trying to pin down Iran as bombing culprit

Peter Eisner (blog)

Argentina still trying to pin down Iran as bombing culprit

The Argentine government contends that Iranian and Hezbollah agents were responsible for a 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. But the claim of Iranian responsibility has often been entangled with the political agendas of the U.S. and Argentina, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner.

Posted: September 1, 2009 11:45   Comments: 4
Mexico decriminalizes small amounts of drugs

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Mexico decriminalizes small amounts of drugs

Last week, the Mexican government announced that it will no longer jail users of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Other countries in the region have taken similar steps. John Walsh of the Washington Office on Latin America discusses the trend.

Posted: August 27, 2009 15:27   Comments: 75
In Mexico, drug legalization is a mixed bag

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In Mexico, drug legalization is a mixed bag

In Mexico, a new law has been passed to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of narcotics including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD and crystal meth. A Worldfocus contributing blogger examines the pros and cons of decriminalization.

Posted: August 27, 2009 07:23   Comments: 11
Cold warriors are still with us, and history is now

Peter Eisner (blog)

Cold warriors are still with us, and history is now

This weekend the National Security Archive published documents showing that President Richard M. Nixon had sought help from Brazil in 1971 to overthrow Chilean President Salvador Allende. Peter Eisner discusses the significance of these documents and what we haven't learned from history.

Posted: August 17, 2009 10:15   Comments: 2
For Cuba’s young boxers, victory comes at any cost

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For Cuba’s young boxers, victory comes at any cost

PBS Wide Angle shares the story of a Cuban boy training at a boxing academy in Havana, where losing is not an option. Boxing holds a special place in Cuban society, and the country often dominates at the Olympic Games.

Posted: August 12, 2009 15:03   Comments: 0
Corruption hampers Mexico’s battle against drugs

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Corruption hampers Mexico’s battle against drugs

Earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama praised what he described as Mexico's "courageous effort" to combat drug trafficking and violence. Andres Martinez of the New America Foundation discusses the drug war and the U.S. role in Mexico.

Posted: August 12, 2009 14:51   Comments: 3
Flu should force action on health care

Nina Hachigian (blog)

Flu should force action on health care

You know when Americans are going to be really sorry that we don’t have a new health care system? When a pandemic really hits the country, writes Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian.

Posted: August 12, 2009 11:34   Comments: 1
Hollow words as Obama praises Mexico’s war on drugs

Peter Eisner (blog)

Hollow words as Obama praises Mexico’s war on drugs

At the North American summit in Mexico, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to continue efforts to reduce U.S. demand for drugs, and to stem the illegal flow of guns across the southern border. But Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner argues that the promises are just words, and nothing will change.

Posted: August 11, 2009 12:09   Comments: 5
Obama tackles drugs, flu and trade at Mexico summit

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Obama tackles drugs, flu and trade at Mexico summit

U.S. President Barack Obama joined his Canadian and Mexican counterparts as they completed a summit meeting in Mexico on Monday. Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the issues tackled, including trade, the H1N1 flu and the drug war.

Posted: August 10, 2009 15:20   Comments: 2

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