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.
Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia University discusses Barack Obama's visit to Mexico, where he focused on the issue of drug violence. Some in Mexico blame the drug problem on America's appetite for illegal drugs and its gun laws.
Samuel Loewenberg of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is currently in Guatemala producing a couple Worldfocus signature stories. He writes about his visit to the Bethania clinic, where he encountered the young victims of Guatemala's rampant malnutrition.
U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to venture to Mexico on Thursday for talks with President Felipe Calderon. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner argues that unless political leaders are willing to commit to real change and take the resulting flak, it will be impossible to alleviate Mexico's drug problem.
Following the announcement that some restrictions on travel and commerce will be eased between the United States and Cuba, Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner discusses how these changes will impact the average Cuban, if more changes on the part of the U.S. are expected and if the U.S. will ask the Cuban government for changes.
In a move that could represent a big breakthrough in Cuban-American relations, the U.S. has indicted 81-year-old Cuban exile Luis Posada, linked to deadly bombings in Cuba.
The CIA announced that it will close its secret overseas detention centers -- prisons set up for the sometimes brutal interrogation of terrorism suspects. Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch discusses how U.S. counter-terrorism efforts will change under President Obama and how terror suspects will be handled in the future.