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Latin Americans keep politics out of the economy

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Latin Americans keep politics out of the economy

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 Arag√£o writes that in most Latin American countries, people seem to sift apart economic and political issues.

Posted: April 24, 2009 09:43   Comments: 0
Will action follow words after Americas summit?

Analysis

Will action follow words after Americas summit?

Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes about the significance of the Summit of the Americas over the weekend and provides some context for Obama's position on Cuba.

Posted: April 20, 2009 13:34   Comments: 3
Sharing the good news with you

In the Newsroom

Sharing the good news with you

Though a common saying about news is "if it bleeds, it leads," Martin Savidge shares some of the more cheery stories that have uplifted the world recently, including Worldfocus' signature series from Liberia.

Posted: April 17, 2009 14:26   Comments: 0
Week in review: Obama’s first three months

Week in Review (video)

Week in review: Obama’s first three months

Les Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations and Charles Sennott of GlobalPost discuss President Obama's first three months in office, his foreign policy initiatives and recent overtures to Iran, Russia and Cuba.

Posted: April 17, 2009 14:23   Comments: 2
Drug violence takes center stage on Obama visit to Mexico

Interview (video)

Drug violence takes center stage on Obama visit to Mexico

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.

Posted: April 16, 2009 15:17   Comments: 4
Chronic malnutrition fatigues Guatemala’s children

From the Field

Chronic malnutrition fatigues Guatemala’s children

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.

Posted: April 16, 2009 13:02   Comments: 6
No room for optimism in Mexico’s war on drugs

Analysis

No room for optimism in Mexico’s war on drugs

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.

Posted: April 15, 2009 10:01   Comments: 4
U.S. lifts Cuban travel ban and commerce restrictions

Interview (video)

U.S. lifts Cuban travel ban and commerce restrictions

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.

Posted: April 14, 2009 15:23   Comments: 8
U.S. indicts anti-Castro Cuban exile with terrorist links

Video

U.S. indicts anti-Castro Cuban exile with terrorist links

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.

Posted: April 13, 2009 13:56   Comments: 2
U.S. announces plans to close secret overseas prisons

Interview (Video)

U.S. announces plans to close secret overseas prisons

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.

Posted: April 10, 2009 14:46   Comments: 0

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