Mexico’s second presidential debate was, in a word, disappointing. Authorities anticipate a high level of participation in these elections. People are organizing to participate as observers, voters, representatives of their parties, media monitors and informed citizens. Hopefully the third debate in June will reflect the high level of preparation and seriousness that an ever-more active citizenry deserves.
Los esfuerzos de los gobiernos del Mercosur por concluir el TLC con la Unión Europea para dar una señal clara “a los mercados” de que la política económica actual es radicalmente distinta a la de sus antecesores y dejar sentado que el libre mercado es la panacea para lograr el desarrollo económico y social en esta subregión sudamericana, no ha sido suficiente para evitar, una vez más, el fracaso de las negociaciones.
Without protection for social leaders and land claimants, there cannot be a sustainable peace in Colombia. The Colombian government has a responsibility to investigate and prosecute members of armed groups such as the AGC for the assassination of community leaders and other illegal activities.
On March 3 of this year, Enrique Corral Alonso, known as Abel, died in Spain. Abel was his nomme de guerre, which he assumed when he joined the Guerrilla Army of the Poor (Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres, or EGP), as a founder of one of the four guerrilla groups in Guatemala that at the end of the conflict merged into the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit (Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca-URNG).
The larger countries have “temporarily” abandoned UNASUR, and initial support for the organization’s functionality and institutionalism, which regional leaders had once been swift to invoke to make clear that UNASUR, not the OAS, would resolve South American political issues – has been lost.