Between Drug Trafficking and Electioneering, Guatemala Left High and Dry

In an interview with the Americas Program, Marco Antonio Castillo, director of the Guatemala-based Grupo Ceiba, notes that increased violence in Guatemala caused by the presence of drug-trafficking cartels is causing alarm and will lead presidential candidates this year to call for a crackdown. In a country that experienced the military abuses of the eighties, this will be dangerous.

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Mexican Representative Says There Will Be No Climate Deal in Cancun

The Mexican representative for international climate change negotiations, ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, said not to expect a binding agreement at the Climate Change Conference to be hosted in Cancun this year. Many had hoped to finally achieve the goal of an agreement to commit the signatory countries of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce their pollutant emissions and prevent a global temperature rise of 2 degrees centigrade over the next few years.

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Oil Companies: Under No Obligation to Report Exploratory Pollution

We know that over 200 million gallons (757 million liters) of oil were spilled in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of exploration by British Petroleum, but we’ll only see the full impact of the spill in the years to come.

This is what Lisa P. Jackson, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explained to journalists during the Seventeenth Regular Session of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), held on 16-17 August 2010, in Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Pollution Knows no Borders

Mexico, Canada and the United States have serious problems with the emission of diverse pollutants.

The three member countries of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America, a body created as part of NAFTA’s environmental side agreement, are facing high rates of emissions of mercury, arsenic, and chromium, according to Orlando Cabrera, the manager of the Air Quality Program and of the Pollutant Release and Transfer Registry (PRTR) of North America.

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Honduras since the coup: Drug Traffickers’ Paradise

When Felipe Calderón took up the Mexican presidency, he declared war on drug trafficking. Now, three years down the line, many are worried that Mexican traffickers intend to broaden their networks to Central America, bringing in their wake corruption, violence and death. Such a move would be the prelude to the widespread adoption of a militarized strategy similar to Mexico’s, where there are constant complaints of human rights violations.

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