Women Lead Latin America’s Growing Anti-Militarization Movements

When George W. Bush left the White House, the rest of the world breathed a sigh of relief. The National Security Doctrine of unilateral attacks, the invasion of Iraq under the false pretext of weapons of mass destruction, and the abandonment of multilateral forums had opened up a new phase of U.S. aggression. Despite the focus on the Middle East, the increased threat of U.S. military intervention cast a long shadow over many parts of the world.

Two years later, that sense of relief has given way to deep concern. After hopes of a something closer to FDR’s Good Neighbor Policy of (relative) non-intervention, we find ourselves facing a new wave of militarization in Latin America–supported and promoted by the Obama administration.

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A Lack of Resolve

f Secretary of State Clinton permits the coup regime to impose conditions on the return of the constitutional president, then she damages, perhaps irreparably, the Organization of Americas States (OAS), and breaks faith with Oscar Arias who thought he had her unequivocal backing.

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Women’s Health in Nicaragua: The Need for a Secular State

Nicaragua’s population policy has been set out in two documents prepared by two successive governments. The first of these two documents, the “national population policy” was issued in September 1996, toward the end of Violeta Chamorro’s government. Jointly prepared by UN agencies and various government ministries, the population itself was not consulted in designing the policy.

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