January 28, 2013 |
SANTIAGO, Chile — A 60-nation summit wrapped up in Chile on Sunday with leaders from the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean renewing calls for giving investors "legal certainty" and dropping barriers to trade between economies that together represent a billion people and $280 billion in commerce. Chile's president, Sebastian Piñera, declared that much progress was made toward a new strategic alliance between continents. "I'm fully convinced that we've taken a huge step forward.
March 21, 2011 |
SANTIAGO, Chile — Can the Middle East learn from Latin America? On his tour of Central and South America, President Obama has repeatedly lauded many of the region's countries for shifting from dictatorships to democracies over the past two decades. In a speech Monday, he invoked Chile's rise from the Pinochet era to a democracy. A day earlier, in Brazil, Obama said its transition could be a model for countries in the Middle East and North Africa where a historic wave of...
December 29, 2011 |
BATAN, Brazil — Priscila da Silva once asked her grandmother why she had 12 children, and the answer was simple: "Because I wanted to. " These days, Silva, like many women in Brazil and the rest of Latin America, has other plans. At 24, she thinks about having one child, if that. "The situation today is different, and raising a child is difficult," said Silva, slicing tomatoes at a restaurant that she founded with four other women, only one of whom has planned a family of any size.
May 31, 2013 |
Marie Arana is a writer at large for The Washington Post. Her biography of Latin American founder Simon Bolivar was published in April. Eight years ago, in an interview at the University of Virginia, former secretary of state George Shultz commented that U.S. foreign policy would do well to begin with our neighbors. If the neighborhood is healthy, he said — if, say, U.S.-Mexico affairs are humming — the world as a whole stands to profit. No...
May 29, 2009 |
The U.S. government is fighting an effort to allow Cuba to return to the Organization of American States after a 47-year suspension. But the resistance is putting it at odds with much of Latin America as the Obama administration is trying to improve relations in the hemisphere. Eliminating the Cold War-era ban would be largely symbolic, because Cuba has shown no sign of wanting to return to the OAS, the main forum for political cooperation in the hemisphere. But the debate shows how central the topic has...
March 13, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY — The man who will move into the 10-room papal residence inside the vaulted gates of the Holy See lives in a simple, austere apartment across from the Cathedral of Buenos Aires. In a city with a taste for luxury and status, he frequently prepares his own meals and abandoned the limousine of his high office to hop on "el micro" — Argentine slang for the bus. A staunch conservative and devout Jesuit in Latin America's most socially progressive nation,...