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23 May 2007

Myanmar: Economic Boost Overshadowed by Suu Kyi Row

Myanmar’s economic gains during the last fiscal year have been largely unnoticed as the United Nation’s (UN) call to free political prisoners receives global support. Suffering sanctions imposed both by the United States and UN due to widespread human rights abuses and suppressive governance, the resource-rich country has found new

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23 May 2007

Venezuela: An Update on Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution

The Chávez government continues to move aggressively to nationalize key economic sectors in Venezuela. Oil, telecommunications, and power sectors have fallen prey to nationalization. The Chavez government has begun taking initial steps to do the same with television. Likewise Venezuelan banks have been forewarned about the potential for nationalization. Food,

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23 May 2007

Colombia: US Free Trade Agreement

On May 28, 2006 Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe secured a second four-year presidential term, gaining a better than expected 62 percent of the popular vote. Uribe’s relationship with the Bush administration and the Republican controlled Congress was intact and it appeared his administration was near to obtaining a historic free

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23 May 2007

Cote d’Ivoire: Militias Disarm in Support of Peace Process

In accordance with a peace agreement reached on March 4, 2007 (Previous Report), militia groups in Cote d’Ivoire have begun to disarm. In a largely symbolic ceremony on May 19, 2007, approximately 1,000 weapons were handed over by militia members to Cote d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo. Though most weapons were

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16 May 2007

Mexico: Oaxaca City Prepares for Renewed Protests

Nearly one year after Oaxaca City residents, business owners and merchants witnessed the dissolution of public order through acts of violent street protests and heavy handed Mexican government security responses, the city is again bracing for a new outbreak of protests that could ify the city’s economic regeneration in the

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