NACLA Update 2/04/10 - Life After The Lome Convention / Salvadorans Take On Free Trade

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St. Lucia: Life After the Lomé Convention
by Kevin Edmonds

In December an agreement was reached that will see the EU further reduce tariffs on imported Latin American bananas. The eastern Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia is now facing a widespread economic and social breakdown—including a crisis in the government's ability to provide basic social services—that threatens to reverse 40 years of genuine development achieved through protected trade.
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Salvadoran Anti–Mining Activists Risk Their Lives by Taking On 'Free Trade'by Lisa Skeen
For residents of El Salvador's northern department of Cabañas, 2009 was a year fraught with political high drama that reached a tragic climax in December with the assassination of two anti–mining activists. A public commemoration of their work, which marked the start of 2010, was as much a statement of solidarity as one of mourning.
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Out Now! Jan/Feb 2010

Same Difference: Obama's Militarized Status Quo
In April, President Obama made his hemispheric debut at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. "I'm here to launch a new chapter of engagement that will be sustained throughout my administration," he told his counter-parts, to applause. He later added that his administration would condemn "any efforts at violent overthrows of democratically elected governments, wherever it happens in the hemisphere."Since then, however, Obama's honeymoon with Latin America has definitively ended—largely because of his administration's efforts to prevent the reinstatement of Manuel Zelaya to the presidency of Honduras, following the military coup in June, and its granting of legitimacy to the coup government. This Report approaches the question of continuities by examining the institutional and ideological obstacles to progressive policies, as well as the political and economic bases of such tragically failed policies as Plan Colombia.

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