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The promise of a Pacific Alliance

Free trade supporters are cheering the Pacific Alliance.   Comprised of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile, the bloc accounts for more than a third of Latin America's gross domestic product and has moved quickly on a path to integrate their economies.  They agreed to remove trade tariffs on 92 per cent. The concrete results reflect refreshing pragmatism, and for this reason the Alliance should be applauded.

El Salvador and Costa Rica headed for runoffs

Presidential elections in two Central American countries, El Salvador and Costa Rica, will head to a second round after top contenders in both nations failed to get enough votes on to win outright, in contests that tested the power of incumbent parties.

Mexico strikes deal with vigilantes.

Mexico and self-defense groups reached an agreement this week allowing vigilantes to participate in local police departments or form temporary military units. Is it setting a dangerous precedent?

Ortega: President for life?

Nicaragua’s 25 opposition lawmakers walked out on the National Assembly Tuesday after failing to stop the Sandinista supermajority from steamrolling their new Constitution into law, clearing the way for President Daniel Ortega’s indefinite reelection.

Nicaragua forges canal plan

Skepticism abounds, Nicaraguans have a long list of concerns – from hurricanes to displaced communities – over a Chinese-funded canal that would take a decade to build and cost $60 billion.


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