Monday, June 3rd 2002 - 21:00 UTC

“Protectionism as tall as the Andes”

Uruguayan president Jorge Batlle interrupted a conference in the Uruguayan-British Chamber of Commerce when the speaker began praising the virtues of the Chilean model of open economy with minimum tariffs, recalling that “they are one of the more protectionists in the universe when it comes to agriculture”.

Saturday, June 1st 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Elections next March?

Peronist governors of Argentina's three leading provinces apparently are in agreement that the next general election should be held on March 2003, six months before the official date line, according to reports in the Buenos Aires press.

Thursday, May 30th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

South America Breaking News

Some Headlines: Joint naval exercises in Antarctic waters; Drought in Magallanes;
Bi-oceanic route; Mercosur defers decision on tariffs?more.

Tuesday, May 28th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Carmona granted exile

Pedro Carmona the Venezuelan businessman who briefly replaced President Hugo Chaves during a failed coup last month was granted political asylum by the Colombian government.

Monday, May 27th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Another crucial week

With patience seemingly running out in spite of his official preaching of hope and tenacity, Argentine president Eduardo Duhalde faces another crucial week.

Monday, May 27th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Hardliner elected Colombian president

A resounding victory in hand, President-elect Alvaro Uribe promised that Colombians from all walks of life will benefit from his crusade to bring law and order to the most insecure and violent nation in Latin America.

Sunday, May 26th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Urgent: New leadership requested

An overwhelming majority of Argentines, 82%, demand that in the next elections scheduled for October 2003, all elected posts, from President to local Councillors, be renewed. Another significant 70% believe the current Argentine crisis is political, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Friday, May 24th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

A plea for Mr. Cavallo

Seventy five world personalities figure in an open request to the Argentine government published in the New York Times, asking for an immediate consideration of Mr. Domingo Cavallo's legal situation and ensure that he is “treated in a fair and impartial way”.

Friday, May 24th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

220.000 visas

US consular offices in Argentina are overwhelmed with requests for visas. Last year 20,000 were granted but this year at the current rate of 800/1000 per day, it is estimated that 220,000 visas will be the final number.

Thursday, May 23rd 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Argentine Minister confident

Argentine Economy Minister Roberto Lavagna currently in Washington said he's confident on reaching an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, IMF, based on a new program, by the end of June.


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