Elections in Bolivia and Chile signal changes in Latin America: the emergence of women in prominent leadership positions and the leftward shift in political orientation. More significant than this realignment is the rise of women in a traditionally conservative and somewhat machismo political environment.
The South African government has granted the former president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, permission to visit the country for an unspecified period of time. The fact that Aristide and his family have not received formal political asylum is relevant.
As Venezuela enters its seventh week of a general strike, costing the country an estimated $10-billion (8% of its gross domestic product) and the biggest example of wealth destruction in Venezuelan history, one can't help recalling a similar scenario in Argentina exactly one year ago.