Haiti has long been one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Even though it was the first Latin American nation to gain independence — through a slave rebellion — Haitian history has been marked by invasions and occupations to bring down one corrupt regime after another.
President Obama has two initiatives to help victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake, a private initiative that deserves lavish praise and a new government dole that lacks constitutional authority and merits condemnation. The January 12 earthquake in Haiti has unquestionably wreaked unspeakable violence.
"A record 69 people were murdered across Mexico on Saturday, making it the deadliest day since President Felipe Calderon took office just over three years ago," the Latin American Herald Tribune reported on Wednesday, January 13, citing Mexico's El Universal newspaper. The previous daily death toll record was 57 murders on Aug. 17, 2009.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and a pharmaceutical company are advising doctors in Canada not to use a batch of H1N1 swine flu vaccines following reports that the shots were causing an unusually high number of severe allergic reactions.
The Associated Press reported on November 6 that a deal to end the constitutional crisis in Honduras and form a unity govenment has fallen apart. Ousted President Manuel Zelaya and current leader Roberto Micheletti were pressured into accepting the deal by the United States.
As the Obama administration and Moscow rush to negotiate a new arms-control treaty by the end of the year, Russia is being accused of testing new Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) that would violate the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
Honduran President Roberto Micheletti announced that he is ready to sign an agreement that could reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya and end the country's political crisis, VOA News reported early on October 30. Micheletti was installed by a congressional vote as the Central American’s president on June 28 as a replacement for President Manuel Zelaya, who was exiled by the military acting on the orders of the Honduran Supreme Court. Late on October 29, Micheletti said that he has authorized his negotiating team to sign an agreement that "marks the beginning of the end" of the four-month political standoff. The Honduran congress must approve the deal.
A Canadian study is making waves across the international press after reportedly finding evidence of an increased risk for swine flu infection among people who have taken the seasonal influenza vaccine. The research is preliminary and has not been peer-reviewed yet, but governments and the media are taking notice.