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Pictures from a Revolution (1991)

Pictures from a Revolution (1991)

Who won the war in Nicaragua?
Apparently, no one.
Pictures from a Revolution examines photographer Susan Meiselas’s journey to find the people she photographed in Nicaragua during the 1970s and 1980s.
She uses the photos to reach out to people, many of whom are blunt about their shattered hopes. Both supporters of the …

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Latino (1985)

Latino (1985)

The production values are terrible. The acting is bad.
But this is a movie worth watching.
Set in the early 1980s, Latino follows a Chicano soldier recruited to train Nicaraguan counterrevolutionaries along the Honduras side of the border. They were called “contras.”
Whether the contras were a home grown group or one created …

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The Crumbling Center of the Americas

The Crumbling Center of the Americas

 
While recent U.S. efforts with Colombia and Mexico have bolstered security and institutions in those nations, U.S. influence in Central America has been comparatively weak. NAFTA has fostered impressive geopolitical interconnection between Mexico and the U.S.; the analogous and little recognized CAFTA-DR (Dominican Republic-Central America-United States) Free Trade Agreement has …

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Strict Integration Undermines Smaller Caribbean Economies says British Economist

Strict Integration Undermines Smaller Caribbean Economies says British Economist

A new regional economic platform, the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF), spearheaded by the World Bank (WB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), mobilized more than 150 participants in Kingston’s University of the West Indies around a common concern: the region’s perennial economic failings. The two-day conference, held …

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