Hemisphere Highlights, Volume IX Issue 5 - May 2010
June 4, 2010
Mexican president Felipe Calderón addressed the joint session of the U.S. Congress on Mexico’s progress on national and bilateral issues. European Union parliamentarians focus on reducing femicide in Mexico during the summit of Latin America, Caribbean, and European heads of state. Violence continues in the Mexican state of Oaxaca with the death of indigenous rights activist Timoteo Alejandro Ramírez and his wife. American Temporary Protected Status is extended to Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Salvadoran migrants living in the United States. Civil unrest surrounding drug baron Christopher “Dudas” Coke in Jamaica has political and economic implications for narcotrafficking in the region. The indigenous community in Ecuador protests legislation that will regulate water use. Alan García sparks controversy with his statement that Peru has a surplus of natural gas to provide for domestic needs and exports to Mexico. The government of Uruguay expands its One Laptop per Child program to students in private schools. Presidential candidates in Colombia address major concerns ahead of the May 30 elections.