Hemisphere Highlights Volume IX Issue 7 - October 2010
Canadian prime minister vetoes proposal to extend the detention period for asylum seekers in Canada. Haiti prepares to elect a new president and legislators in November. Mexican president announces a plan to protect journalists in Mexico from drug violence. States across Mexico suffer the effects of severe thunderstorms and flooding in September. A law legalizing same-sex marriage in Argentina begins to have economic and social effects. Legislative elections in Venezuela result in gains for the political opposition and constitute a setback to the government of President Hugo Chávez. Rural violence continues in Colombia, despite the death of an influential leader of the FARC guerrilla group. Juan Manual Santos begins his presidency in Colombia with a softer agenda than his predecessor. Brazil’s Petrobras raised some $70 billion through a massive public offering of its stock, resulting in an increase in the Brazilian government’s share of the state oil company.