Hemisphere Highlights, Volume VI, Issue 9 - October 2007
November 6, 2007
Canada’s government delivers the Speech from the Throne and announces that it will map the Canadian Arctic seabed in an effort to secure sovereignty over that region. After months of speculation, the United States and Mexico reach a historic accord on counternarcotics aid. Two recent cases before international legal bodies address long-standing border issues in Central America and the Caribbean. The people of Costa Rica vote in favor of ratifying the Central America-Dominican Republic-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) in a nationwide referendum. Thousands of Venezuelan students clash with police as they protest planned changes to the constitution. Colombians vote in record numbers in the October 28 local elections. Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa announces a steep increase in taxes on foreign oil companies’ revenues. The U.S. secretary of commerce urges Brazil to take the lead in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round. Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will become the 48th president of Argentina.