Hemisphere Highlights, Volume VII, Issue 3 - March 2008
April 4, 2008
Mexico and Cuba announce recent steps to strengthen their bilateral relationship. Colombians are beginning to wonder whether the days of the FARC might be limited. China will deliver a satellite to Venezuela sometime this year, and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela announces a new “windfall” tax on oil companies to recoup a larger share of their rising profits. On his first official visit to Washington since assuming the position of minister of defense last July, Nelson Jobim discusses Brazil’s geopolitics with U.S. officials. Tension between the government of President Evo Morales and regional authorities in Bolivia’s four lowland departments (Santa Cruz, Tarija, Pando, and the Beni) continues to build. The Chilean government continues efforts to address the country’s energy and drought problems. In Argentina, highways are cut by farmers furious at a new raise in export duties on several crops.