Dec. 31, 2003
Free Market Backlash in Bolivia
The South American nation of Bolivia is known for its stunning elevations and sunken standard of living. Ray Suarez reports on the economic situation in that developing nation, where two thirds of the population live on fewer than two U.S. dollars each day.
Dec. 17, 2003
U.S., Four Central American Countries Reach Free Trade Deal
The United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua announced Wednesday they reached an agreement on a free-trade deal after a final marathon negotiating session.
Nov. 27, 2003
Jeffrey Kaye of KCET Los Angeles explores the mass expulsion of people of Mexican descent from the United States during the Depression and new efforts to address it.
Nov. 25, 2003
'Waiting for Snow in Havana'
Jeffrey Brown speaks with Yale University history professor Carlos Eire, who recently won the National Book Award for nonfiction.
Nov. 21, 2003
FTAA Talks on Track After Meeting in Miami
Trade ministers from across the Americas papered over differences and concluded their meeting one day early after drafting an outline for future talks aimed at creating the world's largest free trade bloc.
Oct. 17, 2003
Embattled Bolivian President Steps Down Amid Riots
Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada reportedly resigned late Friday, after weeks of riots and protests that left at least 70 Bolivians dead. Violent demonstrations erupted over Sanchez de Lozada's plan to export natural gas from Bolivia.
Oct. 6, 2003
Colombia's Struggle to Control Narcotics Trafficking
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe discusses his efforts to control narcotics trafficking and growing incidents of rebel attacks on civilians.
Sept. 5, 2003
'The Polished Hoe'
Jeffrey Brown discusses the award-winning novel "The Polished Hoe" with its author Austin Clarke.
Aug. 20, 2003
U.S. Resumes Drug Surveillance Flights Over Colombia
President Bush late Tuesday reinstated a U.S.-backed flight surveillance program over Colombia, following a two-year suspension after the accidental downing of a U.S. missionary plane over Peru.
July 17, 2003
U.S. Accuses Cuba of Jamming Broadcasts to Iran
The U.S. government and corporate officials have accused Cuba of jamming U.S.-based satellite broadcasts of news and other information into Iran.
July 16, 2003
Straight Talk: Brazil and HIV
In the mid-nineties, the World Bank estimated 1.2 million Brazilians would be infected with HIV by the year 2000. But the estimate is half that amount. Susan Dentzer looks at some of the innovative government-sponsored prevention programs that Brazilian officials say helped people protect themselves from the virus.
July 15, 2003
Brazil's Survival Plan for HIV
Brazil's HIV treatment and education programs have produced impressive results, and may serve as a model for other developing countries dealing with accelerating rates of HIV infection.
July 8, 2003
Veloso's Songs of Brazil
Another look at the life and career of a superstar musician, poet, filmmaker and activist whose work has affected more than a generation of Brazilian and international fans.
May 27, 2003
President Bush signed a bill approving a five-year plan and $15 billion to fight AIDS worldwide. Fred de Sam Lazaro of Twin Cities Public Television reports on the epidemic's toll in Haiti, one of the countries that will benefit from the new plan.
May 6, 2003
Colombian President Seeks Support After Rebels Kill Ten Hostages
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe asked his people for support in his government's fight against terrorism.
April 24, 2003
Crackdown in Cuba
Led by Fidel Castro, Cuba has outraged the international human rights community by its recent jailing of dozens of well-known dissidents and its execution of three men for hijacking a ferry to Florida. Ray Suarez leads a discussion with two experts on the timing of the Cuban government's latest moves.
April 15, 2003
Two Journalists Killed in Car Crash in Iraq
Argentine reporter Mario Podesta and camerawoman Veronica Cabrera died in a car accident near Baghdad, bringing to fourteen the number of journalists to die while covering the war in Iraq.
April 11, 2003
Cuba Executes Three for Ferry Hijacking; Crackdown on Dissidents Continues
Cuba's Supreme Tribunal and the Council of State upheld the death sentences, and, according to the televised statement, "at dawn the sanctions were applied."
March 20, 2003
Russia, China, France Blast Opening of Iraq War
World leaders reacted Thursday to the initial U.S. attack on Iraq, offering assessments of U.S. actions and considering the effect of military conflict on the world.
Feb. 25, 2003
U.S. Demands FARC Release Captured Americans
U.S. officials on Tuesday demanded the safe release of three U.S. government personnel captured after their aircraft crashed in southern Colombia Feb. 13.
Feb. 10, 2003
Fighting AIDS Africa and the Caribbean
Examining President Bush's recent $15 billion proposal to combat AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean.
Jan. 17, 2003
Power Struggle in Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez welcomed international efforts to end the seven-week oil strike but said his government would not negotiate with opponents he called "coup-plotting fascists." Experts discuss the ongoing power struggle between Chavez and the opposition.
Jan. 16, 2003
Press Under Fire
Colombian journalists Ignacio "Nacho" Gomez and Maria Cristina Caballero discusses the risks of reporting in their war-torn country.
Jan. 16, 2003
Extended Interview: Ignacio Gómez
Investigative reporter Ignacio Gómez, awarded the 2002 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists, talks about the plight of journalists in Colombia.
Jan. 16, 2003
Extended Interview: Frank Smyth
Frank Smyth, the Washington, D.C. representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, explains why Colombia is such a dangerous place for reporters.
Jan. 16, 2003
Ignacio Gómez is a leading investigative reporter in Colombia, a country where the careers of journalists are frequently cut short.
Jan. 1, 2003
Brazil Inaugurates Leftist President
"If at the end of my mandate all Brazilians have the possibility to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, I will have fulfilled the mission of my life," Silva said.