Dec. 29, 2005
Uncovering the Past in Guatemala
A report on unearthing the remains of victims of Guatemala's civil war.
Dec. 28, 2005
Reform Effort Pushed as Part of U.N. Budget Deal
Ending weeks of turmoil, the U.N. General Assembly late last week adopted its 2006-7 budget but with a spending cap aimed at pressuring countries into agreeing to key reforms within six months.
Dec. 20, 2005
Political Shift in Bolivia
Evo Morales was elected president of Bolivia Sunday. He has vowed to reverse a campaign financed by the U.S. to wipe out coca growing and to improve economic conditions in the poor country. Following a background report, two experts discuss Morales' victory and the rise of populist leaders in Latin America.
Dec. 15, 2005
A World Without Borders
As rapid advances in technology occur, some experts say globalization has created a new, border-free world that gives more power to individuals and also allows for illicit trafficking. Two authors discuss globalization, and the resulting new world economy.
Dec. 9, 2005
Impasse Over Agriculture Threatens WTO's Hong Kong Meeting
Trade representatives from 149 nations will converge in Hong Kong at the World Trade Organization's ministerial meeting in an attempt to revive the Doha Development Agenda to lower trade barriers in farm and manufacturing goods and services.
Nov. 28, 2005
Immigration Control Along U.S.-Mexico Border
In a speech in Arizona, President Bush stressed the need for improved enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border and proposed a guest worker program. Following a background report, four guests discuss the proposals.
Nov. 25, 2005
Devastation in Guatemala
2005 marks a record year for the number and strength of hurricanes originating in the Atlantic Ocean. Jeffrey Kaye of KCET-Los Angeles reports from Guatemala, a country hit particularly hard by the massive storms.
Nov. 23, 2005
Chile's Pinochet Charged With Tax Evasion
Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was put under house arrest and charged with evading taxes on $26 million related to his overseas accounts, state television said Wednesday.
Nov. 17, 2005
Strife-Torn Haiti Delays Presidential Elections
Haiti has postponed elections scheduled for Nov. 20 but not set a new date as the Caribbean country struggles to organize a credible vote amidst continued gang violence.
Nov. 9, 2005
Health Experts Unveil Global Strategy to Tackle Bird Flu
International health experts met for three days ending Wednesday in Geneva to hammer out a global strategy against bird flu.
Nov. 7, 2005
U.S. Push for Latin American Free Trade Agreement Falls Short
President Bush ended a five-day trip to Latin America in Panama Monday, two days after a U.S. initiative to establish a hemisphere-wide free trade zone faltered during a 34-nation summit in Argentina.
Oct. 7, 2005
Peace Prize Goes to U.N. Group for Anti-Nuclear Efforts
The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency and its head Mohamed ElBaradei won the Nobel Peace prize Friday for their diplomatic efforts with Iran and North Korea to curb the spread of atomic weapons.
Sept. 16, 2005
U.N. Summit Wraps Up With Prospects of More Reforms
World leaders prepared to end a U.N. summit in New York on Friday by endorsing a reform document.
Sept. 14, 2005
Annan Urges More Fundamental Reforms At U.N.
The United Nations summit of more than 150 world leaders opened with Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling the last-minute agreement on a proposal to alter the embattled organization a "good start" but not "the sweeping and fundamental reform" needed.
Sept. 13, 2005
U.N. Approves Diluted Reform Plan
A day before the United Nations was prepared to meet for what has been billed as a historic summit to reform the world body, member states approved a compromise, watered-down document intended to guide the organization in the 21st century.
Aug. 18, 2005
U.S.-Mexico Border Disputes
The governors of New Mexico and Arizona have declared states of emergency in response to continued gang violence and drug smuggling associated with the flow of Mexicans illegally entering the United States. Two key players in the debate discuss the conflict and possible solutions.
Aug. 16, 2005
Engine Problems Down Commercial Aircraft in Venezuela
A West Caribbean Airways plane flying from Panama to the Caribbean island of Martinique with some 160 people aboard crashed early Tuesday near a cattle farm in western Venezuelan after experiencing engine problems.
Aug. 8, 2005
Singer of Stories
Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer died Saturday in Havana of multiple organ failure at the age of 78. He rose to fame as part of the Buena Vista Social Club project.
Aug. 2, 2005
Both government and police officials in the U.S. and Central America are attempingt to curb the violent activity of growing transnational street gang MS-13.
July 27, 2005
The Battle Over CAFTA
President Bush visited Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge lawmakers to pass the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which some legislators fear will threaten jobs. Experts make the case for and against the trade agreement.
June 30, 2005
Senate Debates Central America Free Trade Agreement
The Senate is slated Wednesday to vote on the much-debated Central American Free Trade Agreement, which would open the markets of six South American nations to the United States. A look at the conflict over CAFTA.
June 24, 2005
Colombian Congress Approves Controversial Bill to Revive Peace Talks
The Colombian Congress this week approved a controversial bill meant to disarm one of Columbia's largest paramilitary groups by offering legal leniency to its leaders who agree to enter peace talks.
June 14, 2005
A Rising Protestant Tide in Latin America and Its Impact on the Catholic Church
Correspondent Saul Gonzales of KCET-Los Angeles looks at the growing popularity of the Protestant Church in Latin America and its potential impact on the Catholic Church.
May 19, 2005
Cuban Exile Charged With Illegal Entry
A Cuban exile, wanted for extradition charges in Venezuela for an airplane bombing that occurred 30 years ago, is in U.S. custody on immigration violation charges of illegal entry.
April 29, 2005
U.S.-South American Relations Explored
In the wake of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to South America this week, two regional experts discuss the sometimes tense relationship between the United States and South American nations.
April 25, 2005
The Growing Tension Between Venezuela and the United States
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Sunday abruptly terminated a military exchange program with the United States and ordered five U.S. officers returned home. This actions comes as uneasy relations between both countries persist over oil and Venezuela's relationship with Cuba.
April 20, 2005
Pope Faces Challenges in Asia, Latin America
Two experts on Catholicism and religion in Asia and Latin America discuss the challenges Pope Benedict XVI faces within the American Catholic Church and in the developing world.
April 13, 2005
U.N. Approves Global Nuclear Terrorism Treaty
Members of the U.N. General Assembly approved a global treaty Wednesday aimed at preventing the illicit trafficking or possession of radioactive materials and atomic devices by terrorists.
Feb. 4, 2005
New Report Lists Most Underreported Stories of 2004
Terence Smith speaks with the executive director of Doctors Without Borders about the most underreported stories of 2004 and why he believes the press did not give substantial attention to these global humanitarian crises.
Jan. 26, 2005
Spreading Freedom in the World
President Bush spoke of his drive to lead the world's democratic movement at Wednesday's press conference. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and National Review editor Rich Lowry analyze the president's efforts.
Jan. 20, 2005
Analysts Discuss the Theme of Democracy in President Bush's Inaugural Address
President George W. Bush began his second term Thursday, pledging to spread liberty across the globe with the larger view of defending American freedom. Two senior analysts discuss the Bush administration's foreign policy agenda and look ahead to America's role abroad in the president's second term.