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    French Guiana's environmentalists are rejoicing as it became known yesterday that gold mining activities of Canadian multi-national Cambior in the heavily rainforested Kaw region in French Guiana have been blocked. In late September, Ecological Internet's Earth Action Network mobilized, upon the request of local and international conservationists working in the area, a last ditch effort to protect the area from certain ruin.

    Paraguay is a small country that, as far as the media is concerned, seems hidden under the bulk of Brazil. Make a search of the New York Times or the Washington Post for Paraguay and about all you will come up with is the fact that the Paraguayan soccer team made it to the quarterfinals of the last World Cup.

    On the broad, busy streets of Montevideo last week it was hard to detect any signs of malaise. Montevideans looked well-fed, as usual, and stores were crowded with customers. Perhaps in no other Latin American capital were sidewalks so conspicuously free of beggars and ragamuffins. The faces in the crowd, as big-city crowds go, showed a high average of cheer.

    AT LEAST 59 people in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province have died since torrential rains buffeted the region on Tuesday, making the storm the most deadly in the country’s history. The province’s capital city, La Plata, was by far the worst hit, receiving between 311 and 400 millimeters of rain over the course of a few hours on Tuesday night. The downpour killed 51 of its residents, with at least 20 still missing and thousands forced to evacuate.

    Domestic violence can be physical, psychological, emotional, verbal, or sexual. Men or women may be the offender, but research indicates that women suffer disproportionately from abuse by their male partners

    Peru’s natural treasures face threats which are replicated all over the world. Problems include illegal logging, over-fishing, extensive hunting, environmentally unsound oil exploitation activities, road construction, and deforestation caused by agricultural expansion.

    Venezuelan government intelligence services twice have raided the country's most important Jewish center in a vague, ultimately unsuccessful search for weapons. Publications of the government's cultural ministry run articles entitled ''the Jewish Question,'' along with a Jewish star superimposed over a swastika.

    Brazil's population is getting older. As more individuals reach retirement age, they will be needing government money. A small younger population will have difficulty providing for the care of so many senior citizens

    Colombia's main environmental problems are soil erosion, deforestation and the preservation of its wildlife. Soil erosion has resulted from the loss of vegetation and heavy rainfall, and the soil has also been damaged by overuse of pesticides.

    one of the main issues in Nicaragua is the same issue that many other developing ocuntries are dealing with: Poverty. Over 60% of Nicaraguans are unemployed and much of the power remains in the hands of the few elite, who are not taking much action to improve the welfare of those who really need help

    The general racism and self-loathing over having native American ancestry, although, some are not that way. Quite the opposite actually; some Hondurans, wish they were full native American, much as how here in the U.S. many black people wish they did not have white ancestry. Hondurans, either worship white people, or they loathe them, but one thing both sides are in agreement of, if you claim to be something else other than Honduran, they immediately accuse you of being something you "are not."

    Last December, the government of El Salvador announced its plan to implement a new youth violence prevention project that will combine work training, institutional strengthening, gang member rehabilitation and reinsertion programs.

    The major environmental problems involve water quality and waste disposal. Jamaica has 9.4 km of renewable water resources 77% used for agriculture 7% used for industrial purposes. 85% of the people living in rural areas and 98% of the city dwellers have access to pure drinking water. Coastal waters have been polluted by sewage, oil spills, and industrial wastes. Another major source of water pollution has been the mining of bauxite, which has contaminated the ground water with red-mud waste.

    Haiti is the third hungriest country in the world after Somalia and Afghanistan.

    The Panama Canal is a 48-mile (77.1 km) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake (85 feet (26 m) above sea-level). Gatun Lake was created to reduce the amount of work required for the canal. The current locks are 110 feet (33.5 m) wide. A third, wider lane of locks is being built.

    Belize City has become mired in violence instigated by gangs with allegiances to Mexican drug cartels, particularly the fearsome Zetas. Belize has been called the 4th corner of the northern triangle due to proximity to El Salvador. According to a report on Insight Crime, drug cartels seek to control that nation’s borders and seaports to augment their drug trafficking routes, and in the case of the Zetas, that control is gained by force, intimidation and sheer violence

    The literacy rate is just over 70%, the lowest in Central America. This leaves hundreds of thousands of people that can't read. Education is not mandatory and the public education system is the worst in Central America. This leads to higher birth rates, higher crime rates, lower wages, prostitution, drug use and an increase in poverty. Education is the leading problem here.

    The Mexican Drug War is an ongoing armed conflict among rival drug cartels fighting each other for regional control and against the Mexican government forces. The government's principal goal has been to put down the drug-related violence that was raging among dueling drug cartels before any military intervention was made.[33] Additionally, the Mexican government has claimed that their primary focus is on dismantling the powerful drug cartels, rather than on drug trafficking prevention.

    Save the Children works in 69 communities located along the northern and central border with Haiti as well as approximately 20 communities in the Sugar Cane Production Region called bateyes. Through the effective implementation of development programs in health and nutrition, preventive health care, water and sanitation, education, community development, and children's rights, STC now helps more than 70,000 people in the Dominican Republic attain their rights and improve their quality of life.

    Costa ricas government is one of the most environmentally sensitive in the world. Last year, the dirty Rio Grande de Tarcoles only made the point that, although the environmental challenges facing Costa Rica are huge, so has been the tiny country's response. "The problem of pollution is very serious, but it is not irreversible," -Eduardo Lezama, who pointed to the adequate trash-disposal facilities in the metropolitan area of San Josß as the chief culprit in the degradation of the river.

    Cuba has faced many hardships over the years. One of them being a short supply of food. The breakup of socialism in the Soviet Union created a major crisis in Cuba. Cuba lost 80% of their export markets and imports fell 80% as well. The country went into shock as employment, production, and standards of living dropped dramatically. The average Cuban lost 20 lbs. by 1994.

    Transportation in Guyana.

    Technology in Guyana.

    Technology in Guyana.