From Epoch Times, by Neil Pyper
An employee at the Vale do Rio Doce mining company shows iron deposit at the strip mine of Carajas, in the heart of the Amazon Forest in northern Brazil, on Aug. 30, 1999. Carajas is the largest iron ore mine in the world, and also exploits gold, manganese, copper, and nickel. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)
Much of Latin America has seen an unusually long period of relative political stability since the early 2000s. With the exception of Cuba, democratically elected governments seem embedded throughout the region. The political rules of the game largely seem to be followed. Indeed, the international outcry following the 2009 coup that removed Honduras’ president, Manuel Zelaya, served to reinforce how much Latin American politics had changed since the 1970s, when military dictatorships were the dominant form of government.
It is no accident that political stability has been accompanied by…
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