Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Latin American nations object to US intervention

The June 7 editorial, "That Neighborly Admonition," implies that Latin American nations neglect to criticize "dictatorial holdouts" and confront regional human rights problems.

The truth is that most countries in the region are actively working to find solutions. What they object to is an increase in US intervention and the double standards employed to deal with hot topics like democracy and human rights.

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is not the problem. In fact, President Chavez, whose leadership has been overwhelmingly supported in more than six free and fair elections, has taken the lead in fostering closer relations throughout the Americas and fostering economic integration to make Latin American nations stronger. Initiatives like Telesur, a BBC-like public news channel, and Petrosur, a state- owned energy consortium, have been well received by other Latin American leaders.

The US should refrain from pushing its interventionist agenda and try to sit down with Latin American leaders to discuss viable solutions to improving the lives of millions of indigents roaming cities and countryside in the region. To suggest that Latin America should follow the US lead is to further the mistaken notion that whatever is best for the US, is best for the rest of the world.Andres Mateo JarrinVenezuela Information OfficeWashington

Solution to global hunger lies in wealth

Regarding the June 3 article "UN and firms team up to tackle hunger": Experts on global hunger have long recognized that persistent hunger, of the sort that is present in much of sub- Saharan Africa, is caused by poverty, not by lack of food. Handing out food, as the corporations portrayed in the Monitor are doing, has an important role in relieving temporary famines, such as those caused by war or drought. Eliminating persistent hunger requires raising the income of the world's poor, many of whom are themselves farmers. Tackling this problem requires far more than a publicity hand out.Forrest FleischmanEugene, Ore.

Hemingway: a bridge over troubled gulf

Regarding the June 7 article "Will the bell toll for Hemingway's Havana home? …

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