At long last Mexico has cobbled together tax and electoral reforms—but not the ones the country needed. Indeed the reforms passed by Congress last week might have been worse than none at all, and will likely make it more difficult to improve matters in the future.
The summit of nonaligned countries held last week in Havana was an occasion for all sorts of things: speculating on Fidel Castro's health, supporting all the "worthwhile" causes in the world--from Iran's nuclear program to Bolivia's stalled natural-gas nationalization--and predictably, bashing George W.
In the reams of commentary about newly inaugurated Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, two statements are systematically repeated. The first contrasts the supposedly conservative nature of Chilean society against the fact that Bachelet is the first woman to be elected president of a major Latin American nation.