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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Latin America: How Free is Free?

Freedom House, which characterizes itself as "an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights," has released a summary of its 2010 Freedom in the World report. It categorizes countries as "Free," "Partly Free" and "Not Free" using a list of criteria. According to the summary: "Latin America experienced significant setbacks in 2009, particularly in Central America. Honduras lost its status as an electoral democracy due to a coup, and Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Venezuela also registered declines." The full report is due to be released this spring. Read the summary.

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