Wednesday, March 24, 2004
El Salvador -- "Salvadorans gave a landslide victory to the ruling rightwing Arena party in Sunday's presidential election, turning out in record numbers to defeat a former rebel commander and ensuring the survival of the region's most loyal backer of the US." Financial Times

Brazil -- China would invest some $3.3 billion USD in railways in Brazil. Translated: "The main destination to Brazil's soy and iron exports, China would invest in the rehabilitation and expansion of Brazilian rail systems, aiming to guarantee the acquisition of these products at competitive prices...Last year China became the third major recipient of Brazilian exports, behind only the US and Argentina."

Original: "Principal destino das exportações de soja e de minério de ferro do Brasil, a China pretende investir na recuperação e expansão da malha ferroviária brasileira, com o objetivo de garantir o fornecimento desses produtos a preços competitivos...A China se transformou no ano passado no terceiro destino das exportações brasileiras, atrás somente dos EUA e da Argentina." Folha de Sao Paulo (Portuguese)

Colombia -- In a controversial editorial, the writer argues that Ingrid Betancourt's kidnap has been seen under different lights in the international scene than it has in Colombian eyes.

"The campaign for Ms Betancourt's release shows how little understanding her foreign supporters have of Colombia's conflicts. But its subject is an innocent woman who is monstrously confined, as are her fellow hostages. Her supporters should be deluging the FARC with demands for their unconditional release. Past prisoner swaps in Colombia have merely prolonged the country's agony. The hard truth is that there will be no peace in Colombia until the FARC is persuaded that it cannot take power by military means." Economist

For more information on this story, visit the Official Ingrid Betancourt site (French and Spanish versions only)


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