Articles by Maja Wallengren, Xinhua
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Latin American Leaders Gather in Venezuela for Historic Summit
Maja Wallengren, Xinhua – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2011
Leaders from 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Friday [2 Dec 2011] to participate in the historic founding summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which includes all countries in the Americas except the United States and Canada, in an effort to establish a forum similar to that of the Organization of American States, but without the political influence of the U.S. foreign policy. “Today with this Latin American unity, we are pronouncing the death sentence to the Monroe Doctrine,” said Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, referring to a U.S. policy in the 19th century that many Latin Americans regarded as a bid to justify Washington’s meddling in the region.→ read full article