Coffee Nerves

To the U.S. Senate subcommittee's buckshot blast at high coffee prices (TIME, June 19), Latin America reacted with its loudest collective yelp in years. By accusing the latinos of rigging the coffee market and by bluntly suggesting some undiplomatic ways to force prices down aga (e.g., "scrutinizing" loan to coffee countries, encouraging production in other countries, policing the coffee trade, etc.), Iowa's Senator Guy Gillette and his colleagues had managed to wound the good neighbors' sensitive pride and threaten their pocketbooks as well.

"A model of indelicacy, intimidation and _ revolting brutality," snapped...

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