The Americas: Three in Trouble

At a press conference not long ago,U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk was asked to comment on the crisis afflicting "our southern neighbors." "To which crisis," asked Rusk with a weary smile, "are you referring?" It was a good question. Right now three of Latin America's biggest nations, comprising 58% of its land mass and containing more than half of its people, are without effective governments.

Brazil, a country almost as big as the U.S. (3,287,842 sq. mi.) and with a population expected to reach 200 million by 2000, has been spinning adrift for eleven months, ever since...

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