Mexico and Central America 2005 CE

Mexico, though troubled by a major drugs war, is experiencing strong economic growth.

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What is happening in Mexico and Central America in 2005CE

For Mexico, the 1970s and 80s are dominated by oil boom and bust. These lead to a period of political instability in the 1990s and to insurrection on behalf of the many still-dispossessed Indian peasants. In recent years, however, the Mexican economy has been expanding, and prosperity has been reaching ever larger sections of the population. The greatest problem for Mexicans is the growth of the drugs trade, which is reaching such levels that certain areas of the county are becoming ungovernable.

In Central America, the social and political turmoil of the region continued, with repressive regimes stimulating violent opposition. It is only with the end of the Cold War that peace gradually returned. In the wake of peace has come democracy, which now predominates, though political violence and human rights violations, together with widespread poverty, remain a problem.

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