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Clashing Views on Political Issues

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ISBN-10: 0073515043

ISBN-13: 9780073515045

Edition: 2007 (Annotated)

Authors: Analisa DeGrave, Jeff DeGrave, Eva Santos-Phillips

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TAKING SIDES: CLASHING VIEWS ON LATIN AMERICAN ISSUES presents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructor's manual with testing material is available for each volume. USING TAKING SIDES IN THE CLASSROOM is also an excellent instructor resource with practical suggestions on incorporating this effective approach in the classroom. Each TAKING SIDES reader features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and is supported by our student website,
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List price: $57.33
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 9/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction, History, and Politics
Is Latin America Making Progress Toward Integration?
Yes: Bernie Dwyer, from "The Hopeful Signs Across Latin America," http:// (March 7, 2006)
No: Carlos Malamud, from "The Obstacles to Regional Integration in Latin America," (January 12, 2005)
Is Democracy Threatened by Social Unrest and the Rise of Latin America's Left?
Yes: Carlos Alberto Montaner, from "Latin America: Fragmentation and Forecasts," The Heritage Foundation (June 2, 2005)
No: Benjamin Dangl, from "Latin America's Leftist Shift: Hopes and Challenges," Presentation to The Winds of Change in the Americas Conference (March 5, 2006)
Is Latin America Starting to Embrace Cuba's Humanitarian Aid?
Yes: Luis Suarez Salazar, from "Cuba's Foreign Policy and the Promise of ALBA," NACLA Report on the Americas (January/February 2006)
No: Daniel P. Erikson, from "Castro and Latin America: A Second Wind?" World Policy Journal (Spring 2004)
Is Plan Colombia Effectively Combating the Drug Industry in Colombia?
Yes: Robert B. Charles, from "U.S. Policy and Colombia," Testimony Before Chairman Tom Davis and the House Committee on Government Reform (June 17, 2004)
No: Linda Panetta, from "Plan Colombia...Plan of Death," School of the America's Watch (2006)
Is "Enhanced Commonwealth" the Solution to Puerto Rico's Colonial Status?
Yes: Anibal Acevedo-Vila, from "Rethinking the Future of the US-Puerto Rico Relationship: Towards the 21st Century," Press Release from the House of Representatives (March 4, 2003)
No: Pedro Rossello, from "Self-Determination, Civil Rights and the Future of Puerto Rico," Remarks to the Open Forum (October 23, 2001)
Society, Human Rights, and Culture
Has Mexican Governmental Involvement Helped Stop the Killings in Ciudad Juarez?
Yes: Undersecretary of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, from "Updated Informative Documents Regarding the Mexican Government's Actions in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua," (August 2004)
No: Kent Paterson, from "The Juarez Women's Murders: Mothers Step Up Justice Campaign as a Cover-up Takes Hold," Americas Program, Interhemispheric Resource Center (November 24, 2004)
Immigration: Should Illegal Immigrant Gang Members Be Granted Legal Clemency from U.S. Law?
Yes: Greg Campbell, from "Death by Deportation," Boulder Weekly (May 27, 2004)
No: Heather Mac Donald, from "The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave," City Journal (Winter 2004)
Is Latin America Loosening Its Restrictive Abortion Laws?
Yes: Alejandro Bermudez, from "Will Colombia Become the First Country in South America to Legalize Abortion?" Catholic World News (October 10, 2001)
No: Roxana Vasquez Sotelo, from "Notes on the Situation of Abortion in the Region," Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights, the State University of Rio de Janeiro's Institute of Social Medicine (May 2005)
Does Race Matter?
Yes: Mala Htun, from "Racial Quotas for a 'Racial Democracy'," NACLA Report on the Americas (January/February 2005)
No: Marisol de la Cadena, from "Reconstructing Race: Racism, Culture and Mestizaje in Latin America," NACLA Report on the Americas (May/June 2001)
Do Volunteer Border Patrol Groups Represent a Reasonable and Just Way to Address Immigration Across the Mexican-U.S. Border?
Yes: Charlie Norwood, from "The Miracle on the Southwest Border: Illegal Immigration Smashed. A Direct Field Report on the Arizona-Mexico No-Man's Land," This Week in Washington (April 8, 2005)
No: Editors of Intelligence Report, from "Vigilante Watch: A Newly Elected Congressman Discusses Anti-Immigrant Vigilantism and Racism in His Southern Arizona District," Intelligence Report (Spring 2003)
Is Latin America Becoming Protestant?
Yes: Marcela A. Chavan de Matviuk, from "Latin American Pentecostal Growth: Culture, Orality and the Power of Testimonies," Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies (July 2002)
No: Edward L. Cleary, from "Shopping Around: Questions About Latin American Conversions," International Bulletin of Missionary Research (April 2004)
People, Land, and the Environment
Should DDT Be Given Another Chance?
Yes: Paul Driessen, from Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death (Merril Press, 2003)
No: Michelle Allsopp and Bea Erry, from "POPs in Latin America: A Review of Persistent Organic Pollutant Levels in Latin America," Greenpeace Research Laboratories (October 2000)
Do the Economic Benefits of a "Dry Canal" in Nicaragua Outweigh the Financial, Human, and Environmental Costs?
Yes: CINN, from "The Dream of a Nicaraguan Canal," (2005)
No: Jerry Mueller, from "Nicaragua's Proposed Dry Canal," Nicaragua Network (2001)
Is Plant Biotechnology the Solution to Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Yes: Juan Izquierdo and Gustavo A. de la Riva, from "Plant Biotechnology and Food Security in Latin America and the Caribbean," Electronic journal of Biotechnology (April 15, 2000)
No: Silvia Ribeiro, from "The Day the Sun Dies: Contamination and Resistance in Mexico," Seedling (July 2004)
Is Expropriating Land and Giving It to the Poor a Good Economic and Cultural Policy?
Yes: James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer, from "Dynamics of Peasant Organizing in Latin America," Social Policy (Summer 2003)
No: Lula Watch, from "Focusing on Latin America's New 'Axis of Evil'," The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (May 23, 2003)
Economics and Development
Do the Social and Economic Costs of Privatization Outweigh Its Benefits?
Yes: Raul Zibechi, from "Privatizations: The End of a Cycle of Plundering," Americas Program, Interhemispheric Resource Center (November 1, 2004)
No: Naomi Adelson, from "Water Woes: Private Investment Plugs Leaks in Water Sector," Business Mexico (March 2000)
Is the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Good for Latin America?
Yes: Tehsin Faruk, Bryan Kofton, Dhruv Nag, Christina Dos Reis, and Kartik Subramanian, from "FTAA-Why It's Beneficial," (2003)
No: Oxfam Canada, from "Let's Harness Trade for Development: Why Oxfam Opposes the FTAA," (February 24, 2005)
Is International Aid Successfully Promoting Development and Stabiity in Latin America?
Yes: Adolfo A. Franco, from "Poor Governance a Threat to Democracy in Latin America, U.S. Says," Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United States Agency for International Development (May 25, 2005)
No: J. Michael Waller, from "The Case for a Social Investment Fund for the Americas," Testimony Before the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere (November 5, 2003)