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PostEl Niño (Ronald Hilton, USA, 05/13/98 2:08 am)
The Economist of May 9-15, 1998 features a long, detailed, and important article "The Americas: The season of El Nino." It has an excellent map, showing how different areas have been hit in different ways. Those who deny the importance of geography are clearly living in a dangerous dream world. The many afflicted areas, which comprise large sectors of Latin America, will certainly be hit by increased unrest, involving misery for the population and headaches for American policy makers. Even the role of the Church, now the great defender of the poor and the Indians, will become more controversial. In Brazil, the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso has accused the clergy of encouraging starving peasants to raid food stores. The one government which has risen to the challenge is that of Peru's Alberto Fujimori, who has literally been on the job, visiting afflicted communities.