The contemporary political history of Central America as a whole

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17th Regional Summit, San Pedro Sula
From Central America Update, 1–15 December 1995. One of a series of meetings of Central American presidents to discuss matters of regional concern such as crime, terrorism, drug and arms trafficking, Goal of eliminating military forces from the region faces hurdles.
Central American Parliament Protests U.S. Deportations
Centr-Am News, XXVI, Week of September 13–19 1998. Members of the Central American Parliament recently signed a letter which they later presented to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, protesting the deportation of vast quantities of Central American immigrants from the U.S.
Doubtful Democracy
By Maricel Sequeira, IPS, 23 December 1999. The armies of Central America have lost political power, but gained influence in the economic arena. Although there are popularly elected governments in every country, the lack of equality in income distribution continues to plague the region.
Central American Parliament, Victim or Villain?
By Néfer Muñoz, IPS, 11 July 2000.The Central American Parliament (Parlacen) has come under fire for devouring 20 million dollars a year while coming up with few, and non-binding, results, and for providing immunity from prosecution for politicians accused of corruption. Parlacen has been the victim of a lack of political will on the part of governments in the region, which have lacked a clear vocation for integration.
The Most Violent Area in the Americas
By Néfer Muñoz, IPS, 31 July 2000. Central America is the most violent region in the Americas, and one of the most dangerous in the world, according to international bodies. It has reduced average life expectancy in the region. Broad ownership of firearms and vigilantism are cited as causes.