By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil has joined a new political-economic regional bloc that unites 33 countries from across Latin America and the Caribbean, but significantly does not include the United States or Canada. Known by its Spanish or Portuguese initials “CELAC”, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States was inaugurated at its first meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, last weekend.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez – who has led the formation of the new group – said that he hoped Celac would allow Latin America to stand up to the United States and leave behind . . .