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Rise of Democracy in South America- South America is a land of different cultures and has a history of as many different types of government mostly dictatorships Most of South America won independence from Spain and Portugal between 1810 and 1824 In 1823 President James Monroe enunciated the first US policy on Latin America The Monroe Doctrine warned European nations against interfering in the affairs of independent nations in the Western Hemisphere In 1904 Roosevelts Corollary said the US would act as a policeman intervening militarily when US interests were at risk After WWII the independent countries of the Western Hemisphere formed the Organization of American States a military alliance to prevent aggression against any American nation South America is the fourth largest continent It ranks fifth in population The continent is divided into 12 independent countries and two political units The countries consist of Brazil Columbia Venezuela Ecuador Peru Chile Argentina Bolivia Paraguay Uruguay Guyana Surinam and French Guinea In the 12 countries of South America democracy has slowly been on the rise since 1959 The rise started in Venezuela and ended in Surinam last year One by one South Americas countries have turned form dictatorships into democracies where the voters control the elections Even with democracy taking control the countries still have many problems The largest problem is the tradition of corruption of the political leaders The corruption has mainly been the use of bribe-taking and bribe-giving By definition democracy presumes equal opportunity bribery and corruption make the playing field uneven and weakens democracys foundations Recently corruption has reached into high places in Venezuela and Brazil President Carlos Perez 1993 and Fernando Collor de Mello 1992 were forced to resign when faced with corruption charges The large drug trade has
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