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More Haitians are trying to move to the US. Instead of traveling via the Bahamas, more are traveling across the Dominican Republic and trying to cross the 80-mile-wide Mona Passage to Puerto Rico, from which they can fly to the US.
The Dominican smugglers who charge Haitians $1,000 to $2,000 each to cross the Mona passage are described as ruthless, resulting in the deaths of Haitians. The US ran ads in English and Creole in Haiti saying "Thousands try, hundreds die. Do not take to the sea."
Guatemala. The global production of palm oil has increased from 25 million metric tons in 1970 to 150 million tons worth $150 billion in 2010. Half of packaged food now contains some palm oil. Over 80 percent of the world's palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, but Guatemala has 300,000 acres, making it the ninth largest exporter of palm oil. Critics decry labor conditions on palm oil plantations.