Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

Things from the past two weeks

I mean to post a link or some other notice to this site whenever I publish something elsewhere. But it has been such a fertile time at work lately, things have gotten away from me and I’ve neglected this space.

In order to catch up a bit, here’s everything I’ve been up to since September 11.

Publications

Podcast

Video

Another resource

Media Quotes

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Carl Juste photo at The Miami Herald. Caption: “A resident of the Old San Juan section called La Perla wheels hurricane debris as the island U.S. territory recovers from the Category 4 Hurricane Maria.”

(Even more here)

September 22, 2017

Argentina, Chile

The incursion consisted of a coordinated landing of marine troops by land and by helicopter.

Brazil

Pedido aconteceu horas depois do governador do estado dispensar auxílio das forças armadas para conter violência na Rocinha; crise entre forças cresce

Colombia

Aunque el acuerdo se hizo con la Dirección para la Atención Integral contra las Drogas, que depende de Presidencia, no es tan claro cómo se va a articular con la directriz de erradicar las 25 mil hectáreas de coca del Catatumbo

Caquetá, Huila y Meta se está organizando para crear sus propias reglas ambientales y hasta de seguridad

Si bien cerca de 800 soldados o suboficiales han sido condenados, apenas unos pocos coroneles y generales han rendido cuentas ante la justicia por estos casos, en cambio las investigaciones no avanzan o son demasiado lentas

De acuerdo con las denuncias, los hechos se presentaron en la vereda Media Naranja cuando el ejército disparó al conglomerado de campesinos de la zona

Cuba, Venezuela

The opposition and the United States must be persuaded to grant Mr. Maduro and his closest cronies safe haven in Havana

Ecuador

Organizaciones y centenares de ciudadanos acuedieron a la convocatoria para exigir que, en la consulta popular anunciada por el presidente Lenín Moreno, se incluya como tema principal la lucha contra la corrupción

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

A large percentage of those kids, between 63 percent and 73 percent depending on the year, were between 15 and 17 when they made the long journey

Guatemala

El país vive una batalla entre las mafias de militares, políticos, muchos medios y algunos grandes empresarios y quienes, desde las instituciones, la sociedad civil, universidades, el sector privado y varios medios luchan contra la corrupción y la impunidad

Some 200,000 Guatemalans took part in a general strike calling for the resignation of over one hundred Congressmen they say are trying to shield President Jimmy Morales from his own corruption investigation

El Paro Nacional, convocado principamente por Justicia Ya y la Asociación de Estudiantes Universitarios (AEU) de la Usac, fue un éxito

Mexico

Lo cierto es que el primer día los ciudadanos tomaron el control de la situación. Poco a poco, soldados y marinos han ido imponiéndose, haciendo retroceder a los civiles

Mexico’s office of the presidency says the death toll from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 273, including 137 in the capital

Puerto Rico

he capital’s storm-dazed residents ventured outside Thursday, clogging roadways while trying to bring some semblance of order to their bruised city

Venezuela

The nation, one of the world’s riskiest debtors, said yesterday it was having difficulty wiring a $185 million interest payment that was due Sept. 15. Officials confirmed Thursday that the money was on its way to bondholders

The day ahead: September 22, 2017

I’ll be most reachable mid-day. (How to contact me)

I’m taping a segment of Voice of America’s Foro Interamericano this morning. In the afternoon, I’ll be at a meeting of groups working on security assistance reform. In between, I’ll be trying to line up the last few speakers for a Colombia conference we’re putting on in just over 3 weeks (October 16).

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Pedro Pardo/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images photo at The Wall Street Journal. Caption: “Topos search for survivors in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Mexico, on Sept. 9, after a powerful earthquake struck Mexico’s Pacific coast two days earlier.”

(Even more here)

September 21, 2017

Brazil

Apesar de negar que general que aventou intervenção militar será punido, Eduardo Villas Bôas afirmou que instituição se pauta pela estabilidade e legalidade

Na maior condenação da operação, ex-governador é considerado culpado de cobrar propina em obras como a do Maracanã

Colombia

Con la revaluación del dólar, el precio de la hoja de coca se incrementó casi un 40%, igual sucedió con la base de la pasta

Cuba

The Cuban delegation — led by Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s chief negotiator during the opening toward Cuba under former President Barack Obama — noted the commission was meeting against the backdrop of a “reversal” in Cuba-U.S. relations

Ecuador

Todas las actividades de Yasunidos fueron objeto de un minucioso seguimiento de inteligencia por organismos del Estado

Guatemala

El paro nacional y sus actores muestran un magma, un descontento creciente, con planteamientos que se tocan pero que siguen sin articular una alternativa coherente y cohesionada

Mexico

The state’s lawsuit alleges that the Trump administration has failed to comply with federal and state environmental laws and relied on federal statutes that don’t authorize the proposed projects

I want to lay out a few things Trump might consider if his real goal were to reduce the number of people entering the country illegally, rather than tell his cheerleaders what they want to hear

Juan Coronilla-Guerrero’s wife warned a federal judge this spring that her husband would be killed if the U.S. government followed through with his deportation

The Topos are a Mexican innovation, a volunteer force of usually small men and women who climb through shaky, extremely damaged buildings to pull survivors from the debris

“These human chains are one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced, and also one of the hardest to bear. Sadly, the bodies keep coming out”

Here is a list of local and international organizations that are providing aid

Because we all know of people who have died going into damaged buildings, hoping to rescue someone, many volunteers write their name and a phone number on their arms

Nativist prejudice should find its limits in sudden human suffering. The alternative would be cruel and, yes, un-American

Puerto Rico

It punished the island of 3.4 million people with life-threatening winds for several hours, the second time in two weeks that Puerto Rico has felt the wrath of a hurricane

The day ahead: September 21, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me)

I plan to be in the office, but doing an intense day of writing for an upcoming Colombia report, and work putting together (still recruiting speakers) for an October 16 Colombia conference. Later in the day, I look forward to the IPS Letelier-Moffitt award ceremony honoring Colombian indigenous leader Javier Rojas.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Ronaldo Schemidt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images photo at The New York Times. Caption: “A building that collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico City on Tuesday.”

(Even more here)

September 20, 2017

Brazil

Bolsonaro is an avid advocate to a return of generals to the highest public office. After more than two decades advocating for a return to military rule, his rhetoric is finally catching up to public opinion

Colombia

Brownfield, que tan solo la semana pasada había cuestionado la estrategia que ha desarrollado el gobierno para enfrentar el problema, se refirió a esta como un “buen plan” que se ha venido implementando en estos últimos siete meses

Guatemala

El anuncio de su renuncia llega un día antes del paro nacional convocado para el 20 de septiembre en contra del Gobierno y el Congreso

Haiti, Mexico

The Mexican government has welcomed them with visas that help them fill the need for labor in Tijuana’s growing economy

Mexico

In this report, you can watch aerial video of every foot of the border, explore every piece of fence, even stand at the border in virtual reality

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly

The director of Mexico’s civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said on Twitter that 216 people had been killed, revising an earlier toll of 248

Venezuela

For the US, Maduro’s increasing authoritarianism and refusal to reform his economy represents a major geopolitical and humanitarian challenge

He did not repeat an earlier threat to consider military options to pressure Venezuela, a day after dining with the leaders of four Latin American countries who made clear they would not support such action

Western Hemisphere Regional

The shift to Commerce could increase sales by 15-20 percent annuallyÓ

The day ahead: September 20, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

This morning I’ve got a couple of meetings in the office, with staff and a visiting researcher, then lunch with a European diplomat. I’ve cleared out the afternoon for writing and research about Colombia; I plan to work at home.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here)

September 19, 2017

Brazil

PMs, que não conseguiram impedir a invasão à Rocinha no domingo — sequer agiram diante de motoristas assaltados na frente deles pelo bando que tentava tomar o morro —, estão em condições precárias e inseguras na Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora da favela

Colombia

Los gráficos siguientes ilustran la dificultad de asociar la suspensión de la erradicación forzada con el incremento de cultivos

Below is a photo essay of Clausen’s visit to a region that embodies the complexities of the conflict in Colombia, but also one that maintains hope for peace

Colombia, Venezuela

Santos indicó que conversó con el general John Kelly, quien es “totalmente consciente de los esfuerzos que estamos haciendo y entiende que nuestra estrategia es la correcta”

Guatemala

Uno de los diarios publicó las 107 fotos de los legisladores que aprobaron una ley contra la sociedad civil, para que la gente pudiera reconocerlos

Para romper con este sistema se necesitará muchos meses más de CICIG y muchos días de protestas y paros nacionales

Honduras

Los Cachiros nunca aparecieron en las listas de Forbes, pero se estima que, en su apogeo, el patrimonio del cartel ascendía a mil millones de dólares. Con ese volumen, habrían ocupado el séptimo lugar en la lista de la revista de los grupos empresariales más ricos de Centroamérica

Mexico

The number of U.S. agents assigned to the Mexico border has nearly doubled since 2004, and Trump has called for 5,000 additional officers. But falling numbers of would-be migrants mean there have been fewer suspects for them to arrest

Civil society groups have pushed the Puebla state government to issue a “gender alert” – an emergency mechanism introduced into law in 2007 following a surge of gruesome hate crimes against women in the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez. The request was rejected on 7 July

Mara fue asesinada porque fallamos como sociedad, por nuestra indolencia, por no exigir que de una vez por todas cambien las cosas

Sus habitantes recuperaron los cuerpos de sus fallecidos y se hicieron cargo de los heridos como pudieron, ya que las brigadas estatales y efectivos de las Fuerzas Armadas llegaron a brindar ayuda después de una semana

Venezuela

Sanctions were not discussed at the dinner, the Brazilian leader said. “We are talking about verbal sanctions, with democratic words, diplomatic words,” Temer said

Carlos Garcia, a local legislator in western Apure state, suffered a stroke in August after being arrested in late 2016 during protests and having money planted on him, his party said

Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, September 19

  • 8:45-10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: English Language Learning in Latin America (RSVP required).
  • 10:00-11:00 at 2456 Rayburn House Office Building: Journalists Expose Illegal Killings by Police in El Salvador (RSVP required).
  • 2:30-4:00 at CSIS: Decades of the Global War on Drugs, Lessons Learned, and America’s Opioid Epidemic (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-5:00 at American University School of International Service Beacon Conference Room: Cuba Libre! A New Book by Professor Phil Brenner.

Wednesday, September 20

  • 12:15-2:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Conservation and Ethnic Community Land Rights in Colombia (RSVP required).

Thursday, September 21

Friday, September 22

  • 10:00-11:30 at the Brookings Institution: Immigration policy in Trump’s America (RSVP required).
  • 11:00-1:15 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Harnessing the Anti-Corruption Wave in Latin America (RSVP required).
  • 2:15-4:15 at Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, McGhee Library, Georgetown University: A Conversation with Colombian Senator Juan Manuel Galán.
  • 4:00-5:00 at the Wilson Center: The Challenges for Sustainable Economic Growth in Chile and the Region (RSVP required).

The day ahead: September 19, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me)

We’re recording a podcast this afternoon, and I’ll be in a meeting with groups who work on Colombia. Otherwise, as yesterday, doing writing and research for an upcoming Colombia report, and putting together an October 16 conference about Colombia.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here)

September 18, 2017

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela

A la reunión de esta noche están invitados, además de Santos, el presidente de Brasil, Michel Temer; el de Perú, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski; el de Panamá, Juan Carlos Varela, y la vicepresidenta de Argentina, Gabriela Michetti

Brazil

O que a gente observa à distância é que as Forças Armadas ainda não conseguiram conciliar suas estratégias com as da Polícia Civil e Militar

Colombia

El ministro para el Posconflicto comenta el duro memorando del presidente Trump conocido esta semana

La experiencia internacional es elocuente en materia de posconflicto: la paz no es un camino de rosas, sino de espinas. Y solo una férrea voluntad política puede sacarla adelante

¿Por qué señalar específicamente a Colombia? La respuesta debe tener que ver con alguien que le habla al oído a Donald Trump y que está insistiendo mucho en el tema

La vicefiscal María Paulina Riveros y el delegado para la Seguridad Ciudadana de la Fiscalía, Luis González, señalaron a El Espectador que se ha aclarado cerca del 80 % de los asesinatos de defensores derechos humanos

Guatemala

Ciento treinta parlamentarios se quedaron encerrados durante nueve horas en el Congreso debido a las protestas, y denunciaron estar secuestrados. Los manifestantes, en su mayoría, eran familias en un pacífico plantón

Mexico

El General se guarda una hipótesis de la desaparición de los 43. Una que no ha sido parte de ninguna investigación

The sharp rise in killings prompted the United States State Department last month to heighten its travel warnings for Quintana Roo and the state of Baja California Sur, home to Los Cabos

El informe de la Red TDT “La esperanza no se agota” revela que fuerzas de seguridad (estatales, municipales y federales) han cometido detenciones arbitrarias, agresiones físicas, intimidaciones, amenazas u hostigamientos

De acuerdo con la información oficial, los civiles armados portaban uniformes y vehículos falsos de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional

The day ahead: September 18, 2017

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

Between a staff meeting in the morning and a Skype appearance on Colombia’s Semana En Vivo program in the evening, I’ll be putting together an October 16 conference on Colombia and writing one of two pieces about Colombia.

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