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.

March 2017

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 29, 2017 Colombia “Dos Militares Muertos Tras Ataque del Eln en Arauca” (Colprensa, El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), March 29, 2017). El ataque fue perpetrado por integrantes de la comisión “Omaira Montoya Henao” del Eln, cuando las tropas se desplazaban en desarrollo de operaciones de escolta militar a caravanas de transporte público […]

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The day ahead: March 29, 2017

I should be reachable for much of the day. (How to contact me) I tried to avoid scheduling meetings today. I’m going to Colombia with WOLA’s Board of Directors in one week, and need a day to finish some writing, coding, correspondence with legislative staff, and smaller things that have been on my to-do list for […]

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Internet privacy just lost big. Start using a VPN.

The legislation I was warning about last night passed today. The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports: Make no mistake, by a vote of 215 to 205 a slim majority of the House of Representatives have decided to give our personal information to an already highly profitable cable and telephone industry so that they can increase their […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

Colombia’s draft law creating a transitional justice system to try war crimes, two elements of which WOLA strongly critiqued last week, has not yet passed. The legislature failed to reach a quorum last Wednesday night. A new vote will be attempted the night of Tuesday the 28th. FARC and government representatives met in Bogotá over […]

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Updated border graphic

Here’s a homemade graphic ranking Border Patrol’s nine sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border, according to 13 measures. Some takeaways: Heroin and meth trafficking are west coast phenomena. Cocaine flows down both coasts, while marijuana flows favor south Texas and Arizona. Most migrants, especially Central American kids and families, come to south Texas or Arizona. The […]

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A “Trump Effect?”: New WOLA Podcast on migration and the border

I recorded a new WOLA Podcast this morning with colleagues Maureen Meyer and Hannah Smith from WOLA’s Mexico and Migration programs: U.S. statistics showed a sharp drop in migration from Mexico, and especially from Central America, in February. WOLA’s Adam Isacson, Maureen Meyer, and Hannah Smith talk about what is happening and what now awaits […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 28, 2017 Colombia Kiran Stallone, Julia Zulver, “The Feminists of Farc: ‘We Are Not Demobilising, We Are Mobilising Politically’” (The Guardian (Uk), March 28, 2017). Instead of thinking of the process of demobilisation as a way of breaking up the Farc, the women in this camp plan to stay in close […]

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The day ahead: March 28, 2017

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) Today we’ll be recording a WOLA Podcast about the U.S.-Mexico border and migration, which I hope to post by mid-day. I’ve also got a call with a funder, and we’re sending out some materials to legislative staff ahead of next week’s hearing and visit from […]

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U.S. citizens, make this call ASAP

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: We are one vote away from a world where your ISP can track your every move online and sell that information to the highest bidder. Call your lawmakers now and tell them to protect federal online privacy rules. …The Senate voted last week 50-48 on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) […]

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Ugly calls for military rule in Brazil

Brazil saw a new round of protests yesterday in favor of aggressive anti-corruption measures. But as the New York Times’ Dom Phillips notes, they were not only smaller than in the past, they were harder to the right in their politics. [M]any marchers in Rio de Janeiro said they would vote in the 2018 election for Jair Bolsonaro, a […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 27, 2017 Brazil Dom Phillips, “Conservative Protesters in Brazil Tilt Further Right as Turnout Thins” (The New York Times, March 27, 2017). In addition to voicing support for the inquiry into the scandal, many of those protesting in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo also called for more freedom to bear […]

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Links from the past month about: Politics and security in Latin America

Argentina A judge has ordered former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to stand trial for employing fraudulent means to prop up the peso before the November 2015 presidential election. The alleged scheme may have drained US$3 billion from Argentina’s economy. It is the first of several accusations for which Fernández has been brought to trial. […]

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