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.

May 2017

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 31, 2017 Colombia “Amnistias y Libertades para Farc se Definiran a la Par Con el Desarme” (El Tiempo (Colombia), May 31, 2017). EL TIEMPO explica en esta y en la siguiente página los elementos claves de los decretos con fuerza de ley que expidió el Presidente para cumplir los acuerdos de […]

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Five links from the past week

“DOJ OIG and State OIG Release Joint Report on Responses by DEA and State Department to Three Deadly Force Incidents in Honduras” (Department of Justice and Department of State Inspectors-General, May 24, 2017). A devastating 400-page report details how DEA and State Department officials lied to or obstructed superiors and investigators, including the U.S. ambassador […]

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The day ahead: May 31, 2017

I will be difficult to contact today. (How to contact me) I’m taking the day off, as my daughter competes all day in the preliminary rounds of the National Spelling Bee outside Washington. I’ll be cheering her on (or consoling her) and spending little time on my phone and computer.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 30, 2017 Colombia Juanita León, Juanita Velez, “Santos Sincera la Prorroga del Desarme, Pero No las Razones” (La Silla Vacia (Colombia), May 30, 2017). Ahora, a cruzar los dedos, para que el D+180+20 sí se concrete pues de esa fecha está colgada la expectativa de que una vez los colombianos vean […]

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The day ahead: May 30, 2017

I will be difficult to reach today. (How to contact me) It’s a complicated day, schedule-wise: my daughter has a few hours of preliminary competition at the National Spelling Bee, then I’ll be in the office for a few hours of meetings (a foundation, a journalist). Any other time will be spent with the family […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 29, 2017 Brazil Vanessa Barbara, “The Genocide of Brazil’s Indians” (The New York Times, May 29, 2017). Every week seems to bring reports of a new atrocity committed against indigenous people in some remote part of the country. But nothing seems to shock our society anymore Jonathan Watts, “Wild Amazon Faces […]

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The day ahead: May 29, 2017

I will be mostly out of contact today. (How to contact me) Today is a national holiday in the United States. Bizarrely, I’m writing from a hotel about 20 minutes’ drive from home: my daughter is in the National Spelling Bee, an event that lasts all week. Some days this week, I’ll probably be home: I […]

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The week ahead

Bizarrely, I’m writing from a hotel room about 20 minutes from my house. My daughter is one of 290 contestants in the National Spelling Bee. As she’s representing the District of Columbia, we’ve come the shortest distance to compete. It’s nice, though, that we’ve been given a hotel room at the site of the event, […]

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The past week in U.S. border security

The Trump administration’s 2018 budget request for Homeland Security includes $1.57 billion to build 74 miles of new border wall/fence in south Texas and near San Diego, California. (That’s $21.2 million per mile.) It would also fund the hiring of 500 new Border Patrol agents (toward an eventual goal of 5,000, expanding the force to […]

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5 tweets that made me laugh this week

Wanna feel old? This is what Fleetwood Mac looks like now pic.twitter.com/kbM0UyPBi1 — Shuja Haider (@shujaxhaider) May 24, 2017 I've met a DeMarcus & a DeShaun. But I've never met a DeSteve. Someone needs to name their baby DeSteve. "Is the PowerPoint ready, DeSteve?" — George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) May 25, 2017 The guy just farted […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 26, 2017 Bolivia, Colombia “New Ain Report: Lessons From Bolivia” (Andean Information Network (Bolivia), May 26, 2017). In February 2017, a delegation of 8 coca growers from across Colombia traveled to Bolivia to learn about the country’s shift from forced eradication and conditioned alternative development to community coca control and integrated […]

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The day ahead: May 26, 2017

I’m taking today off work. (How to contact me) I’ve got a series of errands to run this morning and an article to write for another publication this afternoon. I wish my U.S. readers a good Memorial Day weekend.

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