“How Long Have You Known?” by DIIV (2012).
“How Long Have You Known?” by DIIV (2012).
Going back to January 20. Especially important or useful ones are bold.
“El sistema capitalista ya no puede resolver problemas financieros, sociales y por eso necesitamos más fuerza más unidad y esta enorme concentración en Nicaragua da fuerza al pueblo de América Latina y del mundo”, dijo en la concentración por los 38 años de la Revolución Sandinista
In this (southern) winter of Brazil’s discontent, there is only one politician who is being mobbed at airports, whose supporters speak with an almost religious fervor and conviction. He is Jair Bolsonaro
En el capítulo sobre Latinoamérica del documento anual no aparece una frase que formó parte, con ligeras variaciones, de los informes emitidos por el Departamento de Estado al menos desde comienzos de esta década
“It was assessed that there was not sufficient information there to provide a report this year on Cuba”
The disputed Agua Zarca hydroelectric project has garnered international attention and concern since the March 2016 assassination of Berta Cáceres
The drilling and testing come as Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, continues to evaluate dozens of proposals that have been submitted by vendors
By limiting the case to the attorney general’s office, the Mexican government is investigating itself with no outside oversight, the four United Nations experts said
Republican leaders have relied regularly on Democratic votes to pass those bills and prevent government shutdowns — a dynamic that’s given the Democrats plenty of leverage
Many businesses were staying shut as the opposition organized a 24-hour national shutdown from 6 a.m. in a civil disobedience campaign they are dubbing “zero hour”
While starving Venezuela of oil revenues could debilitate the Maduro government, it could also produce something resembling state collapse in Venezuela, where armed men already roam with impunity and tens of thousands have been fleeing
I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me)
It’s a day in the office, mostly. I’ve got a morning meeting to talk strategy with another NGO that works on border security and migration. In the afternoon I expect to write an explainer piece about what the House appropriators’ homeland security and foreign aid bills would affect Latin America. I will also start putting together a late August visit to Colombia.
“Is This Home on Ice” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005).
Faced with unpaid salaries, shuttered schools and failing hospitals, not even the sight of former Governor Sérgio Cabral in prison is enough to lift the mood
Las estructuras de las FARC operaron en 242 municipios, se esperaba que estos espacios fueran ocupados por la institucionalidad estatal, sin embargo, hacia estos territorios se han estado desplazando otras estructuras ilegales
Se podrían perder el 30 por ciento del apoyo económico, que equivale a 82,8 millones de dólares
Here are seven facts about the MS-13 that are crucial to understanding the threat the group poses, followed by recommendations for how to best address the problem
In the year since President Enrique Peña Nieto signed an anti-corruption system into law, the government and its allies have undermined it, activists say
The conflict is neither just crime nor civil war, but a new hybrid type of organized violence. We will never understand its nature until Mexico truly investigates how these mass graves came about
The events at Marina Cué and their aftermath, in short, proved to be a watershed moment in Paraguay’s recent history. Yet the families of the victims and campaigners now hope to overturn the controversial ruling
In order for the law to fulfill its potential in promoting public health and reducing the black market, robust and independent scientific evaluation will be essential
They developed an onerous registration process and ruled out marketing the country as a mecca for pot tourism
“Todos los funcionarios e integrantes de la Fuerza Armada están obligados a no colaborar con el Poder Electoral en la materialización del fraudulento proceso constituyente por el cual se pretende derogar por la vía de los hechos la Constitución de 1999”
“We can promise that whatever actions we choose to take after July 30th will be strong, swift and deliberate,” the official said
I’ll be hard to contact today. (How to contact me)
I’ll be in a mandatory staff training all morning and into the early afternoon. After that I’ve got a meeting in Congress to talk about Colombia. I’ll be back in the office, and perhaps somewhat reachable, during the latter part of the afternoon.
“The Swish” by The Hold Steady (2004).
On July 14 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released (PDF) its 2016 estimate of coca cultivation in Colombia (the dark blue line). It shows a lower estimate than the U.S. government’s (the green line), but a sharper rate of increase over 2015.
UNODC identified four reasons for the increase:
In an interview with Colombia’s daily El Tiempo, UNODC’s representative in Colombia, Bo Mathiasen, made clear that renewing aerial herbicide spraying—the preferred strategy of many in the U.S. government—is not the solution.
It’s a sovereign issue for Colombia. But the past impact of glyphosate [the herbicide that is sprayed] could be analyzed. Did it really work for anything and give the desired results? I don’t believe so. In the medium term, there was always replanting in these zones. Spraying happened, and they planted again. The desired change was not achieved.
It is not booby traps and snipers that are now blocking eradication efforts, but angry woman and children preventing the eradicators from working. This has proven to be extraordinarily effective
The rebels now appear in civilian clothes alongside government officials, selling farmers on crops like black pepper and heart of palm
Two key flaws were included in Constitutional Amendment 1 of 2017: (1) an overly broad provision on political participation for FARC guerrillas; and (2) an indefensibly rigid definition of “command responsibility”
El último homicidio fue en el norte del Cauca, mientras el líder desayunaba con sus compañeros de Marcha Patriótica. ¿Quién era Héctor Mina?
Esta radiografía nos permite visibilizar las enormes diferencias entre grupos y su presencia en los territorios, así como su fragmentación
Havana could usefully offer safe haven exile for Mr Maduro’s senior officials who, with a bolt hole to flee to, would no longer need to fight to the last
Correa called his successor “disloyal” and “mediocre,” and warned of the danger of “crossing red lines.” On Twitter Moreno parried that “we continue committed to reconcile the country”
The hearing on July 19 is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Guatemala time. It will be an important barometer of the status of grave crimes cases in Guatemala
The creativity of the tunnels is consistent with Mexican drug cartels’ way of overcoming the border fence above-ground
If fewer than 7.2 million people turn out to elect the government’s Constitutional Assembly on July 30, the body’s lack of legitimacy will be obvious from day one
The opposition’s new strategy came as the Trump administration said it would impose “swift economic actions” if Mr. Maduro goes ahead with a planned election on July 30
The House Appropriations Committee meets at 10:30 to “mark up” (approve the draft of) the bill that will fund the Homeland Security department in 2018. The bill includes the Trump administration’s full request of $1.6 billion to build 74 miles of border wall, 60 of it new. It also has $100 million to hire 500 more Border Patrol agents, and money to start building up a huge ICE deportation force.
Needless to say, we oppose this bill. Here is WOLA’s statement laying out why this is a huge and cruel waste of money.
As an organization with decades of experience in human rights in the Americas and U.S.-Latin America migration, WOLA (the Washington Office on Latin America) opposes this version of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. We urge Members of Congress to oppose this bill and speak out against it as long as it includes the harmful provisions listed below.
I’ll be intermittently reachable throughout the day. (How to contact me)
The House Appropriations Committee is marking up the Homeland Security Appropriations bill at 10:30 this morning, and I’ll be covering what happens. The bill includes the Trump administration’s full request for 74 miles of border wall and 500 new Border Patrol agents.
After that I’ve got lunch with a colleague at USAID, a call with a journalist, and a late-afternoon meeting to make a hiring decision (new assistant). In between all of that, I’ll be in the office and theoretically reachable.
“Wasted Daze of Youth” by Beach Slang (2016).