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.

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October 2017

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 31, 2017 Brazil “Un Promedio de 190 Personas Desaparece por Dia en Brasil, Segun Informe” (EFE, SinEmbargo (Mexico), October 31, 2017). Es la primera vez que son divulgados datos consolidados sobre desapariciones en Brasil, aunque los números pueden ser mayores debido a la falta de investigaciones Colombia Andres Cajiao, Eduardo Alvarez […]

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The day ahead: October 31, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Other than a meeting with a visiting civil-society leader from the U.S.-Mexico border, I should be in the office today. I’ll be writing and catching up on correspondence and other tasks that have fallen behind during this rather intense month.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 30, 2017 Colombia Julian Rios, “Esta Es la Historia de los Afro Que Le Dijeron ‘No’ a la Coca en Tumaco” (Pacifista (Colombia), October 30, 2017). Tras cuatro años de trabajo, las 15 veredas de Rescate las Varas fueron declaradas territorio libre de cultivos ilícitos. Sin embargo, las Farc, el ELN […]

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The day ahead: October 30, 2017

I’ll be very difficult to contact today. (How to contact me) I’m in Colombia-related meetings nearly all day: a several-hour “annual consultation” with USAID’s human rights program, and a meeting and a dinner with a visiting NGO leader and a journalist. I’ll have very little time at a keyboard or on the internet today.

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“Colombia doesn’t know which Trump it will have to face”

Here’s an English translation of a long and wide-ranging exchange with journalist Cecilia Orozco, which ran in Colombia’s El Espectador newspaper this morning. It was a good opportunity to explain (and vent about) the current state of U.S.-Colombian relations. If you prefer Spanish, haga clic aquí. “Colombia doesn’t know which Trump it will have to face”: Adam […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 27, 2017 Brazil Carolina Heringer, “Apos Morte de Coronel No Meier, Comandante-Geral Da Pm Quer Forcas Armadas No Rio” (O Globo (Brazil), October 27, 2017). O comandante-geral da PM, coronel Wolney Dias, quer as Forças Armadas no Rio de Janeiro Dom Phillips, “Brazil Rapper Scores Hit With I Killed the President […]

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FARC analysis at WPR

Here’s a Q&A with the editors of World Politics Review about the future of Colombia’s FARC as a political party. Excerpt: The FARC’s best hope will be to start local, in the rural areas where it has been a factor in Colombians’ lives for decades. One advantage the guerrillas have over other parties is thousands of presumably […]

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The day ahead: October 27, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) My schedule is mostly clear, but I’m very behind on a few writing projects, due to a very heavy schedule of meetings and events over the past few weeks. I’ll be reachable but hope to spend a few uninterrupted hours in “deep work” mode […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 26, 2017 Brazil Daniel Gallas, “Brazil’s Michel Temer: A Master of Survival” (BBC (UK), October 26, 2017). He is earning himself a place in the history books as a president who ruthlessly used every available trick to avoid trial just as Brazil was stepping up its fight against corruption Colombia “En […]

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Honduras went zero-for-100 in 2016

“The number of inbound flights to Honduras allegedly trafficking cocaine dropped 30 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to estimates from the United States government,” reads a letter to the New York Times editor, published yesterday, from the Honduran Presidency’s minister and adviser for strategy and communication. But what happens when flights or boats suspected of […]

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The day ahead: October 26, 2017

I’m reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I just looked back on my calendar. Since a week ago Monday (16th), I’ve helped host a big conference and an even bigger awards dinner, had nine meetings with congressional staff and one with the State Department, met twice with institutional funders, and guest-taught a college […]

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Carson Ulrich doesn’t get it

In Monday’s New York Times, near the end of a piece about a notorious 2012 DEA-involved shooting incident in Honduras, this gem appears (boldface is mine): Carson Ulrich, who served as deputy for the FAST team missions at the time of the Ahuas shooting, stands by the D.E.A.’s assertions that the passenger boat was searching […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 25, 2017 Colombia “Lio Cocalero, Agravado por Tension Entre Campesinos, Afros e Indigenas” (El Tiempo (Colombia), October 25, 2017). La reubicación de miles de campesinos cocaleros que tienen sus cultivos en territorios indígenas y afrocolombianos “¿Que Hay Detras del Asesinato de un Lider Cocalero en Taraza?” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), October 25, […]

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The day ahead: October 25, 2017

I’ll be very hard to reach today. (How to contact me) WOLA’s annual human rights awards/benefit went very well last night. Today, I’m accompanying our winners on a series of visits with House of Representatives staff. I’ll be hard to contact through any means of communication until the very end of the day.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 24, 2017 Argentina Daniel Politi, “Argentina’s President Says Election Gains Bolster His Reform Plan” (The New York Times, October 24, 2017). Mr. Macri said he would call the country’s governors, key lawmakers and leaders in the judiciary to accelerate progress on labor and tax policy overhauls Brazil Dom Phillips, “Brazil Police […]

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