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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March 2018

This Week in Colombia’s Peace Process

(Week of March 25-31) “Dissident” Group Kidnaps Reporters on Ecuador Side of the Border The Pacific coastal border region between Colombia and Ecuador has heated up amid an offensive launched by a fast-growing dissident group made up mainly of former FARC members and militias who have rearmed. The “Oliver Sinisterra” group, named for a former […]

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Last Week in Colombia’s Peace Process

(We’re catching up on overdue updates. This one covers the week of March 18-24.) Duque Pulls Ahead in Presidential Polls After handily winning a primary of right-wing candidates that accompanied March 11 legislative elections, Bogotá Senator Iván Duque has rapidly emerged as the frontrunner for the May 27 presidential elections. Duque, the candidate of far-right […]

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Last Week in Colombia’s Peace Process

(We’re catching up on overdue updates. This one covers the week of March 11-17.) Congressional Elections Colombians went to the polls on March 11, and elected a Congress that looks a lot like the one they elected in 2014. Right-of-center parties made hair-thin gains, mainly in the House of Representatives. Parties that remain mostly supportive […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 30, 2018 Central America Regional Jim Wyss, “Are Evangelical Politics Reshaping Central America Into the New Bible Belt?” (The Miami Herald, March 30, 2018). The fact that El Salvador and Nicaragua are both run by former leftist guerrillas, illustrates how conservative social views transcend political leanings Central America Regional, Mexico Adolfo […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 29, 2018 Ecuador “Lenin Moreno: Situacion en Frontera Es Consecuencia de la Permisividad y Desmantelamiento a ff.aa. Y Policia” (El Universo (Ecuador), March 29, 2018). Cuestionó que a las fuerzas de seguridad nacional, la Policía y las Fuerzas Armadas, no se les haya dotado del armamento necesarios para operar en estos […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 28, 2018 Brazil Vanessa Barbara, “Don’t Turn a Radical Activist’s Death Into a Tv Melodrama” (The New York Times, March 28, 2018). She spent her days fighting inequality and injustice — not against an abstract notion of “violence.” So there’s no point in bringing more terror and repression to favelas, killing […]

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The day ahead: March 28, 2018

I’m reachable much of the day, though working at home in the morning. (How to contact me) It’s Wednesday of Holy Week. Latin America is mostly on vacation. Congress is out, and so are most universities. My calendar is pretty clear. We’ll be recording a WOLA podcast this afternoon, and I’ve got a phone meeting late […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 27, 2018 Brazil Jill Langlois, “Another Week in Rio Begins With Gunfire and Death; Army to Begin Patrolling the City” (The Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2018). The country’s army said that it will now begin patrolling the streets of Rio alongside military police officers in an effort to check the […]

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The day ahead: March 27, 2018

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I have jury duty today, so I’ll be in the courthouse and possibly hard to contact. It’s Tuesday of Holy Week in Latin America, a week when the region largely shuts down, so hopefully I won’t miss much.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 26, 2018 Brazil Anthony Faiola, Marina Lopes, “Stop and Search? This Poor Community in Rio Says Yes, Please.” (The Washington Post, March 26, 2018). The response here illustrates a national reality: Brazilians want security — and are backing heavy-handed tactics to get it Dom Phillips, Julio Carvalho, “Police Operation in Rio […]

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The day ahead: March 23, 2018

I’ll be most reachable mid-day. (How to contact me) I’m going on camera twice today, talking about Colombia both times: Voice of America in the morning and CNN Español at the end of the day. In between I’ll be working in the office, then working at home after mid-afternoon. I’d like to produce 2 weeks’ worth […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 21, 2018 Argentina Paula Monaco Felipe, “The Death of a Genocide” (The New York Times, March 21, 2018). The day that he died I felt proud, because I was able to say to my 7-year-old son that his grandparents’ murderer died a convicted man, that the struggle is worth it Honduras […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 20, 2018 Brazil Anthony Faiola, Marina Lopes, “A Black Female Politician Was Gunned Down in Rio. Now She’s a Global Symbol.” (The Washington Post, March 20, 2018). Latin America’s largest nation has watched in awe as a figure once little known outside Rio has been transformed into a global symbol of […]

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The day ahead: March 20, 2018

I’ll be most free, though writing, in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m doing an interview in the morning and going to a mid-day discussion of the Colombian military’s post-conflict roles at the Colombian embassy. Other than that, I’ll be in the office writing and databasing, mostly about Colombia.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 19, 2018 Colombia Mateo Isaza Giraldo, “Reportan Operativo en Guaviare en el Que Murieron Disidentes de Farc” (El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), March 19, 2018). El balance fue compartido por el ministro de Defensa al detallar que los fallecidos pertenecían al GAO (Grupo Armado Organizado) residual de los frentes primero y séptimo […]

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