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.

September 2018

Some articles I found interesting: Friday, September 21

(Posting this a bit late—I fell behind near the end of the week. Even more here) September 21, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Erica Werner, Josh Dawsey, Seung Min Kim, “Trump Demands a Border Wall but Many Republican Lawmakers Aren’t Convinced” (The Washington Post, September 21, 2018). Behind all the rationalizing lies a hardening reality: Many congressional […]

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Some articles I found interesting: Thursday, September 20

(Posting this a bit late—I fell behind near the end of the week. Even more here) September 20, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ron Nixon, “U.S. Loses Track of Another 1,500 Migrant Children, Investigators Find” (The New York Times, September 20, 2018). Senate investigators said the department could not determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,488 out […]

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The Past Week in Colombia’s Peace Process

(Week of September 9-15) ELN Talks Remain Suspended In his August 7 inaugural speech, President Iván Duque said that he would take 30 days to decide whether to continue peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas. That period has expired, and Duque did not end the talks—but he has suspended them pending the […]

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The day ahead: September 21, 2018

I’ll be around in the afternoon. (How to contact me) The WOLA human rights award dinner was good fun and good company last night, but it ran until nearly midnight—so I’m rather sleepy and getting another late start today. I’ve got a meeting with a U.S. diplomat this morning to talk about our early-September Colombia trip. […]

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The day ahead: September 20, 2018

I’ll be around in the late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) WOLA’s annual human rights awards dinner is tonight. As it’ll be a late night, I’m letting myself get a late start this morning. I’ll be in the office late morning through mid-afternoon, when I’ll probably have to break to help with […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Jean Guerrero, “Government Report Shows Border Wall Designs Can Be Broken” (KPBS (Los Angeles), September 19, 2018). A U.S. Customs and Border Protection report obtained by KPBS through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals mock-ups of all eight border wall prototypes were found vulnerable to […]

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The day ahead: September 19, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m deep into two writing projects and will work from home this morning. I have two phone interviews scheduled for mid-day and will be in the office, writing and conference-organizing, in the afternoon.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 18, 2018 Brazil Andres Schipani, Joe Leahy, “Contradictions Expose Brazil Election Frontrunner’s Soldier Image” (The Financial Times (UK), September 18, 2018). Mr da Silva, his former childhood friend, summed it up. Mr Bolsonaro was Brazil’s version of Mr Trump, a social media Pied Piper gathering diverse disgruntled followers from across the […]

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The day ahead: September 18, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Through some freak accident of scheduling, I’ve got no commitments on the calendar this Tuesday. I’ll be in the office all day writing our big Colombia report, and helping to plan a big Colombia conference that will take place four weeks from today.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 17, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ryan Devereaux, “Justice Department Attempts to Suppress Evidence That the Border Patrol Targeted Humanitarian Volunteers” (The Intercept, September 17, 2018). Within hours of the exhibits being submitted Monday, Trump administration lawyers called on Macdonald to seal the text messages Brazil Alejandro Chacoff, “Brazil Lost More Than […]

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The day ahead: September 17, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) Today I’ll be in an all-hands office meeting in the morning, and in the late afternoon in a meeting of groups that work on Colombia. In the middle, I’ve got a few small tasks that need to get done, particularly having […]

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