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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January 2020

Songs I had in heavy rotation in January

From my regular “best song I washed dishes to” posts from January, as Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube playlists. (I’d add Apple Music, but it’s being persnickety with the sharing right now.) Superbike – Jay Som Confessions – Sudan Archives Rocket Fuel (feat. De La Soul) – DJ Shadow Home – Caribou Stay High – Brittany […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 31, 2020 Colombia Juan Francisco Valbuena G., “‘Estan Jugando a Asfixiar el Proceso de Paz’: Timochenko” (El Tiempo (Colombia), January 31, 2020). Londoño también le respondió a la ministra del Interior, Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez, quien dijo que el proceso de paz es “semifallido”, y dijo que hay sectores que quieren “asfixiar” […]

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The day ahead: January 31, 2020

I’m off today. (How to contact me) I’m taking the day off. After last week’s travel and much else, I need to catch up on a whole list of things on the home front. I expect to spend the day at my home office desk, so may be reachable if it’s super urgent.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 30, 2020 Brazil, Mexico Camilo Montoya-Galvez, “U.S. to Require Brazilian Asylum-Seekers to Wait in Mexico for Court Hearings” (CBS News, January 30, 2020). The move to send Portuguese-speaking migrants to Mexico represents the latest expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program El Salvador Jimmy Alvarado, “La Onu Propuso una Cicies […]

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The day ahead: January 30, 2020

I’ll be around in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m going to sit in on this morning’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with U.S. Southern Command. I’ve got a call with a Mexico-based journalist and a phone meeting with groups working on the border, and should be at my desk for the rest of […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 29, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Parker Asmann, Eimhin o’reilly, “In Its Annual Homicide Round-Up, Insight Crime Looks Into the Country-by-Country Murder Rates and the Factors Influencing Them” (InsightCrime, January 29, 2020). In its annual Homicide Round-Up, InSight Crime looks into the country-by-country murder rates and the factors influencing them Brazil, Venezuela […]

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The day ahead: January 29, 2020

I’ll be most reachable mid-day. (How to contact me) I’m attending a meeting at UNHCR’s DC office in the morning, and have meetings in the afternoon with WOLA staff, a US military officer working on Latin America, and several NGOs working on Colombia. I should be at my desk, working on the re-launch of our […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 28, 2020 Bolivia Javier Aliaga, “Nueva Crisis en Bolivia por la Decision de Jeanine Anez de Ser Candidata a las Elecciones” (Univision, January 28, 2020). Este domingo, Añez pidió la renuncia de todos sus ministros para encarar una “nueva etapa” Tom Phillips, “‘Satan, Be Gone!’: Bolivian Christians Claim Credit for Ousting […]

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The day ahead: January 28, 2020

I’ll be around in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m in the office today. I’ve got an internal planning meeting, an eye exam nearby, and a call with a congressional staffer, which will take me through lunchtime. In the afternoon I expect to be glued to a computer for hours, as I start work […]

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WOLA Podcast: A Week on the Border

While in El Paso last week, I recorded a podcast with WOLA’s new director for digital strategy, Lizette Alvarez. (The first time I’ve been the interviewee instead of the interviewer!) Here, at 6:30am in my hotel room, I talk about what we’d been seeing and hearing in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. You can almost […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 27, 2020 Bolivia, Honduras “Interim Bolivian Government Taps Lobby Firm Hired to Sell the Honduras Coup” (The Intercept, January 27, 2020). In December, Bolivia inked an agreement with CLS Strategies to provide “strategic communications counsel” for new elections this year and other interactions with the U.S. government Colombia “La Farc se […]

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