- Samantha Schmidt, “Genocide Prosecution of Former President Tests Bolivia’s Justice System” (The Washington Post, August 24, 2021).
On Saturday, a day after prosecutors announced new charges of “genocide” against her, Áñez cut her own wrist, in what her lawyer described as “a cry for help”
- Carlos Martinez, Gabriela Caceres, Oscar Martinez, “Criminal Investigation Found the Bukele Administration Hid Evidence of Negotiations With Gangs” (El Faro (El Salvador), August 24, 2021).
The attorney general overseeing the case was illegally removed from office before pressing charges, and the special prosecutors’ unit handling the case was dissolved
Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border
- Ian Millhiser, “A New Supreme Court Case Could Blow Up Decades of Us Diplomacy” (Vox, August 24, 2021).
Whether the Supreme Court will abandon the judiciary’s longtime posture of deference to the elected branches on matters of foreign relations — or whether it will give an increasingly right-wing judiciary a permission slip to interfere with America’s negotiations with foreign partners and rivals
- Simon Romero, “A Texas Sheriff’s Grim Task: Finding Bodies as Migrant Deaths Surge” (The New York Times, August 24, 2021).
Through July, Border Patrol officials found 383 dead migrants, the highest toll in nearly a decade, and one already far surpassing the 253 recovered in the previous fiscal year
- Michelle Hackman, “Why Illegal U.S. Border Crossings Likely Aren’t Fueling the Covid-19 Surge” (The Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2021).
Testing is being led by cities, counties and nonprofit organizations, which typically coordinate with the Border Patrol to have migrants dropped off at designated locations