- Ana Ionova, “Brazil’s Democracy in Peril? Bolsonaro’s Military Courtship Raises Concern.” (The Christian Science Monitor, August 31, 2021).
The president, a former army captain, has responded by attacking other branches of government, sowing doubts over election security, and flaunting his increasingly cozy relationship with the armed forces
- Joshua Collins, “What Peace Deal? Colombia’s Coca Regions Remain at War” (The New Humanitarian, August 31, 2021).
Catatumbo, which still produces more coca – the raw ingredient in cocaine – than just about anywhere else in the world, effectively exists outside the presence of the Colombian state
- Leon Krauze, “There’s a Crisis of Violence and Racism in Southern Mexico. It Needs Urgent Attention.” (The Washington Post, August 31, 2021).
Mexico’s National Guard seems intent on blocking asylum seekers from leaving Mexico’s poor south, even if it threatens the stability of the region or, worse, might produce a xenophobic and racist eruption
- Steven Dudley, “The Zetas’ Model of Organized Crime Is Leaving Mexico in Ruins” (InsightCrime, August 31, 2021).
The Zetas proved that via fearsome messaging and brutal tactics, you could control territory and thus secure numerous local criminal rents, even while you vied for action in the international market
- “Catholic Lobby and Immigrant Rights Group Release Report on Cbp Abuse at the Border” (Network Lobby, August 31, 2021).
The report, which can be read here, details thirty-five cases of violations by CBP agents documented by KBI from October 2020 to mid-August 2021