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5 Links from the Past Week
- Here’s Protect Colombia’s Peace, a thorough snapshot of the current moment in Colombia’s peace process, and a series of perfectly reasonable recommendations for U.S. policy toward Latin America’s third most-populous nation. I wrote bits of this collaboration between more than 20 organizations. (While I’m linking to things I wrote last week, don’t miss last Monday’s analysis of what the pandemic is doing to the region’s already precarious civil-military relations.)
- Almost nobody in Laredo, Texas wants a border wall obstructing the city’s riverfront. At The Texas Observer, Gus Bova surveys a wide variety of residents’ views of this incredibly unpopular project.
- A collaboration between Mexico’s SinEmbargo and DemocraciaAbierta seeks to put a human face on some of the 133 journalists murdered in the country so far this century.
- Texas Public Radio, meanwhile, brings in reports from journalists in the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, and Mexico City to detail the miserable human cost of the Trump administration’s assault on the right to asylum.
- From Vanda Felbab-Brown at the Brookings Institution, a very clear-headed exploration of “policy options for responding to the supply of heroin and synthetic opioids from Mexico to the United States.”