- Eduardo Cordova, “Ola de Criticas Contra General Cuellar por Desafiar a Violentistas: Piden su Relevo en la Araucania” (La Nacion (Chile), January 20, 2022).
An army general in charge of a “state of emergency” zone in an area of sometimes violent indigenous protests in southern Chile, causes outrage by defying people to attack his soldiers instead of other targets. “Why don’t you fight us? I invite you.”
- “Glifosato: Corte Tumba Plan de Manejo Ambiental y Ordena Consulta Previa” (El Tiempo (Colombia), January 20, 2022).
There will be no aerial herbicide fumigation in Colombian territories where coca is grown. At least not until communities can properly be consulted with, which may take at least a year.
- Julian E. Barnes, “Most ‘Havana Syndrome’ Cases Unlikely Caused by Foreign Power, c.i.A. Says” (The New York Times, January 20, 2022).
Wow. “A report concluded that most cases have environmental or medical causes, but the government remains focused on investigating two dozen incidents that remain unexplained.”
- J. David Goodman, “‘We’re Basically Mall Cops’: Texas Guard Members on Border Mission” (The New York Times, January 20, 2022).
Imagine volunteering to serve your country in the National Guard, only to end up torn from your career and family for months of “mall cop” duty for a governor who needs political props as he enters reelection primary season.
- “Notice of Scoping: Environmental Assessment Rio Grande Valley Border Barrier and Related System Elements” (U.S. Customs and Border Protection, January 20, 2022).
Unless Congress rescinds wall-building money that Trump had requested in prior years, this will be the plan to wall off the Rio Grande virtually from Falcon Lake to the Gulf of Mexico.