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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

Carlos Ortega / EFE photo at El País (Spain). Caption: “La Plaza de Bolívar de Bogotá, este miércoles durante una nueva jornada de paro nacional.”

(Even more here)

October 22, 2020

Bolivia

The new government should use its remarkable mandate to heal wounds at home and build cross-ideological bridges in its South American neighbourhood

Chile

“Estamos tomando todas las medidas habidas y por haber… no creo le vaya a salir gratis a quien quiera hacerlo”, declaró el ministro de Defensa

he constitution introduced by Pinochet remained in force for decades, safeguarding a market-driven economy at a cost of subsidized healthcare, education and pensions

Colombia

El problema de fondo de desorden interno y falta de liderazgo civil sobre las fuerzas, que es la razón estructural para los múltiples escándalos que han ocurrido este año, sigue intacto

En 2006 la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos condenó al Estado por esa y por la masacre de La Granja, ocurrida meses atrás. ¿En qué el cumplimiento de esas órdenes?

Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities find themselves terrorised by a host of armed criminal groups involved in territorial land disputes, as well as in conflict with government-allied businesses

La movilización pacífica, precedida por la llegada de 8.000 indígenas a Bogotá, desarmó los argumentos de las autoridades sobre infiltración de grupos armados

Guatemala

The announcement came just days after the anti-impunity unit (Fiscalía Especializada Contra la Impunidad — FECI) within the Attorney General’s Office seized 122,351,456 quetzales (around $15.5 million) in cash found in 22 suitcases

Honduras

Las FF AA tienen que informar al sistema de aviación civil sobre la Ley de Protección de la Soberanía del Espacio Aéreo (LPSEA), sus deberes y derechos para evitar incidentes lamentables

En vigencia el Reglamento de la Ley de Protección de la Soberanía del Espacio Aéreo que además contempla la conformación de un centro especial para intervenir las aeronaves sospechosas

Mexico

Hoy fue aprobado en el Senado el dictamen que contiene la eliminación de 109 fideicomisos públicos, incluyendo la eliminación de los recursos del Fondo de Ayuda, Atención y Reparación Integral (FAARI) a Víctimas

Emblemáticos en materia de violaciones a los derechos humanos, ambos casos ocurrieron en la administración de Enrique Peña Nieto, quien dio continuidad a la militarización de la seguridad pública

El 2019, el primer año completo de Durazo en el cargo, cerró con un récord de 34 mil 673 homicidios dolosos y cerca de mil feminicidios

What makes violence in Guerrero distinct, and what lessons can we learn from covering it?

La detención del General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda por agentes de la Administración de Control de Drogas es un evento que deja ver una ruptura crítica en la relación bilateral

U.S.-Mexico Border

Google Cloud will be used in conjunction with Anduril Industries’ surveillance tech on the U.S.-Mexico border

About 60 of the children were under the age of 5 when they were separated, the documents show

Ebbs and flows in migration are common, but after a pandemic that’s taken the lives of thousands in Latin America, border experts expect that upward trend to continue

Venezuela

As long as Beijing needs oil—something of which Venezuela has plenty—it is likely military hardware such as the C-802A will continue to flow to the South American country

El reporte destaca que “no hay donde reclamar por esos atropellos porque los organismos oficiales están cerrados”

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela

R2P can only be invoked if it follows the UN Charter, which would require the international community, specifically the UN Security Council, to approve the use of force – a very remote possibility

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Photo from La Tercera (Chile).

(Even more here)

October 21, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

One of the country’s largest federal agencies has instead publicly promoted immigrants, anarchists and smugglers as more dangerous to the United States than a virus

Bolivia

The landslide MAS victory comes as a sigh of relief after signs of voter intimidation and a year of democratic rollbacks and human rights abuses

“He can return to the country whenever he wants, because he’s Bolivian… but in the government it’s me who has to decide who forms a part of the administration and who does not”

The Añez government provided glaring evidence that an opposition government could be even worse than the MAS government whose credibility was in tatters from its own cases of corruption

Brazil

The Democratic nominee has threatened to pressure Brazil over protecting the Amazon rainforest, as part of a pledge to prioritize the climate globally

Chile

La seguridad del referéndum de cinco días más, del cual el gobierno ha de ser “garante”, abre algunas preguntas sobre qué tienen pensado hacer y cómo la policía y las Fuerzas Armadas

Este martes, se desarrolló la primera reunión bilateral entre la Fuerza Aérea de Chile (Fach) y la United States Space Force (Ussf)

Colombia

Casi 20 mil de los 30 mil millones de pesos adicionales que pidió esta justicia serían destinados para proteger víctimas del conflicto armado y testigos de muchas confesiones

Luego del sepelio del exguerrillero Albeiro Suárez, asesinado en el Meta, el ahora partido político arranca la Peregrinación por la Paz y la Vida

Fue capturado el 22 de febrero de 2007 y condenado a 25 años de cárcel, en 2011

It is the highest monthly total researchers have documented since they began tracking the killings in 2017

En América Latina, todo parece indicar, arranca una nueva etapa de movilizaciones. Ya comenzó Chile, y ahora Colombia parece retomarlas

Después de una baja histórica en la violencia el año pasado, desde hace un mes volvieron los tiroteos, las ofertas de plata para matar a integrantes de la banda contraria, el aumento de extorsiones y retenciones en algunas zonas del puerto

Honduras

Las críticas no se han hecho esperar después de que el presidente de Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, se reuniera este lunes en Tegucigalpa, capital de Honduras, con el jefe del Comando Sur de EEUU

Mexico

En América Latina, en la actualidad solo en Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, República Dominicana y Venezuela sus titulares son militares en activo

Los viajes en autobús de pasajeros son los preferidos por quienes ordenan los embarques a través de mujeres

Hace un año, el 17 de octubre de 2019, el intento de detención de Ovidio Guzmán López, hijo de Joaquín Guzmán Loera y de Griselda López Pérez, desató la ola de violencia más intensa de que se tenga memoria en Sinaloa

López Obrador tendrá la facultad de nombrar a un nuevo Secretario de Seguridad en los días siguientes, y con ello la disyuntiva de militarizar definitivamente

Investigación de Sergio Aguayo y Jacobo Dayán pone sobre la mesa la coincidencia de objetivos entre diversas autoridades y Joaquín Guzmán Loera, “El Chapo”, durante la época más violenta en La Laguna

El juez consideró que debe permanecer en prisión y que no puede seguir su proceso en libertad, porque hay un riesgo alto de fuga

While U.S. authorities referred to the group as the H-2 Cartel, it’s unclear if they ever actually called themselves that

Al poner en marcha el Complejo Regional de Seguridad Pública en Reynosa, dijo que su administración tiene el respaldo y colaboración de Estados Unidos para combatir al crimen

U.S.-Mexico Border

Many of the more than 1,000 parents separated from their children under the pilot program had already been deported before a federal judge in California ordered that they be found

In September 2020, the Immigration Court recorded 1,133 new MPP cases, up from a low of 136 in May, and the highest since the start of the pandemic in March when 2,282 MPP cases were filed.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

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Photo from CNN Español. Caption: “El Tribunal de Instrucción tenía programado este lunes la inspección de archivos militares en busca de posibles evidencias que podrían ayudar a esclarecer la masacre.”

(Even more here)

October 14, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

At a moment when U.S. arms transfers are making headlines for the wrong reasons – from Yemen to the Philippines and Latin America – members of Congress find themselves with few options to withhold U.S.-made weapons from governments that suppress democracy, systematically violate human rights

Bolivia

La larga lista tiene un denominador común: no han sido investigados adecuadamente por las autoridades competentes y permanecen en la impunidad

Chile

“We need to change the culture of [the Carabineros] to ensure that the right to protest is guaranteed and that they cannot hide evidence or obstruct the course of justice”

Colombia

Hacer lo mismo en esa ocasión puede ser contraproducente para el Gobierno, dado el actual malestar social

La CIDH exhorta a Colombia a investigar estos hechos de manera pronta y diligente, así como juzgar y sancionar a los responsables materiales e intelectuales de los mismos

Los senadores Iván Cepeda y Antonio Sanguino habían pedido información sobre la presencia de militares extranjeros en el país. El ministro no ha respondido

Cuba

Foreign and domestic economists forecast the move will cause triple digit inflation and bankruptcies while at the same time stimulating domestic economic efficiency and exports over imports

El Salvador

Por segunda ocasión, el juez Jorge Guzmán no pudo verificar la existencia de archivos militares sobre la masacre de El Mozote, luego que la Fuerza Aérea de El Salvador se negó a cumplir el fallo

Honduras

El Informe Alternativo muestra la creciente desigualdad social, de la tortura, de los abusos contra a grupos de mayor vulnerabilidad como la niñez, juventud, discapacidad, mujeres, poblaciones indígenas, LGBTI, personas migrantes, situación de defensores y defensoras

Mexico

Las medidas cautelares solicitadas al organismo interamericano buscan “evitar mayores confrontaciones” entre la Guardia Nacional y las personas que han manifestado su oposición a que México disponga del líquido de la presa

Biden is not expected to make López Obrador regret his overtures to Trump

Farmers in Mexico ambushed soldiers and seized a dam to stop water payments to the United States, in a sign of growing conflict over increasingly scarce resources

El representante de ONU-DH, Guillermo Fernández-Maldonado, reconoció que la SCJN “ha sido precursora en definir los límites de la jurisdicción militar en México de acuerdo con lo establecido en las normas y estándares internacionales”

U.S.-Mexico Border

12 from O’odham protest groups arrested after confrontation west of Tucson; T-O Chairman Norris calls DPS actions ‘appalling’

Final numbers are set to be released Wednesday at an event with Border Patrol officials in Tucson, but apprehensions through the first 11 months of the fiscal year are less than half the total for fiscal 2019

The reduced rights accorded the U.S.-side of the border are epitomized by way that normal rules and procedures are suspended or inapplicable in this zone

Alles sent the email after “sensitive but unclassified” information had been shared with “external entities”

Dumping hundreds of migrants in the remote Mexican border town of Sasabe puts them at risk from organized crime

Venezuela

La cifra de las narcoaeronaves se desprende de los anuncios que hace el Codai

Al frente, Jesús Suárez Chourío, durante años jefe del Estado Mayor de la Comandancia en Jefe de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (FANB), número dos del Ejército

Not only is it ludicrous to compare Biden to Maduro, it is also ludicrous to think that Biden wouldn’t take a tough stand against him

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Luis Robayo / AFP photo at France24 (France). Caption: “Colombian indigenous people are heading to Cali in the southwest in the hope of meeting President Ivan Duque to demand concrete action on ending violence”

(Even more here)

October 13, 2020

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil

Tras 18 meses de investigación, en Argentina se descubrió una banda que tenía entre sus integrantes a varios connacionales. Un informe indica que el Gefron brasileño incautó este año casi el doble de droga en la frontera con Bolivia

Colombia

Mientras el Gobierno nacional dice desconocer su paradero, el Magdalena se convirtió en una olla de presión a punto de estallar

El reconocimiento de la exguerrilla de su supuesta autoría en el asesinato del dirigente conservador Álvaro Gómez se le adelantó a un plan de las disidencias por desacreditar el Acuerdo de Paz

Para el exdelegado del gobierno de EE. UU. en los diálogos con las Farc de La Habana, no se ve voluntad política en el presidente Duque, quien debería tener el liderazgo de superar las diferencias

“Es lamentable y desconcertante que actores respetables y líderes de la política internacional resulten, en la práctica, inadvertidamente instrumentalizados por opositores del Presidente Duque”

La verdad sobre lo sucedido en una guerra, cuando por fin aflora, puede ser tan peligrosa y desestabilizadora como la mentira

Although most Colombian Americans are Democrats, support for Trump among Florida Colombians has grown by about 5 to 8 percent

El Salvador

Bukele’s attacks on a free press are symptomatic of a larger disdain for democratic institutions

Guatemala

More than 200 women were killed in the first eight months of this year in the Central American nation, and more than 3,000 women and girls have been killed since 2015

Guatemala, Honduras

CBP personnel in Guatemala transported an unidentified number of Honduran migrants in unmarked vans to relocate them to the Guatemala-Honduras border

Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee say that several hundred U.S.-bound migrants were rounded up in Guatemala and returned to Honduras in January by Customs and Border Protection agents

Honduras

The U.S. asylum system, created 40 years ago to identify and protect the world’s most vulnerable, has long resisted offering refuge to the country’s closest neighbors to the south

Mexico

La multiplicidad de funciones que le han sido asignadas al Ejército Mexicano en el gobierno del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador no ha mermado en nada su capacidad de respuesta

La GN es, para todo fin práctico, una extensión de las Fuerzas Armadas en otra dependencia

En México hay poco más de 131 mil policías estatales en activo, desplegados y la mayoría armados. Pero cerca de la mitad de todos ellos, 61 mil en total, carecen de la certificación que avala que están plenamente preparados

U.S.-Mexico Border

Although the district court previously stayed its own injunction blocking these sections of wall, the court of appeals order lifts that stay and requires that construction cease immediately

Authorities don’t know how much contraband makes it through the tunnels before they are found and blocked. But they say a narrow hand-dug passage could be worth tens of millions of dollars to drug cartels

Venezuela

Residents described anger and weariness at the struggles of making do without basic services

La UE puede y debe tener un papel protagonista buscando, a través de la diplomacia, fórmulas para acabar de una vez con el drama de Venezuela

The report, with data from the RSF, the IPYS and other organizations, registers an alarming deterioration in freedom of speech in Venezuela. Several media outlets were attacked during the weekend while impunity reigns

Venezuelan authorities’ treatment of approximately 100,000 citizens returning from other countries in many cases is abusive and is likely to amplify transmission of Covid-19

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Photo from ElPeriódico (Guatemala). Caption: “Representantes de diferentes organizaciones protestaron ante la CC y pidieron suspender el cierre de la Sepaz.”

(Even more here)

October 6, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

Major issue is Chinese illegal fishing around Ecuador and Peru (see here for background). I have to wonder how much that could sour Latin American views of China

Colombia

Why do they want to kill us? The lack of a safe space to defend human rights in Colombia examines the reasons behind the violence against community leaders living in geographically strategic and natural resource-rich areas

Bernardino Mosquera Palacios es un líder social del departamento del Chocó, en el Pacífico colombiano, que tiene un trabajo: proteger el río Atrato

El 5 de octubre de 2017, en medio de manifestaciones contra la erradicación forzada de coca, siete campesinos murieron por disparos de militares y policías que atendían la protesta en esa vereda de Tumaco

The movement here has drawn comparisons to the defund-the-police and Black Lives Matter campaigns in the United States — albeit in a Colombian context

Conservative Colombian elected officials are supporting President Trump’s reelection and calling Joe Biden a socialist

Colombia, Venezuela

Los esfuerzos internacionales por derrocar al gobernante venezolano Nicolás Maduro “han funcionado”, defendió este lunes el almirante Craig Faller, jefe del Comando Sur estadounidense

Cuba

Aunque fui sometido a un grave acto de violencia el pasado 1 de octubre, lo que me ocurrió no es ni siquiera la peor de las detenciones arbitrarias que con frecuencia sufren opositores políticos, activistas de la sociedad civil, artistas contestatarios y mis colegas de la prensa

Cuba, Venezuela

Biden also criticized Trump for failing to topple Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro and for refusing to grant undocumented exiles in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status

El Salvador

Estamos frente a un cambio generacional. ¿Cómo se manifiesta la relación de este gobierno y la Fuerza Armada en El Salvador?

“El periodismo de primera calidad de El Faro es respetado no solo en El Salvador sino por la comunidad internacional”, le recordaron los congresistas y senadores demócratas

Guatemala

Giammattei solicitó la salida temporal de los personeros del ACNUR y los acusa de entorpecer la labor contra la Caravana de Migrantes que ingresó al país de manera irregular

En lo que va de 2020, el plan de gastos del Ministerio de la Defensa se ha incrementado en Q18.8 millones

Guatemala, Honduras

The exodus was stopped by Guatemalan soldiers days after they left Honduras. The government said the caravan was a COVID-19 contagion risk

Mexico

El equipo de monitoreo vio a agentes del Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM), Grupo Beta, la Guardia Nacional (GN), el Ejército y la Marina con insignias del “PLAN DN III” portando armas, lo que representa criminalización y estigmatización a las personas migrantes

The first members of new security force meant to guard Mexico’s mines graduated from a special training course at the end of September

La militarización genera una inercia muy potente. Para revertirla se requiere revisar los mecanismos de control civil sobre el aparato militar

Témoris Grecko’s new book Killing the Story depicts in great detail the dynamics driving violence against journalists in Mexico

Este año se lanzó una intensa ofensiva contra el cartel de drogas más violento de México. La estrategia parece efectiva

Nicaragua

A second bill would establish jail terms of up to four years for those who used a computer to spread “false and/or misrepresented information which causes alarm”

Peru

El fallido intento de destitución del presidente Martín Vizcarra se une a la crisis de los partidos, el resquebrajamiento del neoliberalismo, operaciones políticas de bajo calibre y militares que vuelven a asomar la cabeza

U.S.-Mexico Border

Earlier this year, CBP, which oversees border wall construction, said it was testing the black coating along some sections of the US-Mexico border in an effort to assess the operational benefits

Some articles I found interesting this morning

AFP photo at Milenio (Mexico). Caption: “Los migrantes buscan ingresar a México a través de Cd. Hidalgo, Chiapas, y El Ceibo en Tabasco.”

(Even more here)

October 5, 2020

Brazil

Donald Trump’s political cousin in Brazil has followed the populist playbook to a T. It’s worked wonders for him

Chile

The pandemic did not end the revolution unleashed by el estallido, but it did quite abruptly change the subject

Video of the teenager’s fall into a shallow river went viral in Chile, which was convulsed by unrest a year ago

Colombia

Al cumplir cuatro años de su firma, el exdelegado de Estados Unidos para apoyar el proceso de paz con las Farc sostiene que el Estado cometió su peor pecado al no haber podido llenar los vacíos que dejó la guerrilla en el territorio

Por lo menos 65 lideresas sociales y defensoras de derechos humanos fueron asesinadas entre 2019 y junio de 2020

El Ministro de Defensa lleva casi un año en el cargo sin adoptar correctivos para evitar violaciones a derechos humanos, abusos policiales, casos de corrupción, asesinatos de líderes y ex combatientes. Por esa omisión debería responder

La mayoría de las masacres en Cauca y Nariño han ocurrido en las faldas de la cordillera Occidental, principal ruta de los grupos armados para sacar droga al océano Pacífico. La subregión del Naya vuelve a sufrir

Aunque el presidente Iván Duque y de la familia Gómez rechazaron el anuncio, desde las mismas entrañas del uribismo vienen evidencias que respaldarían la confesión de las Farc

Aquí le explicamos esos seis casos

El Salvador

Nuevas Ideas would have exclusive access to campaign in gang-controlled areas in the run-up to legislative and municipal elections in February 2021

Guatemala, Honduras

Según la Policía Nacional Civil 2,159 personas de las 4,000 que ingresaron el jueves pasado fueron remitidas a las autoridades de migración de Honduras o bien retornaron de manera voluntaria

Honduras

In the two years since its creation, the Honduran National Anti-Gang Force (FNAMP, in Spanish) has achieved significant results, including the arrest of more than 1,680 gang members

Mexico

Garduño dijo que de este lado de México sólo se han detenido a 235 migrantes en los días recientes

The supreme court has become the latest institution in Mexico to bow to the will of populist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador

U.S.-Mexico Border

Less than a month before the U.S. presidential election, resistance to the wall, a centerpiece of Trump’s 2016 campaign, is flaring across parts of the approximately 2,000-mile border

Three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals left in place a lower court’s order that requires the U.S. to stop using hotels in most situations to detain children unaccompanied by a parent

Vice President Mike Pence in March directed the nation’s top disease control agency to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the U.S. borders, overruling the agency’s scientists who said there was no evidence the action would slow the coronavirus

Venezuela

Iranian officials have in the past said there would be “trouble” it the US interferes with its tankers, but in Tehran, the appetite for escalation is likely “very, very low”

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, October 5

  • 9:00-5:30 at Zoom: Public hearings of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission’s 177th sessions (RSVP required).
  • 12:00-1:00 at as-coa.org: A Conversation with U.S. Southern Command’s Admiral Craig Faller and Ambassador Jean Manes (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 at atlanticcouncil.org: US-Brazil commercial relations: A deep dive into state-level economic engagement (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-4:30 at brookings.edu: Maras, migrants, and Mexico: Policy issues for the next US administration (RSVP required).

Tuesday, October 6

  • 9:00-3:30 at thedialogue.org: Fourth Annual Latin America Energy Conference: Upheaval and Opportunity (RSVP required).
  • 9:00-5:30 at Zoom: Public hearings of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission’s 177th sessions (RSVP required).
  • 3:30-5:00 at wilsoncenter.org: Trump or Biden: What Will it Mean for Brazil and Bolsonaro? (RSVP required).

Wednesday, October 7

  • 9:00-5:30 at Zoom: Public hearings of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission’s 177th sessions (RSVP required).
  • 11:30-12:30 at thedialogue.org: Towards Quality Early Childhood Education – Results of the Regional Forum (RSVP required).
  • 1:00-2:30 at wilsoncenter.org: Freedom of Expression & the Press under the AMLO Administration (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 at atlanticcouncil.org: Maduro and Iran: Hezbollah, oil, and illicit networks propping the Venezuelan regime (RSVP required).

Thursday, October 8

  • 9:00-5:30 at Zoom: Public hearings of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission’s 177th sessions (RSVP required).
  • 12:30 at Zoom: Defender la vida más allá de la Pandemia (RSVP required).
  • 2:00-3:00 at wilsoncenter.org: Freedoms at Risk in El Salvador? (RSVP required).
  • 6:00 at ausm.community: Virtual speaking tour: Sergio Pacheco – Tlanezi Calli (RSVP required).
  • 6:00-8:00 at CLACS/NACLA Zoom: ¿Una Nueva Crisis? Reflecting upon MAS’ legacy and the Future of Bolivia (RSVP required).

Friday, October 9

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Johan Ordonez/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images photo at The Wall Street Journal. Caption: “Honduran migrants walked past a Guatemalan Army truck as they crossed the border on Thursday.”

(Even more here)

October 2, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

Biden y Harris tendrán que ocuparse de un amplio arco de situaciones

CBP’s tactical unit was “geared up ready to deploy” in response to “verbal aggressive language” by protesters, or the throwing of empty water bottles

Western Hemisphere Regional, Colombia

Experts say Growth in the Americas programme is attempt to reassert US control – and seems likely to anatagonise Beijing

Brazil

Rainforests are unique ecosystems of immense complexity that nurture an incredible diversity of plants, animals and micro-organisms. Bulldozers and chain saws don’t care about that

Salles announced an end to two legal protections for mangroves and coastal restinga forests, arguing the protections were “excessively restrictive” and “stifled economic development”

In Brazil, lawmakers are still trying to come to grips with the damage done by Pompeo’s September visit, ostensibly meant to shore up support for a common front against Venezuela but ultimately about Pompeo’s efforts to boost Trump’s standing with Latino voters in Florida

Colombia

A pesar de una disminución en las tasas nacionales de homicidio en el primer semestre, la violencia en las regiones más afectadas por el conflicto ha continuado

Las voces que piden la renuncia del ministro de Defensa crecen cada día y, desde el Congreso de la República, algunos sectores piden una moción de censura

Era activista del partido Colombia Humana, que lidera Gustavo Petro

Filtraron su foto para publicarla en Facebook y señalarlo de “sapo”

El Espectador conoció detalles sobre uno de los tres narcotraficantes que, según organismos del Estado, es el “rey” de los envíos de cocaína

El Salvador

“No lo hemos denunciado para no poner en riesgo a la fuente que nos dio la información, que nos compartió la información”, aseveró el periodista

Throughout the time Bukele was mayor of San Salvador, City Hall and the gangs made several arrangements like this: the gangs would not get money; they would get political and economic favors

Guatemala, Honduras

Caravan could provide ammunition to President Trump’s re-election campaign, but experts say it will likely be broken up

Honduras

Yani Rosenthal served time in a U.S federal prison on a charge connected to the drug trade, but now wants to run for president back home

Mexico

Se presume que la confesión fue obtenida mediante tortura

Mexico’s president has announced plans for a referendum on whether to prosecute his unpopular predecessors, saying he wants “the people” to give the green light

Mexico’s Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo, from the Sonoran town of Bavispe, confirmed Thursday that he plans to resign from his post and return to Sonora to seek the governorship

Opponents had claimed it violated the precept that the decision to prosecute should be made by prosecutors, not voters or politicians, as well as the presumption of innocence

El Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) advirtió este jueves que habrá sanciones para las personas extranjeras que ingresen a México sin las medidas sanitarias derivadas de la pandemia por covid-19

Los Gastos de Seguridad Pública y Nacional son una de las partidas más oscuras del presupuesto. En teoría, su uso está acotado a investigaciones delicadas

Venezuela

El dirigente opositor Henrique Capriles se retiró de la contienda electoral. Su decisión se debe al improbable aplazamiento de las elecciones parlamentarias y, con ello, la imposibilidad de que se garantice observación internacional de la Unión Europea

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Radio Progreso photo at Animal Político (Mexico).

(Even more here)

October 1, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

Earlier administrations demonstrated their faith in the strength of U.S. influence in the region through cÓeding some procedural control in the IADB, thereby securing multilateral legitimacy

In the 2020 fiscal year, which ends today, 21 people died in ICE custody, according to a CNN tally of data released by the agency. That’s more than double the number of deaths in fiscal year 2019

Brazil

Dozens of people — firefighters, ranchers, tour guides and veterinarians — told The Associated Press the government has exaggerated its response and there are few federal boots on the ground

Bolsonaro wrote that he “unlike the left-wing presidents of the past, does not accept bribes, criminal land demarcations or coward threats toward our territorial and economic integrity”

Chile

Defensa hace primer balance del Decreto 265, que permite a las FF.AA. colaborar con policías en narcotráfico y crimen organizado

Colombia

Durante la rendición de cuentas, el comisionado Alejandro Valencia explicó que instituciones a las que se les ha solicitado información se han opuesto ilegalmente a entregarla

Esto afirma la investigación detallada de 111 casos de los mal llamados “falsos positivos” que habrían ejecutado entre 2002 y 2003 uniformados de esta unidad militar en Chocó y Antioquia

Aseguran que han sido asesinados 227 firmantes del Acuerdo, sin contar los homicidios contra allegados del nuevo partido político

En su única versión voluntaria Montoya afirmó no haber conocido denuncias sobre ejecuciones extrajudiciales

La exsenadora Piedad Córdoba puso en duda que el impacto con armas de fuego a su camioneta blindada, en la noche del miércoles minutos después de que el esquema de seguridad saliera de su casa en Bogotá, se tratara solo de un atraco

Un capitán vinculado con falsos positivos, relató que, desde la escuela recitaban cantos que invitaban a “bañarse en piscinas de sangre guerrillera”

Colombia, Venezuela

Hay versiones circulando, como la de Fundaredes, una ONG venezolana de oposición al régimen, que aseguran que el ELN hizo parte del operativo contra las disidencias, lo que se suma a otros indicios de la animadversión

Guatemala, Honduras

Cerca de un millar de personas caminan hacia la frontera de El Ceibo con Guatemala. La marcha llega a poco más de un mes de que se celebren las elecciones en EU

Honduras

Calls for a new migrant caravan to leave from the San Pedro Sula bus station Oct. 1 have been circulating on social media for weeks

Mexico

Las familias lanzaron un mensaje claro: es necesario apretar más para lograr lo más importante, que es esclarecer el paradero de los estudiantes y detener a los responsables

Desde este fin de semana, en San Pedro Sula, Honduras, cientos de personas empezaron a organizarse para emprender nuevamente las llamadas caravanas de migrantes hacia México

Had the Mexican authorities observed their own laws, the three men would probably still be alive

U.S.-Mexico Border

At stake is a principle that could apply to an incalculable number of disputes in future administrations, Republican or Democrat

The agency has asked the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which maintains federal agency records, to approve destruction of internal CBP records of misconduct

Uruguay

The leader of Cabildo Abierto (CA, far-right) led a plenary session on whether or not to withdraw his parliamentary privileges, despite the fact that the result was as expected: there were not enough votes

Venezuela

13% of Venezuelan children under the age of 5 are stunted and that 30% are anemic

Las diferentes protestas que se han registrado en el país en las últimas semanas han incentivado al gobierno de Nicolás Maduro a activar de nuevo, de manera implícita, el Plan Zamora para reprimir las manifestaciones

More than 100 street demonstrations have flared up in remote towns over the last week. Despite each being relatively small, they have raised concern among Venezuelan authorities, who have responded forcefully

Today, the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) challenged Venezuela’s excessive maritime claims in international waters during a successful freedom of navigation operation in the Caribbean Sea

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here)

September 30, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) observa con preocupación ciertas tendencias que apuntan a restricciones ilegítimas y actos arbitrarios en materia de seguridad ciudadana

The announcement — which was not sent out to media outlets, a break in the usual protocol — replaced an agency statement that ICE publicly announced in March, when it said it would “adjust its enforcement posture.”

Immigrants detained at an ICE-contracted center in Georgia said they had invasive gynecology procedures that they later learned might have been unnecessary

Chile, Mexico, Peru

A series of three case studies by AS/COA’s Anti-Corruption Working Group provides critical insights

Colombia

El líder, que perdió a 28 familiares en medio de la masacre de de Bojayá (2002), asumirá el cargo de María Ángela Salazar

Dos estudios científicos señalan el impacto del herbicida en la salud reproductiva de las mujeres

HSI Cartagena and the National Police of Colombia marked an important milestone in Cartagena’s fight against the cybercrimes that have impacted the community with the opening of TC2IL Sept. 28

El Salvador

Asunto: Rechazo al ataque del presidente de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, contra El Faro y otros medios de prensa de ese país – Solicitud de monitoreo especial y pronunciamiento público

El mandatario desata una persecución institucional contra medios como ‘El Faro’, donde se ha denunciado su deriva autoritaria

Honduras

Almendares, a freelancer who used social media to criticize the government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, had repeatedly complained to police and the country’s National Protection System over receiving death threats

Mexico

SeguridadSinGuerra agregó: “el uso extraordinario y acotado de las fuerzas armadas hasta 2024 es un elemento fundamental de la reforma y una obligación internacional del Estado, fijado por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos e inscrito en nuestra Constitución”

U.S.-Mexico Border

At Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, border agents have forcefully broken up protests by members of the O’odham Nation attempting to block the bulldozers near ancestral burial sites and a fragile desert oasis

DHS both had more agents than ever at the southwest border and had double the detention capacity than it was using in December 2018. It simply chose to ignore the law

Venezuela

El Consejo Permanente de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) realizó una sesión extraordinaria en línea para tratar el tema de las violaciones de derechos humanos en Venezuela

Since Sunday, more than 100 protests have broken out in at least 17 of the country’s 23 states, sometimes resulting in skirmishes with riot police

“Why don’t they go back to Venezuela to enjoy their beloved socialism?” asked a Twitter user. “Trump should deport them,” said another

The task too great to undertake alone, the Donald J. Trump administration should instead work multilaterally, redoubling its efforts to harmonize policy with the European Union and to develop a carrot-and-stick approach

“Collapse” is unevenly distributed

I was eating a quick between-meeting lunch in a cheap Bogotá restaurant one afternoon in the early 2000s, probably during Álvaro Uribe’s first term. The TV under which I was sitting started playing a treacly theme song, and on came the opening sequence of Padres e Hijos, a long-running soap opera that was dominating Colombia’s daytime ratings at the time. It looked like this 2004 version posted to YouTube:

I stared at this sequence, open-mouthed. I found it so jarring that I remember it today. I’d just sat through several meetings with security experts and human rights activists, hearing of untold horror in Colombia’s countryside, and I would be hearing more before my day’s agenda wrapped up. Did the cultural artifact on the screen above me really come from the same country? A country that, at that moment, was grinding through the most intense period of one of Latin America’s longest armed conflicts?

As the intro indicates, Padres e Hijos focused on an upper-middle-class, dominant-ethnicity Bogotá family. Though they undergo soap-opera tribulations, the Franco family is an Uribe-era Colombian take on the American Dream, and the country’s armed conflict doesn’t seem to be much of a factor in their lives.

I dwelled on this memory while reading this very good, much-shared September 26 essay by Indi Samarajiva, a wealthy young Sri Lankan who lived alongside the brutal denouement of his country’s long civil war.

I moved back to Sri Lanka in my twenties, just as the ceasefire fell apart. Do you know what it was like for me? Quite normal. I went to work, I went out, I dated. This is what Americans don’t understand. They’re waiting to get personally punched in the face while ash falls from the sky. That’s not how it happens.

Samarajiva is writing for a U.S. audience fearful that America as we know it is about to disintegrate. His message is: it’s already happening, but most people are lucky enough not to feel it.

Even as he turned out lights for air raids, waited on gas lines, and saw smoke rising from bombing sites in Colombo, Samarajiva went to concerts, went out dancing, and played Scrabble with friends. There is no moment at which the conflict defined his life. What he calls “collapse” (also the name of a grim but very popular Reddit group) is always there in the background, a steady horror, but he can tune it out.

Samarajiva argues that the United States in 2020 has collapsed, though many of us haven’t noticed it yet. COVID-19 is killing 1,000 people per day. There are mass shootings and protests, crackdowns on dissent, and very long lines at food pantries.

A thousand families are grieving tonight. A thousand more join them every day. The pain doesn’t go away, it just becomes a furniture of bones, in a thousand homes. But that’s exactly how collapse feels. This is how I felt. This is how millions of people have felt, including many immigrants in your midst. We’re trying to tell you as loud as we can. You can get out of it, but you have to understand where you are to even turn around. This, I fear, is one of many things Americans do not understand. You tell yourself American collapse is impossible. Meanwhile, look around.

The science-fiction writer William Gibson famously said, “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The same goes for armed conflict or social collapse.

Are you a U.S. resident with the free time to be reading this? Do you have the means to do so over a broadband connection? Are you reading the screen of one of a few internet-capable devices in your home? If so, then it’s likely that you—like the Franco family in Bogotá—aren’t bearing the brunt of the breakdown already underway here at home.

But first, back to Colombia. The late 1990s and early 2000s, when I was gaping over my sandwich at Padres e Hijos, was the most intense period of Colombia’s conflict. The data show it: this plotting of massacres, kidnappings, homicides, disappearances, and displacements, from the 2013 report of the Colombian government’s Center for Historical Memory, illustrates how badly the country was going off the rails at the turn of the century. That’s when everything peaks:

This was a bloody period, punctuated by paramilitary massacres and guerrilla mass kidnappings that still haunt the country today. About 1 percent of the population was being forcibly displaced each year. A peace process limped along for three years then failed. U.S. intelligence analysts were worrying about Colombia becoming a failed state.

For many Colombians, though—probably the majority, especially in cities—life went on. Even as displaced families begged at busy intersections and the possibility of visiting other cities by land grew too risky, life was, by and large, pretty normal.

Colombia’s economy, which rarely goes into recession, grew at a sluggish 0.6 percent rate in 1998 and dipped into a -4.2 percent slump in 1999. But then it recovered to 2.9 percent growth in 2000 and remained in positive territory; by 2004 it, and the local stock index, were booming. Cars had to be checked by bomb-sniffing dogs at shopping malls’ entrances, but the malls had lots of customers and few empty storefronts. In Bogotá, where mayors Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa were building parks and opening (in December 2000) the TransMilenio rapid transit system, homicide rates fell sharply. Mockus deployed an army of mimes to busy intersections to shame traffic violators and jaywalkers.

Bogotá’s Carrera Séptima in 2002.

Even as paramilitaries massacred communities in Tibú, the Alto Naya, Chengue, and El Salado, Yo Soy Betty la Fea—which ABC would later adapt for a U.S. audience as Ugly Betty—ran on RCN from 1999 to 2001. Even as the FARC kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt and 12 local legislators in Cali, Juanes released his debut album, Fíjate Bien (2000), and followed it up with Un Día Normal (2002). Even as Plan Colombia vastly expanded aerial herbicide fumigation, Shakira released Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998) and her first English album, Laundry Service (2001), while Aterciopelados produced Caribe Atómico (1998) and Gozo Poderoso (2000). Even as peace talks with the FARC veered toward collapse, Colombia successfully hosted, and won, the 2001 Copa América soccer tournament.

Here in the United States, we’re not going to have a traditional armed conflict or civil war, with organized armed groups controlling territory and fighting pitched battles against the security forces. Instead, as a 2017 New Yorker overview put it after the Charlottesville violence, we may face “low-intensity conflicts with episodic violence in constantly moving locales. [Diplomat Keith] Mines’s definition of a civil war is large-scale violence that includes a rejection of traditional political authority and requires the National Guard to deal with it.”

“Collapse” is even less dramatic than that. Right now, I can step out my front door in central Washington DC and, within a few blocks, see the boarded-up fronts of shops that existed before March, a growing number of tents sheltering homeless people in a park, anti-police graffiti, lines of people at public kitchens during mealtime, and a construction project to counter chronic flooding. Turn on the television or Twitter and it’s lone gunmen, police killings, and protests with some violent elements seeking confrontations that the police are quick to escalate. Out-of-control open-carry militias. Profiles of people, some of them insured, forced into bankruptcy by medical bills. Evictions, cruel immigration detentions, and parents unable to feed their families. Climate events exacerbating all of it.

All of this will keep happening, even if Donald Trump loses on or after November 3, and even if the transfer of power is peaceful. Desperation won’t ease right away, and polarization won’t stop giving way to violence. But the violence won’t be everywhere. As was the case even during the worst years of Colombia’s armed conflict, for most of us it will only be something we see on TV or in our social feeds.

We’ll still have hundreds of new hit streaming shows, reality shows, and movies each year. Especially after the virus fades, there will be thriving hipper-than-thou music scenes. People will obsess over college football, new social apps, and celebrity gossip. Books about how to declutter your house and lose weight will remain on bestseller lists. Art galleries, theaters, and opera houses will be open. There will still be pumpkin spice at Starbucks.

Many of us will be outraged at “collapse” and its causes, and will dedicate our lives to fixing it. We may even succeed. But many of us—perhaps most—won’t bother. As societies all around the world have done, we’ll go through our reasonably prosperous lives while tuning out the human suffering in our vicinity.

How so many of us manage to do that—to tune it out and stay comfortable—is a mystery of human nature that I find baffling, just as I was perplexed by Padres e Hijos during my brief early-2000s Bogotá lunch. Whatever it is, it’s not resilience, and it’s not quite apathy, either. It may, I suspect, be a form of grieving.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

POPLab photo at SinEmbargo (Mexico).

(Even more here)

September 29, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

Millions are getting pushed into poverty, moving from relatively comfortable lives to not knowing where their next meal is coming from

  • Felipe de la Hoz, Horror Stories (The Baffler, September 29, 2020).

There may be a sort of sordid comfort in dwelling on overt and purposeful transgressions. These are desecrations of the American project, you can reassure yourself, and not mere manifestations of its intrinsic character

Argentina

El grande del continente Brasil moviliza numerosos medios y efectivos para ejercitaciones con paises vecinos

Colombia

Existe un mandato constitucional de implementar las políticas del Acuerdo de Paz de buena fe, pero los resultados de la política del gobierno durante estos dos años parecen ser contradictorios

The exit of the former FARC guerrilla group marked the loss of an arbiter, and has allowed deforestation to surge

At least during the pandemic, operations at the Tajo Patilla site close to the Provincial reserve should be suspended until it can be shown to be safe

Desde 2018, el gobierno ha reportado 23 casos de víctimas indígenas por artefactos explosivos. Las comunidades Embera eyavida y Dóbida en Antioquia están entre las más afectadas

Rodrigo Tovar, also known as Jorge 40, arrived on a deportation flight

El éxito de las tres peticiones para tumbar a Carlos Holmes Trujillo dependen de que se mantenga la indignación ciudadana por los abusos policiales y las masacres

The police violence drew immediate censure from public officials, and drew battle lines similar to the ones that have emerged in the US in the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests

La campaña presidencial del demócrata Joe Biden lanzó este lunes una aguerrida defensa del récord del exvicepresidente frente a Colombia, acusando a Donald Trump de querer recortar los recursos para el país

Mexico

CNN reached out to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office and the Mexican Department of Defense about any inquiries into the alleged role of the military and police. So far there has been no answer

Mexico launched a special government guard force for mining operations Monday, admitting that drug cartels have preyed on the companies, many of which are foreign

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a chance to fight corruption at the top. But he needs to uphold the law on all sides to be effective

Hay muchos números, pero todos al final de cuentas dicen lo mismo: tenemos un nivel inaceptable de violencia homicida

Durante años integrantes de los diversos grupos armados arraigados en la entidad han utilizado los suelos “de la Grandeza de México” para tratar de borrar los hechos sanguinarios

If countries are judged not to be trying hard enough, the US must cut off aid to that country, unless the continuation of aid is in the US national security interest. Who is trying hard enough is always a political question

Nicaragua

Durante el fin de semana, el régimen de Daniel Ortega desató una ola de represión contra más de un centenar de opositores, activistas y defensores de derechos humanos

The Rama and Kriol leaders were deprived of liberty when they were documenting environmental degradation and land grabs in their Indio Maiz biological reserve

U.S.-Mexico Border

O’odham people from both sides of the border met Sunday morning to exchange blessings through an opening in the international boundary that won’t be open much longer

Venezuela

Maduro contabiliza más funcionarios castrenses tras las rejas, que los que hubo durante la presidencia de Hugo Chávez

The Iran-flagged tanker Forest, transporting some 270,000 barrels of fuel loaded in the Middle East, entered Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone around 8:05 a.m.

Latin America-related online events this week

(That I know of—I’m sure there’s more)

Tuesday, September 29

Wednesday, September 30

Thursday, October 1

Some articles I found interesting this morning

J.D. Long-García photo at America: The Jesuit Review. Caption: “Xiomara Martinez, pictured here with her two children, both U.S. citizens, and her brother, Sergio, traveled to Nogales, Sonora. They have been waiting to petition for asylum for six months.”

(Even more here)

September 28, 2020

Chile

El director de la Fundación Chile 21, Eduardo Vergara, cuestionó la aparición del logotipo de las Fuerzas Armadas entre las organizaciones de la sociedad civil que promueven la opción rechazo

Colombia

¿Cuáles son los lentes a través de los cuales muchos miembros de la Fuerza Pública pueden estar viendo el fenómeno de movilización social en el país tras décadas de conflicto armado?

En informe multipartidista sobre el diagnóstico al problema de las drogas ilícitas, 14 congresistas de partidos de oposición e independientes le piden al Gobierno dejar la aspersión aérea como última opc

With her death the number of trans people killed in Colombia this year rose to 28

91 % de casos no tiene aún sentencia en firme. En imputación, juicio o ejecución de penas , el 9 %

  • Ramiro Bejarano Guzman, El Enemigo Interno (El Espectador (Colombia), September 28, 2020).

Según Carlos Holmes Trujillo, no hay excesos sistemáticos sino manifestaciones aisladas de unos pocos descarriados identificados y sancionados. Miente

En septiembre aumentaron las masacres: en algunos casos hay respuestas, en otros no

El Gobierno debe cumplir integralmente, sin demora y de buena fe la tutela de la Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ), que protege el derecho a la protesta pacífica y busca evitar los gravísimos abusos policiales

Los focos de investigación de lo sucedido en Cauca apuntan en varias direcciones y una de ellas señala al soldado que mató a Juliana como el síntoma de una ‘enfermedad’ mayor

Es claro que la Policía requiere cambios estructurales. Pero también es claro que la Policía no es hoy lo que era hace diez años

Habla Mark Feierstein, exasesor de Seguridad Nacional considerado uno de los padres de Paz Colombia

Ya es hora de que Colombia deje de prestarle atención a esa noticia

El Salvador

El presidente de la República aseguró la noche de este 24 de septiembre que el Ministerio de Hacienda, que desde julio somete a El Faro a una auditoría, está tratando de construir un caso de lavado de dinero contra el periódico

Guatemala

In early 2007, the Guatemalan Nickel Company, then a subsidiary of Canada’s Skye Resources, expelled several Maya Q’eqchi’ communities from a huge swath of land in northeastern Guatemala

Honduras

La mayor parte del tráfico de droga en Honduras se hace vía marítima, pero también es importante el tráfico aéreo ya que generalmente la droga que pasa de Colombia a Venezuela, y de una comunidad de Venezuela que se llama Apure, viene a dar directamente a La Mosquitia

Mexico

Tomás Zerón de Lucio, quien fue responsable de indagar la desaparición de los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa el sexenio pasado, robó mil millones de pesos del presupuesto de la entonces Procuraduría General de la República

Andrés Manuel López Obrador anunció órdenes de aprehensión contra elementos del Ejército y ofreció disculpas

Nicaragua

Under its provisions, “true” citizens would be differentiated from “foreign agents”. The proposal would suspend the latter’s political rights and allow the confiscation of their goods and patrimonial rights

U.S.-Mexico Border

60 Minutes reports on the construction firm that earned billions of dollars in government contracts after working with a conservative fundraising campaign accused of fraud to build sections of the border wall on private land that engineers say will likely fail

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema confronted the acting head of Homeland Security Wednesday over border wall construction she said has ignored the needs of local communities and bypassed environmental assessment reports

A federal appeals court handed a win to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, saying the Democratic-led chamber could proceed with a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s diversion of funds

During their indefinite wait on the border, asylum seekers have to deal with a number of other threats, including kidnapping, torture, rape and sexual assault

Venezuela

El 11 de septiembre, Nicolás Maduro anunció que funcionarios de su gobierno apresaron a un ciudadano estadounidense que ejecutaba actos de espionaje contra la industria petrolera venezolana

In reading through the report, I was especially impressed by the use of satellite imagery and graphic reconstruction to illustrate some of the report’s findings

They left a divided and broken nation for one that’s divided and breaking

“It’s not useful to have Borrell’s office working on its own,” Abrams said. “It’s fair to call it cowboy diplomacy”

Some articles I found interesting this morning

AFP photo at El País (Spain). Caption: “Elementos del ejército guatemalteco custodian el sitio donde se estrello la aeronave.”

(Even more here)

September 25, 2020

Western Hemisphere Regional

The legislation, which is being proposed by Sens. Robert Menendez, Patrick Leahy and Tim Kaine, would give Congress the ability to point to specific human rights abuses as a reason to disapprove of arms sales to certain countries

14-Month Investigation Details Deaths, Mistreatment, Inadequate Medical Care, and Deficient Oversight

So far, there has been no evidence to support the accusations of mass sterilizations on immigrants at the ICE detention center. But several people have since come forward to accuse Amin

The House Oversight Committee has found that ICE detainees died after receiving inadequate medical care and that jail staff “falsified records to cover up” issues, according to a report released on Thursday

Colombia

En Miranda (Cauca), un militar disparó al carro en que iba ella con su pareja y dos personas más, segándole la vida al instante

Aunque el presidente Iván Duque no aceptó que no acataba el fallo, señaló que debía ser revisado por la Corte Constitucional para aclarar algunos puntos

El incidente, ocurrido en una localidad conocida como Guatemala, causó gran indignación en el país, que vive momentos de alta tensión tras numerosas denuncias de abusos y exceso de violencia

Con su resistencia a acatar lealmente el fallo, el ministro Trujillo envía una nueva señal de que el gobierno de Iván Duque ha optado, ahora sí, por jugársela de frente por galvanizar la base más conservadora y uribista

“Los soldados desminadores fueron sometidos, ultrajados y humillados por la compañía disidente que está al mando de Edison Jair Bermúdez Verano, alias Hugo”

Ha pasado la hora en que todos los colombianos y en particular sus políticos –de cualquier índole ideológica o bandera partidista y aún los de doble nacionalidad– dejen de participar en la política electoral estadounidense

El Salvador

El nuevo emplazamiento a Bukele ocurre menos de dos semanas después de que congresistas demócratas dijeran estar alarmados por los ataques del Gobierno a periodistas y medios de comuncación independientes

Two books unpick the factors that led to the gang’s rise

Guatemala, Mexico, Venezuela

El martes dos hombres robaron un jet en México y ocho horas después se estrelló en Guatemala con armas y droga. En el intervalo aterrizó en Venezuela tras sobrevolar siete países

Honduras

El capitán hondureño Santos Rodríguez Orellana enfrentó este jueves dos querellas en los tribunales de la Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ) por denunciar que en las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras (FFAA) se ha estado traficando droga

Jamaica

The $753,000 hospital, which can care for 70 patients, will add to Jamaica’s 350-COVID-19 bed capacity

Mexico

En diciembre de 2014, los investigadores sacaron cientos de fragmentos óseos del área conocida como barranca de La Carnicería. Nunca los mandaron a analizar, ni tampoco siguieron buscando

They look like an attempt to silence critical voices in the Mexican media by a populist president who has already hobbled previously independent institutions such as the Supreme Court and regulatory agencies

La Familia Michoacana tiene presencia en 55 de los 125 municipios de la entidad, lo que representa un despliegue en el 44% del territorio; el CJNG está en 31

Mexican farmers in the drought-stricken state of Chihuahua are pitted against riot squads from the national guard in an increasingly violent standoff

U.S.-Mexico Border

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee denied on Monday the Trump administration’s request to put on hold her original Sept. 4 order to end the practice

Venezuela

Analysts are warning that ruptured pipelines, rusting tankers and rickety refineries are contributing to a mounting ecological disaster

The European Union has sent a mission to Venezuela in the run-up to parliamentary election scheduled for December, the EU said on Thursday, as the country prepares for a vote that will likely be boycotted

Quickly establishing public order and reinstating the rule of law would be crucial for [U.S.] support to be effective. And only after it has revived institutions to credibly deliver security and dispense justice could Venezuela restore democratic governance

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