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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(Even more here) January 22, 2020 Brazil Ernesto Londono, Leticia Casado, “Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil” (The New York Times, January 22, 2020). The case raises concerns among journalists and advocates for a free press because journalists often rely on confidential or leaked information, sometimes obtained by whistle-blowers or hackers Colombia, Venezuela “Colombia/Venezuela: […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 21, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Lara Jakes, “As Protests in South America Surged, So Did Russian Trolls on Twitter, U.S. Finds” (The New York Times, January 21, 2020). State Department analysts found that Russian-linked Twitter accounts sought to sow confusion in South American nations that oppose the Moscow-backed government in Venezuela […]

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(Even more here) January 20, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional John Burnett, “$11 Billion and Counting: Trump’s Border Wall Would Be the World’s Most Costly” (National Public Radio, January 20, 2020). The pricetag for President Trump’s border wall has topped $11 billion — or nearly $20 million a mile — to become the most expensive wall […]

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Colombia’s Semana magazine started the week with a bombshell scoop. The country’s army has been spying on, and hacking into the communications of, opposition politicians, high court judges, reporters (including Semana’s), human rights groups, and even other officers. The magazine claims that a mid-December Supreme Court search of an army installation where the hacking was […]

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(Even more here) January 17, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Kate Brumback, Deepti Hajela, Amy Taxin, “Ap Visits Immigration Courts Across Us, Finds Nonstop Chaos” (Associated Press, Associated Press, January 17, 2020). Shrouded in secrecy, the immigration courts run by the U.S. Department of Justice have been dysfunctional for years and have only gotten worse Argentina […]

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(Even more here) January 16, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Steven Dudley, Jeremy Mcdermott, “Gamechangers 2019: Backwards to the Future” (InsightCrime, January 16, 2020). The year saw a resurgence of criminal groups from seemingly bygone eras, the arrival of new presidents who tried to face these old problems with familiar but failed policies, the end of […]

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(Even more here) January 15, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Nina Lakhani, “More Than 300 Human Rights Activists Were Killed in 2019, Report Reveals” (The Guardian (Uk), January 15, 2020). Two-thirds of the total killings took place in Latin America where impunity from prosecution is the norm Whitney Eulich, “Behind Latin America’s Protests, a Fading Faith […]

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(Even more here) January 14, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Robert Soutar, “How China Is Courting New Latin American Partners” (Dialogo Chino, Americas Quarterly, January 14, 2020). Instead of going it alone on symbolic projects, a range of Chinese institutional investors now see benefits in operating more like their international counterparts, working in partnerships and seeking […]

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(Even more here) January 13, 2020 Chile Francisco Marin, “El Cerco Contra el Presidente Pinera” (Proceso (Mexico), January 13, 2020). El cuerpo de los Carabineros de Chile comienza a verse cercado por los tribunales y las organizaciones internacionales de defensa de los derechos humanos debido a su responsabilidad en las masivas y sistemáticas violaciones cometidas […]

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Five links from the past week

PBS’s Frontline program ran a very good episode on how the Trump administration’s migrant crackdown has affected the twin border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. As I noted after returning from a trip there last month, the situation is very grim there. Still, it was good to see a few people I met […]

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(Even more here) January 10, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Nomaan Merchant, Kevin Freking, “Private Border Wall Gets Go-Ahead From Judge” (Associated Press, Time, January 10, 2020). The U.S. government sued to stop Fisher on the grounds that building so close to the Rio Grande risked changing the flow of the river and potentially pushing floodwaters […]

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(Even more here) January 9, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional “Senior State Department Official on State Department 2019 Successes in the Western Hemisphere Region” (U.S. Department of State, January 9, 2020). 2019 was a historic period of cooperation throughout the Western Hemisphere Ted Hesson, “U.S. Appeals Court Stays Judge’s Ruling Blocking Military Funds for Border Wall” […]

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(Even more here) January 8, 2020 Bolivia Joshua Goodman, “Trump Sending Aid Mission to Bolivia Ahead of Election” (Associated Press, Associated Press, January 8, 2020). The Trump administration is sending an assessment team to Bolivia this week to discuss possible resumption of foreign aid to the Andean nation following the ouster of leftist leader Evo […]

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(Even more here) January 7, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Aaron Cantu, “How Democrats Abetted Trump’s Bloated Border Regime” (The New Republic, January 7, 2020). Congress has funneled billions of dollars to the White House’s anti-immigration enforcement arms. Here’s how that money has been spent Jodi Wei, Zoe Todd, “‘Send Help’: Inside Cbp’s Multi-Year Staffing Struggle” […]

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(Even more here) January 6, 2020 Colombia “La Otra Cara de la Guerra en Choco: El Reclutamiento Forzado” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), January 6, 2020). A finales de noviembre del año pasado, el Obispo de Quibdó, monseñor Juan Carlos Barreto, habló de por lo menos 100 menores reclutados durante el 2019, pero podrían ser más, habida […]

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