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.

News

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Jean Guerrero, “Government Report Shows Border Wall Designs Can Be Broken” (KPBS (Los Angeles), September 19, 2018). A U.S. Customs and Border Protection report obtained by KPBS through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals mock-ups of all eight border wall prototypes were found vulnerable to […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 18, 2018 Brazil Andres Schipani, Joe Leahy, “Contradictions Expose Brazil Election Frontrunner’s Soldier Image” (The Financial Times (UK), September 18, 2018). Mr da Silva, his former childhood friend, summed it up. Mr Bolsonaro was Brazil’s version of Mr Trump, a social media Pied Piper gathering diverse disgruntled followers from across the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 17, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ryan Devereaux, “Justice Department Attempts to Suppress Evidence That the Border Patrol Targeted Humanitarian Volunteers” (The Intercept, September 17, 2018). Within hours of the exhibits being submitted Monday, Trump administration lawyers called on Macdonald to seal the text messages Brazil Alejandro Chacoff, “Brazil Lost More Than […]

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Five links from the past week

Western Hemisphere Regional Franco Ordonez, “Latin America Says U.S. Has Itself to Blame for Chinese Entry Into Region That It Opposes” (The Miami Herald, September 11, 2018). “You left some space and the other guy moved in,” a Latin American diplomat told McClatchy Colombia Edinson Arley Bolanos, “El Fantasma Detras de las “Aguilas Negras”” (El […]

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Civil-military relations in Latin America: links from the past month

Brazil Tom Wheeldon, “The Military Is Back in Brazilian Politics” (France 24 (France), September 10, 2018). When questioned by a journalist about Mourao’s speech, the head of the army, Eduardo Villas Boas described him as a “great soldier” and insisted that the military has a constitutional right to “intervene” if Brazil is “on the edge […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 14, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Maria Sacchetti, “Ice Says It Needs a $1 Billion Funding Boost to Meet Trump’s Aggressive Deportation Goals” (The Washington Post, September 14, 2018). The deal would keep the government open using a series of spending bills, including a “continuing resolution” that would fund federal agencies through […]

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Arms transfers in Latin America: Links from the past month

Had I not been traveling last week, I’d have published links from the previous month about arms transfers and arms trafficking in Latin America. As it turns out, though, I only had these two in the database: Colombia Julieta Pelcastre, “U.S. Donates Interception Vessels to Colombian Navy” (Revista Dialogo (U.S. Southern Command), August 28, 2018). […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 13, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ken Klippenstein, “National Guard Pursuing Reaper Drones for Border” (TYT, September 13, 2018). Two National Guard generals told a House committee this summer that they expect the Reaper to be used. One said his state’s National Guard has begun the process to acquire them Nick Miroff, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 12, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Miroff, “Trump Administration to Triple Size of Texas Tent Camp for Migrant Children” (The Washington Post, September 12, 2018). Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for HHS’s Administration for Children and Families, said the need for emergency capacity was the result of the latest surge at the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 11, 2018 Guatemala Enrique Naveda, “El Origen de la Crisis en Guatemala y Lo Que Podria Suceder” (The New York Times, September 11, 2018). Acompañado por el alto mando militar y solo tres ministros de su gabinete (Gobernación, Defensa y Exteriores), en una imagen que recordaba a las épocas más represivas […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 10, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Eli Saslow, “Trump’s Border Wall Threatens to End Texas Family’s 250 Years of Ranching on Rio Grande” (The Washington Post, September 10, 2018). “Border Infrastructure Project,” the map read, and across its center was a red line that cut through the Cavazos family barn, through their […]

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Five links from the past week

Anthony Faiola, Marina Lopes, “Millions of Venezuelans Are Fleeing to Latin American Cities. The Region May Never Be the Same” (The Washington Post, August 31, 2018). The sound of Caracas slang is now ubiquitous in some Miami neighborhoods. Thousands of miles to the south, the scent of Caribbean cooking wafts through streets in Santiago, Chile […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 31, 2018 Argentina Landon Thomas Jr., Prashant S. Rao, “Argentina Raises Rates, as Emerging Markets Turbulence Spreads” (The New York Times, August 31, 2018). The I.M.F.’s $50 billion deal with Argentina is one of the largest in the fund’s history. In order to secure the release of the money, Argentina must […]

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18 Latin America longreads from August

(I leave for Colombia in the morning, so I’m churning out a bunch of end-of-month posts tonight. It’s more fun than packing.) U.S.-Mexico Border Adolfo Flores, “Why Did the Border Patrol Shoot Claudia Gomez?” (BuzzFeed, August 29, 2018). The Border Patrol shooting of a young Guatemalan immigrant remains a mystery three months later. A phone video […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

I’m traveling in Colombia between tomorrow and September 8. During that time, I’ll be posting news links sporadically, if at all. (Even more here) August 30, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Daniel Gonzalez, “Supreme Court Ruling Could Upend Thousands of Deportation Cases, Sowing Chaos in Court” (The Arizona Republic, August 30, 2018). The ruling threatens to […]

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