Five links from the past week
- USA Today’s Alan Gomez and Daniel Gonzalez do a deep dive into what the Biden administration would have to do, procedurally, to undo the Trump administration’s hardline border and migration policies.
- An International Crisis Group report explains how eight months of life under COVID-19 have largely failed to alter organized crime patterns in Mexico and Central America. After a brief disruption, gangs and traffickers swiftly adapted.
- The second in what will be a five-part Washington Postseries about Mexico’s out-of-control organized crime situation looks at how criminal groups have become enmeshed in local government, focusing on a mayor in Morelos who continued to govern his town from a faraway prison cell.
- Colombia’s Verdad Abierta published a series of articles about the south-central department of Guaviare, which is under the heavy influence of FARC dissident groups: the security situation, the environmental damage especially deforestation, and the perilous situation of environmental defenders.
- At Univision, Jennifer Ávila and Danielle Mackey find that “Nucor Corporation, the chief steel producer in the United States, was a powerful hidden partner” behind a much-protested iron mining project in a national park in Honduras. “Nucor was an important donor to Donald Trump’s last two presidential campaigns.”