October 11, 2017
Central America Regional
- Michael Paarlberg, “Don’t Believe the Trump Administration: Ms-13 Is Not Ravaging the United States” (The Washington Post, October 11, 2017).
MS-13 is indeed a problem. For Central Americans
- “Sustitucion de Hoja de Coca: Entre Lentitud del Gobierno y Presion de Criminales” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), October 11, 2017).
Presión de grupos armados ilegales, erradicación forzada, contradicciones en la política antidrogas y falta de recursos pronostican un futuro adverso
- “Colombia: Un Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Urges Effective Protection of Rights Defenders Amid Continued Attacks” (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, October 11, 2017).
Several interlocutors underlined to Gilmour their concerns about corruption, with one senior state official indicating that it is by far the biggest underlying cause of human rights abuses in Colombia
- Renata Segura, Sabrina Stein, “One Year on, How Is the Colombia Peace Process? Slow, With Lurking Spoilers” (Social Science Research Council, IPI Global Observatory, October 11, 2017).
A languid implementation of the accord, which seems to stem from bureaucratic obstacles, the absence of efficient institutions, and lack of political will, reflects a country that is yet to be convinced that what was negotiated in Havana was not a series of concessions to the FARC
- Nicolas Sanchez A., “Tumaco a la Espera de Justicia Tras Ataque de la Policia” (El Espectador (Colombia), October 11, 2017).
Tras el hostigamiento del pasado domingo a una comisión de verificación de la masacre en Tumaco, donde seis campesinos murieron, los tumaqueños siguen buscando a personas desaparecidas
- Richard Aguirre Fernandez, “Presidente Santos Ordena Relevo de 102 Policias en Tumaco” (El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), October 11, 2017).
102 uniformados de la Policía Nacional serán relevados de sus trabajos en Tumaco, Nariño, para avanzar con las investigaciones por el asesinato de nueve campesinos la semana pasada
- Daniel M. Rico, “Urge un Alto al Fuego en Tumaco” (Semana (Colombia), October 11, 2017).
Como lo he dicho antes la erradicación manual es la peor de todas las posibles alternativas que tiene un estado para controlar ese problema. Incluso es mejor no hacer nada
- William M. Leogrande, “The Trouble With Cuba’s New Economy” (Americas Quarterly, October 11, 2017).
Recent signals indicate the reforms may be stalled and that some of Cuba’s leaders are having doubts
- Nora Gamez Torres, “Cuba’s Vice President Says U.S. Reports of Sonic Attacks Against Diplomats Is ‘Tall Tales’” (The Miami Herald, October 11, 2017).
Díaz-Canel has done everything he can to banish the myth that he could be the reformer within the government that would lead Cuba to democracy
- Steve Dorsey, “Cuba Health Attack Victim: Complaints “Were Ignored”” (CBS News, October 11, 2017).
“Why did it take so long to draw down, to get spouses and children out of there?” the individual who suffered the attack wondered
- Jacqueline Charles, “Haiti Requests 18-Month Tps Extension From Trump Administration” (The Miami Herald, October 11, 2017).
The country, he said, has faced several devastating blows — including flooding from Hurricanes Irma and Maria — since the initial designation in 2010
- Kate Chappell, “Sweeping Powers for Jamaica Police and Military Are ‘Ripe for Abuse’, Activists Say” (The Guardian (Uk), October 11, 2017).
Until the end of October, citizens in the community of Mount Salem in Montego Bay will be liable to random searches or detention without a warrant, and will be obliged to present ID in order to leave or enter the area
- Jude Webber, “Mexicans Hope Earthquake Will Shake Up Corrupt System” (The Financial Times (UK), October 11, 2017).
Following the 2017 quake, civil society groups feel emboldened in their campaign for a truly autonomous attorney-general and a national anti-corruption prosecutor with teeth
- Ana Isabel Martinez, David Lawder, “U.S. Businesses Fear Nafta Doomed; Mexico Warns of Consequences” (Reuters **, October 11, 2017).
The process of renegotiating the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has turned increasingly acrimonious
- Jose Adan Silva, Martha Vasquez, “Las Cedulas Nicaraguenses Que Han Terminado en Manos de Narcos y Terroristas” (La Prensa (Nicaragua), October 11, 2017).
Una vez más se ha puesto en tela de dudas la transparencia del Consejo Supremo Electoral en la custodia de las cédulas
- David Smilde, “Mid-October Venezuela Briefing: Governor’s Elections and International Context” (Washington Office on Latin America, October 11, 2017).
So far the Trump Administration’s “debt sanctions” seem to have done little more than strengthen Venezuela’s ties to Russia and China
- ““Venezuela Es un Estado de Terror”: Luisa Ortega” (Colprensa, El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), October 11, 2017).
La exfuncionaria denunció, durante una conferencia sobre Derechos Humanos en la Universidad del Rosario, en Bogotá, que la grave situación del vecino país se ha venido incrementando por la constituyente
- “Opposition Magistrates Holed Up in Chile Residence Flee Venezuela: Source” (Reuters **, October 11, 2017).
Five magistrates named by the opposition-run congress who had been holed up in the Chilean ambassador’s residence to avoid arrest fled in the early hours of Monday and escaped over the border to Colombia
Western Hemisphere Regional
- , Robert Muggah, “Lessons From Organised Crime Task Forces: Brazil and Beyond” (Igarape Institute (Brazil), October 11, 2017).
Perhaps the greatest challenge to task forces is political interference – by their very nature, task forces hone in on the interests of powerful elites, including many in higher office and business