July 20, 2018
- Alex Diamond, “Murder in Colombia’s Peace Laboratory/ Homicidio en el Laboratorio de Paz Colombiano” (NACLA, July 20, 2018).
Colombian campesinos in Briceño, Antioquia have voluntarily uprooted their coca plants in exchange for government support to grow new crops. But with much aid delayed, the local economy has collapsed
- ““Usted Nos Tiende una Mano. La Tomamos, para Construir Juntos”: De Roux al Presidente Duque” (El Espectador (Colombia), July 20, 2018).
Como un importante gesto calificó el padre de Roux, quien preside la Comisión de la Verdad, la visita que tuvieron el miércoles con el presidente electo Iván Duque
- “Equipo de Desminado Humanitario Fue Retenido y Amenazado en Meta” (El Espectador (Colombia), July 20, 2018).
Los hombres armados se identificaron como miembros de un grupo de disidencias de las Farc, el frente 40, al mando de alias Calarcá
- Stephanie Leutert, “Dispatches From Mexico’s Southern Border: Mexico: A Migrant Graveyard” (Lawfare, July 20, 2018).
Once they’re in Tapachula, the migrants have made it to Mexico, but that doesn’t mean they are safe. For the majority of migrants, especially those continuing north, the real dangers are just beginning
- Tom Phillips, “Nicaragua: What’s Driving the Uprising and What Comes Next?” (The Guardian (Uk), July 20, 2018).
Despite growing international censure, Nicaragua’s government appears to be digging in
Western Hemisphere Regional
- “Bulk of Families Separated at U.S.-Mexico Border Remain Apart” (Reuters **, July 20, 2018).
Of more than 2,500 parents identified as potentially eligible for having their children returned to them, 848 have been interviewed and cleared for reunification
- Amy Goldstein, Maria Sacchetti, Nick Miroff, “In d.c. Command Center, Officials Work to Reunite Migrant Children by Court Deadline” (The Washington Post, July 20, 2018).
Separations that took minutes require weeks to repair, coordinated among multiple federal agencies and layered with background checks and fraud safeguards