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December 6, 2019

Western Hemisphere Regional

I write seeking a review of the $400 million contract the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded to Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. on December 2, 2019, to design and build border infrastructure in Yuma County, Arizona

Towering walls of concrete and steel are being constructed across national monuments, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas. In all, more than 130 miles of federally protected lands are under threat

If I, carrying all the privilege of a white ACLU lawyer, could not opt-out of the invasive technology, what chance do other travelers — and particularly people of color — have to assert their rights?

Misdemeanor improper entry cases more than doubled to about 62,000 in fiscal year 2018 over the prior year, with most cases completed in 1-day proceedings

The Trump Administration had a clear sense of how many families its zero-tolerance policy would separate, but it neglected to make even the most basic preparations to keep track of them

Bolivia

The report by the O.A.S.’s 36 auditors accused Bolivia’s election officials of setting up a “parallel technological scheme” of hidden servers, which permitted the alteration of results and forging of signatures of electoral observers

Brazil, Venezuela

Brazil’s move to recognize thousands of refugees from crisis-wracked Venezuela through a new accelerated procedure, has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR

Brazil

40% dos consultados acham que é média, grande ou muito grande a possibilidade de o Brasil virar novamente uma ditadura

NGOs worry powers of state are being used to criminalise their activities after firefighters accused of setting blazes

Chile

El uso de armas y proyectiles supuestamente “no letales” han causado al menos cinco muertes y traumas oculares a más de 300 personas, muchas de las cuales han quedado con ceguera parcial o total

Colombia

¿Cómo va el proceso de reincorporación de los antiguos combatientes de las FARC? La FIP hace un análisis basándose en cifras, plantea seis desafíos y propone dos apuestas indispensables para avanzar

Miguel Ceballos aprovecha la carta de cuatro obispos a esta insurgencia para insistir en las condiciones del Gobierno para abrir la mesa de negociación. Deja el balón en el campo de los elenos

72 % de esta explotación se da de manera ilícita, sin cumplir con los requisitos técnicos y ambientales

El uniformado, cuyo nombre se desconoce todavía, aseguró que había una orden superior de dispersar cualquier manifestación ese sábado que afectara el tráfico

En el primer caso está ganando terreno a sangre y fuego luego de terminar una alianza con una disidencia; y en Chocó está peleando con el Clan del Golfo la hegemonía que ganó tras la salida de las Farc en armas

Guatemala, Honduras

In Guatemala and Honduras, corrupt officials in executive branches and legislatures are putting into place laws and policies to limit oversight and action by judicial authorities, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and journalists to expose and protest abuses

Guatemala

The official, retired army general Luis Enrique Mendoza García, was the third in command of the Guatemalan army during the government of dictator Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983)

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

Far from addressing the forced migration from the region as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claims, these agreements will only further trap families, men, women, and children in precarious conditions without any meaningful access to protection

Mexico

Many reporters from leading media outlets no longer give their name and affiliation when they ask questions at his daily briefings because of security concerns

El mandatario prefiere seguir con su política de abrazos y no balazos, mientras en el país sigue escurriendo sangre humana por todas partes

Se trata del Modelo Nacional de Policía y Justicia Cívica, estrategia surgida a partir de la experiencia exitosa de ciudades que han conseguido que la gente vuelva a confiar en los policías

“Privilegiamos en todo momento el diálogo y la negociación para que este conflicto sea resuelto por los canales institucionales”, puntualizó la institución castrense

“Among other things, they spoke about cooperating on weapons trafficking, money laundering, international drug trafficking and how to form a common front against international trafficking and crime,” the department said

El general secretario mostró cómo incluso se adecuan partes de automóviles de carga y de pasajeros para meter ahí cartuchos, balas y hasta armas largas

A sharp increase in migrants arriving at the Juárez-El Paso border earlier this year — many of them with children, seeking asylum — set in motion policy changes that have made cross-border commutes longer and more unpredictable

One is reminded of the venerable 1988 thriller Die Hard, whose villain sets up a “terrorist” incident to pull off a huge heist

Se espera que Trump se reúna este viernes con sus asesores para revisar la designación de los narcotraficantes como organizaciones terroristas

In a letter to Pelosi, Reps. Filemón Vela and Vicente González said organized crime violence in northern Mexico has become an impediment to trade

Experts say that whether or not the United States follows through on the terrorist designation, López Obrador will probably have to accept increased U.S. involvement in Mexican security affairs

Suriname

Mr Bouterse’s conviction for murders that took place in 1982, and the 20-year sentence that goes with it, are unlikely to dislodge him

Venezuela

In our roughly 20-minute conversation, Guaidó continued to defy the pressure Maduro’s allies have put him under, telling me he believes his is still the right fight heading into the new year