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.



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A huge setback for civil-military relations in Guatemala

I was disappointed to see Guatemala’s military—which had briefly taken a reformist direction—aggressively, enthusiastically supporting President Jimmy Morales’s crackdown on the CICIG anti-corruption body. WOLA has just posted a piece I wrote about that. What’s happened with Guatemala’s army since August 31 obliterates a few halting steps that it had taken toward being a credible, accountable […]

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Links from the past month about organized crime-related corruption

Colombia “Corte Suprema No Remitira a la Jep Caso Contra el Exgobernador Juan Francisco “Kiko” Gomez” (El Espectador (Colombia), September 18, 2018). Para el alto tribunal, los homicidios de la exalcaldesa del municipio de Barrancas, Yandra Brito, su esposo y su escolta no tienen relación con el conflicto armado “Escandalo de Chuzadas Ilegales Crece Como […]

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Corruption in Latin America: links from the past month

Argentina Daniel Politi, “Former Argentine President's Homes Searched in Corruption Inquiry” (The New York Times, August 24, 2018). The investigation was begun after the newspaper La Nación obtained notebooks belonging to a driver who took meticulous notes about bags of cash he purportedly ferried around the city Colombia “Asi se Roban la Tierra en Colombia” […]

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Links from the past month about organized crime-related corruption in Latin America

(I say “organized crime-related” to distinguish this kind of corruption from its slimy, tawdry, but usually less-deadly cousin, “graft.”) Colombia Ariel Ávila, “La Sinverguenceria de la Bandola Uribista” (Semana (Colombia), March 31, 2017). In his latest column, the security analyst goes over some of the historical ties between opposition leader and former president Álvaro Uribe’s supporters […]

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That’s about right

“To fight corruption, they’re going to establish a commission.” “What’s the percentage rate?”

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Ugly calls for military rule in Brazil

Brazil saw a new round of protests yesterday in favor of aggressive anti-corruption measures. But as the New York Times’ Dom Phillips notes, they were not only smaller than in the past, they were harder to the right in their politics. [M]any marchers in Rio de Janeiro said they would vote in the 2018 election for Jair Bolsonaro, a […]

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