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.

Latin America

The past week in U.S. policy toward Latin America

The U.S. government skipped two hearings of the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights about the Trump administration’s migration policies, including the controversial executive orders halting refugee arrivals and travelers from six Islamic nations. The hearings, taking place only 6 blocks from the State Department, went ahead with a row of empty chairs where U.S. […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 22, 2017 Brazil “Land Rights Activist Shot Dead in Brazilian Amazon Hospital” (Reuters, The Guardian (Uk), March 22, 2017). Waldomiro Costa Pereira, an activist with the Landless Workers Movement (MST) was killed on Monday when gunmen stormed the hospital in Parauapebas in north-eastern Brazil’s Pará state Colombia “Por Lo Menos 310 […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 20, 2017 Colombia ¡Pacifista!, Aitor Saez, “Why Has Cocaine Production Increased Since the Peace Agreement in Colombia?” (OpenDemocracy (UK), March 20, 2017). ¡PACIFISTA! visit the depths of the biggest coca-growing region in Colombia Maria Clara Calle, “Coca: Un Negocio Familiar Que Marca a la Mujer” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), March 20, 2017). […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Another week with more events than any sane person could attend. March is a busy month—it’s not always like this. Monday, March 20 8:30–1:15 at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission: Hearings on Argentina, Guatemala, Peru, and Intersex People in the Americas. 8:45–10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: The State of Skills Development in Latin America (RSVP […]

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Five links from the past week

Colombia “Informe del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos Sobre la Situacion de Derechos Humanos en Colombia Durante el Ano 2016” (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Colombia Field Office, March 17, 2017). The annual report on Colombia of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Thorough, based on extensive field […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 17, 2017 Colombia Alfredo Molano Jimeno, “Derechos Humanos en el Posconflicto” (El Espectador (Colombia), March 17, 2017). La inédita presencia de un miembro del Secretariado de las Farc en el lanzamiento del informe de Naciones Unidas sorprendió a los asistentes Juanita Velez, Jineth Prieto, Natalia Arenas, “La Incognita de los Milicianos” […]

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WOLA on the Trump budget proposal

WOLA put out a good statement this morning about the Trump administration’s dumpster fire of a budget proposal. “This budget plan, if enacted, would have disastrous results. By increasing military spending by $54 billion while cutting spending on civilian diplomacy and assistance, the Trump administration is militarizing foreign aid,” said Adam Isacson, WOLA Senior Associate […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 16, 2017 Brazil Simon Romero, “Brazil’s Leaders See Way Out of Scandal: Amnesty” (The New York Times, March 16, 2017). “We have a saying in Brazil: ‘When the jungle is in flames, the beasts unite’” Brad Brooks, “Exclusive: Brazil Prosecutor Sees 350 New Graft Probes After Odebrecht Testimony” (Reuters , March […]

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Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America

(These are from my online Latin America-focused government reports library.) Colombia’s Changing Approach to Drug Policy Congressional Research Service, March 10, 2017 An overview of illicit crop eradication, drug interdiction, the recent history of U.S. counter-drug assistance, and changes likely to come with the 2016 peace accord. Southwest Border Migration U.S. Customs and Border Protection, […]

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