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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Latin America Security-Related News: April 19, 2022

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April 19, 2022

Argentina, Venezuela

Argentine President Alberto Fernández Monday stressed all countries needed to resume full diplomatic ties with Venezuela, which cannot survive on its own

Brazil

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao Monday said crimes committed during the country’s military regime (1964-1985) cannot be investigated because “all those people are dead”

Colombia

Es más, realmente tampoco se puede hablar de una “necesidad militar” – que según el DIH permite la afectación de civiles por la importancia del blanco o la ventaja militar de un operación – pues alias Bruno, el blanco de la operación, no figura entre los líderes de los Comandos de la Frontera, según el mismo Ejército

Esta semana, Dairo Antonio Úsuga hablará por última vez ante la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP), antes de ser extraditado a Estados Unidos

El Espectador conoció detalles de cómo Márquez ganó poder en esa estructura de herencia narcoparamilitar

Cuba

Leading the Cuban delegation will be Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, two sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The delegation is expected to meet with senior officials of the U.S. State Department and other agencies

Guatemala

The Public Prosecutor’s Office’s (MP) commitment to fighting impunity and strengthening the rule of law is an essential component of Guatemala’s return to democracy

Mexico

Ciudad Juárez es el municipio donde desapareció el mayor número de migrantes, con una cifra de 121 en los últimos dos años. De ese número, 46 fueron localizados

The group was one of the Sensitive Investigative Units (SIU) operating in about 15 countries which U.S. officials tout as invaluable in dismantling powerful smuggling rings and busting countless drug lords around the globe

Nicaragua

Este 19 de abril se cumplen cuatro años de las masivas protestas contra el régimen Ortega-Murillo, que dejaron un saldo de 355 asesinatos y otros crímenes calificados de lesa humanidad que siguen en la impunidad

La construcción y el análisis de una base de datos, contrastada con familiares de las víctimas e información de organismos de derechos humanos, expone el resultado de la represión sandinista: 34 víctimas mortales

U.S.-Mexico Border

López Obrador said Abbott and the governors of four Mexican states who announced they had reached security agreements had no authority to do so

Why wait until May? Officials appear to be giving themselves a cushion to plan for the possibility that the number of migrants at the border will significantly increase

The sprawling migrant camp here in a city park near the international bridge has seen its population double in recent months. Migrants crowd nearby shelters

In total, there were 221,303 encounters along the southwest land border in March, a 33 percent increase compared to February. Of those, 28 percent involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months

Border agents made 209,906 arrests along the border in March, making it the busiest month in two decades

The Biden administration has allowed a record 216,450 migrants to exit detention, with most self-reporting their whereabouts through a cellphone app

Venezuela

Tanto organizaciones pro derechos humanos como movimientos de trabajadores y sindicales, que incluyen al chavismo disidente, exigen libertad plena para los que aún están detrás de las rejas y los que han sido excarcelados bajo medidas cautelares

Latin America Security-Related News: April 18, 2022

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April 18, 2022

Chile

La medida fue prorrogada en dos oportunidades, la última por el nuevo mandatario chileno Gabriel Boric, el pasado 23 de marzo

Colombia

El Ejército no ha podido demostrar que todos los muertos estaban armados, ni que el operativo se dio sin población civil en medio

El Estado tiene el deber y el derecho de utilizar la fuerza militar, pero con plena sujeción a lo que mandan la Constitución y los tratados internacionales

El Ejército intentó usar la disputa entre dos grupos armados ilegales en el Putumayo para obtener resultados militares y acabó masacrando a civiles inocentes. Esta es la relación completa de los hechos y el contexto

Mientras los militares se mantienen en que no manipularon los cuerpos de las víctimas en Alto Remanso, el acta de inspección técnica a cadáver de la Fiscalía comprobaría que sí lo hicieron

Monseñor dice que se está hablando con los candidatos para visibilizar situaciones de violencia

Ha dirigido las investigaciones sobre los civiles, como Andrés Escobar, que salieron armados el 28 de mayo a disparar en las calles del sur de Cali. El funcionario también le sigue la pista a la Primera Línea y a policías, pero ha recibido llamadas amenazantes y hostigamientos

Los casos denunciados de desplazamiento forzado, homicidios y confinamientos de las comunidades no coinciden con los registrados por la Alcaldía . ¿Qué dicen las voces?

Un alto funcionario del Ministerio de Defensa aseguró que tres de los caídos fueron impactados por sus propios compañeros de la disidencia

¿Quiénes son y qué papel juegan en la confrontación en esta zona fronteriza?

El Salvador

Nunca antes me había pedido tanta gente que abandonara El Salvador como ocurrió esta semana

Days after the passage of a law to criminalize media using gang sources, officials and even the president are smearing and threatening journalists with criminal investigations

Guatemala

Este Sábado de Gloria se cumplen exactamente siete años desde que el caso se diera a conocer

Haiti

In a society riven with poverty and where armed gangs use sexual violence as a means of control, three women are working for justice

Mexico

Honduras sumó 21.965 migrantes, Guatemala acumuló 21.954 y Cuba apuntó 15.907. Mientras que de Nicaragua se acumularon 8.270, de El Salvador 6.931 y 40.352 de otras nacionalidades

La caravana exprés estaba conformada por al menos mil personas que salieron de Tapachula

La aventura del uso de las Fuerzas Armadas en tareas de seguridad pública no sólo ha resultado fallida sino que ha incrementado las violaciones de los derechos humanos

U.S.-Mexico Border

Since 2005, Texas Govs. Rick Perry and Greg Abbott have launched a multitude of widely publicized and costly border initiatives, which usually kicked off during their reelection campaigns or while they were considering bids for higher office

The relative said Verduzco was making the crossing with the help of so-called coyotes, but they abandoned her when she became trapped without a way down

The woman, who was using a climbing harness, became “ensnared” on the border fence just west of Douglas, Ariz. Officials said she was trapped upside down for a “significant amount of time”

“People are worried about where this is going and weathering the storm,” a source familiar with discussions told CNN

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported processing migrants 221,303 times along the Mexican border last month, which overtook the previous peak under the Biden administration in July 2021

Los mexicanos todavía mueren en la frontera con Estados Unidos; al menos 308 en los últimos tres años eran niños

Latin America Security-Related News: April 14, 2022

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April 14, 2022

Colombia

Mistakes happen in combat. For leaders to insist that none occurred in Alto Remanso—that what happened on March 28 was an exemplary operation—carries serious and lasting risks to the credibility of Colombia’s security sector, when much careful reporting indicates otherwise

Molano pointed out that, as part of the Arauca Stabilization Plan, drones operated by 24 military personnel of the Army’s 14th Special Energy and Road Battalion will work in precision aerial operations and monitor strategic assets and critical structure

La respuesta más sencilla a la pregunta de por qué hay más muertos que armas es porque no todos los muertos en la matanza de la vereda Alto Remanso, en Putumayo, eran combatientes

Piden garantías para seguir ejerciendo su trabajo periodístico

Organizaciones manifiestan su preocupación la muerte de civiles en Putumayo y la implementación del acuerdo de paz

Colombia, Venezuela

LA ONG denunció que esa zona fronteriza es empleada por organizaciones delictivas «para captar personas que terminan en manos de redes de trata, explotación y esclavitud»

Guatemala

Los soldados fueron recibidos a balazos cuando trataban de llegar a una pista para evitar el aterrizaje de una supuesta narcoavioneta

Mexico

Un comité de la ONU, que visitó México para investigar desapariciones forzadas, ha instado al Gobierno de AMLO a abandonar la militarización de la seguridad pública. ¿Traen estas medidas más peligro que beneficios?

En un nuevo informe, la CNDH analiza la recomendación que emitió en 2018 y cuestiona el desempeño de la Oficina Especial que se creó desde el propio organismo

Nicaragua

Reichler believes the United States should “compete with Russia now for influence over the Nicaraguan army,” not to foment regime change but in anticipation of a post-Ortega transition

U.S.-Mexico Border

The Colombia bridge is just one of 13 commercial crossings between the two countries and the only one connected to Nuevo León

Gov. Greg Abbott said the state police would no longer inspect all trucks coming from one Mexican state after officials there agreed to increase border security

Several cargo trucks were set ablaze by Mexican cartel operatives Wednesday in an effort to force commercial truckers to end a traffic blockade they started earlier this week

Twenty-four migrants from Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela were transported by bus from the Texas border to the heart of the nation’s capital

About 30 people from Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua traveled to the U.S. capital as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s new plan in response to the end of Title 42

Some news links from the past few days

I’m back from a few days of personal travel (events for my college-bound daughter). I’ve just caught up on what’s been happening around the region and at the U.S.-Mexico border, security-wise. Here are 57 links since Monday.

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April 13, 2022

Western Hemisphere Regional

Over the past two decades, China has developed close economic and security ties with many Latin American countries, including Brazil and Venezuela. But Beijing’s growing sway in the region has raised concerns in Washington and beyond

Colombia

Colombian authorities are facing growing calls to investigate a botched army raid in which at least four civilians – including a 16-year old boy, a pregnant woman, and an Indigenous leader – were killed

Denuncian la no participación de la sociedad civil en el Consejo de Seguridad

Basados en los informes y testimonios recogidos por Colombia+20, Vorágine y Revista Cambio, se reconstruyó el día a día desde la incursión militar hasta el retorno de algunos pobladores

Revela un problema mucho más profundo en las Fuerzas Armadas: la justificación de la ejecución de civiles para conseguir objetivos de alto valor militar

El 28 de marzo el Ejército Nacional de Colombia realizó un operativo en el municipio de Puerto Leguizamo, departamento de Putumayo, en el que perdieron la vida 11 personas, y resultaron heridas, al menos, 4

In Tibú, a small town along the border with Venezuela, a rising wave of violence in Colombia’s primary coca-producing region is targeting women

El presidente de Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, ha anunciado la llegada de 40 vehículos blindados ASV-M1117, parte de un lote de 145 vehículos ofrecidos

Colombia, Mexico

Mexican drug cartels appear to be shipping high-powered weapons to Colombia to purchase shipments of cocaine, a trade Colombian authorities say is fueling the deadly struggle between rival traffickers for control of the nation’s drug routes

El Salvador

Some National Civilian Police commanders in El Salvador have been pressuring their officers to meet daily arrest quotas as part of the government’s crackdown on street gangs that have yielded more than 10,000 arrests

Honduras

Luego de que la presidenta Xiomara Castro ordenara la desmilitarización de los centros penitenciarios en todo Honduras, la Policía Nacional tomó el mando del sistema penitenciario y tendrá 10 meses para reordenar a las autoridades de las distintas cárceles

Mexico

Detrás del fenómeno de la seguridad y la violencia se mueven intereses estatales, industriales, empresariales y de distintos agentes privados (legales e ilegales)

“Esta es una cuestión que le corresponde al propio estado mexicano analizar y discutir, sobre todo, frente a la situación que presentamos y por la impunidad que se ha señalado”, dijo la experta del CED

Nicaragua

“Con este curso, si ocurre alguna tragedia ustedes podrán sobrevivir” y auxiliar a quienes lo necesiten, explica el entrenador al grupo

U.S.-Mexico Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection called the state inspections ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott “unnecessary” and said commercial traffic at the Texas-Mexico border has dropped 60% since they began

Two major international bridges were effectively shut down after Mexican truckers blocked lanes in both directions to protest a new border security initiative from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

The longer than average wait times – and the subsequent supply chain disruptions – are unrelated to CBP screening activities and are due to additional and unnecessary inspections being conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) at the order of the Governor of Texas

New safety inspections are part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s effort to crack down on border smuggling. But industry groups say it is stifling trade

The Los Angeles-based law firm Karns & Karns, LLP said in a press release last week they will represent the family of 32-year-old Carmelo Cruz-Marcos, adding that his “brutal shooting” should be probed by the FBI and an outside agency

Law enforcement and recovery specialists say Ohio’s addiction rates and overdose deaths won’t be curbed by border security alone

With so much misinformation circulating about border and immigration policies, it doesn’t help to have Border Patrol union leaders stoking fear and white-supremacist conspiracy theories

Venezuela

An outcry from both Democrats and Republican lawmakers in Washington over a potential deal with Maduro forced the White House to put the brakes on any future talks

April 12, 2022

Chile, Mexico

Una comitiva de la Guardia Nacional de México, compuesta por seis personas arribó la semana pasada a Santiago, con el objetivo de adentrarse en los planes formativos de Carabineros

Colombia

Colombia’s dynamic peace process – which saw fresh strides with the holding of a largely peaceful parliamentary election last month – will succeed or fail based on efforts to halt the deadly violence faced by former combatants, social leaders and human rights defenders

¿Cómo retomar el control de los territorios cuando la Fuerza Pública carece de legitimidad y credibilidad? El monopolio de la fuerza en Colombia parece una utopía

Guatemala

“Tenemos un protocolo de acción que trabajamos con EE. UU. para que en las próximas semanas se defina la ruta de acción ante el posible levantamiento del Título 42”, señaló

Mexico

Public agents and organised crime are responsible for Mexico’s soaring numbers of enforced disappearance, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances said in findings published today

While Mexico has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the United Nations, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s refusal to impose sanctions and the establishment of a new Mexican-Russian friendship caucus in Mexico’s Congress risk relations with the United States

Peru

  • Jo-Marie Burt, La Justicia Devuelta (Washington Office on Latin America, La Republica (Peru), April 12, 2022).

Las víctimas del fujimorismo lograron, una vez más, imponer la ley ante la insistencia del fujimorismo de actuar fuera de ella, en beneficio de su propio poder y agenda política

U.S.-Mexico Border

Commercial traffic at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge stopped Monday and a similar protest affected traffic into and out of El Paso. The blockades could impact the flow of produce to restaurants and grocery stores

On April 6 alone, 767 Ukrainian migrants were processed by CBP

Democrats in tough re-election fights have joined Republicans in warning against the end of Title 42 expulsions at the southern border

April 11, 2022

Colombia

Miembros de la comunidad de Alto Remanso dicen que los militares se identificaron como guerrilleros para atacar a un supuesto grupo de los Comandos de la Frontera. Un número aún indeterminado de civiles murieron en el operativo

Denuncias de abusos de autoridad, cifras irregulares, voces oficiales y opiniones de expertos dejan en duda el verdadero aporte de Artemisa en la protección de los ecosistemas

Los muertos son once, los heridos cuatro y el Ejército reporta que solamente incautaron seis armas. ¿Quince personas dispararon contra la tropa, pero solo tenían seis armas?

Lo que sucedió durante la hora y media en que se extendieron los combates parece sacado de una película de terror

Bandas criminales están inmersas en un enfrentamiento que, según denuncias, deja 70 homicidios

‘Una mujer queda rota no por perder su virginidad, sino su alma’: aseguró

Cuba, Nicaragua

En un día pueden llegar a Managua entre cinco y diez vuelos directos o conexiones desde diferentes partes de la Isla

El Salvador

El salvadoreño Juan Carlos Torres, director de la Maestría en Políticas para la Prevención de Violencia Juvenil y Cultura de Paz de la Universidad Don Bosco de San Salvador, habla con BBC Mundo y analiza la evolución de las pandillas

Guatemala, Western Hemisphere Regional

For as long as immigrants fleeing conflict have arrived in the United States, fugitive war criminals have been among them, an infinitesimal percentage of those arriving at American borders, but a profound challenge

Haiti

Since the start of the year, more than 800 Haitians have landed in the Florida Keys

Honduras

El juez natural José Olivio Rodríguez Vásquez determinó la extradición del exdirector de la Policía Nacional, Juan Carlos “El Tigre” Bonilla

Honduras, Mexico

Mexico

An estimated 20,000 people have fled violence in the past year in Michoacán state

This paper maps out the network of alliances and subgroups within the two most powerful cartels in Mexico — the Sinaloa Cartel and the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación — and reveals key structural differences that could have important implications for policymakers

En MILENIO hicimos un recuento de las comunidades que se han visto afectadas por estos hechos que dejan una gran huella de dolor en la poblacion

A días de las vacaciones de abril, el gobierno de Estados Unidos difundió la alerta de viaje por México, donde llamó a no viajar por ninguna carretera de Tamaulipas y advirtió sobre un “toque de queda nocturno”

Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border

The Biden administration faces mounting pressure from both sides of the political spectrum to stave off an even bigger surge of immigrants as it plans to lift a pandemic-era public health order at the border

Peru

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Friday confirmed a ruling ordering Peru not to release jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, who was on the verge of leaving prison last month after a presidential pardon was reinstated

El periodista Gustavo Gorriti fue secuestrado por las Fuerzas de Seguridad a las pocas horas del autogolpe

U.S.-Mexico Border

In business parlance, time is money. And business leaders and trade experts are on edge

Facing his bickering staff in the Oval Office that day in late March 2021, Mr. Biden grew so angry at their attempts to duck responsibility that he erupted

Known as El Chaparral, the camp was a temporary home for hundreds of migrants who had escaped deadly situations in Mexico and Central America

Latin America-related online events this week

Wednesday, April 6

Thursday, April 7

Friday, April 8

  • 8:30-9:15 at atlanticcouncil.org: Brazil’s path ahead: A conversation with Brazil’s former Minister of Justice Sergio Moro (RSVP required).

5 links: March 3, 2022

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Western Hemisphere Regional

The 2022 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) is an annual report by the Department of State to Congress prepared in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act. It describes the efforts of key countries to attack all aspects of the international drug trade in Calendar Year 2021

Chile

Milicogate is a case of alleged diversion of public funds from the Reserved Copper Law perpetrated by members of the Chilean Army

Colombia

President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Iván Duque Márquez of the Republic of Colombia to the White House on March 10, 2022

U.S.-Mexico Border

Mexican smuggling gangs have sawed through new segments of border wall 3,272 times over the past three years

Venezuela

Younger, more cosmopolitan and more willing to ditch ideology for practical measures that improve people’s lives

5 links: March 2, 2022

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Colombia

Colombia, where activists are routinely targeted by armed groups despite the 2016 peace accord, remained the most dangerous country to be a human rights defender, with 138 deaths recorded

Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

Cuba, Venezuela y Nicaragua arremetieron este martes contra el “doble rasero” de la comunidad internacional que trata en la Asamblea General de la ONU

Honduras

La presidenta de Honduras, Xiomara Castro, anunció la creación de la Policía Comunitaria al tiempo que prometió reestablecer las acciones que le competen a la Policía Nacional de Honduras que fue usurpada por fuerzas de seguridad híbridas con elementos militares

U.S.-Mexico Border

Experts have linked dehumanization to violence. Border Patrol agents have in recent years killed dozens of people and turned away asylum seekers exercising their legal right to seek protection, knowingly returning them to danger

Venezuela

Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro Tuesday called Russian President Vladimir Putin on the telephone to express his “strong support” and wish him well regarding the military deployment in Ukraine

5 links: February 14, 2022

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Brazil

I get it, “neo-nationalist international solidarity” or whatever. But still, with an invasion of Ukraine looking likely, what a strange time to go and have your picture taken with Putin.

Colombia, Venezuela

Colombian guerrillas using armed, foreign-made drones to fight each other on the Venezuelan side of the border? I haven’t heard of this before, but the reporter has a credible record and he gets some testimonies.

Colombia

The commander of the Colombian Army’s sixth division, in the country’s far south, is caught on tape talking about allying with a narco-gang to fight ex-FARC dissidents.

Honduras

Very happy for the Guapinol environmental activists in Mocoa, Honduras, and for all those who worked to get them freed.

U.S.-Mexico Border

Fentanyl is very small in volume, it’s remarkable that they detect the little that they manage to find as it passes in vehicles through border ports of entry. “Congress has directed CBP to come up with a plan to scan 100 percent of arriving vehicles.”

Latin America-related online events this week

Wednesday, February 16

Thursday, February 17

5 links: February 9, 2022

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Colombia

“Out of 231 disciplinary processes for police abuse in 2021, only eleven have had results; 120 were closed for not finding responsibility.”

Colombia, Venezuela

The ELN appears to be operating, and fighting a grinding battle against a Venezuelan criminal group, in a region very, very far from the Colombian border.

U.S.-Mexico Border

The first of two pieces published today about the dangers of border-state Republicans’ use of military force on U.S. soil.

The first of two pieces published today about the dangers of border-state Republicans’ use of military force on U.S. soil. Take it from a Latin Americanist: giving the military new open-ended internal security roles, including authority to arrest civilians, leads to some very bad places.

A Border Patrol agent just did “select all,” “check all,” and falsely logged hourly checks on the welfare of unaccompanied kids in custody. Meanwhile a Guatemalan teenager died on the floor of a crowded cell.

5 links: February 8, 2022

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Western Hemisphere Regional

Here’s a bipartisan bill that proposes to address threats of the past (cold war, drug war) using a “part of government” (security forces only) approach. Pass.

Colombia, Venezuela

Fighting between guerrillas and ex-FARC dissidents is also displacing people, mostly indigenous communities, far east of Arauca, Colombia, in until-recently pristine jungles and savannahs.

Haiti

  • Jake Johnston, “They Fooled Us” (Center for Economic and Policy Research, February 8, 2022).

Really interesting investigation. It’s long and I haven’t finished it yet. “Seven months after the assassination of Haiti’s president, the true masterminds remain unknown. But a failed “coup” plot that preceded it provides new information about those involved — and what the US and Haitian governments may have known.”

Honduras

Turns out Juan Orlando Hernández was corrupt all along. Surprise!

U.S.-Mexico Border

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) deployment of National Guard troops to the border is wasteful and dangerous for civil-military relations, and should make me mad. But lately it just makes me really sad for the people who’ve been forced to participate in it.

Latin America-related online events this week

Tuesday, February 8

Wednesday, February 9

  • 10:30-12:00 at wola.org: Feeding the Fire: How Prohibition and the Drug War Fuel Corruption and Organized Crime in Latin America (RSVP required).

Thursday, February 10

  • 3:00-5:00 at drclas.harvard.edu: The Crisis of Democracy in Central America (RSVP required).

5 links: February 7, 2022

(Even more here)

Colombia

In Cauca, the department of Colombia with the largest Indigenous population, the leaders of nearly every indigenous community are threatened, and many are being killed.

Haiti

Still trying to ascertain who knew what, and when, in a U.S.-based security company linked to the July assassination of Haiti’s president.

Mexico

Marco Ernesto Islas is the fifth journalist killed in Mexico this year. Three of the killings happened in Tijuana.

Mexico

Vivid portrayal of the volunteer groups of victims who join together to search for bodies, routinely uncovering mass graves that the authorities don’t bother to seek themselves.

U.S.-Mexico Border

Title 42 has closed ports of entry to all pedestrian asylum seekers for nearly two years. But what happens when they arrive in a car, and the vehicle reaches U.S. soil? “In December, an officer even shot at cars driven by asylum seekers as they rolled into San Diego.”

5 links: February 3, 2022

(Even more here)

Colombia

The Colombian high court decision setting back any possible use of aerial herbicide fumigation in coca zones “is, above all, the result of the struggle of social and peasant organizations to avoid repeating the horrors experienced with fumigations.”

17 social leaders killed in the first 33 days of the year in Colombia. I don’t hear the Duque administration talking about it, do you?

Honduras

Eight years ago, Juan Orlando Hernandez was lauded in the U.S. as a president who was bringing homicide rates down. Eight days ago, he was still president of Honduras. Now, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman wants him on the U.S. narcotics kingpins list.

Mexico

The AMLO government is moving ahead with its plan to move the nation’s new national super-police force fully under the command of its Defense Department.

Venezuela

One-third of all people killed in Venezuela are killed by the security forces.

5 links: February 2, 2022

(Even more here)

Western Hemisphere Regional

Murder rates had gone down in most of Latin America from 2019 to 2020, but they rose in 2021 almost everywhere.

Brazil

One suspects that Bolsonaro calculates he can make the Biden administration put up with more of his nonsense if he occasionally flirts with Moscow or Beijing.

Colombia

Good overview of the running inter-guerrilla confrontation that has made longtime social leaders extremely vulnerable in Arauca, Colombia, while the government does little more than stigmatize them.

Panama, Venezuela

Now that Mexico (at US urging) is demanding visas of Venezuelan migrants, making it very hard to arrive by air, more are opting for a very dangerous land route: Panama’s Darién Gap.

U.S.-Mexico Border

Another update on the dumpster fire that is Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) thrown-together National Guard deployment at the Texas-Mexico border, by two reporters who’ve covered it most closely.

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