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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6 Latin America longreads from September

Western Hemisphere Regional David Luhnow, “Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World” (The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2018). The violence in Acapulco has created a dystopia where social norms have broken down El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras Abby Cordova, Diana M. Orces, Jonathan T. Hiskey, Mary Fran Malone, “Leaving the Devil You Know: […]

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18 Latin America longreads from August

(I leave for Colombia in the morning, so I’m churning out a bunch of end-of-month posts tonight. It’s more fun than packing.) U.S.-Mexico Border Adolfo Flores, “Why Did the Border Patrol Shoot Claudia Gomez?” (BuzzFeed, August 29, 2018). The Border Patrol shooting of a young Guatemalan immigrant remains a mystery three months later. A phone video […]

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17 Remarkable Latin America Reads From 2017

Corruption scandals, organized crime, democratic weakening, and an unhelpful new administration in Washington made this a tough year for Latin America. Through it all, journalists and non-governmental organizations were on top of their game. This isn’t a comprehensive list, and there’s a bias towards coverage of things I didn’t know before. But here are just […]

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9 Latin America longreads from June

Everything here is at least 2,500 words long, but worth your time. Colombia Hector Silva Avalos, , “Narino, Colombia: Ground Zero of the Cocaine Trade” (InsightCrime, June 9, 2017). Perhaps nowhere else in the country are the challenges of a post-conflict Colombia more evident, and perhaps no other part of the world is more indicative […]

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9 Latin America longreads from May

Everything here is at least 2,500 words long, but worth your time. Brazil Jonathan Watts, “Wild Amazon Faces Destruction as Brazil’s Farmers and Loggers Target National Park” (The Guardian (Uk), May 29, 2017). The forces lined up against conservation have deep roots. The post-colonial history of Brazil is, to a large extent, the history of […]

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11 Latin America longreads from March

Everything here is at least 3,000 words long, but worth your time. March 31, 2017 Cuba Jose De Cordoba, “The Buried Train and the French Teacher’s Daughter: A Cuban Exile’s Search for Home” (The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2017). Traveling back through his family’s history, a reporter struggles with whether to return to the […]

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