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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(Even more here) April 9, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Coletta Youngers, Teresa Garcia Castro, “Covid -19: A Potential Death Sentence for Women Behind Bars in Latin America” (Washington Office on Latin America, April 9, 2020). Immediate action is needed now to dramatically reduce the region’s prison population in order to prevent a huge toll in […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 8, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional “Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Us Authorities Must Release Immigration Detainees” (Amnesty International, April 8, 2020). The United States has the largest immigration detention system in the world, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holding nearly 40,000 people in over 200 centers across the country Bolivia “Bolivia: Covid-19 […]

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(Even more here) April 7, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional “Iachr Presents Its Annual Report for 2019” (Organization of American States, April 7, 2020). Chapter IV.B analyzes the human rights situation in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, which the IACHR once again included in this section because they require special attention Shalyn Fluharty, “Let These Children Go” […]

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(Even more here) April 6, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Michael Stott, “14 Latin American Nations Seek Imf Help to Combat Big Recession” (The Financial Times (UK), April 6, 2020). Worst hit to output for 50 years likely as virus batters already struggling economies Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela Carlos A. Romero, Carlos Lujan, Juan Gabriel Tokatlian, […]

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Writing in the California Sunday Magazine, Nadja Drost reports from coastal Colombia and Panama’s densely jungled Darién Gap, where she finds migrants from Cameroon, Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere. This is the most dangerous, and one of the least reported-on, stages of the journey that many “extra-continental” migrants take to the United States. Jeremy McDermott of […]

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(Even more here) April 3, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Kate Goldman, “No Masks, Disinfectant or Soap. This Is Detention Amid a Pandemic” (The New York Times, April 3, 2020). Their lives are at risk even though many of them have committed no crime and if they have, it was that they crossed the border without […]

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(Even more here) April 2, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Roberto de Michele, Juan Cruz Vieyra, “How Transparency Can Save Lives in the Coronavirus Crisis” (Americas Quarterly, April 2, 2020). Some estimates suggest that corruption consumes between 10% and 25% of the value of public contracts under normal circumstances. This percentage is likely much higher in […]

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(Even more here) April 1, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Parker Asmann, “What Does Coronavirus Mean for Criminal Governance in Latin America?” (InsightCrime, April 1, 2020). There’s almost always a sense that criminal actors feel some type of responsibility to take care of their communities when the state is not acting as an effective governing body […]

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(Even more here) March 31, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Michael Weissenstein, Evens Sanon, Franklin Briceno, “Coronavirus Hits Rich and Poor Unequally in Latin America” (Associated Press, Associated Press, March 31, 2020). Many of the wealthy are already recovering, but experts warn that the virus could kill scores of the poorest people Colombia Edinson Arley Bolanos, […]

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(Even more here) March 30, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Terrence Mccoy, Mary Beth Sheridan, “Coronavirus Collides With Latin America’s Maid Culture — With Sometimes Deadly Results” (The Washington Post, March 30, 2020). Imported by the wealthy, the virus is now reaching into impoverished communities, at times through domestic employment, infecting people with fewer resources to […]

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If coronavirus wasn’t putting a halt to such things, this week the U.S. government would’ve sent back to Colombia one of the maximum leaders of the AUC paramilitary group, Salvatore Mancuso, who was extradited to face drug trafficking charges in 2008. In a detailed piece at Canada’s National Post, Brian Fitzpatrick tells the story of […]

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(Even more here) March 27, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Charles T. Call, “As Coronavirus Hits Latin America, Expect Serious and Enduring Effects” (The Brookings Institution, March 27, 2020). Many now fear that Latin America may go the way of Italy — with too many cases already circulating to gain control of the virus for many […]

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(Even more here) March 26, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Kevin Sieff, “Soldiers Around the World Get a New Mission: Enforcing Coronavirus Lockdowns” (The Washington Post, March 26, 2020). In every region, under all kinds of political systems, governments are turning to increasingly stringent measures — and deploying their armed forces to back them up Brazil […]

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(Even more here) March 25, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional “Americas at a Crossroad: Human Rights Response to Covid-19” (Amnesty International, March 25, 2020). Amnesty International believes that authorities must show leadership by prioritizing human rights and by refraining from abusing their power in the middle of this emergency. Here is a preliminary list of “Do’s” […]

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(Even more here) March 24, 2020 Argentina Che Apalache, “Argentina’s Day of Remembrance Recalls a Ghastly Past” (TalkHouse, March 24, 2020). The US-backed government was oppressive and murderous, and Pau Barjau’s family endured it Bolivia John Quigley, “Bolivia Suspends Presidential Election Due to Virus Lockdown” (Bloomberg, March 24, 2020). Electoral body says May 3 vote […]

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