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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 29, 2017 Brazil Vanessa Barbara, “The Genocide of Brazil’s Indians” (The New York Times, May 29, 2017). Every week seems to bring reports of a new atrocity committed against indigenous people in some remote part of the country. But nothing seems to shock our society anymore Jonathan Watts, “Wild Amazon Faces […]

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The past week in U.S. border security

The Trump administration’s 2018 budget request for Homeland Security includes $1.57 billion to build 74 miles of new border wall/fence in south Texas and near San Diego, California. (That’s $21.2 million per mile.) It would also fund the hiring of 500 new Border Patrol agents (toward an eventual goal of 5,000, expanding the force to […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 26, 2017 Bolivia, Colombia “New Ain Report: Lessons From Bolivia” (Andean Information Network (Bolivia), May 26, 2017). In February 2017, a delegation of 8 coca growers from across Colombia traveled to Bolivia to learn about the country’s shift from forced eradication and conditioned alternative development to community coca control and integrated […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 25, 2017 Brazil Simon Romero, Dom Phillips, “Brazil’s President Deploys Federal Troops to Quell Protests” (The New York Times, May 25, 2017). The use of the armed forces in Brazil touches a nerve among critics of the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985 Mauricio Savarese, “If Brazil […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 24, 2017 Brazil Stephanie Nolen, Elisangela Mendonca, “In Brazil’s Crooked Political Game, Is Anybody Playing Fair? A Search for an Honest Political Player” (The Globe and Mail (Toronto Canada), May 24, 2017). We wound up with just a dozen names and decided to seek out one from each major political party […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 23, 2017 Colombia Juanita Velez, “La “Estrategia Mojoso” de las Farc” (La Silla Vacia (Colombia), May 23, 2017). Las Farc han venido aplicando lo que llaman ‘la estrategia Mojoso’ para que como ese, otros disidentes le apuesten al proceso de paz Colombia, Venezuela “Venezuela No Esta Satisfecha Con Respuesta de Colombia […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(1) In a decision announced late on May 17, Colombia’s Constitutional Court appears to have dealt a severe blow to implementation of the FARC peace accord. In a 5–3 vote, the magistrates did away with key parts of “fast track,” the special legislative authority the Court approved last December to allow swift passage of laws […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 22, 2017 Argentina Pablo Waisberg, Guillermo Peralta, “Grupo Pro Militar Escracha a Testigos de Juicios” (Perfil (Argentina), May 22, 2017). La Unión de Promociones apuntó a “terroristas subversivos de los 70”. Incluye militantes que eran chicos en esa época Brazil Jill Langlois, “Soggy Protesters Demand Impeachment of Brazil’s President: ‘We Have […]

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Links from the past month about: Politics and security in Latin America

Protests against President Nicolás Maduro’s regime on the streets of Venezuela have now reached their 50th day, and at least 47 people have died. The U.S. government issued sanctions against the eight Venezuelan Supreme Court justices whose March power grab–a thwarted efort to dissolve the opposition-led legislature–sparked the protests in the first place. Eight Latin […]

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Five links from the past week

Colombia “Viaje al Corazon de Tumaco” (Semana (Colombia), May 15, 2017). Colombia’s second-busiest Pacific port is also the country’s number-one coca (and probably cocaine)-producing municipality. This in-depth multimedia look at Tumaco is worth your time. Great videos. Juanita León, Tatiana Duque, “Las Dos Caras del Golpe al Fast Track” (La Silla Vacia (Colombia), May 18, […]

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Some articles I found interesting Thursday and Friday

(Even more here) May 19, 2017 Brazil Simon Romero, “Scandal in Brazil Raises Fear of Turmoil’s Return” (The New York Times, May 19, 2017). The calls for Mr. Temer to resign have come from many sides, including an editorial Friday in O Globo, part of Brazil’s most powerful media group Paulo Trevisani, Luciana Magalhaes, Jeffrey […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 17, 2017 Brazil Anthony Boadle, “Brazil Farm Lobby Seeks to Dismantle Indigenous Affairs Agency” (Reuters **, May 17, 2017). “The death of the Funai would be a sort of genocide because it has advised us on how to survive,” said Francisco, 42, the bare-chested leader of the Kaingang people Colombia “En […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 16, 2017 Colombia “Victimas Piden Desclasificar Archivos de Inteligencia Militar” (Colprensa, El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), May 16, 2017). El colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo le solicitó a la Corte Constitucional que desclasifique los archivos de Inteligencia Militar y que haga una audiencia pública sobre la participación de los derechos de […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 15, 2017 Brazil Jon Lee Anderson, “The Toll of the Drug Trade in the Brazilian Amazon” (The New Yorker, May 15, 2017). The rest of Protti’s pictures, most of them taken at night, illuminated by flashbulbs, reveal to us an Amazon wilderness that is increasingly becoming a vast green favela Colombia […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 8, 2017 Colombia ““el 31 de Mayo las Farc Habran Dejado Sus Fusiles”” (Semana (Colombia), May 8, 2017). Según Julián Gallo, miembro del secretariado de las Farc y conocido en la guerra como Carlos Antonio Lozada, la mayor dificultad del desarme no son los fusiles que hoy portan los guerrilleros, sino […]

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