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) 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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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

Disarmament “There is now an inventory of 14,000 FARC weapons that will soon pass into the UN Mission’s hands,” President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted shortly after Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas announced that figure. Villegas added that around 11,000 of the arms that the FARC will “leave aside” are rifles. The UN verification and monitoring […]

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Links From the Last Month About: Civil-Military Relations in Latin America

Chile Women may now rise to the level of general in Chile’s army, according to a regulation promulgated on International Women’s Day. Colombia Colombia’s Congress is nearing approval of a transitional justice system to try war crimes committed during the long conflict with the FARC, as envisioned in the peace accords. Retired Colombian generals are […]

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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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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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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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The past week in U.S. border security

The Trump administration will issue its initial “top line” budget request to Congress today. Word is it will include $1.5 billion to start border-fence construction in 2017, and $2.6 billion for 2018. Families in south Texas’s Rio Grande Valley are already getting notices from the federal government requiring them to sell their private land abutting […]

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

William Brownfield, the assistant secretary of state for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (and one of the only assistant secretaries to survive the Trump transition) was in Colombia March 7 to discuss the bad news about coca cultivation. Interviewed by Colombian media outlets, Brownfield assured them that a resumption of the U.S.-backed aerial herbicide […]

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