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) January 14, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Greg Grandin, “The Border Patrol Has Been a Cult of Brutality Since 1924” (The Intercept, January 14, 2019). “Practically every other member” of El Paso’s National Guard “was in the Klan,” one military officer recalled, and many had joined the Border Patrol upon its establishment Christopher […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 7, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Damian Paletta, Juliet Eilperin, Nick Miroff, Robert Costa, “As Shutdown Drags on, Trump Officials Make New Offer, Seek Novel Ways to Cope With Its Impacts” (The Washington Post, January 7, 2019). It demanded $5.7 billion “for construction of a steel barrier for the Southwest border” but […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Richard Gonzales, Tom Bowman, “Troops to Be Deployed to Border to Build and Upgrade 160 Miles of Fencing” (National Public Radio, January 4, 2019). The deployment and fence construction along the California and Arizona borders would be paid for by the Pentagon, from the Department of […]

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(Even more here) January 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Damian Paletta, Erica Werner, “Trump Falsely Claims Mexico Is Paying for Wall, Demands Taxpayer Money for Wall in Meeting With Democrats” (The Washington Post, January 3, 2019). “Somebody said $2.5 [billion],” Trump said to reporters. “No. Look, this is national security we’re talking about” Aaron Rupar, […]

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(Even more here) January 2, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Grace Segers, “Trump Invites Congressional Leaders to White House For “Briefing” on Border Security” (CBS News, January 2, 2019). President Trump has invited congressional leaders of both parties to the White House on Wednesday for a “briefing” on border security Molly Hennessy-Fiske, “Migrant Families Shift to […]

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(Even more here) December 20, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, “‘A Moral Disaster’: Ap Reveals Scope of Migrant Kids Program” (Associated Press, Associated Press, December 20, 2018). Some 9,800 are in facilities with 100-plus total kids, according to confidential government data obtained and cross-checked by The Associated Press Brazil “Brazil: Police Killings […]

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(Even more here) December 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Damian Paletta, Erica Werner, John Wagner, “Congress Moves to Avert Government Shutdown, Deny Trump Money for Wall” (The Washington Post, December 19, 2018). If Trump did order the military to build a wall anyway, Democrats or landowners could file a lawsuit and seek an immediate injunction […]

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(Even more here) December 18, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ellen Mitchell, “Pentagon Has Sent Home Nearly 3k Active-Duty Border Troops” (The Hill, December 18, 2018). Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters at the Pentagon that 3,150 active-duty troops remain at the southern border, including 1,200 in California, 1,050 in Texas and 900 in Arizona Luciano […]

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Arms transfers and arms trafficking in Latin America: Links from the past month

Brazil, Uruguay Andrea Barretto, “Brazil Donates 25 Armored Tanks to the Uruguayan Army” (Revista Dialogo (U.S. Southern Command), November 13, 2018). The M-41C vehicles that the Brazilian Army used through 2009 will be part of the Uruguayan Army’s 13th Armored Infantry Battalion Brazil purchased the M-41 armored vehicles from the United States in the 1960s. […]

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(Even more here) November 30, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Megan Specia, Rick Gladstone, “Border Agents Shot Tear Gas Into Mexico. Was It Legal?” (The New York Times, November 30, 2018). When the legality of the border episodes are in question, it can be difficult to hold people accountable within the United States Perla Trevizo, “Tucson […]

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Links from the Past Month about “Soldiers as Police” in Latin America

El Salvador Juan Carlos Diaz, “FAES no reportó delitos en escuelas donde dio seguridad” (La Prensa Grafica (El Salvador), November 12, 2018). El comandante saliente de la sede militar de La Unión rindió un informe sobre las acciones ejecutadas por el personal a su cargo Vanessa Jurado, “Así será el despliegue de policías y militares […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 29, 2018 Argentina Cassandra Garrison, Matt Spetalnick, “China, Vying With U.S. in Latin America, Eyes Argentina Nuclear Deal” (Reuters, Reuters, November 29, 2018). Argentina and China are aiming to close a deal within days for the construction of the South American nation’s fourth nuclear power plant, a multi-billion dollar project Brazil […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 20, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Robert Burns, “Pentagon: Troops at U.S. Border to Cost About $210 Million” (Associated Press, Time, November 20, 2018). The total includes $72 million for approximately 5,900 active-duty troops providing support to Customs and Border Protection, plus $138 million so far for 2,100 National Guard troops who […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Gordon Adams, Isaiah Wilson Iii, Lawrence B. Wilkerson, “Trump’s Border Stunt Is a Profound Betrayal of Our Military” (The New York Times, November 19, 2018). They are not toy soldiers to be moved around by political leaders but a neutral institution, politically speaking Wesley Morgan, “Troops […]

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