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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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Corruption in Latin America: Links from the past month

Brazil Brian Winter, “Why Sergio Moro Took the Job – and Changed Car Wash Forever” (Americas Quarterly, November 5, 2018). The Sérgio Moro of 2018 does not suffer from amnesia. He simply concluded that the potential benefits of accepting the position outweigh the risks Central America Regional Victoria Sanford, “‘Criminals?’ Hardly. That’s Who the Caravan […]

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Five links from the past week

El Salvador Danielle Mackey, “What Happens When a Barrio 18 Soldier Tries to Leave the Gang” (The Intercept, November 16, 2018). There are an estimated 60,000 gang members in El Salvador. Benjamin knew many who wanted to leave, but they were afraid. He wanted to show them they could Brazil Ernesto Londono, “As Brazil’s Far […]

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(Even more here) November 16, 2018 Central America Regional, Mexico – Karla Zabludovsky, “Mexicans Are Joining WhatsApp And Facebook Groups To Talk About How Much They Hate The Caravan” (BuzzFeed, November 16, 2018). Anti-immigrant sentiment is spreading through social media and spilling onto the streets of Tijuana as the caravan makes its final approach to the […]

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(Even more here) November 15, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Dan Lamothe, Maya Averbuch, “At the border, uncertainty about the migrant caravan and military concertina wire” (The Washington Post, November 15, 2018). Two young men on opposite sides of the border wonder what happens next Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, “En Route Southwest Border Press […]

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(Even more here) November 14, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Phil Stewart, “Mattis Defends Mexico Border Deployment in First Troop Visit” (Reuters **, November 14, 2018). Mattis, speaking to a small group of reporters traveling with him, rejected criticism and said the deployment was the right thing to do Brazil “Brasil: Policia Mato a Delincuente y […]

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(Even more here) November 13, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Hamed Aleaziz, ““Wow, You’ve Really Gone This Far to Affect Children?”” (BuzzFeed, November 13, 2018). Officials later clarified Monday that unaccompanied minors would be affected but that they would still have the ability to be eligible for other protections Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Philip Rucker, “Trump […]

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Even more here) November 12, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, “Deployed Inside the United States: The Military Waits for the Migrant Caravan” (The New York Times, November 12, 2018). Putting troops at the border to protect against what Mr. Trump deemed a threat, in his rallying cry for the midterms, has put […]

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(Even more here) November 6, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional James Stavridis, “Why It Would Be a Major Military Mistake to Deploy Troops to Confront the Migrant Caravan” (Time, November 6, 2018). We should control our border. But sending the military won’t help that cause Phil Stewart, “Pentagon Balked at U.S. Border Troops Building Detention Facilities […]

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(Even more here) November 5, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Paul Sonne, “Trump’s Border Deployments Could Cost $200 Million by Year-End” (The Washington Post, November 5, 2018). The total price of President Trump’s military deployment to the border, including the cost of National Guard forces that have been there since April, could climb well above $200?million […]

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(Even more here) October 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ryan Devereaux, “New Documents Bolster Case That Border Patrol Retaliated Against Humanitarian Group” (The Intercept, October 19, 2018). From the beginning, this timeline of events — the release of the No More Deaths report followed by the arrest of one of its longtime volunteers — has […]

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Corruption in Latin America: links from the past month

Argentina “Former Argentine President Acquitted of Arms Smuggling” (Associated Press, The New York Times, October 4, 2018). “The same judicial branch that processed the case for 22 years without a firm sentence, now declares Menem innocent because too much time has passed” Colombia Jim Mustian, Joshua Goodman, “Dea’s Colombia Post Roiled by Misconduct Probes” (Associated […]

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(Even more here) October 15, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ron Nixon, “U.S. Border Agency Says Hundreds of Employees Have Been Arrested Over 2 Years” (The New York Times, October 15, 2018). More than 500 employees of the United States’ primary border security agency were charged with drug trafficking, accepting bribes and a range of other […]

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Five links from the past week

Brazil Vincent Bevins, “Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Would-Be Dictator” (The New York Review of Books, October 12, 2018). Bolsonaro’s ideology is best understood as Operation Condor plus the Internet Guatemala Alberto Pradilla, “El Gobierno Mintio: Hubo Orden Directa para Que los J–8 Patrullaran la Cicig y las Embajadas de ee.uu. Y Mexico” (Plaza Publica (Guatemala), October […]

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Civil-military relations in Latin America: links from the past month

Brazil “Brazil’s Authoritarian Without an Army” (The Economist (Uk), October 11, 2018). Soldiers are not itching for power. More likely, they would restrain Jair Bolsonaro David Noriega, “Brazilian Politics Is Backsliding Toward Militarism, and the Presidential Election Could Make It Worse” (VICE, October 5, 2018). Though Brazil has always had ultra-nationalist hardliners, what makes this […]

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(Even more here) October 12, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Erica Werner, Josh Dawsey, “Republicans Promise Post-Midterm Fight to Fund Trump’s Border Wall” (The Washington Post, October 12, 2018). GOP leaders now face the possibility of emerging empty-handed from the fight they postponed. They don’t have enough votes in the Senate to push through a big […]

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