August 03, 2011
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Arizona state government’s latest anti-immigration ploy—to build its own border wall on private land, with money from private donors, using inmate labor. On the official website, unveiled on July 20, Arizona state senator Steven Smith explains that this...
August 02, 2011
About a week and a half ago, a group of activists and immigrants began a trek by car, bus, and train from various locations in Guatemala and Mexico’s southern border (with Guatemala and Belize) to Mexico City, demanding that the Mexican government put an end to the horrific violence inflicted on...
August 01, 2011
During the 1980s Colombian narcotraffickers fought ferociously against being extradited to the United States. Pablo Escobar, the chief of the notorious Medellin Cartel, launched a campaign of terror in order to avoid extradition, resulting in the deaths of hundreds. “Better a grave in Colombia than...
July 29, 2011
As left-leaning president Ollanta Humala takes office in Peru this week, he faces the formidable challenge of resolving the country’s growing conflicts over resource extraction—the “ticking time bomb” left behind by ex-president Alan García.
Peru’s recent mining boom, spurred by a surge in global...
July 28, 2011
President Reagan’s justification for siphoning money out of the collective pool and into the pockets of the wealthy remains in vogue today. If the government pursues tax cuts and subsidies for the rich, so the pitch goes, everyone will benefit. The wealth at the top will eventually “trickle-...
July 27, 2011
Fiscal Year 2010 saw the U.S. government deport a record 392,862 immigrants. Approximately half of them, according to the Department o Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Securityf Homeland Security (DHS), were convicts—an increase of more than 81,000 “criminal alien” deportations vis...