September 13, 2011
Just a brief comment today on Sunday’s presidential election in Guatemala: Mexico’s southern neighbors gave some 60% of their votes to two candidates of the hard right who will now face each other in a November 6 runoff.
General Otto Pérez Molina (credit: Latinreporters.com)Retired General Otto...
September 12, 2011
Altos de Cazucá, a poor barrio near Bogota (UNHCR/A.M.Rodriguez)Colombia recently, with the help of some experts from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Bank, changed the method it uses to calculate poverty. Consequently the numbers of the poor were...
September 08, 2011
In the 1940s U.S. Public Health Service medical science researchers conducted appalling experiments on vulnerable populations in Guatemala. The revelations are back in the news.
[Bacteriologist, 1942. USPHS, www.memory.loc.gov]This dark episode made headlines last year when medical historian...
September 07, 2011
John Randolph, a musician and migrant rights activist, is hardly a recognizable name in discussions on matters of immigration and boundary enforcement in the United States, but he should be. This is due to a combination of his 26 years as an agent of the U.S. Border Patrol and, later, of...
September 06, 2011
The government of Juan Manuel Santos is adjusting its military strategy to concentrate on special operations rather than on sustained large-scale operations such as Plan Patriota, which concentrated in southern Colombia during the early years of the Álvaro Uribe presidency (2002-2010). FARC...
September 06, 2011
Reporters Marcela Yarce y Rocío González Photo: NotimexWhen the bodies of two female reporters, strangled and beaten, were found covered by a canvas tarp in the Iztapalapa section of Mexico City last Thursday, public opinion differed as to whether their murder should first be investigated as a...