June 17, 2011
Over the past 40 years, Bolivia has experienced an average of one “social conflict” per day, according to the non-profit Center for the Study of Economic and Social Reality (CERES), based in Cochabamba. Their recent report measures episodes of conflict reported in the press, ranging from street...
June 16, 2011
The New York Public Library is amazing – a beautiful place, or really places, easily accessible all over the city where people have regular and free access to enter and share a space where you can read, explore, write, contemplate or whatever. From my experience it is always full. People embrace...
June 15, 2011
On June 9, Alabama governor Robert Bentley Robert Bentley (Credit: http://blog.latinovations.com/) signed into law what many see as the harshest anti-immigrant bill passed thus far by any U.S. state. H.B. (House Bill) 56, also known as the “Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act...
June 14, 2011
Last weekend, while in California, Mexico’s free-trading, conservative president, Felipe Calderón identified some of his principal political enemies: U.S. Arms Dealers, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and Mexican pacifists. He named no names, but the identities were clear.
June 13, 2011
State-sponsored crime is neither unique nor exceptional. In fact, as the prominent sociologist Charles Tilly pointed out, the history of the nation state has been violent. This violence has been harnessed over time to serve the interests of capital—as was the case of Europe.
Colombia is no...
June 12, 2011
On June 10, a new movement was born in Mexico. A peace caravan of hundreds of people from all over the country arrived to the border city of Ciudad Juárez to sign a national social pact with the goal of ending the militarized drug war in Mexico. This drug war has killed approximately 40,000 people...