June 09, 2011
Last week Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched an ambitious program to eradicate extreme poverty by 2014. Under the “Brazil Without Poverty” initiative, the government will spend $12.5 billion a year to expand cash transfers and health, education, and job training services for some 16...
June 08, 2011
“Break the taboo on debate and reform. The time for action is now.” These words embody the call to action put forward this month by the Global Commission on Drug Policy in a report arguing that “the global war on drugs has failed.” The Commission advocates for decriminalizing the drug market. The “...
June 08, 2011
From May 30 to June 5, I participated in the Migrant Trail Walk, a 75 mile walk from the U.S.-Mexico border to Tucson, Arizona, traversing the Altar Valley, one of the hottest stretches in the Sonoran desert during the summer months. This eighth annual walk was, as always, done in solidarity with...
June 07, 2011
There are times in which the enforcement of the law may represent a step backward for the rule of law.
Jorge Hank Rhon, a powerful figure in Mexico’s once-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), was arrested before dawn last Saturday for the possession of a sizable illegal arsenal...
June 05, 2011
In 2009 the foreign direct investment (FDI) in Colombia amounted to $7.2 billion, which was a significant increase from the $2.4 billion recorded in 2000. The FDI is expected to reach $45 billion by 2015. Close to 75% of these investments are in the oil, gas and mineral sectors. The increasing flow...
June 03, 2011
Indigenous anti-mining protesters in southeastern Perú have agreed to temporarily suspend their mobilizations until after the run-off presidential vote scheduled for Sunday, June 5.
For the past three weeks, up to 30,000 Aymará and Quechua farmers have organized road blockades that paralyzed...