December 07, 2011
Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Bryan Gonzalez, featured in a story by The New York Times on December 2, is a reminder that dissent does exist with U.S. immigration and drug enforcement agents. In Gonzalez’s case he made the mistake of expressing his personal opinion on drug enforcement to a...
December 05, 2011
During the last 20 years, about 850,000 people in Colombia lost their lives, largely as a result of organized crime and the armed conflict. This high human toll could have been avoided if proper remedial policies were put in place. But unfortunately this is not the case.
U.S. DEA (drugthreat....
November 30, 2011
Last Friday Joaquin Luna put on a white shirt and black tie—the same ones he wore every Sunday at the church he attended. The eighteen-year-old high school senior then kissed family members, went into the bathroom of his mother’s house in south Texas, and shot and killed himself.
According to his...
November 29, 2011
The Mexican president in the Dock? Well, not yet, but charges of “crimes against humanity” were filed last Friday in the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands against President Felipe Calderón, the Secretaries of Mexico’s Army, Navy, and Public Safety, and notorious drug trafficker...
November 28, 2011
(credit: Reuters/John Vizcaino)Last Saturday, November 26, Colombian government troops attacked an encampment of the guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the department of Caquetá. Five police officers were being held there as prisoners of war, and although the episode has...
November 24, 2011
We should’ve figured that going to Capitol Hill to talk about the connections between free trade agreements (FTA) and migration in Latin America wouldn’t go over well with our congressional representatives.
I was with Nicaraguan Uriel Carazo who was travelling in the United States to speak...