August 10, 2011
In the U.S-Mexico borderlands version of the "war on drugs," the contest between those who try to smuggle illicit substances into the United States and the officials charged with stymieing them has an arms-race-like quality: innovation by one side leads to adaptation by the other. On the U.S. side...
August 09, 2011
This coming Sunday—or so the U.S. Justice Department has ordered—gun dealers in the four U.S. states that border on Mexico will be required to report sales of two or more high-powered rifles to the same person within any five-day period. The reporting requirement covers semi-automatic weapons that...
August 08, 2011
During the government of Álvaro Uribe Vélez (2002-2010), Colombian courts defended their independence and the separation of power by holding the executive and the legislative branches accountable to the rule of law. This position sparked a power struggle in the Colombian government that is far from...
August 05, 2011
Today’s New York Times features an op-ed by sociologist Douglass Massey on the precipitous drop in recent years in wealth among Latino families in the United States. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, the net worth of Latino households decreased 66 percent in the period 2005-2009 in...
August 05, 2011
Last week the Salvadoran legislative assembly voted to repeal controversial Decree 743, which required the Constitutional Court, the country’s highest judicial body, to reach decisions by unanimous consent. After a wave of popular protests, deputies from both the conservative ARENA and the leftist...
August 04, 2011
Over the past two weeks, U.S. media airways have been dominated by the sad spectacle of elected representatives’ refusal to govern, their repudiation of even the pretense of trying to seek agreement on issues of grave importance to people living in the country and many more affected by their...