January 31, 2012
A few days ago, I had a wide-ranging talk with Javier Sicilia, the founder of the nonviolent, anti-violence group called Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD). Since its inception last March, following the murder of Sicilia’s son in Cuernavaca, the group has campaigned against...
January 30, 2012
A few days ago Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos declared in Barranquilla that his government was committed to implementing the recently passed Victims’ Law (Law 1448), which calls for the restitution of lands that were usurped during the last two decades to their legitimate owners....
January 27, 2012
On January 22, an estimated 6,000 people were evicted from Brazil’s Pinheirinho favela on the outskirts of São Paulo. Backed up by armored cars and helicopters, some 1,800 state and municipal police descended on the site without warning, using tear gas, rubber bullets, and truncheons to...
January 26, 2012
When crime and the Caribbean is uttered in the same sentence, a reference to the drug trade is unfortunately not far behind. While the drug trade is a tragic epidemic in its own right, the fracturing of families and communities by economic restructuring has led to a dramatic increase in domestic...
January 25, 2012
Editor's note: In September 2011, the Immigration Policy Center published the report "Guns, Drugs, and Money: Tackling the Real Threats to Border Security." Here author Josiah Heyman discusses its importance and the fundamental questions it raises. Please click on the title for the...
January 24, 2012
Adhering to the results of three independent polls of Mexico City’s registered voters, Mexico’s center-left electoral coalition, known in this election cycle as the Progressive Movement Coalition, or, informally, the coalition of “the lefts,” agreed last Thursday to nominate Miguel Ángel...