January 08, 2012
Juan de Dios Úsuga (semana.com)
On January 1, a Colombian anti-narcotics squad killed Juan de Dios Úsuga (alias “Giovanni”), the leader of the Urabeños, one of the most powerful groups formed out of the demobilized Colombian paramilitary, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC). In...
January 06, 2012
In Ecuador, an historic environmental initiative to save the Yasuní rainforest and a landmark class action lawsuit against the Chevron Oil Company for environmental damages recently found their fates potentially intertwined.
In early December, the Ecuadoran government announced that its initial $...
January 04, 2012
As the end of the calendar year has passed, a numerical image associated with the various wars (on migrants, terrorism, and drugs) waged by the federal government in the Southwest borderlands has emerged. The ugly picture is surely to become even more dreadful in a context of climate change—that is...
January 03, 2012
There is a broad movement for an end to the violence that has been gripping many parts of Mexico. But there is a major disconnect between, on the one hand, the movements that have arisen from (and remain in) civil society and, on the other hand, movements that seek state power through the...
December 27, 2011
The judicial reform bill, currently being debated in the Colombian congress, threatens to compromise the relative independence that the country’s courts have enjoyed since the passage of the 1991 Constitution. This independence has allowed Colombia to investigate more than 60 members...
December 24, 2011
Every year since 1998 a velvety green Border Patrol Santa Claus, with a Customs and Border Protection insignia in the middle of his floppy, winter hat, shows up near Sonoita, Arizona to donate gifts and prepare meals for children in need. The Border Patrol Santa also gives these kids Photo:...