June 21, 2011
According to the migrant support group Belén Posada Migrante, some 140,000 Central Americans—mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador—cross Mexico every year to reach the U.S. border. Pressed by appalling conditions at home, and lured by the dream of a steady job in the United States, the...
June 20, 2011
For almost a century the dominant classes of Colombia have refused to accept a meaningful land reform as a way to end the civil war. Segments of the dominant groups, such as the large cattle ranchers and large landowners, opted instead to build their own armies with the tacit and implicit...
June 17, 2011
Over the past 40 years, Bolivia has experienced an average of one “social conflict” per day, according to the non-profit Center for the Study of Economic and Social Reality (CERES), based in Cochabamba. Their recent report measures episodes of conflict reported in the press, ranging from street...
June 16, 2011
The New York Public Library is amazing – a beautiful place, or really places, easily accessible all over the city where people have regular and free access to enter and share a space where you can read, explore, write, contemplate or whatever. From my experience it is always full. People embrace...
June 15, 2011
On June 9, Alabama governor Robert Bentley Robert Bentley (Credit: http://blog.latinovations.com/) signed into law what many see as the harshest anti-immigrant bill passed thus far by any U.S. state. H.B. (House Bill) 56, also known as the “Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act...
June 14, 2011
Last weekend, while in California, Mexico’s free-trading, conservative president, Felipe Calderón identified some of his principal political enemies: U.S. Arms Dealers, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and Mexican pacifists. He named no names, but the identities were clear.