August 16, 2011
Students, with dove, demonstrate against violence. Carlos Jasso/API blogged last week about the Obama administration’s attempt to control drug-war damage by regulating the flow of arms southward across the U.S.-Mexican border. This week we will look at a contradiction: The President’s people seek...
August 15, 2011
The war system in Colombia has ebbed and flowed since 1964 when it began with the emergence of the armed resistance of the guerrilla movement. This system and its dynamics, dialectics, and political economy have largely shaped the history of the country ever since. One of the major outcomes of this...
August 12, 2011
On August 15, representatives of three indigenous groups and their supporters will begin a 375-mile trek from Trinidad in the Bolivian lowlands to the highland capital of La Paz, to protest the government’s plan to build a highway through their ancestral homeland known as the TIPNIS (Isiboro-Sécure...
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...