December 13, 2011
Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s political skills were very much in evidence this past December 2 and 3 as the heads of 33 sovereign Latin American and Caribbean states signed on to a project that has long been dear to Chavez's heart. At the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, Mexico’s...
December 12, 2011
Yesterday morning Colombia and Latin America lost one of its most influential intellectuals and social scientists: Álvaro Camacho Guizado, a colleague, mentor, and, above all, a very dear friend. I have known Álvaro since 1995 when I was a visiting scholar at the National University of...
December 09, 2011
This week, Bolivian government officials and lowland indigenous leaders agreed on a new regulation to define the “untouchable” character of the TIPNIS national park and indigenous territory. Still, the controversy over the proposed TIPNIS highway continues, six weeks after pressure from indigenous...
December 07, 2011
Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Bryan Gonzalez, featured in a story by The New York Times on December 2, is a reminder that dissent does exist with U.S. immigration and drug enforcement agents. In Gonzalez’s case he made the mistake of expressing his personal opinion on drug enforcement to a...
December 05, 2011
During the last 20 years, about 850,000 people in Colombia lost their lives, largely as a result of organized crime and the armed conflict. This high human toll could have been avoided if proper remedial policies were put in place. But unfortunately this is not the case.
U.S. DEA (drugthreat....
November 30, 2011
Last Friday Joaquin Luna put on a white shirt and black tie—the same ones he wore every Sunday at the church he attended. The eighteen-year-old high school senior then kissed family members, went into the bathroom of his mother’s house in south Texas, and shot and killed himself.
According to his...