June 26, 2011
Over the last decade, several changes occurred in the political economy of the war system in Colombia that may lead to the prolongation of the civil conflict. One of the most significant was the creation of a leviathan security apparatus that exceeds that of any nation in the region. By 2009, the...
June 24, 2011
By Deborah Poole and Gerardo Renique
Humala on Election Day (pavesasdelmundo.blogspot.com)On June 5, Peruvian voters handed a hard won presidential victory to the progressive nationalist, Ollanta Humala. The elections brought to an end a polarizing campaign in which the Peruvian...
June 23, 2011
Writing from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Over the last decade the Caribbean has become one of the major trafficking routes for drugs leaving South America destined for the United States and other consumer markets. The International Narcotics Control Board estimates that profits from this...
June 22, 2011
Patrolling in desert camouflage for human and drug smugglers, and armed with M-4 machine guns, the Immigration and Custom Enforcement Shadow Wolves are emblematic of the dramatic post 9/11 increase of militarization on the Tohono O’odham Nation, which covers 2.8 million square acres (comparable to...
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...