February 12, 2013
The extractive model—or the “motor of development” as the dominant elite and the technocrats call their preferred economic model—is exhibiting its limitations as it confronts a deepening crisis. More than 5,000 workers at the Cerrejon owned by a joint venture between BHP Billiton, Anglo...
February 08, 2013
"Photo Credit: Jamaica Gleaner"
Given the current controversy surrounding the extent of the U.S. drone program and targeted killings, it is important to revisit that in the summer of 2012, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency announced that unmanned drones would begin patrolling...
February 06, 2013
In the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election and as the winds of immigration reform increasingly blow across the political landscape, the mantra of “border security” is becoming louder in some quarters. In late January, for example, the so-called “Gang of Eight”—a bipartisan group of U.S....
February 05, 2013
Negotiating a peace accord in the midst of an armed conflict is a challenging endeavor, but one nonetheless chosen by the Juan Manuel Santos government. Last week the 60-day unilateral cease-fire declared by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) elapsed, resulting in the...
February 01, 2013
Strolling down the narrow boutique-lined streets on a recent Saturday afternoon, admiring the stunningly refurbished colonial facades and elbowing streams of tourists, we could have been in Soho or any other upscale urban shopping district—but for the colorful laundry hanging from upper-...
January 31, 2013
The expansion of the Panama Canal is to be completed in 2015. In preparation for this, Jamaica has embarked upon an ambitious program of infrastructure development to position it as a “global transshipment and logistics hub”—joining the likes of Singapore, Dubai, and Rotterdam.