October 06, 2011
In September, the U.S. government once again singled out Venezuela, Bolivia, (and Burma) for having "failed demonstrably" in their drug control efforts. This U.S. "presidential determination" has become an annual ritual of castigating governments in political conflict with the United States.
October 05, 2011
The need to embrace and protect families is often invoked by leading members of the political class here in the United States. The U.S.-Mexico divide is a laboratory of sorts to see how this supposed love for the family plays out in practice.
An article in Monday’s New York Times reports that...
October 04, 2011
Every year some 400,000 undocumented Central Americans cross Mexico trying to make Delivering the food: ayudalapatrona.blogspot.com their way to a better life in the United States. Many travel as stowaways on freight trains. Border to border, it’s a trip of about 5,000 miles.
Most of them...
October 03, 2011
Between 2002 and 2010 Colombia spent $100 billion on defense. That is an average of $12.5 billion per year. For 2011 the amount is about $11 billion. These investments in the war machine made Colombia’s army among the largest in Latin America, on par with Brazil, and among the 15th largest in the...
September 30, 2011
In the wake of Sunday’s brutal repression of indigenous marchers against the TIPNIS highway, the past few days have brought renewed popular mobilizations, a few revelations, and more mixed messages from the Bolivian government.
Following Wednesday’s national civic strike led by the COB (Bolivia...
September 28, 2011
One of the most publicized smuggling tunnels in Nogales, Sonora originated in a grave in the city’s cemetery, crossed under the U.S- Mexico boundary, and ended in a warehouse in the United States. Whether this tunnel is myth or reality is up for debate, but what is true is that the creation and use...