September 21, 2011
A major report released today paints a frightening picture of what happens to the individuals who have the misfortune to fall into the clutches of the U.S. Border Patrol. The report documents systematic and widespread abuses perpetrated by Border Patrol agents of the people they apprehend, detain,...
September 20, 2011
It is not likely that the small but persistent pacifist movement organized by poet and essayist Javier Sicilia—the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity—will bring a genuine internal peace to Mexico any time soon, but its growing visibility and its persistence in the face of threats...
September 19, 2011
The controversy over the new Colombian methodology to calculate the number of poor is far from settled. The newly adopted Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) factors in health, housing, living standards, and government subsidies, alongside income. The problem is, regardless of the “methodological...
September 18, 2011
On September 11, Bolivians observed the third anniversary of the Pando massacre, a brutal attack on indigenous peasants and students in the Amazonian lowlands and the most deadly act of political violence in the country since 2003. Little known outside Bolivia, the tragic event marked a turning...
September 15, 2011
Miguel Facussé (hondurashumanrights.wordpress.com)It is not surprising to hear that representatives of the U.S. State Department stationed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, believed since at least March 2004 that the wealthiest man in Honduras, biofuel magnate and political powerhouse Miguel Facussé, was...
September 14, 2011
Over the weekend, the Department of Homelands Security (DHS) issued a warning that there was a “specific, credible, yet unconfirmed” threat of a “terrorist” attack in New York and Washington D.C. In New York City everything became hyped-up and the security apparatus came out full throttle. After...