December 13, 2012
[Renowned linguist, political analyst and activist Noam Chomsky offered his thoughts to me on Latin America and the role of the United States last month. Among his many observations, he considered Honduras as "a kind of a horror story," and Haiti "an NGO dependency." The following is an...
December 13, 2012
December 7 marked the formal conclusion of the Bolivian government’s controversial consultation process with communities in the Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), to determine the fate of a proposed highway that would bisect their ancestral lands.
December 05, 2012
Two recent court cases in southern California provide insight into the identity of those who smuggle drugs across the international boundary between the two countries. But more importantly what they do is highlight how the ludicrous “war on drugs” produces casualties of many sorts.
November 30, 2012
The tradition of dual residency—between city and countryside, or across national borders—has been an important survival strategy, and a source of solidarity, for indigenous communities. But in places like Oaxaca, Mexico and the Bolivian highlands, the practice is now becoming a source of...
November 26, 2012
This week a U.S. delegation—led by Denis McDonough, the National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama—is to meet with the Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón and the Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín. This is the most important U.S. delegation to visit...
November 23, 2012
"Photo Credit: Tab Hauser"
“Make no mistake about it. Our region is in the throes of the greatest crisis since independence. The specter of evolving into failed societies is no longer a subject of imagination. How our societies crawl out of this vicious vortex of persistent low growth,...