June 30, 2011
I had the privilege this week of spending some time with Dr. Gordon Rohlehr, the esteemed Caribbean scholar, and it is from him that I take the title for this week’s blog. Rohlehr explained that any meaningful definition of community must take into account layers of power in society and include not...
June 29, 2011
In a cover story this past Sunday in The New York Times Magazine, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas announced that he was “done running,” that he had “decided to come forward, [and] own up” to what he had done. He was, he explained, sick of living in fear, of “lying,” “of...
June 28, 2011
Last Thursday, President Felipe Calderón held a highly publicized encounter with several victims of the extreme violence that has accompanied his ongoing war against drug trafficking and organized crime. The victims were members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, a movement...
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...