May 21, 2008

Tijuana’s links to San Diego go back centuries: from a dusty stopping point during the Mexican-American War, to the booming prohibition-era party town for U.S. revel seekers. Since foreign-owned factories moved in and businesses across the border looked for workers, Tijuana has become a reservoir of cheap local and cross-border labor, aggravating the city’s enduring social and economic problems.

May 19, 2008

New security measures and plans for a massive border station threaten the fragile border economy of San Diego-Tijuana. Those most affected by these changes will likely be cross-border workers, family-run businesses, and small communities—on both sides of the border.

May 17, 2008

The International Police Agency's findings on computer devices the Colombian government says it found at a rebel camp do not ratify the veracity of Bogotá's claims about the devices' contents supposedly linking neighboring governments to Colombian guerrillas. International media have ignored this important fact, while independent experts continue to raise doubts on Interpol's investigation.

May 16, 2008

In a near-unanimous voice vote tonight, the Senate passed a "resolution of disapproval" that would nullify the Federal Communications Commission's latest attempt to dismantle longstanding media ownership limits.

May 16, 2008

Since January 1959, nearly half a century ago, U.S. mass media have reflected the views of the U.S. government and systematically misreported the Cuban Revolution. Few reporters have tried to understand—much less explain—the Cuban Revolution.

May 14, 2008

Guatemalans have supposedly lived in peace and democracy since the brutal 36-year civil war formally ended in 1996. But the state-sponsored terror of the past is again rearing its head. In today's undeclared war rates of violence in some cases surpass even those of the war, with the government repeating many abuses of the past.

May 12, 2008

On May 2, the day after nationwide marches clamoring for immigrant rights, federal authorities detained 64 workers from taquerias across the San Francisco Bay Area. In response, hundreds of activists have poured into Bay Area streets to protest the raids.

May 12, 2008

Just weeks after Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia pulled back from the brink of conflict, the U.S. Navy announced the Fourth Fleet to reassert U.S. power in the Caribbean and Latin America.

May 8, 2008

Since the debt crisis of the early 1980s, Mexico has lived through the slow disintegration of the corporate state created and controlled by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), its gradual replacement by a multiparty neoliberal state, and the emergence of new sources of governance and power­—national and transnational, private and public, criminal and legal.

May 6, 2008

About two years ago, the global media discovered "paco," a cheap, highly addictive form of cocaine that was ravaging the impoverished neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. In explaining why paco had become so prevalent, most articles emphasized the widespread poverty that followed Argentina’s economic crisis beginning in 2001. But a NACLA investigation supported by the Samuel Chavkin Investigative Journalism Fund finds that the more important, if infrequently discussed, factor in the paco phenomenon is a shift in cocaine trafficking in the region—largely as a response to the U.S.-led War on Drugs.