About: Laura Carlsen

Recent Posts by Laura Carlsen

DEA Scandals Signal End of an Era

The forced resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart is a step in the right direction toward cleaning up one of the most wasteful and ethically questionable agencies of the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Crackdown on Kids

Less than a year after the crisis of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States, Washington has come up with its policy response to the children’s plight. Unfortunately, while purporting to address the root causes of migration, it mirrors — and in many ways intensifies — the causes that forced so many to flee.

Obama Should Not Prop Up Mexico’s Corrupt President

President Obama has nothing to gain, and much to lose, by propping up Mexico’s corrupt President, Peña Nieto. Peña Nieto will be in Washington on Tuesday, seeking to bolster his support in the United States as it rapidly unravels in his own country.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams Talks About Women’s Role in Peace

Sustainable peace is not simply the absence of conflict or war. It’s based on a different concept entirely of security–instead of national security, it’s based on a conception of security that has at its center the well being of the people. If the basic needs of the majority of the population of the county are not met, there is no security.

Mexico’s Epidemic of Violence Against Women

The incidence of violence against women in Mexico has become an epidemic – one that cuts across class and regions. The official numbers hide the real scope of the problem. Many victims never report the crimes, out of fear or shame. And government officials often cover up the violence to avoid the negative image and sometimes to actively protect the guilty. Interview From Mexico spoke with Luz Estrada Mendoza about violence against women and “gender alerts” in the country.