Democracy and Society

Plan Colombia, Permanent War and the NO Vote

Escrito por  |  17 / October / 2016
Thousands turn out to support peace after No vote

The Colombian people voted NO to peace. Or to be exact, 50.2% of 37% of the eligible population voted no. In the referendum held Oct. 2, the majority of voters decided to scuttle four years of peace talks dedicated to ending 52 years of bloodshed.

Anatomy of the New Brazilian Right

Escrito por  |  11 / October / 2016

The Free Brazil Movement was one of the groups in charge of convening the massive demonstrations to impeach Dilma Rousseff. The institutional coup they promoted encouraged the movement, made up primarily of youth between 17 and 30 years old, to launch bids for power in the Oct. 2 municipal elections, where they eight of their members were elected to city councils.

Colombia Votes NO Amid Polarization and Misinformation

Escrito por  |  11 / October / 2016

Tens of thousands march to support the peace process after the Oct. NO vote

The Silent Drama of the Disappeared

Escrito por  |  10 / October / 2016

Silent traumas grip a growing number of families in Mexico. Not knowing where a loved one is, relatives comb jails, hospitals, morgues and common graves. Digging into the earth, their shovels probe for bodies or remains–fragments of a human being who once warmed their lives.

Guatemala’s Chief Human Rights Prosecutor Arrested on Trumped-Up Charges

Escrito por  |  23 / September / 2016

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Attorney General Thelma Aldana arrived in Washington to convince aid and lending agencies of Guatemala’s commitment to rule of law just a day after their government arrested its most prominent human rights prosecutor.

Rio 2016: the Irresistible Militarization of Sports

Escrito por  |  23 / August / 2016
Judo militares

Rio de Janeiro is militarized for the Olympic Games, with more than 80,000 soldiers and police officers patrolling the streets. But in the games themselves, a much less visible process is taking place: a significant portion of participating athletes come from the military.

Both Parties are Playing the Mexico Card

Escrito por  |  11 / August / 2016

From immigration to the drug war, there’s a lot that needs fixing in the U.S.-Mexico relationship. But border walls, hate speech, and deportations won’t do it.