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The Forgotten Refugees: Mexico’s Displacement Crisis

In recent weeks, the world spotlight has fallen on the drama of Central American refugees crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet little attention has been accorded to the ongoing, forcible population movements within Mexico caused by similar outbreaks of criminal and state violence that are propelling Central Americans north.

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Blowback on the Border

After three years of relative silence, the U.S. press has finally “discovered” the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors piling up on the U.S. border. Although the coverage often began with moving stories of the hardships these young migrants faced, it soon turned ugly. For right-wing pundits and politicians, the “humanitarian crisis” has become a crackdown on kids.

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Status of violence against women in Honduras

Honduras has been rated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the country with the highest homicide rate in the world from 2010 until 2012, when the most recent report was issued.1 From 2005 to 2013, the number of violent deaths of women rose by 263.4%. This violence is the result of multiple factors, including high levels of economic inequity and inequality, poverty, corruption, militarization, and an ever increasing presence of organized crime and drug trafficking, all of which has a strong negative impact on the human rights of the population, and on the lives of women in particular.

Militarización en el Bajo Aguán, Honduras. Fotografía de Giorgio Trucchi.

A Day Like Today, Now.

On a day like today five years ago, I woke up with the noise of military planes crisscrossing the skies, and without light, without water, without news. It was the 28th of June, 2009 and the chronicles of the impossible were yet to be written. Let me explain myself: in the entire world, even in Honduras, our generation thought that coups d’état had passed into history and in this new century, what we hoped for was the strengthening of democracy, the achievement of new rights, in sum, the continuing advance towards the building of a better world and a better country.

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Interview with Laura Carlsen on China Latin America Relations

CELAC 2014: ‘A Shift in Geopolitical Power’

Obama, tear down this wall

IN THE MEDIA

September 2, 2013

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Laura Carlsen was a guest in Al Jazeera on the teachers’ strikes in Mexico

August 19, 2013

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Laura Carlsen was commentator on CCTV on the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay. See Video

July 1, 2013

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Laura Carlsen was a guest on radio UNAM on the Snowden case.