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Peru and Colombia: Community self-defense against megaminería

When governments facilitate the business of multinationals and leave communities unprotected– as with mining – those communities must defend themselves by their own means, through self-defense organizations, mobilizing affected communities, or creating new ways to prevent being evicted from their own territories.

Niños migrantes deportados de México

Violence, Main Motor of Child Migration in El Salvador

Susana (name changed to protect her identity) will have try again to make the journey to the United States with her son Daniel, 16. Both left everything they had in El Salvador to escape because a gang threatened to kill the boy for refusing to be a gang member. 



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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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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.