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Colombia, Between an Electoral Peace and the Return of Fear

In the midst of a severe crisis in the peace talks between the Colombian government and the guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC by their Spanish initials) in Havana, terrorist acts have reappeared in urban centers that could be part of a dirty war by the extreme right and other enemies of the peace process, as they prepare to run in upcoming elections next October 2015.

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Is the Merida Initiative Working?

Now is a good time to examine a key question: Is Merida working? In light of the reality on the ground for many in Mexico (upwards of 130,000 have been killed in the country since December 2006, the year former President Felipé Calderón launched his drug war) the answer may seem obvious, and the question at best redundant, at worst perverse.

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Slave in the Fields: A reporter goes undercover in the San Quintin Valley

This report developed in the fields of San Quintín about indigenous workers from Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz and Guerrero migrating to agricultural fields to be used as laborers. There is no public policy to protect the human rights of these migrant farm workers who are subjected to labor abuses and low wages because they can not speak Spanish.

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July 19, 2015

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Laura Carlsen goes on CCTV America to talk about the Fallout from “El Chapo” Guzman’s prison escape. Watch here. 

 

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July 16, 2015

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Laura Carlsen joins Margaret Prescod on Sojourner Truth  to discuss reaction on the ground to the escape of accused drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Listen here. 

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January 5, 2015

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Laura Carlsen on Peña Nieto’s Washington Visit – WBAI Morning Show. Listen here

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January 6, 2015

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Laura Carlsen spoke to Uprising with Sonali about the Mexican President, Peña Nieto, Visit to the White House. See video

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Nov. 25, 2014

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Laura Carlsen spoke to ABC Radio Australia about the Ayotzinapa crime and its aftermath.

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September 2, 2013

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

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August 19, 2013

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

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