Why Mexico’s War on Drugs is Unwinnable

Escrito por  |  28 / March / 2011

In Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, a student peace protester is gunned down by the Federal Police. Pictures of the intestines bursting  Continue Reading »

Bolivia After the Storm

Escrito por  |  23 / March / 2011

At the end of December, the first popular uprising in the region against a government of the left took place in Bolivia. It was caused by an excessive increase in the price of fuels. The event demonstrates the difficulties of entering into a truly alternative mode of development, but it also reveals the limits of the Bolivian government’s stated effort to re-establish and decolonize the state.

US Tries to Block Aristide Return, Derail Democracy

Escrito por  |  18 / March / 2011

The United States’ long history of intervening in Haitian politics is alive and well: President Obama’s administration is attempting to derail the lawful return of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide before Sunday’s controversial run-off elections.

Beyond the Drug War: Building a Stronger Bilateral Relationship for Peaceful Co-Existence

Escrito por  |  18 / March / 2011

In this speech delivered on March 4, 2011 to the annual meeting of Democrats Abroad in Puerto Vallarta, Americas Program Director Laura Carlsen lays out the history and flaws of Mexico’s increasingly bloody drug war, but also points to solutions and alternatives to escape the spiral of corruption and violence.

Mexican Youth Mobilize to Protest Drug War Violence

Escrito por  |  18 / March / 2011

As the drug war continues to take an increasingly bloody toll, a movement is taking shape to oppose the rising violence, but also the social inequities that give rise to it. The backbone of the No Mas Sangre (No More Blood) movement is made up of young Mexican men and women saying no to a model that is failing their generation.

General Advocates Extrajudicial Killings in Mexico’s Drug War

Escrito por  |  16 / March / 2011

In a startling and frank interview with La Jornada, General Villa Castillo, Torreon, Coahuila’s Director of Public Security, talked openly about his systematic use of brutal and extrajudicial drug war strategy.

Wikileaks: Electoral Politics Drive Juarez Drug War Strategy

Escrito por  |  16 / March / 2011

Recent Wikileaks cables show that the current administration hopes to “sustain the confrontation” into the next administration and that drug war strategy is in part driven by the desire to produce politically useful “symbolic” results.