Lethal Force on the Border

Escrito por  |  21 / June / 2010

Sergio Hernandez Guereca’s short life revolved around the U.S.-Mexico border that ultimately led to his death. On June 7, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot the 15-year-old Hernandez in the face in Mexican territory between Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas.

The Glory of the Heir

Escrito por  |  17 / June / 2010

Victory in the first round of the Colombian Presidential Elections for Juan Manuel Santos, ex-defense minister and political heir to the current president, Álvaro Uribe, shows that the majority of citizens are opting for more of the same.

One Year since the Bagua Massacre: New Actors Facing a State in Crisis

Escrito por  |  16 / June / 2010

The sudden emergence of new actors in Peruvian society, namely indigenous peoples from the Amazon and women from the public sector, has demonstrated that the old centralist state, which serves the white and mestizo minorities, cannot play an integrating role in the service of a multicultural society.

Americas Program Biodiversity Report, June 2010

Escrito por  |  14 / June / 2010

Costa Rican environmentalists decry war against biodiversity; in Brazil, the World Rainforest Movement calls Norway to task for its alleged double-dealing; in Chile, civil society is on the move against genetically modified (GM) crops, while Bolivia’s president Evo Morales declares them unwelcome in his country; the monthly report concludes with the agroecology letter from Havana.

Manufacturing a Border Crisis

Escrito por  |  8 / June / 2010

Unlike Mexican border states where drug-fueled violence has been on the upswing, violent crime rates in U.S. states bordering Mexico have been decreasing for the last several years. So what would be the Obama administration’s next border initiative? Call out the National Guard and toss another $500 million at “border security.”

Arizona’s Brown Codes: A Generation’s Fight

Escrito por  |  28 / May / 2010

If the myth of post-racial politics as propagated by the U.S. mass media after the election of Barack Obama wasn’t already wearing thin, the state of Arizona made sure it was buried once and for all.

Calderón Schmoozes, Mexico Loses

Escrito por  |  27 / May / 2010

President Barack Obama rolled out the red carpet for Mexican president Felipe Calderón last week, in a highly scripted state visit that cemented their conservative alliance.