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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.