High time to demand peace on drugs

Escrito por  |  3 / April / 2012

The U.S. drug war on neighboring American countries has been going from bad to worse ever since Plan Colombia and Plan Condor began wreaking untold environmental destruction of herbicidal fumigation on the biologically diverse countries of Colombia and Mexico in the 1970s.

Economic Growth with Social Deficit

Escrito por  |  21 / March / 2012

Statements by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates that Peru doesn’t need international assistance because it is a middle-income country have led Peruvian authorities to take a hard look at the nature of our economic growth.

Republican Plan: Throw Money at the Pentagon

Escrito por  |  21 / March / 2012

While President Obama’s approach is no threat to the profits of major weapons contractors like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, his main Republican opponents would actually increase the amount of taxpayer money that goes to these huge companies. Mitt Romney has adopted the most aggressive stance, pledging to keep Pentagon spending at 4% of the United States’ Gross Domestic Product.

The G20 Under the Mexican Presidency

Escrito por  |  16 / March / 2012

Mexico took on the presidency of the G20 in December 2011 at a moment of multiple crises. The nation shares the presidency with a “three-member management Troika of past, present and future chairs”, this year, France and Russia. As chair, Mexico is responsible for establishing a temporary secretariat to coordinate work and prepare for and organize the June 2012 Summit.

Honduras: When Engagement Becomes Complicity

Escrito por  |  16 / March / 2012

In a March 1 press briefing, U.S. National Security Advisor Tony Blinken cited “the tremendous leadership President Lobo has displayed in advancing national reconciliation and democratic and constitutional order.” You’d think they were talking about a different country from the one we visited just weeks before on a fact-finding mission on violence against women.

A Chronicle of Hell, Women and Hope

Escrito por  |  12 / March / 2012

“Hágase justicia aunque el mundo perezca” (“Let justice be served, even as the world perishes”) was the motto written above the entrance to the penitentiary that burnt to the ground in Honduras, trapping and killing hundreds. We have to ask: What kind of justice did they have in mind when they placed that line on the door to the jail?

Paying with our Money and our Future: The Hidden Costs of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Escrito por  |  8 / March / 2012

President Obama’s January 18, 2012 rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline was cheered by environmentalists, who called the decision “a victory over truth and misinformation” and a “brave call.” Despite such celebrations, the battle over Keystone, which has become a real and symbolic battle over oil and its role in global warming, is not over.