Politics and Security

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 08:16
Aside from his common refrain of building a wall along the US-Mexico border, Trump rarely touched on topics concerning Latin America during his campaign. This has created a great deal of uncertainty about his position on a host of issues related to the region, and his foreign policy more generally.
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 06:40
On Sunday, following gross ma­nipu­la­tion of the constitution and electoral system, Mr. Ortega will preside over his reelection as president, as well as the installation of his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president. With little more than a few grumbles, the Obama administration has tolerated and worked with the new Ortega regime. This, despite the fact that Mr. Ortega, a close ally of Fidel Castro, lately has begun purchasing weapons from Russia while granting a shadowy Chinese business executive rights to build a canal across the country.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 08:02
A pair of recent reports highlights how Colombia's government decentralization process over the past 30 years has facilitated the incursion of organized crime into local politics, and how this development has generated ongoing problems.
Monday, October 31, 2016 - 07:35
The presidents of Colombia and Mexico have promised to deepen cooperation on matters of organized crime and security as both countries continue to struggle with longstanding problems related to criminal groups.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 06:52
Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly declared that the country has suffered a coup after the government blocked efforts to push for a recall of the president, deepening a political crisis that is fueling criminal activity in Venezuela.
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 07:53
The gunning down of a string of candidates ahead of nationwide municipal elections this Sunday is stoking fears that Brazil's toxic politics are headed into dangerous new territory.
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 07:01
Tom Engelhardt presents a brief analysis of a few recent examples of what he dubs "American-style war and peace".
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 07:48
“Zerón did not act on his own; he formed part of a broader effort within the Mexican government to invent a ‘historic truth’ about what happened to the students that has been proven again and again to be false," says Maureen Meyer, WOLA's Senior Associate for Mexico.
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 07:58

What we found was evidence of a grim, multisided confict with no clear end in sight: Gangs are now present in each of the country’s 14 regional departments, controlling entire neighborhoods and imposing untold violence and fear on the population. The Salvadoran government developed a relatively well-regarded plan that promises a more balanced approach to the gangs, but there is little funding for the program and international donors have been slow to buy in. The hard security strategy is what is most evident on the streets

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
Former contra during the U.S. dirty war against Nicaragua, Maximino Rodriguez, announced Monday his decision to run in the upcoming presidential elections under the banner of the Constitutionalist Liberal Party.

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