Politics and Security

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 06:29
A lengthy independent report released this week in Mexico proves the 43 students who were disappeared by police last year and sparked a global outcry for justice could not have been incinerated in a pyre as the government claims.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 06:18
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro extended his government’s closing of the vast border with Colombia, saying he was deploying 3,000 more troops to border towns to fight the smuggling he blames for Venezuela’s economic crisis.
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 07:37
Bolivia’s ruling party will seek to change the constitution to allow President Evo Morales to seek another five years in office when his term ends in 2020.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 06:17
There was, in fact, no crisis requiring these extraordinary measures along the border, where Colombians and Venezuelans have coexisted amicably through good times and bad. The whole thing was phony, a crisis manufactured by an increasingly unpopular president who is desperate to shore up support for his party ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for December.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 07:13
Over White House objections, the Senate is poised to pass a $612 billion defense policy bill that calls for arming Ukraine forces, prevents another round of base closures and makes it harder for President Barack Obama to close the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 07:34
The House approved a $579 billion Pentagon spending bill for fiscal year 2016.
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 13:46

Markup of the Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 06:01
Defense authorization bills winding their way through Congress are prompting alarm among transparency advocates over a series of proposals that would roll back the scope of decades-old sunshine laws, like the Freedom of Information Act.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 14:10

Last December, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Center for International Policy (CIP) traveled to Honduras for a first-hand look. What we found was a security situation in shambles and a country in dire need of reform. We have compiled our findings into this report which paints a picture of the most alarming issues facing Honduras today, including mass migration, the disturbing and highly visible militarization of law enforcement, grave threats against human rights defenders, and a lack of an effective and independent justice system. The report also examines the role U.S. assistance has played, and can play, in the plight of the Honduran people.

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 08:55

In December 2014 the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Center for International Policy (CIP) traveled to Honduras to investigate how the country is responding to the needs of its citizens. What we found was a security apparatus and criminal justice system in desperate need of reform and a population with little faith in its government. Issues of violence, impunity, and corruption that have plagued the country for years are intensifying. Over the next seven days, we will be publishing a series of posts that provide a picture of the current state of Honduras' security and human rights situation.