Rattling Democracy in Latin America

In late September, tear gas and the smoke from burning tires filled the air as Ecuador’s president was held hostage in a police hospital. For people throughout the Americas, Ecuador’s attempted coup brought flashbacks of the June 2009 coup in Honduras....

Let’s Get Sensible about Immigration

On Mother’s Day, three months before Arizona’s draconian new immigration law was to go into effect, a mother of two addressed a vigil outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center. The woman had been intercepted, without papers,...

U.S. Drug Policy Feeds Violence in Mexico

The soldiers burst into Fernanda Hern├índez’s house at eight in the morning. There were 39 of them. Fernanda was with her two young children. “I told them we don’t have any weapons,” said Hern├índez (not her real name). “They barged right...

Some Sanity Creeps into the Drug War

There’s one thing that Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all agreed on: expanding military aid to Latin America to fight the so-called “Drug War.” A new phase of the Drug War began in 2000 under President Bill Clinton, with $1.3 billion in...