August 24, 2011
At the recently concluded four-day “show” of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), many new, largely war-related, technologies were on display. Among them is something called VADER, produced by Northrop Grumman, one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and a...
August 23, 2011
As Mexico gears up for next summer’s presidential election, the country’s electoral “lefts” Mayor Marcelo Ebrard (Passportmagazine.com) are deeply divided. The mere fact that Mexico’s “lefts” are almost always referred to here in the plural, even when the discussion is limited to the electoral...
August 22, 2011
Protests in Puerto Gaitan (credit: El Tiempo)Oil workers resumed their protests in Puerto Gaitan in the Colombian department of Meta last week, once again confronting security forces. The new protests come after the Colombian government and the Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales failed to...
August 19, 2011
It’s been a busy week in Bolivia, with major mobilizations by indigenous peoples in the Amazon, civic groups in Potosí, and neighborhood organizations in El Alto. Despite the government’s allegations of conspiracy, what’s striking about these protests is the diversity of their protagonists and...
August 18, 2011
What gets labeled "criminal" is ultimately a political choice. I do not mean to suggest the label has no value or is simply based on bias or ulterior motive. An act is categorized as "legal" or "illegal" as a consequence of the purposeful establishment of law. And, in this spirit, we should never...
August 17, 2011
In June the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pledged to be more discriminating in terms of who it targets for arrest and deportation. Many in the mainstream press saw the announcement as “likely to have broad practical effect” (the words of Julia Preston...