How about Saving all the Miners?

Remember the joy shared by millions around the world as we watched as the Chilean miners were rescued one by one? Celebrating their survival made me wish that the global mining industry could find itself in the spotlight too, with lights glaring at each aspect of its...
Monroe Doctrine 2.0

Monroe Doctrine 2.0

Still in charge, With naught to fear; We control Our hemisphere. James Monroe was our first president to formalize U.S. intentions toward Latin America. Two centuries ago, he told the European powers to stay out of our yard. The Monroe Doctrine was pretty cheeky stuff...

Standing Up for Democracy in Ecuador

Groups of police and members of the armed forces, disgruntled over a law that, among other aspects, eliminates police bonuses, took to the streets in protest. When President Rafael Correa went out to talk to the police, he was attacked with tear gas and later held...

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....

No Happy Ending in Honduras

Did you know the Atlantic coast of Honduras features miles of stunning undeveloped beaches frequented only by local villagers? Or that its Mayan ruins at Copán are as haunting and spectacular as what you’d find in Guatemala or southern Mexico? Maybe that...
Oliver Stone: Filming the Bolivarian Zeitgeist

Oliver Stone: Filming the Bolivarian Zeitgeist

In many ways, Oliver Stone’s latest documentary film South of the Border is a mirror image of the 2004 film adaptation of The Motorcycle Diaries. In this latter film, based on the journals of a young Ernesto “Che” Guevara, two young idealists strike...

Latin American Resilience

“Resilience” brings different aesthetics, perspectives, approaches and subjects together to paint a picture of the complexity and nuance of Latin America today. The exhibit, curated by Claudi Carreras surrounds the viewer with imagery from the region...

Latin American Reslilience

“Resilience” brings different aesthetics, perspectives, approaches and subjects together to paint a picture of the complexity and nuance of Latin America today. The exhibit, curated by Claudi Carreras surrounds the viewer with imagery from the region...

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...
Brown-bag Discussion: Roberto Zamora

Brown-bag Discussion: Roberto Zamora

Roberto Zamora, the attorney who successfully fought for the adoption of peace as a human right in Costa Rican law, will be in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the Human Rights Commission of the Organization of the American States (OAS) regarding his petition...

How About We Call It Quits On Empire?

Sure it’s fun, But costly too; Telling nations, What to do. And you thought Star Wars was just science fiction, right? Ha! Remember how the heroic insurgents were first ferreted out by a drone? Remember how the rulers of the universe were called “The...

Honduran Coup: The U.S. Connection

While the Obama administration was careful to distance itself from the recent coup in Honduras — condemning the expulsion of President Manuel Zelaya to Costa Rica, revoking Honduran officials’ visas, and shutting off aid — that doesn’t mean...

Electoral Hypocrisy in Latin America

Honduras has been violently crumbling into a state of political crisis since the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya on June 28. The disaster Honduras faces today stands in stark contrast with the political climate in Colombia, even though they have faced similar...

Hypocrisy and the Honduran Coup

“Why haven’t there been attempted coups in Washington DC? Because there’s no U.S. Embassy there.”(Joke told by Chilean journalist to President Obama during President Michelle Bachelet’s White House visit.) In 1954, conservative Dwight...