Democracy and Society

Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Are About White Nationalism, Not Trade

Escrito por  |  8 / June / 2019

There’s nothing “uncontrollable” about people applying for asylum. All the U.S. has to do is meet its obligations under international law.

Mexico tariffs might energize Trump voters for 2020, but they won’t reduce immigration

Escrito por  |  8 / June / 2019

Trump’s tariffs-for-crackdown tradeoff punishes Americans and Mexicans and doesn’t fix the border. It’s hard to imagine a more misdirected plan.

The Troubling Relationship Between Bolsonaro and Dictatorships

Escrito por  |  5 / June / 2019

Brazil has been a democratic society for a mere 34 years. Bolsonaro’s efforts to keep alive the memory of the dictatorship, while he governs with the support of those who preach the return of an anti-democratic period is (or should be) more than a cause for concern.

OVER 40 NOBEL LAUREATES SAY GUATEMALA FACES A CRISIS IN DEMOCRACY & HUMAN RIGHTS

Escrito por  |  10 / April / 2019

A democratic crisis is deepening in Guatemala, with human rights and rule of law increasingly under assault. Forty-four Nobel laureates, alarmed by the growing and dangerous disregard for justice, issued an open statement urging Guatemalan authorities to safeguard peace and democracy in Guatemala.

As Bolsonaro and Trump Target the Amazon, Indigenous Peoples Seek to Unite to Defend the Earth

Escrito por  |  10 / April / 2019

In March, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited U.S President Donald Trump to discuss deepening relations between their countries. In their joint statement, the two presidents agreed to “catalyze investment in the Amazon region”.

Guatemalan Military Seeks Impunity for Crimes Committed During the War

Escrito por  |  10 / April / 2019

Today the battle is in Congress, and the deputies who serve impunity, regardless of the violation of international treaties, are doing everything they can to approve the amendments to the National Reconciliation Law and guarantee impunity.

The Wall from the Other Side

Escrito por  |  27 / March / 2019

I have trouble responding to the Trump Wall Hoax. First because it’s almost incomprehensible that we’re even talking about a “border crisis” that has no relationship to reality (there is no “surge” or “invasion”, no increase in crime, no correlation between violence and migrants, no terrorists over the southern border, no threat to national security). Fact-checking these speeches has become a macabre shadow dance, actions that respond to illusions until the real and the projected become indistinguishable to viewers.