Category: Dispatches

Rebranding NAFTA; new trade deal offers more of the same for Mexico

NEW YORK — When President Donald Trump announced the United States-Mexico Agreement, or USMCA, on October 1, its potential impact on Mexico was unclear. The deal’s predecessor, the North American […] Read More >

Prelude

A Guest Opinion Jorge Rafael Videla didn’t come into power overnight in Argentina, nor did he start disappearing people by accident. It was the result of years of authoritarianism, violence […] Read More >

With or Without Paris, Brazilian Politics Sway Global Climate Change

This Sunday Brazilians will vote in the second round of a presidential election that has captured the world’s attention. The choice is between a representative of Brazil’s leftist Partido dos […] Read More >

How Can the UN Better Include Indigenous Peoples in Its Development Goals?: There’s An App For That

NEW YORK — “These are the people who can either choose to support us, or choose to destroy our lives and our lands with their international development projects?” This was […] Read More >

“Porros”: The Criminal Shock Groups Disrupting Student Protests in Mexico

In Mexico, violent groups likened to goon squads and criminal shock groups have rattled student protestors for decades. In the latest rash of violence, a large group of porros—Spanish slang […] Read More >

A year after María, 150 years after the Grito, Manhattanites march

Late at night a century and a half ago, hundreds of rebels against Spanish rule entered the town of Lares in the western part of Puerto Rico and captured the […] Read More >

Nicaragua poised to clash with US at UN General Assembly

The United States put the roiling domestic unrest in Nicaragua on the UN Security Council’s agenda this month, only days after the country expelled a UN human rights mission sent […] Read More >

Marichuy: Weaving the Resistance Beyond the Mexican Elections

  A few days before Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s landslide victory as president-elect of Mexico and as he addressed the people of Guerrero and Michoacán, an early opponent, one backed […] Read More >

Official Reports of Violence Against Women in Puerto Rico Unreliable After Hurricane Maria

By Claire Tighe and Lauren Gurley | Special for the Center for Investigative Journalism   More than seven months after Hurricane Maria, organizations serving domestic violence and sexual assault victims […] Read More >

López Obrador broadens his base in an effort to win the presidency on his third attempt

“Populist,” “anti-business” were the common media shorthand to describe Andrés Manuel López Obrador in his failed 2006 and 2012 bids to become president of Mexico. This round, he is now […] Read More >