The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Mexico’s College of the Northern (COLEF) have released. Beyond the Border Buildup: Security and Migrants Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, a year-long study of the current security situation on the U.S.-Mexico border and the impact of both countries’ security policiBorder es on the migrant population. With presidential elections looming in the United States and Mexico this year, the border and migration are bound to become wedge issues in both countries’ political debates. Continue reading WOLA’s New Study Separates Rhetoric from Reality on Security and Migration Along the Border
Social movements challenge Brazilian mining giant´s sustainability claims. Brazilian mining company Vale is the second largest in the world, with a presence in 38 countries and often lauded in the business world for its aggressive and audacious bets that have paid off. But local and international social groups accuse the giant of severe social and environmental damage, including a failure to respect human rights. International Network of People Affected by Vale, an umbrella group of 30 social movements from countries where Vale operates, including Argentina, Colombia and Chile, presented the Report on Vale’s Unsustainability, which outlines these accusations. The document is a response to the company’s latest Sustainability Report. Continue reading Vale accused of rights abuses
By Mattia Cabitza BBC News, Lima
Dionisio Vilca, a former newsagent, set off earlier this month to search for his son, a 22-year-old policeman who was missing in action in an area of southern Peru where Shining Path rebels operate. The 53-year-old journeyed for several hours in the jungle with two local guides who said they had spotted the body of his son Cesar. Continue reading Peru faces rethink in fight against Shining Path rebels
By MAKAU MUTUA
Think of Kenya as a big “room.” Well — there’s a big elephant in the “room.” Everyone knows it’s there, but no one is willing to say so publicly. Let me ask a question about an issue Kenyans are discussing privately but are not talking about in public. Will the Ocampo Four travel to The Hague to stand on the dock for charges against humanity? You can take this to the bank — people behind the Ocampo Four have decided to “flip the bird” at the International Criminal Court. Continue reading Why risk national catastrophe for the Ocampo Four?
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reportedly told a former minister in his government that he wants to retire but fears his party would disintegrate, an independent weekly said Sunday. “From what we discussed, Mugabe said he is tired and wants to retire but he cannot do so now because ZANU-PF would die,” Enos Nkala, a former minister of defence in Mugabe’s late-1980s government, told The Standard newspaper after meeting with the 88-year-old president Friday. “He cannot leave when the party is in such a state. Continue reading Zimbabwe’s Mugabe says tired of ruling