Commentary - Americas Program

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Building Strategic Alliances in Latin America

by Laura Carlsen

Latin America Bureau, Apr-27-2011 | Speech

The drug war has become the Pentagon's main way of occupying and controling Latin America, and to combat this ... Read More »

Beyond Solidarity

by Laura Carlsen

Apr-21-2011 | Speech

In our work, our travels, our crossborder families and friendships, we learn to transit between languages, cultures and contexts to support something deeply human–the will to assert life in the face of violence and brutality.... Read More »

Obama's Mexicogate?

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy In Focus, Apr-20-2011 | Article

A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels — overseen by U.S. government agents ... Read More »

Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Mar-09-2011 | Article

Josefina Reyes began her career as a human rights organizer the same way as thousands of women across the... Read More »

Putting US/Mexico Relations Back on Track... in the Wrong Direction

by Laura Carlsen

Counterpunch, Mar-07-2011 | Article

The presidential meeting this week between Mexico's Felipe Calderon and Barack Obama looked from the outside like a hastily arranged exercise in damage control. ... Read More »

Napolitano in Texas: Tough Talk, Little Coherence

by Laura Carlsen

Inter Press Service, Feb-23-2011 | Article

On Monday, Jan. 31, I crossed the border to hear Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speak at the ... Read More »

Women Lead Latin America's Growing Anti-Militarization Movements

by Laura Carlsen

CIP America's Program, Jan-25-2011 | Article

After hopes of a something closer to FDR’s Good Neighbor Policy of (relative) non-intervention, we find ourselves facing a new wave of militarization in Latin America–supported and promoted by the Obama administration.... Read More »

The Murdered Women of Juarez

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy In Focus, Jan-19-2011 | Article

Marisela Escobedo’s life changed forever in August 2008 when her 16-year-old daughter Rubi failed to come home. What was left of Rubi’s body was found months later in a dump -- 39 pieces of charred bone. ... Read More »

Anti-Climactic in Cancun

by Laura Carlsen

CounterPunch, Dec-09-2010 | Article

The UN Climate Conference (COP16) in Cancun is turning out to be both anti-climactic and anti-climatic. There will be no major agreement to stop global warming this week ... Read More »

In Mexico City, a Message for Cancun

by Laura Carlsen

!Yes Magazine, Dec-07-2010 | Article

On Tuesday, as U.N. negotiations on climate change geared up in the Caribbean beach resort of Cancún, thousands of people marched through the streets of Mexico City... Read More »

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