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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 »

How Legalizing Marijuana Would Weaken Mexican Drug Cartels

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post , Nov-02-2010 | Article

In the months leading up to today's vote on California's Proposition 19 to legalize recreational use of marijuana, opponents of legalization have issued a barrage ... Read More »

Worlds Collide at Cancun Climate Talks

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus , Oct-27-2010 | Article

The debate over climate change generally transpires within the cloistered confines of expensive hotels, executive boardrooms, and diplomatic halls. As seen in the ... Read More »

Lethal Force on the Border

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post, Jun-18-2010 | Article

Sergio Hernandez Guereca's short life revolved around the U.S.-Mexico border that ultimately led to his death. On June 7, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a U.S. Border ... Read More »

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