Commentary - Americas Program

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Sojourner Truth 12-08-2015

by Laura Carlsen

Sojourner Truth Radio, Dec-08-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen speaks on Sojourner Truth Radio about electoral changes in Latin America including Venezuela’s and Argentina’s recent elections... Read More »

Mercenaries in Yemen--the U.S. Connection

by Laura Carlsen

The Huffington Post, Dec-03-2015 | Article

Latin American mercenaries are leaving the ranks of the national armies of their countries to fight in the deserts of Yemen, wearing the uniform of the United Arab Emirates. They have been contracted by private US companies and in some cases directly by the government of the Arab country, which, thanks to vast oil reserves, has the second largest economy of the region... Read More »

Voters and courts on both sides of the border are pushing against the US-Mexico drug war

by Laura Carlsen

This Is Hell!, Nov-24-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen explains on This Is Hell Radio why a recent Mexican Supreme Court decision to legalize marijuana (for four citizens) is the beginning to a conversation about personal freedom, the health and social implications of legalized marihuana, and a way out of US-imposed military conflict.... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico - Cinema and the War on Drugs

by Laura Carlsen

TeleSUR English, Nov-19-2015 | Video, Interview

Interviews from Mexico - Cinema and the War on Drugs: In this episode of TeleSur's "Interviews From Mexico" Host Laura Carlsen interviews film director Bernardo Ruiz, whose latest production, Kingdom of Shadows, considers the human face of the war on drugs through the three individual stories, of a human rights activist, a former drug smuggler, and a retired undercover U.S. federal agent. Ruiz discusses what he hoped to accomplish with the film and the various facets of the war on drugs.... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico - Mining in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Nov-16-2015 | Video, Interview

According to different studies, from 20 to 50% of Mexico’s national territory has been granted in concessions to foreign mining companies. Much of this is open pit mining. To talk about the impact of mining on Mexico’s future, host Laura Carlsen speaks with Miguel Mijangos, a member of the Network of Those Affected by Mining (REMA). Mijangos explains the devastating effets of mining on health and the environment and outlines the privileges granted by corrupt governments to mining companies such as Goldcorp... Read More »

Laura Carlsen on Marijuana Legalization

by Laura Carlsen

CCTV America, Nov-10-2015 | Video, Interview

So what's behind the increase and how is policy across the Americas shifting? CCTV America was joined by Laura Carlsen from Mexico City. She's Director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy.... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico - Women's Shelters

by Laura Carlsen

teleSUR English, Nov-05-2015 | Video, Interview

Domestic abuse is endemic in Mexico, with all social classes at risk and with wide reaching effects beyond the individual victim. In today's program, host Laura Carlsen interviews Wendy Figueroa, director of the National Network of Shelters. They discuss the dimensions and characteristics of domestic abuse in Mexico, how women can escape situations of domestic violence, the shelters' work, functioning, accomplishments, and future perspectives, and what society can do to break the vicious cycle of violence and abuse. ... Read More »

Guatemala Corruption Probe Reveals Government Graft

by Laura Carlsen

Nov-02-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen discusses the Guatemala corruption probe and its political crisis on CCTV America... Read More »

Laura Carlsen Discusses Global Obesity Epidemic

by Laura Carlsen

Oct-28-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen discusses the global obesity epidemic on CCTV’s The Heat... Read More »

Expert To Speak At NMSU On Mexican Human Rights Crisis

by Laura Carlsen

Oct-26-2015 | Article

Last month Laura Carlsen served on the juror for the International Tribunal of Conscience where they issued an initial verdict regarding alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Mexican government and its allies in the U.S. and elsewhere... Read More »

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