Commentary - Americas Program

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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 »

Laura Carlsen on the Argentina Elections

by Laura Carlsen

CCTV, Oct-25-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen discusses the Argentine elections on CCTV America... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico – “Watching them Die"

by Laura Carlsen

teleSUR English, Oct-22-2015 | Video, Interview

More than a year after 43 Ayotzinapa students were disappeared and 6 killed in Iguala, Guerrero, there are still many unanswered questions about what really happened on that fatal night of September 26-27, 2014. Today our host Laura Carlson speaks with two brothers who have made a documentary film on the subject, focusing on the role of the Mexican Army. Freelance journalist Temoris Grecko and documentary filmmaker Coizta point to facts that underscore the Army’s presence in the area, its knowledge that the students were being attacked, and its complicity in covering up what happened. ... Read More »

Presidential Contenders vie for Argentina’s Future

by Laura Carlsen

Oct-18-2015 | Article

Laura Carlsen joins anchor Elaine Reyes on the set of “Americas Now” to talk about Argentina and what is at stake in the October 25th presidential election... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico - ‘El Wachavato’ on Urban Art

by Laura Carlsen

teleSUR English, Oct-08-2015 | Video, Interview

Interviews from Mexico, hosted by Laura Carlsen, goes straight to the source -- the men and women making news and making history in Mexico. Today our host speaks with a leading exponent of urban art in Mexico City, el Wachavato. They discuss the personal importance to him of a common image in his art, that of the people’s saint from his home state of Sinaloa, Jesus Malverde, also worshipped by drug traffickers. The conversation then turns to his more recent artistic expressions, the differences between graffiti and street art, and the cooptation of street art by “sponsors.”... Read More »

Leonhart's Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post, May-01-2015 | Article

The forced resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart is a step in the right direction toward cleaning up one of the most wasteful and ethically questionable agencies of the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now it's time for Congress to take the next step -- a full and facts-based review of the agency to eliminate the deep flaws that gave rise to the scandal... Read More »

Continuing the Crackdown on Kids

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Mar-31-2015 | Article

The "Biden Plan" for Central America treats refugee children as a national security threat... Read More »

Obama Should Not Prop Up Mexico's President

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post, Jan-06-2015 | Article

President Obama has nothing to gain -- and much to lose -- by propping up Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto. Peña Nieto will be in Washington today, seeking to bolster his support in the United States as it rapidly unravels in his own country... Read More »

The War on Drugs is a War on Young People: Mexico’s Youth Under Siege

by Laura Carlsen

CounterPunch, Dec-04-2014 | Article

Since the beginning of the war on drugs, launched by former president Felipe Calderon in December of 2006, an alarming number of young Mexicans have been killed in a context of almost total impunity... Read More »

The Mass Shooting in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct-24-2014 | Article

The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars... Read More »

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