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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 »

Pena Nieto on Indigenous Rights: Praise Abroad, Protest at Home

by Laura Carlsen

Truthout, Oct-09-2014 | Article

Following the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Mexican indigenous leaders accused President Enrique Peña Nieto of portraying himself as a champion of indigenous rights in the international forum while violating them at home... Read More »

Mexico's Drug War is Killing Children

by Laura Carlsen

The Guardian, Oct-07-2014 | Article

Young people are now targeted by the very people sworn to protect them. If this isn’t the ultimate duplicity of abusive law enforcement, what is... Read More »

Blowback on the Border: America's Child Refugee Crisis

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Jul-19-2014 | Article

After three years of relative silence, the U.S. press has finally “discovered” the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors piling up on the U.S. border... Read More »

Mexico’s Oil Privatization: Risky Business

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, May-27-2014 | Article

Mexico's oil privatization scheme will hurt the environment, scar the landscape, and leave Mexico at the mercy of transnational firms... Read More »

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