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Fiddling on Climate

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec-07-2011 | Article

The image of Nero fiddling as Rome burned—albeit apocryphal-- has stuck as the metaphor for willfully irresponsible government. Government representatives, gathered at climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, have been fiddling for the past week... Read More »

NAFTA Is Starving Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct-21-2011 | Article

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) became the law of the land, millions of Mexicans have joined the ranks of the hungry... Read More »

The Cockamamie Iran-Mexico Terrorist Plot

by Laura Carlsen

CIP Americas, Oct-14-2011 | Article

On Wednesday, Oct. 12 the New York Times, USA Today and other papers ran front-page stories about the discovery of a plot by Iranians allegedly associated with the Quds Revolutionary Forces of the government to murder the Saudi ambassador in Washington D.C. by hiring the Mexican drug cartel, the Zetas, to do the job... Read More »

Drug War Madness

by Laura Carlsen

CIP Americas, Sep-07-2011 | Article

In 1936, a church group commissioned a film to strike fear in the hearts of young people tempted to smoke marijuana. The film portrayed the supposed dangers of marijuana in wildly exaggerated scenes... Read More »

Return of the Dinosaurs in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

CounterPunch, Jul-15-2011 | Article

The first question I get from the foreign press on these elections is: why would the Mexican people choose to return to a party known for authoritarian rule? It isn't a question I can answer completely, but here are a few considerations.... Read More »

The Audacity of Free Trade Agreements

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Jul-14-2011 | Article

Congress could vote any day now to strike a new blow against already-battered U.S. workers and the unemployed.... Read More »

Development and Migration

by Laura Carlsen

CounterPunch, Jun-27-2011 | Article

President Obama's speech in El Paso on May 10 put the immigration debate back on the table. In reaffirming his... Read More »

Horror and Hope Meet Hand in Hand

by Laura Carlsen

Nobel Women's Initiative, May-24-2011 | Article

500,000 women raped in Rwanda. 64,000 in Sierra Leone. 40,000 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 4,500 in the Democratic ... Read More »

Mexicans Reject US-Backed Drug Was

by Laura Carlsen

The Nation, May-10-2011 | Article

Tens of thousands of Mexicans made history on May 8 in a march through the nation’s capital, protesting the war ... Read More »

Operation Fast and Furious Threatens Scandal

by Laura Carlsen

The Epoch Times, May-09-2011 | Article

A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels – overseen by US government agents – threatens ... Read More »

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