Central America

Obama Understands the Border Crisis Better Than Rick Perry. His Child-Migrant Plan Proves It.
July 25, 2014

A humanitarian crisis demands a humanitarian response—not more guns on the border.

America's Wild-West Gun Laws Are Helping Fuel the Border Crisis
The unwanted traffic between the U.S. and Central America goes both ways
July 20, 2014

The unwanted traffic between the U.S. and Central America goes both ways.

Guatemalans Aren't Just Fleeing Gangs
The media narrative misses what life there is really like
July 13, 2014

The media narrative misses what life in that part of Central America is really like.

QEDaily: Welcome to Texas, Mr. President
Obama doesn't need information. He needs political partners.
July 09, 2014

The latest on the border crisis

The Most Dangerous Job in the World
How did 900 bus drivers end up dead in Guatemala City?
June 04, 2013

How did 900 bus drivers end up dead in Guatemala City?

After The Fall
June 30, 2010

On Saturday night, April 24, 2010, five days before John Edwards’s mistress Rielle Hunter sat down with Oprah to talk about the by-then-infamous sex tape and other embarrassments that had destroyed his political career, the former presidential candidate showed up at the West End Wine Bar in downtown Durham, North Carolina. It was around ten o’clock, and Edwards wanted a glass of wine after finishing dinner with friends at a nearby restaurant. When he got to the door, Edwards was disappointed to learn the bar was closed for a private event.

Place of Grace
November 03, 2009

Over a decade ago, I trundled my good-natured family across miles of southern Switzerland to see every building I could by Peter Zumthor, who is this year's winner of the Pritzker Prize. Then as now, most of Zumthor's work was off the beaten track, not only literally but metaphorically, little known to the general public although admired by professionals.

Border Wars
January 16, 2006

A battered yellow school bus rumbles up a bumpy dirt road on the outskirts of Sasabe, a small Mexican town just over the border from Arizona. At the top of the hill, the bus winds around brick and mud huts. Ragged children stand in the doorways, and emaciated dogs forage for scraps. The bus passes dented pickups and old cars without wheels and stops in a dusty clearing, where it disgorges about 40 teenagers dressed in blue jeans and carrying small knapsacks. One boy’s t-shirt features a picture of Che Guevara. A girl’s pale blue top says ADORABLE in sequined letters.

Exorcisms
February 11, 2002

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa translated by Edith Grossman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 404 pp., $25) "There are no limits to deterioration: it can always be worse." This observation by Alejandro Mayta, the disenchanted guerrilla fighter of Mario Vargas Llosa's novel The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, who returns to his birthplace after many years, freed of ghosts but devoid of hope, came to mind in March, 1990.

Costa Rica Diarist: Democracia
December 04, 1989

Hertzberg: Where were you when the Wall fell?

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