A giant Canadian mining corporation versus a village in El Salvador isn't a fair fight.
Obama's Central American Rescue Plan Will Only Make Life There Worse
February 05, 2015
The Alliance for Prosperity is not the answer to stem child migration out of Central America.
Pope Francis Just Declared This Murdered Archbishop a Martyr. Reaganites Should Be Embarrassed.
February 04, 2015
The man responsible for his death was a Cold War ally.
Step 1: Ignore the guy on Fox News.
Honduras's Murder Rate Is Six Times Worse Than Chicago's. How Can We Send Children Back to That?
July 10, 2014
July 4th weekend in Chicago was deadly. But every day in Honduras is worse.
How Human Rights Became our Ideology
November 16, 2012
The modern idea of human rights was only created after World War II. In the next half-century, it became a global movement.
May 03, 2012
I hate to interrupt a good brawl. But, while politicians and Supreme Court justices debate how, and at what level of government, to halt the national crisis of illegal immigration, it might be worth considering whether the crisis has, um, passed. The Pew Hispanic Center recently issued a report stating, “[T]he net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped and may have reversed.” The report got some pickup in the press but not nearly as much as you might think.
Will Immigration Officers Continue to Undermine Obama’s Reforms?
November 02, 2011
This story is one of a series aiming to answer a simple question: Why are undocumented immigrants that the administration says it intends to help stay in this country still facing deportation? For earlier stories on this topic, see “One Family In Limbo: What Obama’s Immigration Policy Looks Like In Practice” and “Are Bureaucrats Blowing Off Obama's New Immigration Policy?” In El Salvador, in the spring of 2004, Fernando Quinteros-Mendoza was dating a woman who lived in a rough neighborhood riddled with gang violence.
Why Negotiations With the Taliban Aren’t Hopeless
October 10, 2011
Are Afghan negotiations hopeless? In the wake of last month’s assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the country’s High Peace Council, the mood in both Afghanistan and the United States is pessimistic, to say the least. But negotiations are still possible, and understanding why that’s the case, as well as the difficulties of succeeding, requires understanding the history of similar negotiations, quieting Afghan suspicions, and abandoning myths that cloud public discussion. Saying negotiations are possible is a long way from saying that they will necessarily succeed.
The United States may have missed its chance to play Spain in the World Cup final Sunday (and the Netherlands in the semifinal, and Uruguay in the quarterfinal), but similar battles take place every day on American turf, where the world meets for pick-up soccer games. There’s weekdays outside an MIT building in Cambridge, weekend mornings behind the White House, and barefoot on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. There are, in fact, times when the U.S.