Author: W. Alejandro "Alex" Sánchez

2012, the year of land-related protests in Latin America?

As the new year begins, members of the media, researchers, academics and politicians are all trying to guess what will happen in 2012 (recently I was interviewed about…

Carlos the Jackal: Thoughts on the Original Terrorist

Mentioning Ilich Ramirez Sanchez’ famous nickname brings up memories of the original terrorist’s most impressive feats, like the 1975 raid of an OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. After…

Peru in the Eye of the Drug-Hurricane

A recently released UN World Drug Report states that coca cultivation in Peru has increased for the fourth year in a row . The prevailing triumvirate of coca-growers…

The Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP): How to define it? and why should we care?

The Ejercito del Pueblo Paraguayo (Paraguayan People’s Army) is beginning to become a household name. For the moment it has focused its operations around kidnapping wealthy Paraguayans and…

Revisiting an Old Flame: Bolivia adopts Revolutionary Slogan

Via presidential order, the Bolivian army’s new slogan is “Patria o muerte, venceremos!” (Fatherland or death, we shall overcome!), adopted from early revolutionary Cuba and the iconic Argentine…

Brazil’s nuclear initiatives: what should be done about them?

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim recently declared that he is against additional inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and restrictions regarding selling uranium to other countries,…