Tag: Human Rights

Ríos Montt’s Incriminating Self-Defense

Barring any last minute appeals, General (ret) Efraín Ríos Montt will be prosecuted for crimes against humanity during his tenure as de facto President of Guatemala in the early…

The Skeletons in Brazil’s Closet

In the last year, you’d be hard-pressed to have heard or read anything negative about Brazil (with the exception of President Lula’s pesky affinity for Iran). The South…

Colombia’s Internally Displaced: Out of Tercer Milenio Park, Problems Remain

A few weeks ago, I wrote a commentary for the Americas Quartetly Blog about a recent settlement between the Colombian government and leaders of a group of Internally…

Do Colombians Care About Democratic Values and Human Rights?

Recently released Gallup opinion data on Colombia received media attention because it is the first to show that if President Uribe were not to run again for the…

The War on Drugs: Eradication of Colombia’s Indigenous People

The deadline for the FARC to return the slain bodies of the 27 Awa indigenous community members killed earlier this month expired at 6:00 PM on February 23,…

Pass FTA and amend Plan Colombia, from the Washington Times

The Washington Times published an op-ed yesterday that I co-authored with Shannon O’Neil. It originally appeared here and I am including the entire text below. The Washington Times…

Developments in Cuba

This sure has been one hell of a week for Cuba news. A good friend of mine, Jamie Weinstein, interviewed me about the latest developments for his blog….

Cuban Students Speak Out?

by Michael Bustamante and Elizabeth Jordan     Since assuming the interim presidency of Cuba in July 2006, Raul Castro has drawn much attention for encouraging Cuban citizens…