The Conversation

Lower Refugee Limits Are Weakening Resettlement in the US

President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will cut the number of refugees it will accept to 18,000 in fiscal year 2020.

  • Oct 17, 2019
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History of Treaty Used to Impose Sanctions on Venezuela Shows It’s a Clumsy Way to Advance Democracy

Though the postwar years saw a relative flowering of democracy in Latin America, the Rio Treaty was not envisioned as an instrument for advancing democracy.

  • Oct 15, 2019
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US Will Send Migrants to El Salvador, a Country That Can’t Protect Its Own People

The suggestion that El Salvador can protect asylum seekers is misleading.

  • Oct 11, 2019
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Panama Celebrates Its Black Christ, Part of Protest Against Colonialism and Slavery

While there is little certainty as to its origin, many scholars believe the statue arrived in Portobelo in the 17th century.

  • Oct 10, 2019
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The Latin American Left Isn’t Dead Yet (OPINION)

What can be learned from the failures and successes of Latin America’s leftist parties and governments in the very recent past?

  • Oct 9, 2019
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Fidel’s Cuba Is Long Gone (OPINION)

Cuba is no longer the Americas’ lonely outpost of communism. This Caribbean island has become a nation of entrepreneurship, democratic aspiration, even pro-Americanism.

  • Oct 8, 2019
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The Supreme Court and Refugees at the Southern Border: 5 Questions Answered

The U.S. is acting in violation of its own law governing treatment of refugees, the U.S. 1980 Refugee Act. The Q&A below illustrates what the U.S. should be doing, under law—and what it isn’t doing.

  • Oct 7, 2019
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South America’s Second-Largest Forest Is Also Burning and ‘Environmentally Friendly’ Charcoal Is Subsidizing Its Destruction

If the Gran Chaco forest continues to be leveled at the current rates, it will recede before most people even knew it existed.

  • Oct 4, 2019
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US Citizenship Applications Are Backlogged, Prolonging the Wait for Civil and Voting Rights

In a study published on September 12, the Colorado Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found the backlog in naturalization applications has ballooned and wait times have doubled in the last three years.

  • Sep 30, 2019
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Would Ousting Trump Rebuild the Country’s Faith in Government? Lessons From Latin America

The current political crisis in the United States shares similarities with political issues in Latin America.

  • Sep 26, 2019
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What Trump’s Asylum Ban Will Mean for the Thousands Waiting at the US-Mexico Border

As a scholar of immigration law, I can state with authority that —unlike other policies— this particular move will likely result in the death, kidnapping and torture of individuals seeking safety from persecution and torture in their home countries.

  • Sep 24, 2019
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In Brazil’s Rainforests, the Worst Fires Are Likely Still to Come

The prospects of slowing deforestation remain dim, an issue that matters to people around the world.

  • Sep 11, 2019
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Far Fewer Mexican Immigrants Are Coming to the US, and Those Who Do Are More Educated

There is evidence that Mexicans migrating to the U.S. today are significantly different than their counterparts making the move more than a decade ago.

  • Sep 9, 2019
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How Climate Change Is Driving Emigration From Central America

Clouds of dust rose behind the wheels of the pickup truck as we hurtled over the back road in Palo Verde, El Salvador.

  • Sep 7, 2019
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Climate Change, Poverty and Human Rights: An Emergency Without Precedent

The scale of this climate emergency very much depends on the level of effort the global community puts into mitigation.

  • Sep 5, 2019
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Colombia’s Peace Process Under Stress: 6 Essential Reads

How did Colombia’s fragile peace unravel?

  • Aug 30, 2019
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‘Christian Left’ Is Reviving in America, Appalled by Treatment of Migrants

Trump’s hardline immigration policies seem to have spurred a broader population of Christians into action. And their civil disobedience crosses racial, ethnic and even party lines in new ways.

  • Aug 27, 2019
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El Grito: Violence in Colombia Continues to Kill Activists

Despite the official ceasefire peace agreement signed by the government and FARC leaders in 2016 after 50 years of civil war, criminal armed groups have re-ignited the violence in areas previously occupied by FARC.

  • Aug 21, 2019
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Mexican Women Are Angry About Rape, Murder and Government Neglect (And They Want the World to Know)

The alleged police rape has hit a nerve in Mexico, where women face extremely high rates of violence and incessant catcalling.

  • Aug 21, 2019
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Alberto Fernández: Who Is the Frontrunner for Argentina’s Presidency?

By Sam Halvorsen, Queen Mary University of London Argentines were stunned in mid-August when the center-left candidate Alberto Fernández won the national primary elections for the presidency, surpassing all predictions with a whopping 15-point lead over the incumbent Mauricio Macri. The primaries, known as the “PASO”, serve to winnow down the number of presidential candidates, […]

  • Aug 19, 2019
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The Role of Canadian Mining in the Plight of Central American Migrants

Canada is centrally involved in the life-and-death struggle for migrant justice in the United States.

  • Aug 16, 2019
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