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By Lily Moodey, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on June 5, 2013 | No CommentsDear Editor, In “Gangs Talk Truce in World’s Murder Capital” Elvin Sandoval and Mariano Castillo correctly point out that the decision by the leaders of Honduran gangs Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Calle 18 (M18) to seek a truce may indicate bona fide progress in abating gang violence in Honduras. It...
By Rebecca Lullo, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on June 5, 2013 | No CommentsDear Editor, In “Argentine Leader Raises Cash Handouts 35 Percent,” Michael Warren discusses Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s (CFK) May 22 announcement to increase annual conditional cash transfers (CCTs) by $3.2 billion USD. However, he fails to adequately address the political significance of her announcement. On October 27, Argentina...
By Phineas Rueckert, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on May 23, 2013 | No CommentsTo the editor: Tracy Eaton’s article, “Smuggling Satellite Dishes into Cuba: Revisiting ‘Operation Surf,’” rehashes information about the 2008 U.S.-backed covert operation to smuggle satellite dishes onto the island without sufficiently addressing improvements that have been made to increase Internet and telecommunications access under President Raúl Castro since then. In...
By Filippo Ponz de Leon, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on May 15, 2013 | 1 CommentDear Editor, The increasing number of journalists murdered in Mexico could not be more troubling to those committed to the international human rights movement. It certainly requires greater scrutiny due to its strong correlation with drug trafficking throughout Latin America. However, your article titled “Mexican Journalists March Against Attacks on...
By Dr. Ronn Pineo, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Towson University on April 1, 2013 | 9 Comments“Hugo Chávez’s Rotten Legacy” bequeathed by The Economist offers many sloppy factual errors regarding the memory of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. In its shamelessly ideologized bushwacking of the Venezuelan leader, Chávez is presented as an anti-democratic, autocratic, and anti-private business zealot, as he allegedly cynically buys votes for himself by...
By Pamela F. Izaguirre, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on March 25, 2013 | No Comments