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Weekly adamisacson.com - Issue #1

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Weekly adamisacson.com - Issue #1
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Five links from the past week
After clashes with native groups over development, and controversial maneuvers to stay in office, indigenous voters are now turning against him
Funcionarios públicos como notarios, registradores y jueces se alían con los criminales para amenazar a los campesinos y obligarlos a vender a precios muy por debajo del valor real de los predios
The conclusions listed in the report point to serious challenges in building some, if not all, of the prototypes as they were erected in San Diego, because of structural issues in their design or with construction
The killings have probably been orchestrated by more powerful political and financial interests, with links to the drug trade and the military
Dom Phillips and Gary Calton joined an expedition to track the whereabouts of an uncontacted tribe, who threaten the safety of Brazil’s Marubo people
5 government reports that came out in the past month
The GAO border one is essential.
The President must notify Congress of any pending Foreign Military Sale of defense articles or services exceeding $50 million, of design and construction services exceeding $200 million, or any major defense equipment exceeding $14 million.
Every month since May 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reported the number of unaccompanied, undocumented children and family-unit members apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border during the previous month.
As the Trump administration seeks to build a border wall based on prototypes constructed in 2017, GAO concludes that Customs and Border Protection “doesn’t have complete information for prioritizing barrier deployments in the most cost-effective manner.”
A regular CRS overview of Honduran politics and bilateral relations with the United States.
Though only 28 percent of applicants for positions at CBP passed polygraph tests between 2013 and 2016, the inspector-general found that 96% of complaints about the process were unfounded or ambiguous.
A busy week for Colombia's peace process, and a long update
Topics covered:

  • Constitutional Court Upholds, Modifies Law Governing Transitional Justice System
  • Top FARC Leaders Have Gone Off the Grid
  • Personnel Changes at Peace Agencies
  • ELN May Release Captives and Kidnap Victims; Talks in Doubt
  • Anticorruption bill, with a clause preventing ex-guerrillas in politics, is withdrawn
  • Visit from U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis
The past week in Colombia’s peace process
(En español) I did VOA's *Foro Interamericano* show on Friday
En español, I’m on this half-hour Voice of America show talking about the ever-worsening Venezuelan migrant crisis.
Foro Interamericano
What U.S. aid to Colombia looks like right now
Snapshot of U.S. aid to Colombia right now
Corruption in Latin America: 14 links from the past month
Corruption in Latin America: links from the past month |  Adam Isacson
The best songs I heard washing dishes this week
"Black Rainbow Sound" by Menace Beach (2018).
"Black Rainbow Sound" by Menace Beach (2018).
"Plimsoll Punks" by Alvvays (2017).
"Plimsoll Punks" by Alvvays (2017).
"Chrome Neon Jesus" by Teenage Wrist (2018).
"Chrome Neon Jesus" by Teenage Wrist (2018).
"For You Too" by Yo La Tengo (2018).
"For You Too" by Yo La Tengo (2018).
"Always" by Tiny Deaths (2018).
"Always" by Tiny Deaths (2018).
The entire firehose of links to last week's Latin America security-related news
Some articles I found interesting this morning
Some articles I found interesting this morning
Some articles I found interesting this morning
Some articles I found interesting this morning
Some articles I found interesting this morning
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