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Weekly adamisacson.com - Issue #2

Hi! I'm headed to the airport shortly—I'll be in Colombia for the next nine days. With two WOLA colle
Weekly adamisacson.com - Issue #2
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Hi! I’m headed to the airport shortly—I’ll be in Colombia for the next nine days. With two WOLA colleagues, I’ll be visiting a troubled part of the country (I’ll say where later), and then will spend the last few days of next week in Bogotá. The goal is to have a report out as quickly as possible afterward about the changes that the FARC peace accord has brought about in the region we’re visiting, problems with accord implementation, what to expect from Colombia’s new government, and recommendations for U.S. policy.
I won’t be updating my website often from the road. If I even manage to send one of these email newsletters next week, it will be brief.
But in the meantime, there’s a lot to share from the past week.

We put out a big new WOLA report on the separation and detention of families at the border.
We went to Arizona in late June, and then put out three big reports in two months, which may be a personal record. But the urgency of the situation demanded it.
We went to Arizona in late June, and then put out three big reports in two months, which may be a personal record. But the urgency of the situation demanded it.
I wrote three short(ish) things about Colombia this week.
1- The new president, Iván Duque, was a leader of the opposition to the FARC peace accord. His administration has laid out the changes they’d want to make to the FARC peace accord—and, to my relief, they’re not too severe.
Colombia’s New President Wants to Modify the FARC Peace Accord. His Proposals Aren’t Dealbreakers.
2- Last week in Colombia’s peace process:

  • ELN Still Hasn’t Released Captives and Hostages
  • Murders of Social Leaders Are Not Slowing
  • New Peace Commissioner Meets Senior FARC Leader
  • FARC Dissidents Expanding in Catatumbo Region
  • Displacement Has Already Surpassed 2017 Levels
  • WSJ Report Reveals New Details About Drone Coca Eradication Plan
The past week in Colombia’s peace process
3- Another entry along the lines of “Duque is turning out to be more moderate, and independent, than we’d thought.”
Un-Uribe-like
Since it's the end of the month, I looked back and posted a lot of links to things done by others.
Here’s where I become that annoying colleague who sends you things you should read. But there’s some really important writing linked from these two posts.
Of the things in my news database that are more than 2,000 words or in PDF format, these stood out last month.
18 Latin America longreads from August
My colleagues at WOLA had another prolific month.
The WOLA Firehose for August 2018
Here are 5 standout links to others' work from last week.
The sound of Caracas slang is now ubiquitous in some Miami neighborhoods. Thousands of miles to the south, the scent of Caribbean cooking wafts through streets in Santiago, Chile
La manera como Colombia y sus vecinos han hecho frente a la situación de seguridad en la frontera ha sido –por lo general– bilateral y reactiva, con problemas para generar confianza y establecer relaciones recíprocas
En el informe figuran el uso desproporcionado de la fuerza por parte de la policía, que a veces se tradujo en ejecuciones extrajudiciales, las desapariciones forzadas, las detenciones arbitrarias y generalizadas, las torturas y los malos tratos, y las violaciones del derecho a la libertad de opinión, expresión y reunión pacífica
In April, their fiction of a prosperous and politically stable Nicaragua collapsed like a house of cards
Unos 500 ticos se manifestaron en el parque de la Merced, el pasado sábado 18 de agosto, en contra de la gran cantidad de nicas qué han llegado a Costa Rica en los últimos días
Here's a playlist of some songs I've been listening to a lot this month.
The best songs I washed dishes to in August
And here are the best songs I heard while washing dishes this week.
“Grow into a Ghost” by Swearin’ (2018).
“Grow into a Ghost” by Swearin’ (2018).
“I Got the Juice” by Janelle Monáe (feat. Pharrell Williams) (2018).
“I Got the Juice” by Janelle Monáe (feat. Pharrell Williams) (2018).
“Ay Ombe (Vamo’ a Relajar el Pony) [feat. Jorge Celedón]” by Aterciopelados (2018).
“Ay Ombe (Vamo’ a Relajar el Pony) [feat. Jorge Celedón]” by Aterciopelados (2018).
“WWYD?” by DRAM (2018).
“WWYD?” by DRAM (2018).
“Break-Thru” by Dirty Projectors (2018).
“Break-Thru” by Dirty Projectors (2018).
And here's all five days' lists of Latin America news links I found of interest this week.
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
And that's it. Thanks for subscribing, and see you next week.
Or if the Colombia travel schedule doesn’t permit, I’ll see you the week after that.
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