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Inspiring Campaign Highlights The Power Of Women Helping Women

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.08.2017 | Women

"Behind every successful woman, is another successful woman." That's the message behind Lean In founder and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new Lean In...

The U.S. Should Not Ignore Mexico

Brian Fonseca | Posted 03.23.2017 | World
Brian Fonseca

Given all the electoral noise surrounding "big beautiful walls" and calls for mass deportations of the alleged rapists and other criminals streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border, it is very easy to lose track of one simple and powerful fact: no relationship affects the United States more than our relationship with Mexico.

U.S. Security Aid To Mexico Dwindles Amid Human Rights Abuses

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.16.2017 | World

The United States is slowing the pace of security aid to Mexico amid an ongoing human rights disaster that led the State Department to withhold some $...

U.S. To Cut Some Mexico Security Funds Over Human Rights Abuses

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

Mexico will lose a portion of its U.S. security funding after the State Department concluded that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's administrati...

Government Lies, Human Bonfires and the Search for Truth

Laura Carlsen | Posted 09.24.2016 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

On Jan. 27, then-Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam came out with the government's version of events in Iguala, Guerrero on the terrible night of Sept. 26 when six people were murdered and 43 students disappeared.

Obama Should Not Prop Up Mexico's President

Laura Carlsen | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

Our government should respect our own principles and laws on human rights and democracy, as well as Mexicans' efforts to save their nation from the abyss into which it's fallen.

New NSA Mexico Leaks Raise Questions on U.S. Security Programs

Laura Carlsen | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

The latest analysis of Edward Snowden's leaked documents by the German magazine Der Spiegel is a bombshell for Mexico.

Snowden Aftermath: Why Is Obama Fixated on the "Switzerland of Latin America"?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Whatever its scenic attractions, Costa Rica has been touched by the ever widening war on drugs which has engulfed Central America and Mexico. As I reported as early as three years ago, smugglers use Costa Rica as a transshipment point for drugs coming from Colombia and Panama.

Refocusing U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

Shannon K. O'Neil | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Shannon K. O'Neil

Building on the lessons of the past five years, the United States should work with Mexico to implement the nonmilitary programs envisioned in the current Merida framework.

Death Threats Against A Human Rights Defender: Vidulfo Rosales In Mexico

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Kerry Kennedy

We in the U.S. must do our part to build a future of human rights and human dignity throughout the Americas, and call on Mexico to protect its indigenous communities and the advocates like Vidulfo Rosales who risk everything to defend them.

A Light of Hope in Mexico

Yehuda Berg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yehuda Berg

The biggest breakthroughs in consciousness occur when things are difficult; when we have a choice to fall to the worst of ourselves or rise to the best of ourselves.

The Favelas in Rio de Janeiro: Pacify and Serve

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

Asserting the democratic rule of law and recovering social peace is a difficult task, especially in places like Rio de Janeiro's favelas and Colombia's one-time, crime-ridden cities and war-torn countryside.

Murder Capital of the World

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

On January 31, an armed commando unit pulled up to a house in a working-class neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez on the Mexican side of the border with the...

Congress Sends Drug War South, Taxpayer Money to Defense Firms

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

A little-known measure buried in the U.S. 2009 Supplemental Bill would provide millions of dollars to corrupt Mexican security forces engaged in an unwinnable drug war.

Mexican Torture Training Raises Questions About U.S. Military/Police Aid

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

The war on drugs launched by Calderon -- and explicitly endorsed by the U.S. government through aid to the Mexican police and military -- sends a message to Mexican security forces that "anything goes."