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In Rio de Janeiro, A Red Wedding For Organized Crime
Red Command street propaganda. The gang's slogan is "Total Terrorism"
Rio, My Purgatory of Beauty and Chaos
At the worst possible moment for Rio, a new kind of criminal organization is moving into the city, writes Maria Martin in Brazil’s El Pais. Sophisticated, genteel, and extremely violent, the First Capital Commando appears to be too well organized for the city’s poorly equipped and underfunded police to handle.
The giveaway wasn’t a particular phone call or a specific sentence; it was the accents.
Rio, Brazil. Photo CC: Barbara Eckstein
The Hero of Fort Apache
With the brightness and hustle of international sporting events gone, Brazil’s bills for the corruption that accompanied the Olympics and the World Cup must now be paid, write’s IB’s Joao Sette Camarra.
I live two blocks away from one of Rio’s most famous beaches,
Buenos Aires. Photo CC: John Schneider
When The USA Took My Mother Away
There is an extraordinary moment in a television interview with Carlos Tevez from a couple of years ago. It was 2015 and the Argentine striker had recently returned to Boca Juniors, the most celebrated club in arguably the world’s most soccer-crazed nation. The precocious Tevez had risen from abject poverty to land a spot at Boca at just 16 years old.
In the 2015 interview, the commentator, Alejandro Fantino, is peppering Tevez with questions about his neighborhood
Melida Ruiz. Photo: Platon for Human Rights Wtach
The Goldman Murders
Deported abruptly to a country they barely know, the women in Joseph Zarate’s 2012 story of a visit to a Tijuana boarding house-recently reprinted in a Mexican magazine-leave behind their homes, their jobs, and even their children.
With sleep in her eyes, still in her pajamas and slippers, Angela Garcia went out of the house that morning to get breakfast
Berta Caceres. Photo CC: UNEP
In an Airplane’s Crash, the Downward Arc of Brazil’s Public Trust
Environmental activism in Latin America very frequently pits indigenous local leaders against rapacious companies backed by foreign money and the full military weight of the state. As IB’s Brian Hagenbuch writes here, the separate murders of two recent winners of the prestigious Goldman Prize over the past year, in Mexico and Honduras, threw a spotlight on a much larger pattern of violence and intimidation that claimed dozens of lives in the region.
Mark Baumer’s final blog post on January 21, 2017 was morbidly prophetic.
Photo CC: Victor
Trump Suggests a Friendly Little Invasion
A symptom of Brazil’s political malaise under its corrupt right-wing caretaker government, writes International Boulevard’s Joao Sette Camara: the shifting morass of conspiracy theories surrounding the recent plane crash that killed a powerful judge.
It is the biggest corruption investigation in the history of Brazil: Operation Lava Jato
Last time the USA invaded Mexcio.
The Gunman in Winter
Whether Donald Trump’s suggestion he might send US troops to Mexico was a threat, as this article suggests, or a friendly offer, as the White House today claimed, the idea of US troops on the soil of a country that lost half its territory to the United States in various wars is raising a firestorm in Mexico. From Proyecto Puente, Dolia Estevez’s scoop which sent a minor shockwave through Mexico yesterday:
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, told his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, that the United States does not need Mexico
Photos: Leo Felipe Campos
The Impossible Task of Filtering the Racism from Trumponomics
Snapshots from the life of a Caracas street thug, retired at an early age, from Leo Felipe Campos.
He was 12 years old the only time his father asked him for a gun. That is his last memory of the father: He heard him saying through clenched teeth that someone had robbed him and he wanted revenge. The boy got him the gun.
Photo CC: Geraint Rowland
‘That Sixty Million Americans Voted For Him Is Terrifying’
President Trump’s recently proposed 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports isn’t just based on nonsense economics, writes International Boulevard’s Mateo Jarquin. There’s something deeper at play here:
Consider the disproportionate emphasis that Mexico receives in the context of all the NAFTA-bashing.
Joseph Zarate. Photo: Mario Segovia
Joseph Zarate’s in-depth reporting* on the effects of natural resource extraction on indigenous communities and the land in Peru have won him a reputation as one of Latin America’s most insightful and accomplished young journalists. Here, he gives International Boulevard a glance from his vantage point on the United States as Donald J. Trump takes power.
As a Peruvian, how do you interpret Donald Trump’s victory? Did it surprise you or change how view the United States?