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When racists talk about “protecting our borders” and stopping immigrants from coming to the U.S., it’s the biggest act of intentional self-denial and ignorance in history. Nearly every reason for migration from Mexico and Central America is directly related to the United States, even if the U.S. is not wholly responsible. When we dump our […]
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The U.S. most certainly has a lot of problematic statues. But so does Latin America and that reflects the history of racism and genocide just as profound there as here. Moreover, the cultural politics over these things are also rife with dissension. After all, Jair Bolsonaro is president of Brazil largely for the same reasons […]

Do Not Be a Fool

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On May 13, 2020

The Spanish were able to conquer the Mexica (Aztecs) due to the smallpox wiping out Tenochtitlan between 1519-21. But in the writings that survived the Spanish conquest, there were guides to the emper

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Global Governance in 2020

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On April 15, 2020
What a time to be alive: In Afghanistan, the Taliban has dispatched health teams to far-flung provinces to confront the coronavirus. In Mexico, drug cartels are offering aid packages to those feeling its economic impact. In Brazil and El Salvador, gangs enforce curfews to prevent its spread. As governments around the world have responded to […]
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The Cartels and the Forests

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On January 23, 2020
We think of the Mexican cartels as being about drugs, and of course they are, but like any organized crime gang, they are going to get their hooks into anything they can. That includes illegal timber. Meanwhile, the monarch butterfly spends its winter in Mexico, in valuable forests that the cartels want. There are some […]

The Taco Chronicles

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On August 14, 2019

I only got back from Mexico two weeks ago, but when I turned on Netflix last week looking for a different show, I saw something called The Taco Chronicles. Obviously I was going to check that out. Thi

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