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Walter Turner
April 11, 2016

When Morehouse sophomore Alexander Harris traveled in January to Cuba, the psychology major was able to cover two...

March 4, 2016

¿Mision Cumplida? Not exactly.

Taking down bad guys -- no matter how big or how evil they are -- will not end the horrendous criminal and state violence that has overwhelmed Mexico and Central America in recent decades...

Ted Lewis
January 15, 2016

As I awoke this morning, thinking about the gruesome attacks in Paris last night, I reflected on the cataclysmic mistakes we made after September 11.

I remembered that the French were among those who recognized the dangers of...

Ted Lewis
November 14, 2015

Last June, I traveled to Honduras to confer with civil society leaders about organizing a five-nation, "end the drug war" caravan -- all the way from Central America to New York City.

The "caravan" aims to stir debate in...

Ted Lewis
August 27, 2015

Chapo Guzman was no ordinary prisoner. He is the world's richest drug trader. He spent 13 years after his last prison escape in 2001, using cunning and ruthless violence to build a criminal empire so vast that he made the Forbes list of the world's richest people. His...

Ted Lewis
July 13, 2015

This week a dozen mothers, fathers, classmates, and teachers of the 43 disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa teacher's college are launching a major tour to bring their story and demands for justice to 45 cities across the United States.


Ted Lewis
March 19, 2015

When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto last met with President Obama he was riding a wave of legislative success and media adulation, but terrifying events in 2014 have changed all that.

The two presidents are meeting again...

Ted Lewis
January 6, 2015

Troubling Questions on Role of Military in Ayotzinapa Case as National Crisis Builds:

When Iguala, Guerrero municipal police and masked men in unmarked black uniforms opened fire on unarmed students from the Ayotzinapa...

Ted Lewis
November 20, 2014

Ayotzinapa: Murdered students and the Police-Army-Criminal links of the new PRI.

On October 2, 1968, Mexico's President, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, ordered the Mexican...

Ted Lewis
October 22, 2014

This week, St. Louis, MO has again been roiled by protest after the controversial shooting of yet another young black man, this time by an off duty police officer. 

There are so many images of the grief, rage, and conflict that engulfed Ferguson...

October 13, 2014

When President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican...

Ted Lewis
February 18, 2014
Since former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s declaration of War on Drugs in 2006, 18,000 deaths have occurred due to drug war related violence. Among the thousands dead was the son of Javier Sicilia, a Mexican poet and activist.
On Oct. 30, Sicilia spoke at...
by Angelique Dakkak
November 1, 2013

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba for the 22nd year in a row.

The symbolic vote was 188-2, with three abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against it. General Assembly...

by Peter James Spielmann
October 29, 2013

Javier Sicilia knows all too well about violent drug cartels in Mexico.

Sicilia’s son, Juan Francisco, was 24 when he was murdered by gangsters, reportedly because one of his friends had provided police with information about the criminals.

A poet and author in Mexico, Sicilia set...

by Bob Young
October 25, 2013


On July 22, Ontario Superior Court Justice Carole Brown ruled in a landmark decision that lawsuits against the Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals regarding shootings, murder, and rapes at its...

Kevin Edmonds
July 25, 2013

Recently the Latin American “dirty wars” of the 1960s through 1980s have resurfaced in mainstream media discussion. One reason is the trials in Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, and Uruguay against some of the late twentieth century’s most vicious criminals, who are collectively...

Kevin Young
July 22, 2013

On May 10, 2013, before a packed courtroom, a Guatemalan court declared that it had found former de-facto president General José Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. The conviction was handed down for crimes committed against Guatemala’s Maya Ixil indigenous...

Jo-Marie Burt
June 18, 2013

Several local labor rights organizations mobilized May 21 during a shareholders’ meeting at Gap headquarters in downtown San Francisco, Calif., to urge the retail clothing giant to sign on to an international accord that aims to protect the rights of employees in Bangladesh’s garment factories...

By Sunita Sohrabji
June 3, 2013

It gave me a deep sense of personal satisfaction and renewed faith in my fellow man when I learned, at long last, that leaders of the member countries of the Organization of American States – the western hemisphere's most influential international organisation – had initiated the first serious...

by Javier Sicilia
May 31, 2013