Analysis & Commentary

Jim DeMint’s Fear-Mongering About El Salvador

WOLA responds to the Heritage Foundation's scare tactics
DeMint and the Heritage Foundation substitute mud-slinging for serious analysis of El Salvador's upcoming presidential elections.

Mexico: One of the Most Dangerous Places to Practice Journalism

State of Veracruz Leads in Number of Killings Nationwide
Something sinister is happening in the Mexican state of Veracruz. This week, another journalist was murdered there, the tenth killed in Veracruz since current governor Javier Duarte took office in December 2010. Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

Americans Support Normalizing Relations with Cuba by Large Margin, Floridians by Even More

Growing support for a change in U.S.-Cuba policy gives President Obama more political space to do the right thing.

Afro-Colombians Targeted for Standing Up for Their Rights

WOLA Briefs Congressional Black Caucus on Dire Situation
In a letter to Congressional Black Caucus aides, WOLA identifies dangerous trend of attacks against afrodescendant leaders and calls for action.

New Wiretapping Scandal Casts Doubt on Colombian Military's Support for Peace Talks

According to an investigation by the Colombian magazine Semana, the Colombian military has been wiretapping peace process negotiators in Havana

U.S. Congress Expresses Concern over Anti-Union Violence in Colombia

Letter to Colombian Attorney General Demands Protection for Union Leaders
In a January 27, 2014, letter to Colombian Attorney General Luis Eduardo Montealegre, Congressmen Miller, Levin, and McGovern expressed their concern over continued threats and attacks against trade unionists in Colombia.

Latin America’s Dangerous Shift to Aerial Shootdown Policies in War on Drugs

As aerial shootdown policies spread throughout Latin America, it is unclear whether they are being implemented with the safeguards necessary to avoid future tragedies.

What New Border Patrol Statistics Reveal about Changing Migration to the United States

Migrants, increasingly non-Mexican, are arriving in Texas -- and frequently dying in remote areas
This week, the U.S. Border Patrol released statistics about its activities in 2013. Graphics show increased migration of Central American citizens across the U.S.-Mexico border, a shift to southern Texas, and a stubbornly high number of people dying on U.S. soil.