WOLA in the News

WOLA is the leading source for independent analysis and commentary on Latin America. Our experts are called upon regularly by members of the press for up-to-date news on developments in the region. This page provides a selected feed of recent articles quoting WOLA. For media inquiries, please contact our press office at press@wola.org or at (202) 797-2171.

Stopping drug cartels key issue in El Salvador election

Program Director Geoff Thale says that the winner of the Salvadoran elections will face the challenge of stopping cartel-financed corruption in the country.
USA Today

State Dept.: MX & Central America Top Caribbean As Drug Trafficking Conduit Into U.S.

Senior Associate Adam Isacson notes a shift in the flow of drugs to the United States from the Caribbean to Central America.
Fox News Latino

Venezuelan opposition to organize at grassroots

WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde says that Capriles is finally putting into practice the type of grassroots organizing that the opposition had previously only talked about implementing.
Associated Press

Colombia: The Deadly Fight for Land

In a video interview, Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli discusses the forced displacement of Colombians due to violence.
Al Jazeera

Guatemala may be about to oust Ríos Montt prosecutor

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt says that the work of Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz has given faith to victims of the civil war.

Protests Continue in Venezuela

WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde gives background on the student protests in Venezuela and the current situation on the ground, and discusses possibilities for what might happen next.
WBEZ Chicago

WOLA y CEJIL expresan preocupación por eventual revisión de condena a Fujimori

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt asks that any legal action challenging Fujimori's sentence be considered in the context of Peru's international obligations. (Spanish only)

Venezuela Expels U.S. Diplomats as Opposition Pressure Builds

As WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde points out, arresting López will energize the protests, but failing to do so will make Maduro appear weak.
The Wall Street Journal

Venezuela opposition leader says he'll turn himself in

WOLA Senior David Smilde says that students are protesting because they feel Venezuela's democratic spaces are being reduced.
USA Today

Fumigaciones, ¿adictivas?

According to WOLA research, aerial fumigations of drug crops are incredibly expensive, and the direct cost between 2000 and 2006 was at least US$650 million. (Article in Spanish)
El Espectador