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  • Further Reflections on El Salvador's Gangs

    Michael Busch

    A Warscapes reader from El Salvador wrote to me last night, requesting clarification on something I wrote in my post on El Salvador’s gangs and ISIS. Specifically, he queried a passage that I realize now was very poorly phrased. I had written, “How the responsibilities of the government to its people can be meaningfully balanced against the preferences of gangs, who wield real power across El Salvador, is a puzzle that has so far eluded a solution.”

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  • Are El Salvador's Gangs "More Vicious than ISIS"?

    Michael Busch

    The carnage being wrought in El Salvador this year is slowly attracting the attention of major English-language media in the United States.

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  • Cycling with Locks: Confronting the NYPD

    Melissa Tandiwe Myambo

    Two years ago, I was riding my bike through Prospect Park in Brooklyn. As I was picking up speed on the downhill slope, a police car swerved in front of me.  Only one of my brakes was working and so I had to veer sharply to the left to avoid a full-on collision.  I was very confused.  It was late morning.  No cars are allowed in the park at that time.  At that hour on a balmy summer day in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the park is inhabited by cyclists, rollerbladers and those consummate over-achievers, the baby-stroller-pushing joggers.

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  • Hannibal Directive and the Economy of Lives: Making Sense of Black Friday in Gaza

    Léopold Lambert

    Part 1: Hannibal Directive

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  • Thinking While Black

    Belén Fernández

    On May 13, 1985, one of the blacker days of the U.S. war on its domestic black population, the Philadelphia Police Department undertook the aerial bombing of an African-American neighborhood in the city where members of the radical group MOVE had taken up residence.

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  • The New Paladins of the Humanities: A Warning

    Veruska Cantelli Flavio Rizzo

    “Welcome to the dystopian world of corporate education, in which learning how to think, appropriate public values, and become an engaged critical citizen is viewed as a failure rather than a success.” - Henry A. Giroux 

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  • "Azawad": The Great Betrayal?

    Intagrist El Ansari
    Translated by Barbara Dent
     
    The Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), representing five Toureg-led rebel groups in Mali, signed the peace agreement of Mali on June 20th, 2015. The text recommends regionalization, which would follow the process of decentralization initiated during the 1990s. The agreement does not sanction, however, several longstanding claims of the armed groups that comprise the rebel coalition. 
     
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  • Getting Shorty

    Michael Busch

    The Economist needs to get its facts straight. The magazine ran an article this past week on the escape of Chapo Guzman from a maximum security prison on July 11. Guzman’s jail break marks the second time the world's most powerful drug lord has slipped out from under state control. 

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  • Insult to Injury

    Michael Busch

    Efforts at bringing Efraín Ríos Montt to justice for war crimes in Guatemala suffered another delay this week.

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  • Peace in Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities

    Habib Wayand

    The first official face-to-face talks between the representatives of the Government of Afghanistan (GoA) and Tehrik-e Taliban Afghanistan (TTA) took place in Murree, Pakistan on July 7. The Murree meeting has been called an important first step towards reconciliation and has renewed the possibility of a political settlement in Afghanistan for the first time in the last fourteen years. The Taliban had many times agreed to talk with the Americans, but until now they have refused to negotiate with the Afghan government.

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