Laura Carlsen


The Mass Shooting in Mexico


The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico’s drug wars. “The Mexican government must begin to enforce the law, even against those with money and power.”

At the UN, a Latin American rebellion


Latin American leaders are reclaiming a right to differentiate their views from Washington’s. This year’s UN general debate became a forum for widespread dissent and anger at U.S. policies that seek to control a hemisphere that has clear aspirations for greater independence.

Fiddling on Climate


The image of Nero fiddling as Rome burned—albeit apocryphal– has stuck as the metaphor for willfully irresponsible government. Government representatives, gathered at climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, have been fiddling for the past week.