Politics and its Discontents: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Plenty. When construction crews begin digging a new canal this month across Nicaragua, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic, it’ll be a boon to global shipping and, the government says, to the economy of the second-poorest nation in the Americas. But activists, scientists and others are increasingly alarmed by the environmental impact of a 173-mile artificial ...

The Disaffected Lib: Feed’Em or Weep

They’re finally figuring it out.  An editorial from The Dallas Morning News warns that unless the US launches a major food relief effort to Central America, the country faces a tsunami of refugees fleeing to the US to escape famine. The swarm of immigrants who came across the border this year, including more than 60,000 unaccompanied ...

The Disaffected Lib: Famine In the Americas

Red Cross food relief for central Mexico When we think of famine, we tend to think of Africa.  Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan seem to come to mind. FEWS Net, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, has identified Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and central Nicaragua as countries most at risk of severe food insecurity in 2015.  Coffee ...

The Disaffected Lib: Think Twice About Central America

So much for my plans of a once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle trip from Panama to Vancouver Island.   That route, it seems, has become Murder Alley. While we’re all becoming aware of violent crime in Mexico, it’s actually Honduras that is now the murder capital of the world.  There the latest murder rate is 82.1 per 100,000 followed ...