World Policy On Air Interview: “Abortion in the Americas”

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Tough abortion laws across the Americas and the Caribbean are threatening women’s lives and family stability. I went on to World Policy On Air to discuss how these harsh policies exacerbate inequality and gender discrimination.

This interview is based on my article in Foreign Policy Interrupted’s all-women’s winter issue of World Policy Journal: “A Witch Hunt Against Poor Women: Across the Americas, Abortion Laws Are Harming Health And Security.”

Listen to the podcast on World Policy On Air’s website or download on iTunes.

Periphery Podcast Episode 4: “U.S.-Cuba Relations: Then and Now” with Dr. Philip Brenner

Mike and I have been planning an episode on Cuba for a while now. We wanted to put together a solid history of U.S.-Cuba relations and the unfolding changes taking place since the December 17, 2014 announcement of plans to normalize relations.

As a half-Cuban Miami native, I’m incredibly familiar with the polarized feelings about U.S.-Cuba relations and the Castro government. The relationship between the two countries and the experiences of Cubans and Cuban-Americans have been so complex, rich and at times deeply contentious for centuries. For this episode, we tried to focus on laying out the history.

I’m really proud that Mike and I were able to sit down and talk with Dr. Philip Brenner of American University’s School of International Service, an expert on U.S.-Cuban history, to put together what I hope will be part one of a series of episodes on Cuba.

There’s so much more left to say, but I think this episode gives a nice run-down of the history and points out some of the changes currently taking place.

Give it a listen on our blog, our libsyn page or our iTunes account. Then, if you still want more on Cuba, we hope you’ll enjoy the YouTube playlist we’ve put together with songs and videos that give a glimpse into the incredible variety of Cuban music, as well as a glimpse into life on the island over the years.

Periphery Podcast Episode 3: “History and Future of the Drug War” with Sanho Tree

Photo Credit: ABC ColorIn the third episode of Periphery Podcast, Angelika Albaladejo and Mike LaSusa talked with Sanho Tree, a self-proclaimed “recovering historian” and director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), one of the leading progressive think tanks in Washington DC. Sanho has worked on drug policy issues for over a decade and is widely considered one of the most knowledgable experts in his field. We talked with Sanho about the history of drugs and the drug war, and some of the policy changes that have taken place on this front in recent years.

This episode is available on Youtube. (Episodes are no longer available on Libsyn or iTunes).

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Periphery Podcast Episode 2: “Overcriminalization of Immigrants” with José Magaña-Salgado

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 10.54.01 AMIn the second episode of Periphery Podcast, Angelika Albaladejo and Mike LaSusa interviewed Jose Magaña-Salgado, an immigration policy attorney for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) in Washington DC. Previously, Jose worked as a staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), where he handled the national immigration portfolio in the areas of immigration reform, regulatory advocacy, as well as military, employment and housing issues at the intersection with immigration.

Originally from Mexico, Jose began his work as an immigration advocate on the grassroots level while attending Arizona State University. Jose was involved in the formation of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition (ADAC), one of the largest DREAM Act advocacy groups in the US.

The ILRC is a national nonprofit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials and advocacy to advance immigrant rights.

In this episode, we referenced a national poll conducted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, data from the Pew Research Center and the Migration Policy Institute, and a report by the American Civil Liberties Union. The song, “La Bestia,” funded by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is available for download. Here’s a version with English subtitles.

This episode is available on Youtube (no longer available on Libsyn or iTunes).

Periphery Podcast Episode 1: “Honduras, A Government Failing to Protect Its People” with Sarah Kinosian

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 12.58.45 PMIn the first episode of Periphery Podcast, Angelika Albaladejo and Mike LaSusa interviewed their former colleague Sarah Kinosian, an expert on Latin America security issues who recently published a seven-part series about violence, militarization and migration in Honduras.

Last December, Sarah Kinosian, lead researcher on Latin America for the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor program, went to Honduras with Lisa Haugaard of the Latin America Working Group to conduct on-the-ground research for the report, which was published last month.

Sarah Kinosian and Lisa Haugaard’s seven-part report, “Honduras: A Government Failing to Protect Its People,” is available for download from the Center for International Policy, or in installments on the Security Assistance Monitor and Latin American Working Group blogs. Sarah Kinosian, William D. Hartung and Lisa Haugaard also wrote a follow-up report for Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF): “Can the Violence in Honduras Be Stopped?”

Last December, Security Assistance Monitor released a Country Profile on U.S. Security Assistance to Honduras. We contributed research, drafting, editing and graphic design work to this Honduras Country Profile. (Una versión en Español también está disponible aquí: Perfil de País: Asistencia en Temas de Seguridad de los EE.UU. hacia Honduras)

Security Assistance Monitor has also created an Advocacy Guide: Applying the Leahy Law to U.S. Military and Police Aid to guide “human rights promoters and journalists [who] may be unaware of a powerful tool to curb impunity among military and police that receive U.S. assistance: the ‘Leahy Law.’” The guide is useful for learning what the Leahy Law says, how the United States applies it and what organizations can do to encourage U.S. action against security forces accused of violations, such as the Military Police (PMOP) in Honduras. (Una versión en Español también está disponible aquí: Aplicando la Ley Leahy a la Asistencia Militar y Policial de los EE.UU.)

Security Assistance Monitor is compiling a running list of human rights abuses allegedly committed by military police in Honduras. Security Assistance Monitor documents all publicly accessible information on U.S. security and defense assistance programs throughout the world, including arms sales, military and police aid, training programs, exercises, exchanges, bases and deployments.

Mike wrote an article for Alternet earlier this year about militarization and the plans for Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Económico (ZEDEs) charter cities: The Nightmare Libertarian Project to Turn This Central American Country Into Ayn Rand’s Paradise.

Angelika is currently completing an Infographic Series on Violence Against Women in the Northern Triangle States of Central America. Part 1: Honduras Violence Against Women and Increased Migration. Part 2: Violence Against Women in Guatemala. Part 3 on El Salvador will be released soon. (Versiónes en Español también están disponibles aquí:  Infografíco: La Violencia Contra Mujeres en Honduras y la Migración a los EE.UU. y Infografíco: La Violencia Contra Mujeres en Guatemala)

This episode is available on Youtube (no longer available on Libsyn or iTunes).