Civil society must fight against abuses of power committed under the pretext of public health. In a region that’s still overcoming a legacy of dictatorships, the pandemic could once again make it normal to have soldiers indefinitely patrolling the streets.
The death of 1st Lt Robert Paz on December 16, 1989 was one of the triggers cited by President George H Bush to justify his decision to invade Panama three days later in order to overthrow the dictator, General Manuel Antonio Noriega. (Read full story)
The president justifies his tough stance by referring to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. But he fails to recount the extraordinary positive stories of other immigrants who risked all for the benefit of others.