Samantha De Jesus

About Samantha De Jesus

Samantha is an undergraduate at Boston University studying International Relations and Spanish translation. Her research focuses on organized crime in the Caribbean Basin and the War on Drugs in Latin America.

Trump’s Latest Attempt To Strangle Latin America: The Inter-American Development Bank

On June 16, the Trump administration announced that it would be throwing its own hat into the ring for the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the largest and most important development institution in the hemisphere. There is an unspoken rule that the presidency should go to a Latin […]

Suriname’s New President Has A Long Way To Go

On July 13th, Suriname elected opposition leader Chan Santokhi as their new president in an uncontested election, ending the decades-long struggle under Dési Bouterse. Former President Bouterse had previously been in power almost as long as Suriname has been an independent country, beginning his political career while the Dutch still […]

Soldiers Implicated in Gang Rape of Indigenous Colombian Girl

On June 23, Colombian Attorney General Francisco Barbosa announced charges against seven soldiers for the gang rape of a 13-year-old indigenous girl. According to Lejandrina Pastor, an advisor to the Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia (ONIC), the girl is a member of the Emberá people, an indigenous group highlighted by […]

Venezuela’s Failed Coup And America’s Failed Policy Of Regime Change

On May 4th, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that his government had stopped an attempted amphibious invasion near the capital of Caracas. In total, with several dead, 13 of the conspirators were captured by Venezuelan security forces, two of which have been identified as U.S. citizens, Airan Berry and Luke […]

As Quarantines Decrease Violent Crime, Latin America’s Cartels Endure

Since the beginning of major quarantine efforts in March, violent crime rates have largely decreased in some of the most tumultuous parts of El Salvador, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as many other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele closed the country in mid-March and issued a […]

With Coronavirus Response, Philippines’ Leader Only Furthers Violence

In a press conference on April 1, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the public to comply with quarantine measures or face death at the hands of the police.  In his official statement, he put his order simply in English: “Shoot them dead.”  The televised address came as a response to […]