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Coca Eradication a Failure, Colombia Says


Colombia's program to eradicate coca - the raw material of cocaine - is a failure and the money would be better spent on efforts to alleviate rural poverty.

United States, Mexico Must Take Aim at Human Smugglers

Your Houston News

It's despicable that "businessmen" treat human beings as cargo – good only for profit – and the results of this attitude are often predictably catastrophic.

Mexico Victims' Memorial Sparks Debate

Associated Press

Mexican activists had demanded the government erect a monument to the victims of drug violence, but the decision to build it next to a military base is sparking debate among victims' rights advocates.

Former Cops Agree: Legalization Is the Path to Controlling Drugs

Is it time to scale back the failed and harmful war on drugs? No, it's time to end it once and for all.

Mexico Must Investigate Threat Against Lydia Cacho

The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a death threat made Sunday against Lydia Cacho, the Mexican investigative reporter and author, and calls on federal authorities to launch a thorough investigation.

UN States Fail to Reach Arms Trade Treaty

Al Jazeera

Negotiations to create landmark treaty to regulate global conventional arms trade valued at $60bn ended Friday without an agreement.

The Amazing Integration of Latin America

The Atlantic

Alongside the tentative formal efforts at economic and political integration, people are also increasingly bringing the region together.

Report Tackles Kidnapping-Drug Trafficking Nexus in Mexico


Mexican authorities have released a new report on kidnapping, detailing the growing dependence by drug trafficking gangs on the activity.

Javier Sicilia: My Grief is Mexico's Grief


Grief and loss drive Mexican poet Javier Sicilia's determination to challenge corruption and poor governance in his country.

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic

New York Times

Physicist Richard Muller has long been a darling of global-warming denialists, touted him as a scientist of impeccable credentials who wasn't buying the theories peddled by the socialist enemies of all that is good in this world. But Muller has experienced a gradual conversion on the issue of climate change.

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