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Mexican Seeds, the New Spoils for Food Corporations

Inter Press Service

Biodiversity and small and medium farms are threatened in Mexico by the looming approval of a reform of the law on plant varieties that will extend patent rights over seeds, activists and experts warn.

Can 80 Percent of Mexicans be Poor? The Debate over Poverty

Council on Foreign Relations

So how should we define who is and isn't poor? The World Bank includes everyone that earns more than two dollars a day; an expansive view that likely rings false for those scraping by just above this bare minimum.

Obama Refuses to Back LatAm's Call for Drug Legalization

While the presidents of Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica and El Salvador have voiced support for an end to the drug war, President Obama rejected their calls for drug legalization during high-level talks at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia.

Pena's Election Not A Repudiation of Democracy

Atlantic Sentinel

As Mexican voters appear inclined to return the PRI to power, some argue that the country is losing its faith in democracy. Pena's popularity, however, has rather more to do with his personality than party affiliation.

Women Rights Defenders Struggle in Mexico

Women human rights defenders in Mexico are increasingly targeted, often by government forces, since drug war violence and militarization provide a cover for attacking leaders of grassroots movements.

Don't Leave All the PR Work to Colombian Prostitutes

Zocalo Public Square

A sign of how little respect Latin America gets in Washington is that everyone knows that the three pillars of U.S. foreign policy towards the region - immigration policy, the war on drugs and the anti-Cuba embargo - are intellectually bankrupt. But hey, who cares, it's only Latin America.

Legalize Drugs? It's a Valid Discussion

Los Angeles Times

Latin American leaders, weary of the drug war, are calling for an important discussion on drug legalization. The U.S. should not turn away.

Analysis: Protectionism was a Major Concern at Americas Summit

McClatchy Newspapers

The big headlines at the summit of 30 hemispheric leaders that ended here Sunday focused on the US-Latin American spats over Cuba and the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, but the talk behind the scenes among the presidents dealt with something that worries them much more - the return of protectionism.

Heroin Vaccine Won't 'Cure' What Ails Addicts

Los Angeles Times

Even if it proves effective, it can't cure the underlying factors that make people prone to drug use, including poverty, violence and lack of opportunity.

Cracking the Mexican Cartels

New York Times

In July, Mexico will elect a new president to replace Felipe Calderon. Whoever wins will need to address the foremost challenge confronting the country today: the battle against the drug cartels.

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