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For Obama Abroad, Side Issues Tend to Befall Him

Associated Press

President Barack Obama might be noticing a familiar pattern. Whether it's allegations of Secret Service personnel consorting with prostitutes, candid moments caught live on microphones or launching bombs over Libya, his foreign trips seem to get overshadowed by distractions.

Ciudad Juarez: 'A Center of Human Recycling' for the Down and Out

Toronto Star

Father Jose Antonio Galvan, founder of the shelter, calls Vision en Accion "a center of human recycling" serving a troubled city where, he believes, up to 30 per cent of citizens, traumatized by the widespread drug violence, have some sort of mental illness.

The Last Summit of the Americas?

Associated Press

A summit of 33 Western Hemisphere leaders opened Saturday with the United States and Canada standing alone against everyone else's insistence that Cuba join future summits. Vigorous discussion is also expected on drug legalization, which the Obama administration opposes.

Author Ioan Grillo: Legalizing Marijuana Would Have a Huge Impact


Witness to the everyday bloody cost of policies and politics, author Ioan Grillo explains the drug war from Mexico's perspective.

Mockumentary Makes Mexico Politicians Uncomfortable

Los Angeles Times

It may be one of the most clever video spots to come along in Mexico's political campaign season. And one of the most controversial. The four-minute clip presents shootouts and shakedowns, corrupt politicians and violent drug traffickers - but all the roles are played by children.

NAFTA Partners Take Steps to Boost Trilateral Relationship


Mexico's drug war is increasingly being seen as a continental problem that requires continental solutions which is further pushing the NAFTA partnership into a common security front.

Why Do Spanish-Language Media Still Use the Term "Negro"?

El Tiempo Latino

Each ethnic and racial group in society enjoys the right to define itself in a dignified manner. But one unfortunate exception exists in the Washington, D.C. Latino community. Spanish-language newspapers continue to refer to Latinos of African descent by the despicable term of "Negro."

Mexico Child 'Violence' Film From Futuro Del Mexico Stirs Controversy

Associated Press

A shock video "mockumentary" showing children as kidnappers, corrupt police officers and drug traffickers is drawing both criticism and praise in violence-torn Mexico.

Why the World's Most Useful Plant is Illegal


It's all about corporate greed and government-control of the population. Hemp - one of the world's most useful plants - has been used to create fuel, paper, clothing, food and natural medicine. So why has the United States (plus other countries) criminalized the production of this valuable commodity?

Time to End Our Unwinnable Drug War

Independent Institute

Even if legalizing drugs requires setting up a costly new bureaucracy, drug legalization would almost certainly save taxpayers billions of dollars a year, because legalizing drugs would mean scrapping the government's $44 billion annual drug enforcement budget and raising an estimated $33 billion in annual tax revenue.

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