July 14, 2011
Bolivia’s attempt to revise the primary treaty governing international drug control, the 1961 Single Convention, to protect traditional uses of the coca leaf by indigenous communities was defeated in January when the United States effectively mobilized opposition to the proposed amendment. However...
July 13, 2011
A lot fewer Mexican migrants are entering the United States outside the confines of U.S. government’s regulatory regime. As reported in a July 5, New York Times piece, analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of U.S. census figures show that the unauthorized Mexican migrant population “has shrunk” and...
July 12, 2011
Isaac Campos (University of Cincinnati)In his article in the most recent issue of NACLA, historian Isaac Campos explains, “The roots of the War on Drugs go deep in Mexico. In fact, in some ways, they are deeper there than in the United States.” This long history of drug prohibition...
July 12, 2011
Javier Sicilia Credit: Agendamx“For some,” writes Javier Sicilia, responding to critics within his own fledgling movement, “to dialogue is to capitulate.” If you haven’t humiliated your adversary, you have failed. But to change the dynamic of the violence that has beset the country over,...
July 11, 2011
Colombian Army (Credit: BBC)In Colombia the hyper security state is committed to continuing its war in spite of several recent good will gestures by the insurgency, including the unilateral release of a number of its detained prisoners of war and numerous calls by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of...
July 08, 2011
President Mauricio Funes reaffirmed last week that no mining projects will be permitted in El Salvador during his presidency. Despite the great need for municipal and national revenues that such projects could generate, he stated, “I will not put the public health of the population at risk in...