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US Singles Out Bolivia, Venezuela Counternarcotics Failures

US Singles Out Bolivia, Venezuela Counternarcotics Failures

US President Barack Obama has once again named mostly Latin American countries as being those most responsible for drug trafficking or production and has singled out the anti-narcotics efforts of the United States' biggest political adversaries in the region for the most criticism.

Uruguay Takes New Step Toward Legal Marijuana Sales

Uruguay Takes New Step Toward Legal Marijuana Sales

Uruguayan authorities have announced that they will soon establish a registry of marijuana users, the latest step in a long process of realizing historic drug policy reforms approved nearly three years ago that legalized the sale of the drug for recreational use. 

Argentina Ups its Game in Drug Precursor Chemical Seizures

Argentina Ups its Game in Drug Precursor Chemical Seizures

Argentina reportedly seized over 700 tons of precursor chemicals used in drug production during the first seven months of 2016, a clear sign that authorities are taking steps to clamp down on this illicit industry.

President Macri's Perilous Gambit on Militarization in Argentina

President Macri's Perilous Gambit on Militarization in Argentina

The United States and Argentina share some common features. The most significant in terms of civil-military relations and defense-security separation is that since the return of democracy to Argentina in 1983 the country has adopted a system very similar to the US Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by which the Department of Defense is prevented from interfering in domestic law enforcement.

Cooperation Up Ahead of Expected Reopening of Colombia-Venezuela Border

Cooperation Up Ahead of Expected Reopening of Colombia-Venezuela Border

Officials from Colombia and Venezuela forged ahead with new bilateral mechanisms targeting transnational organized crime and prepared to reopen their border after months of closure that has benefited criminal groups.

Argentina Drug Traffickers Laundered $269 Million: Minister

Argentina Drug Traffickers Laundered $269 Million: Minister

Argentina's Security Minister Patricia Bullrich recently revealed the scope of drug-related money laundering in the country, as part of an attempt to push new asset seizure legislation through Congress. 

Mexico, China Are Key Nodes in Fentanyl Trade: DEA

Mexico, China Are Key Nodes in Fentanyl Trade: DEA

A new report from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) marks the agency’s most recent attempt to call attention to the problem of fentanyls, a category of drugs that authorities say is contributing to severe opioid abuse issues in the world’s largest drug market.

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.