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Guatemala Pushes Drug Legalization Debate, Amid Cautious Responses from Region

Guatemala is pressing on with a campaign to open a serious dialogue over drug legalization in Central America, but the likelihood of substantial reform to drug laws...
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Can Guatemala’s President Reconcile Iron Fist with Drug Legalization?

While pushing a hardline approach to crime, Guatemala’s new President Otto Perez has revealed himself as an unlikely advocate for drug liberalization, a position...
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Guatemala’s New President Suggests Drug Decriminalization

Guatemala's new President Otto Perez has called for debate on the decriminalization of drugs, in a surprising move, given the former general's promises to crack...
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Bolivia’s Morales Seeks Anti-Drug Support from UN, EU

Bolivian President Evo Morales has called on the United Nations and European Union to donate military equipment to his country’s fight against drug...
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Flawed US Drug Data: Narcoleaks vs the White House

An independent analysis of U.S. government figures showed that the total amount of cocaine confiscated in one year was bigger than the U.S. estimate of global...
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Ecuador Touts Increased Cocaine Seizures in 2011

Police in Ecuador claim to have seized significantly more cocaine this year than last, but total cocaine seizures are still far lower than in...
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US Commits to Anti-Drug Cooperation with Peru

The U.S.'s top anti-drug official affirmed Washington's support for Peru's narcotics policy in a visit to...
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Speculation on Homicide Rate Distracts from Real Issues in Mexico

The annual race to chart Mexico’s homicide rates has begun, but an examination of the claim that the drug-related killings have levelled off shows the inadequacy...
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Coca Reduction Pact Between Brazil, Bolivia, US Canceled at Last Minute

Brazil, Bolivia and the U.S. canceled the public signing of a trilateral agreement on reducing coca crops in Bolivia, with officials from that country suggesting La...
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Mexico to Use Drones Against Drug Cartels

Mexico’s Navy announced plans to deploy unmanned planes in support of government operations against drug cartels, starting March...
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Peru, Colombia Plan Joint Coca Eradication Op

Authorities in Peru and Colombia will carry out a joint operation to manually eradicate 200 hectares of coca plants on their shared...
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Morales: DEA Will Not Return to Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales stated unequivocally that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will not return to Bolivia, despite a new agreement between...