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Peru Seeks Alternatives to Coca Eradication in Drug Policy

Peru’s new top drug official told Reuters that his government has reached an understanding with the U.S. on drug policy, with less emphasis on eradication and more...
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Why the DEA Should, and Shouldn’t, Train More Local Drug Agents

Special units backed by the U.S.'s anti-drug agency DEA are touted by some as the answer for Central America's crime wave, but these bodies are by no means a...
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Colombia Suspends Coca Spraying in Northwest Amid Protests

Indigenous and Afro-Colombian protesters forced the authorities to suspend aerial fumigation of coca crops in north-west Colombia after large scale protests which...
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Stable Coca Cultivation does not Mean Victory Against Cocaine in Bolivia

Coca cultivation stabilized in Bolivia last year, according to a report by the United Nations, but this has raised concerns that government anti-drug efforts are...
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Bolivia to Turn Excess Coca into Fertilizer

Bolivia plans to turn some of the excess coca grown in the country into fertilizer, to prevent it being used to produce...
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Why Lowering US Drug Demand is No Panacea for Mexico Violence

The idea that reducing drug demand in the U.S. is the key to drastically weakening organized crime in Mexico is misguided; the slow work of institutional reform...
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Colombia Takes Step Towards Drug Decriminalization

Colombia's Supreme Court ruled against harsh punishments for small-time drug offenders, in a move towards easing up Colombia's zero-tolerance drug laws, which have...
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Costa Rica, Mexico Sign Extradition Treaty

On a visit to Mexico, Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla signed agreements with her counterpart Felipe Calderon to strengthen the two countries' cooperation...
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Colombia, Honduras Cooperate to Catch Drug Flight

The air forces of Colombia and Honduras carried out a joint operation which intercepted an airplane carrying cocaine, under a cooperation agreement which came into...
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Humala Shakes Up Peru’s Drug Policy

Peru's move to suspend coca eradication efforts may last no longer than a week, but it is the first real indication that President Ollanta Humala is more than...
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Testing the Theory that More Troops Equals Less Crime

From Mexico to Brazil, sending the army to areas overrun by organized crime has become the default government response. However, this often does little to alter the...
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Calderon Refuses to Back Down from Use of Army to Fight Crime

Mexico's President Felipe Calderon defended his use of the army to combat organized crime in the country, saying that any increase in violence would only encourage...