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Even the 99 percent get kidnapped in Mexico

With ransoms set as low as $250, now more lower-class Mexicans can ‘afford’ an abduction. Although, sometimes they’re killed anyway. “If there’s anything democratic in Morelos, it’s kidnapping,” says Gerardo Becerra, 56, a businessman who is leading a citizens’ anti-crime protest movement in Cuernavaca.... Read more»

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Latin America: The cost of murder

The human toll of Latin America’s violence is well documented. Now experts are gauging the loss in dollars and cents.... Read more»

Colombians face deadly risks of returning to stolen land: HRW report

Millions of people have been displaced by the drug war. Those attempting to reclaim their land are walking a dangerous path.... Read more»

Death Cab for Colombia

It’s called “the millionaire’s ride” and that’s no exaggeration. It works like this: With passengers in tow, unscrupulous taxi drivers suddenly stop to pick up accomplices who then force their victims, at gun or knife point, to pull out their debit and credit cards and withdraw millions of Colombian pesos from ATMs.... Read more»

Is Colombia winning the drug war?

The annual United Nations survey on coca plant production in the Andean region serves as a kind of drug war report card — yet it’s hard to tell whether Colombia is passing or failing.... Read more»

Analysis

Latin America: Divided we stand

United and integrated, the region would be a force to reckon with on the world stage. But does Latin America’s unification reality match up to the rhetoric?... Read more»

Analysis

Global power will shift by 2030

A new U.S. intelligence report forecasts an end to U.S. predominance.... Read more»1

Venezuela president

Hugo Chavez, undergoing cancer treatment, names successor

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned to Cuba to undergo more cancer treatment, and has for the first time named a successor.... Read more»

Mexico: Calderon’s legacy of blood and busts

Despite his military offensive, outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon couldn’t destroy the drug cartels.... Read more»

Journalists missing, killed in Latin America

It’s been another week of chilling reminders of the high risks for journalists in parts of Latin America, with two killings turning the news lens on reporters. Now, a possible kidnapping in Colombia has put the danger further into focus.... Read more»

Comic: Politics

Close Protection

What happens in Cartagena stays in Cartagena ... until you decide to stiff the hookers and they complain. Loudly. To (eventually) your boss. The President. Of the United States.... Read more»

In Latin America, 'critical mass' urges end to drug war

When leaders want to revise their drug laws, they go to Ethan Nadelmann for advice. GlobalPost interviewed him about the state of the “legalize it” debate in the Americas.... Read more»

Analysis

Cuba policy costs Obama at Summit of the Americas

Forget the horny Secret Service agents and their Colombian hookers. It was U.S. diplomacy that really got screwed at this weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Cartagena.... Read more»

Summit of the Americas

Peru backs the U.S. in the war on drugs

As some Latin American leaders call for legalization of narcotics, Peru — a leading coca grower — remains opposed. A former anti-drug czar-turned-dissident explains why.... Read more»1

Summit of the Americas

Obama: Legalization not the answer to drug war

Speaking at the Summit of the Americas, President Barack Obama on Saturday told Latin American leaders that legalization was not the answer to the drug war.... Read more»1

Can U.S. snuff out Latin America’s ‘legalize it’ push?

The growing backlash against the U.S.-led drug war, including bold new talk of drug decriminalization from some Latin American countries, will likely be chatter at this weekend’s Summit of the Americas.... Read more»

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