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Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach in Peru

Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach in Peru and they may be boosting their cocaine trade with Europe in the process.... Read more»

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Colombia: Prospering economy overshadows thousands of political prisoners

As business booms, at least 4,000 political prisoners remain jailed, often for social activism.... Read more»

Hippos once owned by Pablo Escobar are on the run – and considered dangerous

A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is on the run. If Colombian authorities don’t figure out a way to capture, or at least control, the fugitives soon, they may meet the same end as their former owner.... Read more»

Why less coca does not equal less cocaine

The area sown with coca, the key ingredient in cocaine and crack, is at an all-time low. That’s according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which released its annual World Drug Report Thursday, crediting the record to a 25 percent reduction in Colombia’s fields, one of just three countries where coca is grown.... Read more»

Here's what else is happening in the Americas besides the World Cup

Believe it or not, there are things going on in South America right now that have nothing to do with Brazil’s soccer mega-event.... Read more»

Just 2 percent of Latin Americans are rated as having free media

Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says.... Read more»

Red wine or white, sir, with your guinea pig?

For the rest of the world, guinea pigs may be perfectly cute, low-maintenance pets, or disposable lab test subjects. But in the Andes, where the species evolved, they have a very different use — lunch.... Read more»

Why Maduro's right about Venezuela food shortages

A look at what lies behind Venezuela’s food shortages.... Read more»

Colombia's controversial coca spraying could be the next drug war casualty

Last October an American anti-drug pilot was fumigating Colombian coca fields when Marxist guerrillas opened fire at his crop duster. Two bullets hit his left leg but the pilot managed to land safely in a cow pasture. He was lucky. Three weeks earlier, rebel gunfire brought down another anti-drug crop-dusting plane, killing the American pilot on board.... Read more»

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»

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

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