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

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»

The upcoming issue of Time features Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, on its cover. That has made the magazine more than a few new enemies. But it’s the accompanying front-page headline that really clinched the Mexicans’ ire: SAVING MEXICO. Read more»

A taxi cab in 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»

A coca farmer in Columbia with his crop.

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»

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»

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»

President Obama with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Saturday during the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.

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»

President Obama with Mexican President Felipe Calderón (right) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on April 2 at the White House. Obama and Calderón are in Cartagena, Colombia, this weekend for the Summit of the Americas.

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

President Obama shakes hands with Mexican President Felipe Calderón on March 3, 2011.

Barack Obama will likely hear pointed criticism from allies over the U.S.-backed drug war and monetary policy during the Summit of the Americas this weekend in Colombia. Read more»

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called FARC leado Alfonso Cano's death at the hands of Colombian troops the biggest blow sustained by the guerrilla group in its history, and urged FARC to lay down arms.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — or FARC — has vowed to continue its struggle despite the death of the Marxist guerrilla group's supreme commander, Alfonso Cano, in a military operation. Read more»