Category Archives: Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas

Around Latin America

-Peru has launched its biggest exhumation ever, as it tries to find victims from the violence between the Shining Path and the Peruvian state between 1980 and 2000. -Peru is not the only country exhuming victims of violence. In an … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Two former executives from Ford in Argentina have been charged (among other things) with having ties to the abduction of 24 workers for Ford during the military regime of 1976-1983. -El Salvador’s presidential election is shaping up to be a … Continue reading

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Colombian Smugglers Caught [Insert Bad Pun about “Habits” Here]

It seems probable that, as a security agent at an airport, you’re used to seeing all kinds of outfits, including some that you see regularly – businessmen, troops deploying, religious figures, to the point where you could spot a fake … Continue reading

Posted in Colombia, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Inequalities in the Americas

Security In Latin America

Just the Facts has an excellent breakdown on security in Latin America in a variety of areas. Among the numbers: Only one in every 300 guns circulating in Mexico is legal and documented. Bolivia is spending $35-40 million US dollars … Continue reading

Posted in Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Latin America, Violence in the Americas

Preemptively Predicting the Challenges Facing a Drug-Treatment Program

Historians often are uncomfortable predicting future events; just because a familiarity with the past helps understand possible outcomes going forward does not mean we’re comfortable picking just one of those (usually many) possibilities. That said, I feel confident in suggesting … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, São Paulo

Around Latin America

-In Mexico, families of some of the more than 20,000 people missing due to drug violence or other causes asked the federal government to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the issue. -As the FARC announced that its ceasefire will end on January … Continue reading

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Coca Leaves No Longer An Illegal Drug, Says UN

Well, this is something: Traditional uses of the coca leaf in Bolivia will no longer be considered illegal under a United Nations antidrug convention, the organization said Friday. Coca is the plant used to make cocaine, but many people in Bolivia, which has a … Continue reading

Posted in Bolivia, Colombia, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Indigenous Peoples, Peru, United States

The “Disappeared” In the Twenty-First Century

While the notion of “the disappeared” in Latin America has existed since at least the 1960s and 1970s, when military regimes kidnapped, murdered, and hid or destroyed the bodies of alleged “subversives,” victims of authoritarian regimes are not the only … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In the wake of his re-election this past Sunday, Hugo Chávez has named Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro his new vice president. I originally suggested that, in the wake of the election, one of the big questions would be whether Chávez … Continue reading

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On the Colombian Government’s Peace Talks with FARC and the Issue of Paramilitary Groups

After unconfirmed reports started emerging this past weekend, yesterday Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos confirmed that the Colombian government will hold peace talks with representatives from the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), a guerrilla group that has been one of … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, Human Rights Issues, Latin American Militaries, Paramilitary Groups, War in Latin America