Category Archives: Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas

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

Posted in Border Issues, Central America, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Human Rights Issues, Immigration, Mexico, The "Disappeared", United States

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

Posted in Abortion, Alberto Fujimori, Argentina, Around Latin America, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Caribbean, Democracy in the Americas, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Ecuador, Elections in Latin America, Gender and Sexuality, Guatemala, Human Rights Violations, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Politics, Mexico, Paramilitary Groups, Peru, Protests in Latin America, The Amazon, United States, Venezuela, Women's Rights

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

Yet More Paramilitary Ties to Colombian Ex-President Álvaro Uribe

Yesterday, Colombian ex-general Mauricio Santoro, one of former president Álvaro Uribe’s security chiefs, pled guilty to ties with right-wing paramilitary terrorist groups while avoiding facing charges of drug trafficking (in which paramilitary groups are also involved). Given how many top-ranking officials from the Uribe … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Paramilitary Groups

Around Latin America

-In a rare bit of good news, it appears the deforestation rate in the Amazon had once again dropped (though 2,049 square kilometers of deforestation is still a significant loss). -In Chile, a crackdown on Mapuche activists left at least … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion, Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Brazil, Children's Rights, Chile, Colombia, Deaths, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Honduras, Indigenous Peoples, Legal Issues in Latin America, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mexico, Peasant Movements, Police in the Americas, Prisoners' Rights, Protests in Latin America, The Amazon, Torture, Uruguay, Violence in the Americas, Women's Movements & Issues, Women's Rights

Logging, Social Conflict, and the (Absence of the) State in Mexico

The New York Times ran an excellent piece recently on the indigenous community of Cherán in the Mexican state of Michoacán. There, the cartels’ use of illegal logging has devastated not only the environment but the livelihood of the community, and … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict in the Americas, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Indigenous Peoples, Mexico, Violence in the Americas

The Long-Term Impacts of the 2009 Honduran Coup

As Greg Weeks points out, the 2009 coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya “blew open the door to more drug trafficking. How deeply has Honduras been brought into the drug-transportation network since the coup? According to the New York Times, … Continue reading

Posted in Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Honduras, Venezuela