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The cover of Colombia’s Semana magazine depicts a photo which should warm the cockles of any decent heart: the indigenous people of Cauca carrying an armed soldier, one of many who had invaded their land, away from their town. The story of the resistance in Cauca was simply amazing, as indigenous, armed with nothing more than sticks, chased away the U.S.
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“Americans will do anything for Latin America except read about it.” – James Reston
Guatemala's president Otto Perez Molina believes a new approach to Latin America's war on drugs is urgently needed. Photograph: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images A historic meeting of Latin America's leaders, to be attended by Barack Obama , will hear serving heads of state admit that the war on drugs has been a failure and that alternatives to prohibition must now be found.
Last week, you would have been lucky to find even a small blurb in a few newspapers about but another journalist killed in post-coup Honduras — the 19th in the last two years, making Honduras by far the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist. Indeed, Honduras is now the murder capital of the world.
Vice President Joe Biden landed in Mexico City last night and he’s left little doubt about his mission—to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes at a time of mounting calls to end prohibitionist laws and the drug war model.