Items tagged with violence

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Making a mountain out of a molehill: myths on youth and crime in Saint Lucia [15.12.2014] Caribbean states face challenges of youth involvement in crime, violence, gangs and other anti-social activities. It is not uncommonly heard the “dru ...
Drugs, armed conflict and peace [14.07.2014] This policy briefing analyses the results of the partial agreement on drugs reached at the talks being held in Havana between the Revolutionary Armed ...
Legalizing medical marijuana may actually reduce crime, study says [26.03.2014] Legalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime, according to a new study. In fact, legalized medical pot may reduce some violent crime, inc ...
Why the mayor of Copenhagen wants to get into the marijuana business [02.03.2014] The city of Copenhagen should be growing its own weed, said its mayor. According to Social Democrat Frank Jensen, the Danish capital can only get a g ...
Eyes Wide Shut: Corruption and Drug-Related Violence in Rosario [30.12.2013] In Rosario, Argentina, the presence of criminal organisations involved in drug trafficking was a low priority for the government until New Year’s day ...
Do falling murders in Rio mean success for Brazil's UPPs? [18.12.2013] Homicides have fallen 65 percent in the Rio de Janeiro favelas where Police Pacification Units have been installed during four years of the flagship ...
Why do Brazilian police kill? [20.11.2013] An average of five people were killed by police every day in Brazil last year, according to an annual security report, revealing an entrenched cultur ...
Whither Rio de Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units? [18.11.2013] Rio de Janeiro’s Pacification Police Units (UPP) are celebrating their fifth year in 2013. They do so with generally positive approval ratings from t ...
Let the gangs wither and the state turn a profit [04.11.2013] As a law enforcement professional, I was waiting impatiently for the government’s recommendations for fighting gang crime. I’ve been especially impat ...
Rio police charged over torture and death of missing favela man [02.10.2013] Ten police in Rio de Janeiro have been charged with the torture and killing of a resident of the city's biggest favela in a case that has highlighted ...
Breaking the taboo about drugs [17.05.2013] After more than four decades of a failed war on drugs, calls for a change in strategy are growing louder by the day. In Latin America, the debate is ...
In Latin America, U.S. focus shifts from drug war to economy [04.05.2013] Relationships with countries racked by drug violence and organized crime should focus more on economic development and less on the endless battles ag ...
Legalize marijuana and other ways U.S.-Mexico can win drug war [03.05.2013] There was a lot of drug-war hand-wringing in the U.S. leading up to President Obama’s visit to Mexico. That’s because Mexican President Peña Nieto is ...
The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas [30.04.2013] Latin America has emerged at the vanguard of efforts to promote debate on drug policy reform. For decades, Latin American governments largely followe ...
'They stole our dreams': blogger reveals cost of reporting Mexico's drug wars [02.04.2013] For three years it has chronicled Mexico's drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, ...
No one is safe from Argentina's drug war [25.02.2013] For years the country was largely untouched by the brutal cartels that control the drug trade in Latin America. But an eight-year-old boy is proof th ...
Mexico goes after the narcos [24.02.2013] Gang-outreach schemes, community centers, employment projects and construction programs aimed at transforming chaotic urban jungles. “There is a comp ...
Report: Mexico disappearances constitute 'crisis' [19.02.2013] Human Rights Watch called Mexico's anti-drug offensive "disastrous" in the report Mexico's Disappeared: The Enduring Cost of a Crisis Ignored, that c ...
Mexico unveils new strategy in war on drugs and for preventing crime [12.02.2013] Mexico's new administration has offered the first details of its new strategy in the country's war on drugs, saying the government will spend $9.2bn ...
The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context [31.01.2013] The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of curre ...
Guatemala's president: 'My country bears the scars from the war on drugs' [18.01.2013] This is at the heart of the awakening in Latin America, a feeling that drugs prohibition has allowed rich and powerful cartels to rise to such promin ...
Mexico changes stance in drug war – but little difference seen from Calderón [17.12.2012] Mexico's new president has outlined a security strategy aimed at reducing drug war-related violence that, rhetorically at least, contrasts starkly wi ...
Turning over a new leaf [30.11.2012] Faced with this soiled wedge between state legislation and federal law within the United States, Mexico's President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto and his ...
The Northern Triangle’s drugs-violence nexus [28.11.2012] Mexico has occupied the limelight when it comes to media attention focusing on drug-related violence in Latin America. However, it is actually Centra ...
Mexico's drug war bright spot hides dark underbelly [27.11.2012] For four years, Ciudad Juárez on the border with Texas was convulsed by daily slaughter, becoming the murder capital of the world and a shocking illu ...
"Impossible" to end drug trade, says Calderón [23.11.2012] Ending the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is “impossible”, according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s outgoing president. In an intervi ...
Latin America looks to Europe for drug fighting models [17.11.2012] Latin American countries are turning to Europe for lessons on fighting drugs after souring on the prohibition-style approach of the violent and costl ...
Narco-states grope for new strategy [04.11.2012] Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala face the need to modify their approach to the fight against drug trafficking and are urging the world to do the same. ...
Legalising marijuana: The view from Mexico [02.11.2012] Voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington will vote on whether to legalise marijuana. Polls suggest that the initiatives have a decent chance of pass ...
Hit Mexico’s Cartels With Legalization [01.11.2012] We have to face up to the hard reasons why thousands of young men (and some women) with full mental faculties have become serial killers. These reaso ...
Mexico study: US legalization cuts cartel profits [30.10.2012] A study released by a respected Mexican think tank asserts that proposals to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado, Oregon and Washi ...
Op-ed: Approve I-502, legalize marijuana and cripple organized crime in B.C. [29.10.2012] Passing Initiative 502 is one of the best ways to reduce international gang violence? Like the violent cartels gripping Mexico, British Columbia is a ...
Could drug decriminalization save Brazil’s slums? [24.10.2012] Brazil has been struggling with drug violence for years. The problem got so bad that the country passed a law in 2006 to distinguish between dealers ...
AP Interview: Guatemala prez says legalize drugs [24.09.2012] Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is advocating the international legalization of drugs even as he is moving to fight narcotics cartels with the ...
Q&A: “Pacification of favelas not a real public policy yet” [17.09.2012] The "pacification" of the favelas in this Brazilian city, aimed at driving out armed groups and fighting drug trafficking, has not yet become a fully ...
Cannabis trade 'explosion' causing surge in gun violence, police warn [10.09.2012] Penalties for growing and selling cannabis must be toughened because a surge in the trade is driving up shootings and gang-related violence, a senior ...
Colombian prosecutor calls for drug legalisation referendum [20.08.2012] Colombia's chief public prosecutor has called for a referendum on whether to legalise drug consumption, in response to plans to set up a network of p ...
A breakthrough in the making? [25.06.2012] Remarkable drug policy developments are taking place in Latin America. This is not only at the level of political debate, but is also reflected in ac ...
Drugs: The Rebellion in Cartagena [23.05.2012] The startling, unprogrammed, and rebellious discussion about drugs that took place among hemispheric leaders in April at a summit in Cartagena, Colom ...
Mérida: continued support for a failed strategy [21.05.2012] Some five years ago, after Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón declared a War on Drugs followed by a firm military crackdown on drug trafficking organ ...
War on drugs: There has to be a better way [24.04.2012] The most important story of the Summit of the Americas was the Latin American demand to open the debate on an alternative to the ‘war on drugs’. The ...
What comes after the war on drugs [19.04.2012] At the Summit of the Americas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed doubt about the war on drugs. “I think what everybody believes and agrees with ...
Time for open, informed debate on drug policy [18.04.2012] Latin American leaders have said recently that the West’s "war on drugs" has failed, and a new book from the International Institute for Strategic St ...
A Better Strategy to Combat Organized Crime in Mexico and Central America [12.04.2012] The Cartagena Summit of the Americas where heads of state will meet in middle April comes at a time of acute crime crisis in Latin America and growin ...
Latin American countries pursue alternatives to U.S. drug war [09.04.2012] When President Obama arrives in Colombia for a hemispheric summit this weekend, he will hear Latin American leaders say that the U.S.-orchestrated wa ...
'War on drugs' has failed, say Latin American leaders [08.04.2012] 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 ...
Time for Obama to join the debate over the failed war on drugs [08.04.2012] All wars end. Eventually. Even the war on drugs – resilient for so long – is starting to show signs of exhaustion. It is 42 years since President Nix ...
We have to find new solutions to Latin America's drugs nightmare [08.04.2012] Guatemala will not fail to honour any of its international commitments to fighting drug trafficking. But nor are we willing to continue as dumb witne ...
Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico [29.03.2012] Mexico has experienced an unprecedented rise in crime and violence over the past five years with over 47,000 people killed in crime related violence ...
Salvadoran leader: I wasn't involved in gang truce [27.03.2012] President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador denied that his government had rewarded his country's two largest street gangs for striking a truce credited ...

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