Is Now the Time for Countries to Legalize Street Drugs?

Is Now the Time for Countries to Legalize Street Drugs?

Along with Sanho, policy analysts at the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation were asked to participate. Here’s the question, along with Sanho’s response: Question: In recent months, three sitting Latin American presidents have suggested that...

[VIDEO] Peru’s Cocaine War: Traffickers vs. Farmers

Peru has now overtaken Colombia as the largest cocaine exporter in the world. Some regions produce huge quantities of coca leaves and coca paste – which is then turned into pure cocaine destined for Europe, Asia and Latin America. Until recently, the government...
Obama’s Mexicogate?

Obama’s Mexicogate?

A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels — overseen by U.S. government agents — threatens to become a major scandal for the Obama administration. The operation, called “Fast and Furious,” was run out of the...
The Murdered Women of Juarez

The Murdered Women of Juarez

Marisela Escobedo’s life changed forever in August 2008 when her 16-year-old daughter Rubi failed to come home. What was left of Rubi’s body was found months later in a dump — 39 pieces of charred bone. Rubi became one more macabre statistic in...
Mexico: Pact with the Devil?

Mexico: Pact with the Devil?

Mexican President Felipe Calderón can point to a significant catalog of accomplishments under his watch, from a handful of key legislative reforms to his government’s praiseworthy response to the swine flu epidemic in 2009. Far better known to most...

The New U.S.-Mexico War

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has made it a top priority to rid his country of ruthless drug cartels. The response has been unprecedented violence across Mexico, with ruthless killings taking place in public squares and a Mexican police force scared to take to the...

Is The War On Drugs Coming to An End?

Tipping points are easy to identify in retrospect, but much more difficult to predict in advance. What prospects does an Obama administration pose for the disastrous war on drugs? Using a multimedia presentation, IPS Fellow Sanho Tree will examine the confluence of...

A Violent Mexican ‘Independence’ Day

Throughout Mexican modern history, millions have gathered in the country’s central squares every year on the eve of our Independence Day, September 16, to give out the traditional “shout” of independence. This year, the celebration turned into...