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The New Narco State

May 19, 2012
Haley Cohen
Foreign Policy

Latin America’s drug war is spilling into Argentina and turning it into a hub of trafficking, consumption, and synthesis.

US Will Only React to Concrete Proposals on Decriminalization of Drugs

April 18, 2012
AFP
Univision, US

English Translation

The United States will not react to concepts such as “depenalization, decriminalization, or harm reduction” of drugs, rather, to concrete and detailed proposals, William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said on Wednesday.

Summit of the Americas ends without final declaration

April 15, 2012
Mark Kennedy
National Post

The Summit of the Americas ended without a final declaration but Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on fighting transnational crime: “What I think everybody believes and agrees with — and I’ll be frank myself — is that the current approach is not working. But it is not clear what we should do.”

U.S.-Colombia trade deal to take effect in May

April 15, 2012
CNN

Although the presidents of the Americas were unable to come to a consensus on drug legalization at the Summit of the Americas, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that the meeting was a success because “there was a debate for the first time” where “all the issues were put on the table and all the issues were debated. Before this wasn't done." The Organization of American States (OAS) was given a mandate to study the region’s strategy in fighting organized crime and drug trafficking.

Colombia calls for global drugs taskforce

April 14, 2012
Ed Vulliamy
The Guardian

At the Summit of the Americas, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos proposed the creation of a taskforce of experts, economists, and academics to evaluate global drug addiction, trafficking, and profits, in order to propose new strategies.

Obama: 'I Don't Mind A Debate' About Drug Legalization

April 14, 2012
Paige Lavender
Huffington Post

In an interview with Univision’s Enrique Acevedo prior to the Summit of the Americas, President Obama said: “I don’t mind a debate on issues such as decriminalization. I personally don't agree that that's a solution to the problem, but I think that, given the pressures that a lot of governments are under here -- under resourced, overwhelmed by violence -- it’s completely understandable that they would look for new approaches and we want to cooperate with them."

Colombian ex-president calls 'war on drugs' a failure

March 28, 2012
Christan Leonard
Colombia Reports

In an interview with RCN Radio, former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria called the U.S.-led "war on drugs" a failure and proposed decriminalization to curb the damages caused by prohibition.

Central America Moves Toward a Truly Regional Stance on Drugs

March 23, 2012
Rachel Schwartz
World Politics Review

In a historic meeting on March 24, 2012, Central American presidents will meet in Antigua, Guatemala, to discuss alternatives to the war on drugs.

US agrees to discuss drug legalization at regional summit

March 9, 2012
Christan Leonard
Colombia Reports

Despite the Obama administration maintaining a firm position against legalization, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer says that "we are ready to discuss the issue” at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia in April, which will be the first time that the US discusses drug legalization in a multilateral setting.

Obama’s drug war is in disarray

March 8, 2012
José R. Cárdenas
Foreign Policy

Recent public statements by Latin American presidents, including the heads of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, on the need for discussing the legalization or decriminalization of drugs has put the Obama administration on the offensive, including sending Vice-President Biden to the region.

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