Latin American Program in the News: As Central America heads towards lawlessness a new drug strategy is neededAug 02, 2012
The growing drug problem has brought increased attention to Central America. A change in U.S. policy is necessary to help the region, and with such change there is potential to reduce the problem.
The largest gangs in El Salvador, Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18, have asked for the help of the Organization of American States in the peace process.
The White House Office on National Drug Control Policy said that Colombia is no longer the largest producer of cocaine in the world. Peru and Bolivia produced more cocaine in 2011 than Colombia.
Colombia saw an increase from the previous year in the amount of coca planted in 2011 though the amount of cocaine produced fell.
Read the English translation of Valor Economico's review of the positive and negative opinions of Brazil in the media and the effects of these reports on the population itself, with quotes from Paulo Sotero.
As the international community pressured Iran to cooperate in regard to its nuclear program, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went to Venezuela to meet with Hugo Chavez.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is considering whether to grant Julian Assange's request for asylum, a move that would offend the United States and the European Union.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad is to visit several Latin American countries.
With the global economic recovery at stake and Europe on the brink, the leaders of the G-20 nations are being hosted by President Calderón in Los Cabos, Mexico, as they seek to avoid crisis and stimulate sustainable growth. Top Mexican and U.S. experts met at the Wilson Center to discuss the summit.
Venezuela, which had over 19,000 murders last year, has banned private gun ownership. Only army, police, and certain security companies will be allowed to purchase guns.