Drug Policy

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 06:01
Plan Colombia is a joint effort by the Colombian and U.S. governments, initiated in 1999 to end the armed conflict, ongoing since the 1960s, between left-wing guerrilla groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and governmental forces.
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 07:20
President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed an immediate crackdown on drugs, dealers and their dens at the Coast.
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 06:45
An approach similar to the failed "drug war" in Colombia continues in Peru with rampant human rights violations, according to analysts and activists.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 06:26
So much for Tio Sam's war on drugs. Skeptics are less enthusiastic. Soon after the UN announced its survey, critics noted that the report focused on the coca leaf but omitted data on how much of the crop is being converted to cocaine. And without that data, the heralded fall in coca may be an optical illusion.
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 11:50
A record 55,000 hectares (just over 210 square miles) of coca were destroyed in 2013-14 — dropping the Peru to No. 2 behind Colombia in land area under coca cultivation. Peru nevertheless remains the world's top cocaine-producing nation. Thousands of Peruvians who have lost their livelihoods to the government's campaign to destroy the plant used to make cocaine.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 07:06
Colombia’s National Police has sent a commission of high-profile officials to Mexico to help find “El Chapo,” the recently escaped leader of the feared Sinaloa Cartel, newspaper El Tiempo reported on Tuesday.
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 07:08
Not only are there questions over how appropriately the security forces react in confrontations with civilians, but the importance of the military itself in Mexico's democracy may yet come under scrutiny.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 06:18
Opinion on drugs in Latin America varies widely, with neighbors often differing sharply. Across the region, marijuana is viewed as less dangerous than both alcohol and tobacco.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 07:09
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in an annual report that 106,000 acres of land were used to grow coca in 2014, down 14% from 123,000 acres the prior year.
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 06:47
Once again, there are significant discrepancies between how much coca the White House estimates is grown in Colombia, versus numbers from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).