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Drug lords news and analysis from The Nation
June 22, 2017
Will Last Year’s Peace Treaty Survive, or Is the Past Prologue in Colombia?
An interview with historian Robert Karl on the country’s violent demobilization.
June 8, 2017
A Brutal Expulsion in Guatemala Shows How Neoliberalism Gets Greenwashed
Government and big media portray it as a conflict between squatters and conservationists, but it’s just as much about extraction, displacement, militarization, and narcotics.
January 5, 2017
Will the Trump Administration Approve a Military Deal Between Honduras and Israel?
Allowing the deal would be a powerful sign that the new administration plans to revive the Nixon Doctrine.
September 29, 2016
A Growing Grassroots Movement in Mexico Is Resisting the US-Backed Drug War
Citizens are protesting disappearances, searching mass graves, and demanding an end to impunity.
September 2, 2015
What’s Happening in Guatemala?
With its government about to fall, Guatemala is finally questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy of the post–Cold War world.
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July 9, 2015
Rudy Giuliani Stands to Make a Lot of Money Off El Salvador’s Crime
His twisted plan for combatting crime in Central America will lead to increased police repression and increased private investment payouts.
April 6, 2015
How to Create an Afghan Blackwater
How an American fantasy conflict created disaster in Afghanistan.
February 27, 2015
Why Is the US Still Spending Billions to Fund Mexico’s Corrupt Drug War?
Washington is providing equipment and training to compromised agencies—at the same time that it’s tracking their close ties to organized crime.
July 15, 2014
How the Mexican Drug Trade Thrives on Free Trade
While President Peña Nieto celebrates the Aztec Tiger, Mexico’s cartels reach deeper into the legal economy.
March 7, 2014
What Happens When Mexico’s Drug Kingpin Falls?
US officials claim the capture of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a major drug war victory. They're wrong.
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