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    Algo se mueve en la lucha contra la droga

    Jorge Castañeda
    30 Diciembre 2012
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    Estos dos meses finales del año que concluye se han producido más cambios de gran alcance en materia de legalización de las drogas en América Latina y en Estados Unidos que en décadas enteras. Han tenido lugar tres transformaciones fundamentales; en sí mismas, cada una de ellas sería crucial; en su conjunto pueden conducir tanto a una refundación política en el seno de muchos Gobiernos, y a mutaciones sociales en el seno de varios países.

  2. Leaders in Latin America call for review of drug policy after 2 U.S. states vote to legalize marijuana

    12 Noviembre 2012
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    A group of Latin American leaders declared that votes by two U.S. states to legalize marijuana have important implications for efforts to quash drug smuggling, offering the first government reaction from a region increasingly frustrated with the U.S.-backed war on drugs. The declaration by the leaders of Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica did not explicitly say they were considering weakening their governments' efforts against marijuana smuggling, but it strongly implied the votes last week in Colorado and Washington would make enforcement of marijuana bans more difficult.

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    Los países productores de marihuana ven con expectación los cambios en EE UU

    11 Noviembre 2012
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    Seis días después del referendo llevado a cabo en Colorado y Washington (EE UU), mediante el cual fueron legalizados en esos estados la producción y el comercio de la marihuana, los mandatarios de Belice, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala y México han demandado a la comunidad internacional una revisión de sus políticas antidroga por las implicaciones en los países que padecen la violencia de los carteles del narcotráfico.

  4. Drug legalization in Latin America: Could it be the answer?

    Gene Bolton
    15 Octubre 2012
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    Washington’s hard-lined anti-legalization position is unlikely to waiver regardless of who wins the upcoming U.S. presidential election. A more important question lies in Washington’s loss of influence within the region over the last ten years. As a result, the potential for legalization makes the overall political ramifications unpredictable for the region. This is especially true when it comes to Uruguay, a country that will soon be voting on the world’s first legalization legislation.

  5. AP Interview: Guatemala prez says legalize drugs

    Associated Press
    24 Septiembre 2012
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    Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is advocating the international legalization of drugs even as he is moving to fight narcotics cartels with the biggest military buildup in the Central American country since its long and bloody civil war. The president said the traditional war on drugs had failed over the past half century, and that the United States' inability to deal with its drug consumption problem left Central America with no option but to promote legalizing drugs in some way.

  6. Drugs: The Rebellion in Cartagena

    Alma Guillermoprieto
    23 Mayo 2012
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    The startling, unprogrammed, and rebellious discussion about drugs that took place among hemispheric leaders in April at a summit in Cartagena, Colombia, barely mentioned addiction, because it’s too late for that. The discussion that for the first time in forty years challenged the United States’ dominance on drug issues focused urgently instead on the ways that the financial health, political stability, and national security of virtually every country in the Americas has been undermined by the drug trade.

  7. War on drugs: There has to be a better way

    24 Abril 2012
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    The most important story of the Summit of the Americas was the Latin American demand to open the debate on an alternative to the ‘war on drugs’. The emergence of an increasingly independent and assertive Latin America insisting on a change of direction on drugs reflects an important shift in the terms of the relationship with the United States. Clamor for “democratization” of the debate and a search for new alternatives stems from the perception that Latin American societies pay a disproportionate price in lost lives, hijacked justice systems, abuses in overcrowded prisons, and displaced small farmers, because of the U.S.-led strategy that has prioritized stemming the supply of drugs over reducing its own demand.

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    EEUU sólo reaccionará a propuestas concretas sobre despenalización de droga

    18 Abril 2012
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    Estados Unidos no reaccionará a conceptos como "despenalización, descriminalización o reducción de daños" de las drogas, sino a propuestas concretas y detalladas, dijo el secretario de Asuntos Internacionales de Narcóticos del Departamento de Estado, William Brownfield. "No vamos a reaccionar a conceptos, vamos a reaccionar a propuestas concretas y detalladas", afirmó Brownfield en referencia a la discusión desatada por la propuesta del presidente de Guatemala, Otto Pérez, de discutir la legalización de las drogas.

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    Legalizar drogas no es solución: EU

    18 Abril 2012
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    El zar antidrogas de la administración de Barack Obama, Gil Kerlikowske, dijo ayer que la legalización de las drogas es “inhumana”, con lo que salió al paso del clamor que desde distintos puntos del hemisferio se ha multiplicado para exigir el debate sobre la despenalización de las drogas.

  10. Obama and the failed war on drugs

    Bernd Debusmann
    15 Abril 2012
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    Long before he was in a position to change his country's policies, Barack Obama had firm views on a complex problem: "The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws. We need to rethink how we're operating the drug war." That was in January 2004. Forward to April 2012 and a summit of Latin American leaders, several of whom have become vocal critics of the U.S.-driven war on drugs, in the Colombian city of Cartagena. More than three years into his presidency, Obama made clear that he is not in favor of legalizing drugs or of ending policies that treat drug users as criminals.

  11. Latin American countries pursue alternatives to U.S. drug war

    09 Abril 2012
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    When President Obama arrives in Colombia for a hemispheric summit this weekend, he will hear Latin American leaders say that the U.S.-orchestrated war on drugs, which criminalizes drug use and employs military tactics to fight gangs, is failing and that broad changes need to be considered. Latin American leaders say they have not developed an alternative model to the approach favored by successive American administrations. But the Colombian government says a range of options — including decriminalizing possession of drugs, legalizing marijuana use and regulating markets — will be debated at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena.

  12. Time for Obama to join the debate over the failed war on drugs

    Icaria Editorial
    08 Abril 2012
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    All wars end. Eventually. Even the war on drugs – resilient for so long – is starting to show signs of exhaustion. It is 42 years since President Nixon introduced the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. The act set out to reduce or eliminate the production, supply and consumption of illegal drugs. A year later, after a report revealed a heroin epidemic among US servicemen in Vietnam, the Nixon administration coined the phrase "war on drugs".

  13. U.S. Facing Bold New Calls for “Drug War” Alternatives

    Ekow Bartels-Kodwo
    02 Abril 2012
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    At a poorly attended summit of Central American leaders, President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala reiterated calls for the decriminalization of recreational drug use. Although some former heads of state have called for such a solution, Molina became the first sitting head of state to openly advocate for such a controversial stance when speaking at the Central American Security Summit in Antigua, Guatemala. Billed initially as a groundbreaking summit during which “alternative solutions” to the War on Drugs were to be discussed, the conference’s emphasis on how to manage the War on Drugs, as well as talk of decriminalization, were sidelined before the conference even began.

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    Pérez acusa a EE.UU. por boicot de Cumbre

    30 Marzo 2012
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    El presidente Otto Pérez denunció que Estados Unidos utilizó al mandatario salvadoreño, Mauricio Funes, para boicotear la reunión de jefes de Estado del Istmo que se realizó el pasado 24 de marzo en Antigua, con el fin de discutir sobre nuevas rutas para combatir el narcotráfico, incluida la despenalización de las drogas. Según Pérez, William Brownfield, subsecretario Adjunto del Departamento para Asuntos Antinarcóticos, le confirmó la preocupación respecto de que los mandatarios del área pudieran llevar una propuesta conjunta a la Cumbre de las Américas, programada para abril en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. (Funes niega)

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    Entre Guatemala y Washington

    Emilio Ruchansky
    11 Marzo 2012
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    Otto Pérez Molina no deja de subir la apuesta. El presidente de Guatemala está convencido de que regular la producción, traslado y comercialización de drogas es la salida a los altísimos niveles de violencia que produce la prohibición. Primero envió a su canciller Harold Caballeros a debatir el tema ante la secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton, el 21 de febrero pasado. La semana pasada, en Honduras, mientras el vicepresidente norteamericano Joe Biden firmaba acuerdos para una puesta común en la lucha contra el crimen organizado dedicado al tráfico de drogas en Centroamérica, Pérez Molina insistió con la regulación de las drogas.

  16. 'This Debate Will No Longer be Suppressed'

    09 Marzo 2012
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    Latin American leaders are increasingly speaking out against prohibition. And public opinion in America, especially when it comes to legalizing pot, is shifting very rapidly. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has wrapped up a trip to Mexico and Honduras, where he held talks with Central American leaders on regional security efforts and drug trafficking. Biden’s visit comes amid an emerging rift between the Obama administration and its Central American allies on the drug war. There is a growing belief among Central American leaders that decriminalization and legalization of some drugs could help reduce the power of drug cartels and reduce the bloodshed connected to the drug war.

  17. Just say no

    05 Marzo 2012
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    Given the recent calls by several Latin American presidents for a debate on legalising drugs, would the United States show any flexibility in its stance on prohibition? “None,” was the answer of Joe Biden, America’s vice-president, who was in Mexico City on March 5th to meet the three main contenders in July’s presidential race. Mr Biden arrived under unprecedented pressure from regional presidents for the United States to give way on prohibition, which many in the region blame for generating appalling violence.

  18. VP Biden goes to Latin American amid drug debate

    02 Marzo 2012
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    Vice President Joe Biden heads to Latin America Sunday amid unprecedented pressure from political and business leaders to talk about something U.S. officials have no interest in debating: decriminalizing drugs. Presidents of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Mexico, all grappling with the extremely violent fallout of a failing drug war, have said in recent weeks they'd like to open up the discussion of legalizing drugs. Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Mexico already allow the use of small amounts of marijuana for personal consumption, while political leaders from Brazil and Colombia are discussing alternatives to locking up drug users.

  19. Interview: Guatemala president says drug war can’t be fought with arms

    15 Febrero 2012
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    Guatemala’s first president with a military background in 25 years said Tuesday the drug war can’t be won with arms alone, and pledged that his administration will focus on fighting hunger, which he called a security problem. In an interview with The Associated Press one day after he promised to propose legalizing drugs in Guatemala, President Otto Perez Molina said the Central American country isn’t following U.S. orders, despite American opposition to legalization.

  20. Guatemala president weighs drug legalization, blames US for not reducing consumption

    14 Febrero 2012
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    U.S. inability to cut illegal drug consumption leaves Guatemala with no option but to consider legalizing the use and transport of drugs, President Otto Perez Molina said, a remarkable turnaround for an ex-general elected on a platform of crushing organized crime with an iron fist. Perez said he will try to win regional support for drug legalization at an upcoming summit of Central American leaders next month.