February 4, 2013

America's Expanding Drug War in Latin America

Martha Mendoza, Associated Press

AP Photo

In the most expensive initiative in Latin America since the Cold War, the U.S. has militarized the battle against the traffickers, spending more than $20 billion in the past decade. U.S. Army troops, Air Force pilots and Navy ships outfitted with Coast Guard counternarcotics teams are routinely deployed to chase, track and capture drug smugglers. The sophistication and violence of the traffickers is so great that the U.S. military is training not only law enforcement agents in Latin American nations, but their militaries as well, building a network of expensive hardware, radar, airplanes, ships, runways and refueling stations to stem the tide of illegal drugs from South America to the U.S.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Mexico, Colombia, United States, Latin America, Drug War

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

January 29, 2013
Can Dilma Rousseff Fix Brazil?
Jaime Daremblum, RealClearWorld
Rousseff took office on New Year’s Day 2011, and she inherited a resource-rich economy that had grown by 7.5 percent in 2010. She also inherited a world-famous anti-poverty program (Bolsa Família) that has helped... more ››
January 25, 2013
Can Latin America Teach Europe Economics?
Padgett & Esposito, Time
If there were words for schadenfreude in Spanish and Portuguese, you might hear them uttered on the streets of Santiago this weekend. On Jan. 26 and 27, the Chilean capital will play host to a Latin American-European economic... more ››
January 30, 2013
Hugo Chavez: An Elected Autocrat
Rory Carroll, New Statesman
He kept power by bullying those who dissented -- and his departure leaves a dangerous vacuum. more ››
January 23, 2013
Venezuela Stuck in a David Foster Wallace Novel
Tyszka & Marcano, NYT
From the intensive care unit, the president "continues to perform his duties"; he gives orders and sends kisses to children. This is what his vice president says. According to the Supreme Court, the Congress cannot consider him... more ››
On Sunday night, Brazilian websites began posting the names, photos and bios of the 233 victims of that morning’s horrific nightclub fire in the southern city of Santa Maria. What stands out is that half of them were college... more ››