Mexico is a hub through which cocaine is smuggled from Peru, Colombia and Bolivia to reach the United States. In 2017, it had its deadliest year on record with 29,168 reported murders--higher than the murder rate at the height of Mexico’s drug war in 2011, according to government data. … [Read more...] about Latin America Must Make Drugs Legal to Stop Killings, Says United Nations Chief
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There are other key problems, including gangs and gang-related violence. "Organized crime and related illegal economies are a prime driver of violence in Latin America and the Caribbean," explained InSight Crime, an organization that researches crime in Latin America, earlier this year. This helps explain why the victims are overwhelmingly male (at least 80 percent) and young (the majority are between the ages of 15 and 29). … [Read more...] about Latin America is the world’s most violent region. A new report investigates why.
“President Trump has been very clear … in terms of his economic policies that the Chinese economic aggression in the region has not been productive for the hemisphere and that the United States should remain the partner of choice for them,” an administration official said on a conference call with reporters. … [Read more...] about Trump to Urge Latin America to Reject China at Summit of the Americas
Altcoins such as ether, zcash and Dash are slowly gaining mainstream recognition across the region as well. Most Latin American countries have populations that still remember catastrophic inflation or brutal government censorship. Chile’s military dictatorship lasted until 1990, Argentina’s until 1983. Brazil weathered a crippling banking crisis just thirty years ago and is still trudging uphill towards economic stability. These are just a few examples out of dozens. So phrases like "financial sovereignty" are more than buzzwords for Latin American cryptocurrency users. "Cryptocurrencies in Latin America are especially useful because in many countries down here, the governments tend to restrict access to foreign currencies,” Gomez said. “Censorship resistance has value." … [Read more...] about What Is Petro? Bitcoin Users In Latin America Seek Financial Freedom
In March, conservative politician Sebastian Piñera took power for the second time in Chile, replacing Michelle Bachelet at the helm of what remains the continent’s wealthiest and most prosperous nation. Although not considered a hardliner, he has received criticism for appointing members of his cabinet with ties to the Pinochet dictatorship. He has sought to lead a pro-business administration and has been one of the leading voices against the Maduro regime, describing the situation as a “tragedy in every sense of the word.” … [Read more...] about Crash of the Pink Tide: Latin America Continues Shift Rightwards in 2018