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US War on Asylum-Seekers Has Led to Mass Grave in Mexico

Common Dreams | 29 Jan 2023

The municipal cemetery of Tapachula in the Mexican state of Chiapas is a sprawling expanse overflowing with graves in colorful disrepair. Tombstones from centuries past crack and crumble, and the clutter is so extreme that, to reach certain parts of the graveyard, you must resign yourself to stepping on the dead. Some of the newer graves still host...

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Otoniel Pleads Guilty: Farewell to Colombia's Last Kingpin

InSight Crime | 26 Jan 2023

Otoniel, the fallen head of the Urabeños crime syndicate, has pleaded guilty to a raft of crimes in New York. His trial marks the end of an era in Colombia's drug trafficking world. Colombia's criminal underworld is now no longer dominated by powerful drug kingpins, those solitary figures with large private armies whose personal decisions...

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Argentina sets high hopes on cannabis exports with budding new agency

Reuters | 26 Jan 2023

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Argentina on Wednesday launched the first working group of a new national agency to regularize and promote the country's nascent cannabis industry, which ministers hope will create new jobs and exports generating fresh income for the South American nation. "This opens the door for Argentina to start a new path in terms...

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Former Colombian drug-trafficking magnate pleads guilty in US

Al Jazeera | 26 Jan 2023

A former Colombian drug trafficker has admitted to overseeing a vast network of criminal operations and cocaine smuggling, including a violent paramilitary group known as the Clan del Golfo or the Gulf Clan cartel. Dairo Antonio Usuga David, better known as Otoniel, pleaded guilty to charges of drug distribution and running a continuing criminal...

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Colombia shifts strategy in drug war away from coca eradication

Al Jazeera | 24 Jan 2023

Bogotá, Colombia — After promising to radically change Colombian drug policy, the administration of President Gustavo Petro has announced plans this month to reduce forced eradication efforts that, for decades, have remained one of the country’s chief strategies to curb coca, the raw ingredient in cocaine. Illegal coca farming is big business in...

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Nearly 900 Million Worldwide Wanted to Migrate in 2021

Gallup | 24 Jan 2023

Story Highlights Decade-high 16% of adults wanted to migrate permanently in 2021 U.S. still most desired destination, but less attractive now than before 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupted people’s mobility worldwide, but it didn’t stop them from wanting to move. In fact, Gallup surveys show that in the...

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Cities With the Worst Traffic in the World; 10 Are in the U.S.

The Citizens | 23 Jan 2023

Drivers wasted a lot of time and money being stuck in traffic last year. Here are the 30 worst cities for traffic. Try not to think about where you need to be in five minutes, or the $4-a-gallon gas you’re wasting as you sit idle in a traffic jam. Do you even have enough gas? Can you even get off the freeway to get gas? If you live in a city,...

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Colombia, ELN rebels to resume peace talks in Mexico in February

Reuters | 22 Jan 2023

CARACAS, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group said on Saturday they will resume peace talks in Mexico next month, overcoming a recent impasse after the government recently declared and then called off a bilateral ceasefire. There was a first cycle of talks last year in Caracas to end the guerrillas'...

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Brazil's President Lula sacks newly appointed Army chief after anti-govt riots

Hindustan Times | 22 Jan 2023

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sacked the commander of Brazil's army Saturday, two weeks after an election-denying mob loyal to his far-right predecessor ransacked the halls of power in Brasilia. The veteran leftist's dismissal of Julio Cesar de Arruda came a day before Lula was to make his first trip abroad -- to Argentina -- as he moves to...

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Autopsy Series: COVID-19 Vaccines Are Causing Sudden Cardiac Death?

The Epoch Times | 19 Jan 2023

Almost everyday in the news is another reported case of sudden, unexpected cardiac death. The vaccination status is carefully concealed in the report and any mention of past SARS-CoV-2 immunization appears to be scrubbed from the internet. Families maintain an airtight...

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Leaders Urge Action as New Science Shows Earth Systems at Tipping Point (World Economic Forum)

Public Technologies | 19 Jan 2023

) 1.5C warming will push critical Earth systems, including Greenland and West Antarctic icesheets, towards irreversible collapse, triggering 10 metre sea-level rise New science reveals connectivity between tipping points, with North and South Poles regulating stability of entire climate system Ground-breaking research defines safe, and just,...

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What's the Message to 46 Million Latin Americans?

Gallup | 18 Jan 2023

During the 2022 fiscal year, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended nearly 2.4 million migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally -- shattering the previous year’s record high. Migrants from Mexico and the Northern Triangle -- El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala -- accounted for more than half of all apprehensions. But the latest surge...

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Latin American cocaine cartels bring violence to Europe

Arab News | 16 Jan 2023

PARIS: “Seventy euros for one, 120 for two,” said the cocaine dealer as the young woman opened her door on Paris’ chic Left Bank. “I’m like all the delivery riders speeding around Paris dropping off sushi and groceries,” he smiled. “I get orders and I deliver them.” Getting cocaine in many of Europe’s big cities is now as easy as ordering a pizza....

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Colombia president asks to stop arrest of narco sought by US

Wtop | 14 Jan 2023

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s president is seeking to suspend arrest orders against some of the country’s biggest criminal suspects, including at least one individual wanted in the U.S. on narcotics charges, as part of an ambitious plan to dismantle armed groups that have long dominated the countryside. The request to suspend the...

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Czech Election Could Be Bellwether for Populism

Gallup | 13 Jan 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Czech Republic’s presidential election this weekend is the first of several political showdowns in Central Europe this year that could either stem the tide of populism or turn it into a flood. As Czechs prepare to replace longtime populist President Milos Zeman, Gallup surveys in 2022 suggest many are ready for some...

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Zero accountability: Dutch Deputy Prime Minister unaffected by transgressions

Free West Media | 12 Jan 2023

On Friday, Dutch data analyst Wouter Aukema published the research he and others conducted into government documents released after a FOI request, on an ancillary position of minister Sigrid Kaag. She is the Minister of Finance and First Deputy Prime Minister in the Fourth Rutte cabinet. Kaag was a member of the WHO Global Preparedness Monitoring...

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Death, Taxes, and Extortion: Why Latin American Companies Keep Paying Up

InSight Crime | 10 Jan 2023

A new report has delved into the inner workings of extortion techniques across Latin America, showing the constant innovation needed to ensure numerous businesses pay out fees to criminal groups with little complaint. After looking at extortion schemes in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, as well as Colombia...

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Brazil Protests Highlight Growing Rebellion Against Latin America’s Left-Wing Governments

The Epoch Times | 10 Jan 2023

It’s been called the “new pink tide” in Latin America—a widespread rise to power of leftist leaders that has swept...

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Social Media Users More Inclined to Browse Than Post Content

Gallup | 09 Jan 2023

Story Highlights Less than half of social media account holders post content at least occasionally Facebook, Instagram users most likely to post content Facebook and YouTube are used more frequently than other platforms WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. adults commonly engage with popular social media platforms but are more inclined to browse content on...

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Colombian President In Venezuela To Meet Maduro

MENA FN | 08 Jan 2023

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) AFP Caracas: Colombia's President Gustavo Petro traveled to Venezuela on Saturday to meet his counterpart Nicolas Maduro, their second face-to-face after a years-long diplomatic freeze. The trip came just days after the final reopening of the South American neighbors' shared border, closed in...