Uruguay’s deliberate, cautious implementation of its cannabis law has turned a new page: the seeds of the crop that will be sold on the country’s legal cannabis market are finally in the ground, and users will likely be able to purchase cannabis around the country in late 2016.
The Obama administration's fiscal year 2017 foreign aid budget request again includes substantial assistance for Central America to help address the violence, weak governance, and lack of economic opportunity driving migration from the region.
Guatemala has carried out one of the most remarkable crusades against corruption in the region’s history, leading to the arrest and trial of former president Otto Pérez Molina for his involvement in a massive corruption scheme and inspiring citizens in neighboring countries to call for robust anti-corruption mechanisms.
The new Local Repatriation Arrangements signed by the U.S. and Mexico represent important efforts of both governments to curtail many of the deportation practices that negatively affect repatriated Mexican migrants.
A walk-through of the 2017 aid request, and the likely congressional debate
15 Feb 2016
While an important and necessary improvement over past U.S. aid, "Peace Colombia" is a smaller, and more military-focused, program than it should be. The new package is different than what came before, but not radically different.