The question is, "Will Hondurans really be safer with thousands of military police walking around armed to the teeth?" Given the history of the military in Honduras and other Latin American countries, it is right to be worried about the answer.
How much of this money is used to corrupt the security forces along the borders of source countries? How much of this money is used to bribe police or is laundered through financial institutions? These are not impacts of drug use. They are impacts of a policy that does not accept real-world conditions.
We crave real portrayals of people like ourselves: people who can be confused, get angry, celebrate joyous moments and sometimes feel rejected and unloved. James Gandolfini made Tony Soprano, the Jersey mob boss, one of us.
When the Smiths arrived that evening, Honey gave John's Gucci loafers a good sniff. He passed her test, and she went on her way without so much as a snarl. Her indifference came as something of a relief. I believe dogs possess a sixth sense about people.
Let's assume we're talking about a total of 34,500 police officers and military personnel. If we assume that they're receiving an average monthly wage of US $350, then the Honduran government has to come up with slightly over US $12 million a month to pay these people.
Anyway, I never gave much thought to Goodfellas being a cinematic template for the kinds of schemes, scams and financial shenanigans pulled off by the Wall Street mob until recently.
This is a good time to visit no matter the likely gentrification that will almost surely wash away the ancient city's singular story.
Stefan Popov is trying to change the image of Bulgaria as the Wild East frontier of the European Union. He heads up an organization called Risk Monitor, which shines a light on the more shadowy recesses of Bulgaria's illegal economy.
Killing Them Softly does a wonderful job of creating a realistic, lived-in world in the post-Katrina wreckage of New Orleans, without a lot of frills or even much music. While it is no fast-paced bulletfest, when the violence comes, it's scary, gory, and brutal, as it should be.
We need to show collective outrage against wildlife crimes to galvanize bold, comprehensive, worldwide action. None of us is doing enough.
This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jon Davis, Veteran of Operation Iraqi Fr...
If we don't consider evolving in our parenting styles and discipline methods, we may perpetuate the notion that violence is the logical response to perceived wrongdoing.
While the ivory wars of the 1980s more than halved the African elephant population in a short decade, we're seeing a resurgence of poaching today that is proving bloodier than ever.
The assumptions that there is nothing new regarding crime and corruption and that these plagues are an inevitable part of the human experience are clouding an important change: the ascent of the mafia state, an old player that has gained renewed potency.
Kidney theft is a venerable urban legend. The origins of urban legends are notoriously difficult to identify but in the case of kidney (or other organ) theft, the rumors seem to have preceded the real-life cases by some years.
It is time to use the full weight of the United States government to bring an end to the drug activity in Venezuela, and protect the beleaguered opposition which it is now clear is simply being silenced and sidelined by a criminal government.