Congress is still debating Obama's proposed $1 billion aid package to Central America. In the past years, the majority of funding to Central America, allocated through the Central America Regional Security Initiative, has mainly focused on the drug war and fighting gangs.
The people of Guatemala are seeking justice. In the face of corruption, power, and violence they are demanding to be heard. We in the United States have a role in their struggle. We must say to our own government, "Not in my name."
The current meddling of the U.S. government in the political turmoil of Guatemala of the moment is not coincidental. It is the result of a dogged determination to control the geopolitical sphere of Central America, a determination that dates back hundreds of years.
Ending the failed war on drugs emerged as a major theme of the UN General Assembly meeting this week, after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina took the floor to denounce drug prohibition and urge the world's leaders to experiment with "new models" for controlling drugs.
As we continue to resist new solutions, the war on drugs has generated a number of "unintended consequences" -- significantly affecting producer countries -- which undermine security, development, governance, health and human rights.
Raul Castro travels little and when he does he prefers politically like-minded countries. His absence in Cadiz was expected, as he has never gone to any Ibero-American summits. Perhaps he prefers to avoid possible critiques of the state of human rights on the island.
The foundations of the U.S.-led war on drugs -- eradication of production, interdiction of traffic, and criminalization of consumption -- have not succeeded and never will. When there is established demand for a consumer product, there will be a supply.
After decades of being brutalized by the U.S. government's failed prohibitionist drug policies, Latin American leaders, including not just distinguished former presidents but also current presidents, are saying "enough is enough."
Vice President Biden landed in Mexico City Sunday for a two-day trip to that country and Honduras. He's left little doubt about his mission: to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes amid mounting calls to end prohibitionist laws and move away from the military-based drug war.