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Guatemalan President Praises Colorado and Washington for Marijuana Legalization at UN Speech

Daniel Robelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Daniel Robelo

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.

Soldier Implicates Guatemalan President In Civil War Atrocities

AP | SONIA PEREZ-DIAZ | Posted 04.05.2013 | World

GUATEMALA CITY -- A former soldier implicated Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina in civil war atrocities on Thursday during the trial of former U....

Amid U.S. Drug War in Central America, Who Is Capt. Byron Lima and Why You Should Care

Romina Ruiz-Goiriena | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Romina Ruiz-Goiriena

Shortly after entering prison, he became Guatemala's most notorious inmate. After all, he wasn't a typical gang leader.

The Tide Is Turning

Amanda Feilding | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Amanda Feilding

A drug policy based on health, harm reduction, cost effectiveness and human rights is no longer an impossible dream; it is something that is almost within our reach.

Wars of Others

Lilia Luciano | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Lilia Luciano

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 Avoids the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.17.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

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.

Earthquake Rattles Guatemala's Coast

AP | ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 11.12.2012 | World

GUATEMALA CITY -- A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala's Pacific coastline on Sunday, just four days after a major quake killed dozens and left ...

Guatemala President: Legalize Drugs

AP | CLAUDIA TORRENS and ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 09.26.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is advocating the international legalization of drugs even as he is moving to fight narcotics...

Guatemala President To Speed Up 350 Adoptions For U.S.

AP | Posted 04.12.2012 | Latino Voices

GUATEMALA CITY -- Guatemala's president says he's willing to speed up 350 adoptions by U.S. couples that were in process before his Central American n...

Drugs: The Debate Goes Mainstream

Fernando Henrique Cardoso | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Fernando Henrique Cardoso

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.

Legalization Debate Takes Off in Latin America

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.10.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

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."

Drug War Politics: Doing Biden's Bidding

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Laura Carlsen

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.

Thousands Of Guatemalans Ascend A Volcano

Posted 01.24.2012 | World

A human chain of 12,000 people scaling a volcano is certainly one way to create awareness. According to the BBC, thousands of people climbed Guatem...

Disco War Zone: At Least 8 Killed In Nightclub Shooting

Posted 01.23.2012 | World

A night out of music and dancing quickly turned into gunfire and bloodshed near Guatemala City, Guatemala, leaving at least eight people dead, accordi...

Drug Cartel Wreaks Havoc In Guatemala

AP | Posted 03.17.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY -- Guatemala's newly inaugurated president says Mexico's Zetas drug cartel sought to take over the drug trade in Guatemala by co-opting or...

Guatemala Leader Takes Office Pledging 'Iron Fist'

AP | ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 03.15.2012 | Latino Voices

GUATEMALA CITY — Retired Gen. Otto Perez Molina was sworn in as president of Guatemala on Saturday, calling on the United States and Mexico to h...

Guatemalan Congressman Shot Dead

AP | Posted 03.14.2012 | World

GUATEMALA CITY — A congressman who was reportedly negotiating a switch to the law-and-order party of Guatemala's conservative president-elect wa...

New Guatemelana President Wants U.S. To End Military-Aid Ban

AP | By ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 01.12.2012 | World

GUATEMALA CITY -- Former general Otto Perez Molina takes office as Guatemala's new president Saturday with a top priority of ending a long-standing U....

Guatemala Presidential Candidates Head For November Runoff

AP | SONIA PEREZ D. | Posted 11.12.2011 | World

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala's leading presidential candidates are headed for a November runoff after a retired general who had a commanding lead ...

Violence And Scandals Leading Up To Guatemala's Sunday Elections

Posted 11.09.2011 | World

In Guatemala's fourth round of presidential elections since the country's 35-year civil war ended in 1996, retired army general Otto Pérez Molina is ...

Constitutional Court Orders Removal of Guatemalan Education Minister

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

On February 25, Guatemala's Constitutional Court ordered the removal of Education Minister Bienvenido Argueta for failing to provide the court with co...