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Guatemala’s Perez Molina wants to Discuss Drug Decriminalization

January 19, 2012 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Newly inaugurated Guatemalan President Pérez Molina called for a discussion of regional drug decriminalization during an appearance on Mexico’s Televisa network Wednesday, saying the strategy should be analyzed as soon as possible. “I believe that the decriminalization of drugs would have to be a strategy in which the whole region is in agreement,” Pérez Molina said in the interview. Pérez Molina also praised Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s efforts to combat drug trafficking in the region, alluding that the U.S. was not doing its share to fight drugs and reduce domestic consumption. During his presidential campaign, Pérez Molina advocated a hard-line stance toward drug trafficking.

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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


Central America

  • A report by Mexico’s Civic Council on Public Security and Criminal Justice said that the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula has surpassed that of Ciudad Juarez as most violent city in the Americas.
  • A mass grave discovered in Honduras over the weekend has prompted authorities to suspect that there are at least three more.
  • The Costa Rican government blocked a subsidiary of Canadian mining company B2Gold from resuming work in the country after a 2007 mine collapse.


Southern Cone

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