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Friday, January 16, 2015

Homicides in Latin America

""Mexico: Mexico saw a 28 percent drop in homicides through the first 11 months of 2014 in comparison to the same period in 2012, according to the country's Secretary of Public Security (SNSP). Based on the SNSP's figures, Mexico's projected murder totals for 2014 are 15,723, which represents a homicide rate of 12.7 per 100,000.""

Undoubtedly, the drop in murders in Mexico has a direct connection to the change in governments. The Peña Nieto administration, although it is very quiet about it, has changed course dramatically in its policies toward the drug cartels. The open warfare that his predecessor conducted against the traffickers and their associated criminal syndicates, has been replaced by a "look the other way" attitude while paying lip service to the U.S. and its "war on drugs."

Meanwhile, the violence throughout Central America continues. All of it is the direct result of our disastrous anti-communist wars in the region in the 1980s, and our failed "war on drugs."

When will the United States realize it is part of the problem, not the solution?

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