Daniel Robelo

El Chapo's Capture: A Distraction From the Disaster That Is the Drug War and Peña Nieto's Presidency

The internet is aflame with chatter about the recent recapture of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, the world's most wanted man twice escaped from maximum security prison. The cacophony of commentary and ridiculous coverage about the event miss the real point: El Chapo's re-arrest is a distraction from the fact that the drug war, like the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto, is a devastating failure that's destroying Mexico.

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Sorry, Hillary, Plan Colombia has been a Drug War Disaster

This week Hillary Clinton again revealed a blind spot for the drug war and a deafness of tone towards Latino issues. She decided to brag about Plan Colombia, her husband’s signature international drug policy initiative, which has been a total disaster in one of the most emblematic theaters of the failed war on drugs.

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Ending the Drug War Won't End Mass Incarceration - But It's a Necessary First Step

The United States has reached a turning point in its epidemic of mass incarceration. A consensus is growing across the country – from the White House and both aisles of Congress to cities and states of all sizes – that enough is enough. The nation is finally engaged in a frank discussion of how to get out of this mess.

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The DEA Prostitute Scandal Is a Window into Drug War Corruption and Impunity

Recent revelations that DEA agents attended “sex parties” hosted by the very drug traffickers they were supposed to be fighting fell like a bombshell.

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The Drug War Fuels Mass Deportation of Nonviolent Migrants

The drug war has increasingly become a war against migrant communities. It fuels racial profiling, border militarization, violence against immigrants, intrusive government surveillance and, especially, widespread detentions and deportations. 

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Guatemalan President Praises CO and WA for Marijuana Legalization at UN Speech

Ending the failed war on drugs emerged as a major theme of the United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina took the floor yesterday to denounce drug prohibition and urge the world’s leaders to experiment with “new models” for controlling drugs.

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Why the OAS Report on Alternatives to Drug Prohibition is Such A Big Deal

The Organization of American States (OAS) released an unprecedented report last Friday that presents the most high-level discussion of alternatives to drug prohibition in history.

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