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Human rights activists and social organizations protest to demand the implementation of the substitution of illicit crops in the country, in Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 6, 2017. Banner reading "Stop the Death." The protest was called following the death of at least six coca farmers in an unclear attack in Tumaco, in rural southeastern Colombia, one of the municipalities with more coca hectares in the country, media reported. EPA-EFE/LEONARDO MUÑOZ
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The mission set out to reach the remote village of Tandil, where six people were killed and 20 others wounded last Thursday while protesting against the government's push to eradicate coca, the raw material of cocaine.

Mexican actor Yazpik: "Narcos" is contributing to debate on anti-drug fight

 08/31/2017 - 04:19
A scene of the series "Narcos". EFE/NETFLIX/JUAN PABLO GUTIERREZ

 In taking on the role of Amado Carrillo, "one of the most powerful narcotraffickers in Mexico's history, the actor hopes third season of "Narcos" will help to have a discussion, a reflection, about what's being done well and badly in Mexico's war against drug trafficking. 

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US-Panama Relations: Varela and Trump Discuss Common Challenges Facing the Region

 06/20/2017 - 04:49
US President Donald J. Trump (R) and the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela shake hands in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 19 June 2017. EPA/Molly Riley / POOL

Both leaders met in Washington and agreed to work for peace and democracy in Venezuela. With an agenda focusing on security, fighting drug trafficking and controlling illegal immigration, Varela is expected to meet today with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. 

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Washington's Priority in Latin America: Ending Drug Trade

 06/16/2017 - 06:30
US Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (L) during the opening of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami, Florida, United States, 15 June 2017. EFE/Giorgio Viera

US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras and the vice president of El Salvador within the framework of the economic and security conference on Central America being held in Miami. The Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle was created in 2014 by the US, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador due to the wave of US arrivals of undocumented and unaccompanied Central American minors. 

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Mexico-US border counts deadly toll- "His body was handed over to us in pieces"

 06/13/2017 - 05:13
United States Border Patrol (USBP) agents stand beside a raft, reportedly used by people to cross the river, under the bridge along the Rio Grande River near Rio Grande City, Texas, USA, 01 March 2017. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

In the context of expansion of organized crime in Mexico, migrants have become easy targets, as they are more visible, easily identifiable as migrants and, in many cases, they walk on a predetermined route. At least 400 immigrants were killed on their way from Central America to the US in 2015.  

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Santos tras su encuentro con Trump: "Nosotros no construimos muros"

 05/19/2017 - 08:26
US President Donald J. Trump (R) shakes hands with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos (L) during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 18 May 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

El presidente de EEUU Donald Trump dio el jueves la bienvenida a su homólogo colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, de visita oficial en el país. Los líderes expresaron más interés en temas como la erradicación del problema de la cocaína, la lucha contra el tráfico de drogas y la crisis en Venezuela, que en el proceso de Paz en Colombia. 

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USA-Colombia: Trump focuses on anti-drug fight, asks Santos for help to end Venezuela political crisis

 05/19/2017 - 05:46
US President Donald J. Trump (R) shakes hands with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos (L) during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 18 May 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US President Donald Trump welcomed his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, to the White House on Thursday, appearing to express more interest in coca eradication, the anti-drug fight and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela than in the Colombian peace agreement.

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US to prosecute parents who pay "coyotes" to ferry kids over border

 04/21/2017 - 03:50
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks next to US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly during a press conference in El Paso, Texas, United States, Apr. 20, 2017. EFE/Luis Pablo Hernandez

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised Thursday to prosecute parents who pay people-traffickers to help their children illegally cross the border into the US from Mexico and confirmed that the White House is still committed to build a wall along the two countries

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Flying High

 11/20/2016 - 17:20
Drones can have very different uses, from military to health and medical uses like the one in the photo (it carries an automatic defibrillator). However, drug dealers in Panama are using them to smuggle cocaine from Colombia. EFE/David Fernández

Colombia’s drug dealers are using drones to transport drugs to Panama. On Nov. 15, Colombian authorities confiscated one such vehicle, which they suspect was being used to ferry small shipments of cocaine from a jungle region in Colombia to the neighboring country. As reported in Quartz

 

[OP-ED]: There is Nothing "Sexy" or "Glamorous" about Narco Trafficking

 09/14/2016 - 22:18

The glorification of notorious Medellín Cartel leader Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria in Netflix’s hit-show “Narcos” casts a grim appeal for younger generations, often magnetizing impressionable gringo audiences with fiction, and seducing them away from the truths of that dour time in Colombian politics and society.

Partners after all?

 07/10/2017 - 09:50
The US Border Patrol sign is seen on a fence at the border area in Nogales city in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA, 10 June 2014. EPA/JOSE MUNOZ

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly spoke Friday about the efforts shared with Mexico to halt illegal migration and drug trafficking, after acknowledging that his country's insatiable appetite for those substances causes problems on both sides of the border.

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