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War on drugs: why the US and Latin America could be ready to end a fruitless 40-year struggle

Rory Carroll and Paul Harris
The Observer Sunday 8 August 2010

“Mexico’s president Felipe Caldéron is the latest Latin leader to call for a debate on drugs legalisation. And in the US, liberals and right-wing libertarians are pressing for an end to prohibition. Forty years after President Nixon launched the ‘war on drugs’ there is a growing momentum to abandon the fight”

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BBC – This World 2010: Mexico’s Drug War.

Originally aired on 10 Feb 2010.

Violence is running out of control in Mexico as rival drug cartels battle over the smuggling routes to America. Mexico’s president has declared war on the gangsters but the only result appears to be an escalation of the killings.

Katya Adler journeys deep into the heart of a shocking conflict, uncovering the human stories behind the seemingly random and disturbing violence. She asks whether the continuing freedom of the world’s most powerful drug runner, Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman, is evidence that the Government’s war is toothless.


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