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More on Michoacán’s Autodefensas

Mexico has a long history of community policing, but in more recent years a movement has emerged that focuses less on administering local justice than on protecting communities from outside forces. In 2011, the citizens of the town of Cheran, Michoacán rose up against criminals they claimed were illegally logging their forest. In addition to stopping the logging projects, the so-called “guardabosques” (“forest guards”) essentially drove out and replaced Cheran’s politicians and police…

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Is Argentina Finally Coming to Terms with Its Drug Problem?

Despite repeated denials by the government that Argentina has a problem with drugs, including President Cristina Kirchner’s assertion this week that her country is neither a producer nor a consumer of illicit substances, there is some evidence the country may finally be coming to terms with the issue…

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