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In January 2011, The Obama administration finally rolled out long-awaiting regulations to re-open 'people to people' travel to Cuba. Such people to people engagement with the island had been pursued by the Clinton administration, only to be squeezed and finally prohibited altogether by the Bush...

by Anya Landau French
August 23, 2012

Why it is happening, nobody is sure. But the Cuba "People to People" travel program touted so highly by President Obama in 2011 is coming to a screeching halt, drowning in paperwork and non-renewed licenses for travel organizations.

Almost no organizations that got licenses from the U.S....

by Ellen Creager
August 22, 2012

The government of Ecuador says it has granted political asylum to Julian Assange, the country's foreign minister has announced.

Ricardo Patino, foreign minister, made the announcement during a press conference in Quito on Thursday.

"The Ecuador government, loyal to its tradition to...

August 16, 2012

A peace caravan led by Mexican activists has kicked off a month-long journey across the United States to call for...

August 16, 2012
Maria Herrera, left, and Araceli Magdalena Rodriguez are in Los Angeles on the Caravan of Peace. Herrera's four sons have all disappeared. Rodriguez's son, a federal police officer, was executed by organized crime figures. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / August 13, 2012)

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Steve Lopez
August 14, 2012

The finance, insurance, and real estate industries spend approximately $1,331 a minute on influencing our leaders. A new tool makes it easier for you to find out which ones.

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If you’re like most people, it’s priceless. But for the...

Hillary Lehr
August 14, 2012

With tales of grief from death and incarceration, activists aim to reform drug policy on both sides of the border. A Mexican poet who lost his son sums it up: 'We've had enough.'

SAN DIEGO — If there is a more profound and costly failure than the war on drugs, it hasn't come to...
Steve Lopez
August 12, 2012

Mexico City (CNN) -- Telephones are ringing off the hook at this office in Mexico's capital, where a group of well-known activists are planning the final details of a protest on the other side of the Mexico-U.S. border.

In a month-long Caravan of Peace across the United States,...
Ana Felker
August 10, 2012

What would happen if Mexican survivors of the “War on Drugs” reached out to work with Americans who have weathered its violence, too? Poet Javier Sicilia and his U.S.-bound Peace Caravan are about to find out.

Few, if any, of the recent post-election protests in Mexico have...

by Paul Imison
August 10, 2012

I've been down on the bottom of a world full of lies/ I ain't looking for nothing in anyone's eyes/ Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear/ It's not dark yet, but it's getting there. ~ Bob Dylan

In recognition of that darkness that seeps through both Mexico and the United...

by Javier Sicilia
August 9, 2012
By Sarah Rainsford
August 8, 2012

Named the Caravan for Peace, the trek is intended to put human faces and names on the estimated 60,000 dead, 10,000 disappeared and 160,000 displaced people in Mexico since 2006, when the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Pentagon and the CIA supported the escalation of the Mexican armed forces.

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Tom Hayden
August 7, 2012
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July 27, 2012
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July 16, 2012