April is a hopeful month for policymakers, activists, and citizens around the globe aspiring to address the multiple problems surrounding the international drug prohibition regime. From April 19 to 21, the United Nations will convene its much-awaited Special Session on Drugs at the headquarters of the organization in New York City. The Session will provide […]

“TPP es muerte”, read the sign of a man protesting in front of La Moneda, Chile’s presidential palace, on the afternoon of February 4. Surrounding him were dozens of other activists, assembled to condemn President Michelle Bachelet’s approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to pressure the National Congress to reject it. Among the protesters […]

Since first being elected in 2005, Evo Morales, Bolivia’s famously football-loving president, has been scoring goal after goal. Morales’ victories have been monumental: He’s significantly reshaped the Bolivian constitution (for example, making Bolivia officially secular rather than Catholic), become the single dominant figure in Bolivian politics, and, as an Aymara, won recognition as the first […]

What happens when a country without legal abortion tells women not to get pregnant? This was the question many asked when government officials in El Salvador recently told women to avoid getting pregnant until 2018 as a precaution against the Zika virus. Zika, which displays common cold-like symptoms in adults, can cause serious birth defects […]

When Venezuelans lined up to fill their tanks the morning of February 19th, they encountered an unpleasant surprise: gasoline was over a thousand times more expensive than it had been at nightfall. Such extreme variation in gasoline prices was virtually unknown to those in the queue. Given the country’s vast oil reserves and the state […]