After promises of freedom for political prisoners in Mexico, hundreds remains imprisoned and releases are happening at a snail's pace.
A rush to cash in on legal cannabis is putting pressure on traditional cultivators in Latin America and the Caribbean, while Canadian companies seek to control every aspect of the weed business and push for policing of less-than-legal operations.
Algeria's longest serving president stepped down last week following massive protests against his rule. "Bouteflika's resignation is a first step. He embodies the system. Now the struggle to build a new Algeria will continue," said activist Fares Kader Affak.
This in-depth Toward Freedom investigation points to the likelihood of massive voter suppression in the mid-term elections, particularly targeting Democrat-leaning demographics. Republicans have passed laws across the country to deny voters their constitutional right to vote. “These laws are part of an ongoing strategy to roll back decades of progress on voting rights,” says Bobby Hoffman of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.
Hondurans are demanding justice for the protesters and bystanders killed in the ongoing crackdown on opposition protests by the US-backed government of Honduras. Two months after general elections were marred by widespread reports of fraud, and one month after the US government stood by the contested results, repression and militarization continue unabated. Protests are ongoing against a government many Hondurans see as illegitimate and authoritarian.
The news broke in the United States during the lazy summer days of late August: 200 US Marines were stationed in Guatemala as part of the war on drugs. The deployment of US combat troops to Guatemala was part of Operation Martillo, a military plan meant to disrupt cocainetrafficking routes.