A survey conducted by the John Jay College Center on Terrorism found that only 38% of all respondents “expressed familiarity with the general idea that climate change could multiply global threats such as political violence or mass migrations, or act as a catalyst for conflict.”
Colombian President Juan Santos, who met President Trump at the White House last week, says the U.S. needs to change its hardline drug policy to focus on harm-reduction and the wider illicit activities conducted by transnational crime syndicates.
One of Latin America’s most violent gangs has become a centerpiece of the Trump administration’s campaign to go after the criminal activities it says are committed by undocumented migrants—but the facts it is relying upon are open to question.
Colombian city brought down its homicide rate sharply after taking measures that included: creating family police stations to deal with domestic violence, hiring at-risk people to work for the city, improving public transportation, and making other police reforms.
The country’s own security forces are accused of participating in a massacre of innocents as killings reached an all-time high of nearly 30,000 this year. “It will come to a point where no one is in control,” said a Venezuelan political scientist.
Women and girls in eight of the world’s richest countries are experiencing levels of violent deaths as high as, or higher than, men, according to a Swiss study published to coincide with a UN campaign against gender-based violence.
A strategy of concentrating on interventions with the small number of high-risk individuals responsible for murderous violence has delivered promising results in many U.S. cities. Early evidence from Honduras suggests it can work in other countries as well.
Once the paramilitary Colombians — several dozen, all told — have completed their terms, they will have served on average seven and a half years. By comparison, federal inmates convicted of crack cocaine trafficking — mostly street-level dealers who sold less than an ounce — serve on average just over 12 years in prison.
Since new President Rodrigo Duterte launched the crackdown two months ago, about 2,000 suspected drug users and pushers have been killed — many by vigilantes. He promised a six-month campaign that would kill 100,000 drug users, with so many bodies dumped in Manila bay that the “fish will grow fat.”