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Mexico: the violence blighting children’s lives

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It is almost 12 years since the Mexican government ‘declared war on violence’. Since then there have been thousands more homicides and people declared missing. Narcoculture and violence have become normalised in Mexican society. Everyone is affected, but none more so than children, who exhibit more aggressive behaviour and violent play.

Female friendship and resilience in the face of violence in Guerrero

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Tatiana Huezo's Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego, 2021) is a Mexican drama about female friendship and resilience in the face of violence in Guerrero, Mexico.

Colombia: prospects of the legal cannabis market

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The emerging Colombian cannabis market has a predicted value of $54 billion USD by 2025. Its potential to uphold the peace agreement, create jobs for rural farmers and boost the national economy is remarkable, although there are stubborn obstructions to progress.

Resisting state violence in Cauca, Colombia

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Filmed over three years between 2017 and 2019, Bajo Fuego is an engaging, enraging portrait of a community’s struggle against state abandonment, economic collapse, and a rising tide of violence

Colombia: ‘We need to reach rock bottom before things change’

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While public demonstrations effect social change around Latin America, violence in Colombia skyrockets. Must the country reach rock bottom before things can change?

What happened to Mexico’s cholombianos?

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Rafael Zafra asks what happened to the cholombianos, the urban tribe portrayed in Fernando Frías de la Parra's Oscar-nominated film 'I'm No Longer Here'.

Narratives of Vulnerability in Mexico’s War on Drugs

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Narratives of Vulnerability in Mexico, by Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, translated by Isis Sadek. Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2020) ISBN 978-3-030-51144-9. People in the United...

LAB interviews Bernardo Kucinski, author of ‘The Past Is An Imperfect...

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For LAB's online book launch event, Sue Branford and Tom Gatehouse, interview Bernardo Kucinski about his recent novel 'The Past Is An Imperfect Tense' and read extracts from the book, published by Practical Action Publishing.

Colombia: does peace still have a chance?

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This article was written by Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín, Professor at the Nacional University in Bogotá Colombia, and a partner on the Drugs & (dis)order...

‘The Past is an Imperfect Tense’ by Bernardo Kucinkski

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Serena Chang reviews the new LAB publication, 'The Past is an Imperfect Tense’ by Bernardo Kucinkski, translated by Tom Gatehouse.

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