Meanwhile, In Latin America

With whole economies at stake, the drug war rages on

As the U.S. wages its frustrating domestic offensive against cocaine, Latin American countries are embroiled in their own drug battles. An update from the foreign fronts:

Colombia. An eerie truce has enveloped the Great Colombian Drug War. To fend off the government's relentless assault on his empire, Medellin cartel boss Pablo Escobar Gaviria seems to have forsaken bombs and gun battles in the streets, which have killed more than 1,000 people in the past 15 months, and opted instead for high-profile kidnappings and negotiations. Since August, Escobar's mob has been holding seven journalists -- including Hoy X Hoy magazine editor Diana...

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