Mexico’s new populist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced that he is dropping out of the regional US-led drug enforcement pact, and will be turning down the aid package offered through the program, known as the Merida Initiative. “We don’t want armed helicopters,” he said, addressing Washington. Instead, he is proposing a dialogue with Washington on across-the-board drug decriminalization in both nations. Mexican lawmakers say they will pass a cannabis legalization bill by the end of the year. (Photo: El Txoro)
Hillary Clinton is assailed for saying the 2009 Honduran coup “actually followed the law.” Overlooked in the same interview is her call for a Central American “Plan Colombia.”
President Obama offered to help Mexico fight corruption and political violence, probably by more funding for programs that protesters say simply fuel the crisis.
The US offered Central American child migrants compassion and deportation at a DC summit, while the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras lobbied for more military aid.
Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández, facing death threats after outing top officials as cartel collaborators, speaks on the state of the narco wars under the new government.
A group of Mexican federal police agents attacked a US embassy car. Mexican authorities attributed the incident to “confusion”: the US embassy called it an “ambush.”