A UN agency says successful anti-drug policy explains the 48 percent drop in Afghan opium production in 2015, yet experts say it did not sufficiently explore the role of environmental factors in the decline.
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It's been ten months since the 43 Ayotzinapa students disappeared. The missing sparked a volunteer movement to find others who have vanished in Guerrero. In Iguala alone, 129 bodies have been found so far.
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Were they community police, or sympathizers of a rival drug gang? The armed people who took over Chilapa may have also taken at least 14 people who remain missing. Guerrero's governor met with the alleged kidnappers anyway.
With the case of the 43 missing students still looming over the state, Guerrero officials now say another probably mass disappearance took place after unknown men entered a town to 'free' it from a drug gang.
Scores of families have fled their homes in Guerrero, becoming "internally displaced" in the violent conflict over the state's poppy trade. But officials say the midterm summer elections will still go on.
Aide Nava Gonzalez, 42, had been married to a previous mayor of Ahuacuotzingo — who was also killed on the same highway where she disappeared last Sunday. Elections are scheduled for June 7.
According to statistics released in September, more military personnel have committed suicide since 2004 than died in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014
The War on Terror's War on Drugs has been a massive failure.
In Afghanistan, where poverty and unemployment is endemic, poppy cultivation provides work for nearly 200,000 families — and has produced a dramatic rise in substance abuse.