Liberty NewsWire: Friday, March 16th, 2012

LATIN AMERICA is rich in sought-after commodities, including narcotics. The coca leaf, from which cocaine is refined, is grown only in the foothills of the Andes. Mexico produces more heroin than anywhere but Afghanistan, as well as much cannabis. Latin American traffickers are even diversifying into synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine.

The illegality of this successful export business means that its multi-billion-dollar profits go to criminal gangs. Their battles for market control have a high cost: according to the UN, eight of the world’s ten most violent countries are in Latin America or the Caribbean. Drugs are not the only business of organised crime, but they account for the bulk of the gangs’ income and thus their firepower. Honduras, a strategic spot on the trafficking route, has the world’s highest murder rate, about 80 times that of western Europe." - The Economist - See full article immediately below.

Individual Liberty

War on Drugs:

Economist – Drug Policy in Latin America: Burn-Out and Battle Fatigue

Internet Freedom:

NBC - Lawmakers Consider Digital Download Tax

InfoWorld - Why Software Patents Are Evil

School Choice:

The Foundry - School Choice Momentum Continues Across the Country

Gun Control:

Christian Science Monitor – Gun Control: Will Campus Carry Get Boost from Virginia Tech Ruling?

Sound Money

Federal Reserve:

Forbes – Where Will Rates Go Once the Fed Stops Meddling?

Daily Caller – Federal Reserve Joins Twitter, Prompting 140-Character Insults

Bloomberg – Shales: Watch Bernanke’s Little Inflation Capsize U.S.


Politico - Time for a Cut, Cap & Balance Budget


Cato Institute - Canada's Corporate Tax Cuts


National Review - Dr. Science vs. the Market

Foreign Policy


New York Times - Accused G.I. 'Snapped' Under Strain, Official Says

Yahoo! News (AP) - Afghan Leader Blasts US Over Probe Into Shootings

Reason - The Perils of Staying in Afghanistan

Christian Science Monitor – Why Taliban Really Decided to Suspend Talks With U.S.



Investor’s Business Daily – Obamacare Subsidies Dwarf Tax Benefit of Employer Care for Modest Earners

Forbes – I’m Shocked! Obamacare Costs More Than Promised

Reason - The Coming Medical Ethics Crisis

The Atlantic - The Many Legal Barriers Standing in the Way of Health Care Reform

Huffington Post - Arizona Birth Control Bill Penalizes Women For Using Contraception For Non-Medical Reasons

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