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NOV 28, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

The assembled men and women, all wearing citizen patrol vests and wielding whips fashioned from the twisted sinew of bull penises, didn't believe him. [...] in response to an eroding criminal justice system, self-appointed bands of vigilantes have taken on the work of police, prosecutors and judges. The rise of these citizen enforcers, who enjoy widespread support in Cajamarca, is ...

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NOV 27, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Private firms filling Latin America's security gap

Giant flat-screen monitors blinked with the GPS locations of dozens of vehicles carrying cargo coveted by criminals: designer jeans, rare art and business executives ripe for kidnapping. The phone chatter and chirping two-way radios sounded like a police dispatch, but this was the emergency response room of International Private Security, a Mexico-based company that helps clients like PepsiCo, Audi and ...

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NOV 26, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Here's Every Argument You'll Need For Your Immigration Debate This Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama gave all of us a Thanksgiving table topic to avoid last Thursday when he announced he will grant deportation relief to as many as 5 million people, most of whom are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Americans are split on whether that's a good idea, and your family might be, too. HuffPost gave you ...

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NOV 26, 2014 - The Economist

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Bello: A southern Reformation

IT IS the Day of the Dead in Malinalco, a small Mexican town. In its grand 16th century church a sprinkling of worshippers gathers to hear Mass. The cemetery across the main road is thronged with families bringing flowers and other offerings to leave at the graves of their departed relatives in a Christianised tradition whose origins date back beyond ...

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NOV 26, 2014 - The Economist

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Bello: The great deceleration

IT WAS great while it lasted. In a golden period from 2003 to 2010 Latin America’s economies grew at an annual average rate of close to 5%, wages rose and unemployment fell, more than 50m people were lifted out of poverty and the middle class swelled to more than a third of the population. But now the growth spurt is ...

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