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Is Jamaica’s New Year’s Resolution to Decriminalize Ganja?

 

 

BY AMANDA ELIZABETH PRESTON- The recent U.S. midterm elections gained attention from an unlikely source in the Caribbean Sea. Members of the Jamaican Government and Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Task Force have praised residents of Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., for voting to legalize recreational marijuana use and possession. Proponents for the decriminalization of marijuana […]

 

 

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Canada, Where You “Have It Your Way”: A Look at the Growing Trend of Tax Inversion

 

 

BY AMY SOTO-  On September 22, 2014, the United States Treasury Department announced a new set of measures aimed at reducing the tax benefits of corporate inversions. The government has struggled as of late to keep U.S.-based companies in America because foreign countries provide a more hospitable tax environment for corporations. The U.S. tax code […]

 

 

Small, But Mighty: Barbuda Shores Up Marine Conservation Laws, Sets New Standard in the Caribbean

 

 

BY KELLY COX- Home to some of the world’s most diverse underwater ecosystems, the Caribbean has seen the quality of their marine resources decline over the years [1]. Threats to marine resources are commonplace as the region sees the increased adverse effects of climate change, tourism, pollution, overfishing, coastal development and disease in marine species […]

 

 

Argentina’s Long Road to Recovery

 

 

BY YULIA NOVIK-Since 2002, when Argentina defaulted on it $95 billion debt, the country has been locked out from international creditors and experienced constant economic decline. Although no visible changes to Argentinian economy have been noted, some prognoses predict a further and more abrupt downfall, while others predict 2014 to be the beginning of Argentina’s […]

 

 

Brazil Passes Groundbreaking Internet Bill

 

 

BY NICOLE SOHN-On March 25, 2014, a majority of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies passed Brazil’s groundbreaking Internet governance bill, Marco Civil da Internet. While the bill must still go through the Federal Senate for consideration and back to the Chamber of Deputies before it can be sanctioned by President Dilma Rousseff, its proponents are confident […]

 

 

The Seedy Underbelly of the World Cup

 

 

BY ALEX CALLE—As the 2014 World Cup quickly approaches, about 600,000 foreign fans are predicted to visit host nation Brazil during the tournament. [1] While most people will visit Brazil for the Soccer festivities, many will go in search of underage prostitutes. [2] Currently, between 250,000 and 500,000 child prostitutes are estimated to be roaming […]

 

 

El Chapo Escapes Justice in America: Mexico Chooses Not to Extradite Cartel Head

 

 

BY RYAN FORREST—Mexico’s largest drug kingpin might still face justice, but it probably won’t be in the United States. Recently, the Attorney General of Mexico announced that it has no intention of extraditing Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States to face a wide array of charges across the country, including drug trafficking, money […]

 

 

A Twenty-First Century Prisoner Exchange: The Case of the Isaías Brothers

 

 

BY: CHRISTOPHER A. NOEL—Two brothers from Latin America are pitting the United States and Ecuador against each other in a battle over the freedom of the press, Edward Snowden, and campaign finance rules. During the most recent Latin American economic crisis, Ecuador’s largest bank, Filanbanco, collapsed leaving Ecuador’s domestic currency worthless and forcing the country […]

 

 

 

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