Posts tagged: barack obama

More evidence (as if we needed it) that the ‘Drug War’ will never succeed

The Hydra-Headed Drug Business By David Boaz
, for The Cato Institute Blog, Cato At Liberty October 11, 2017 With television cameras rolling and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on hand in San Diego, the Coast Guard announced late last month that it had set a new record for cocaine seizures at sea—more than 455,000 pounds through […]

Demand for Inquiry Into Police Abuse of Women May Embroil Mexico’s President

La CIDH exige una investigación sobre el abuso sexual que sufrió un grupo de mujeres en Atenco en 2006 Leer en español  By AZAM AHMED SEPT. 22, 2016 Read in English here.  

Solidarity with the Mexican People in the Year Ahead

Happy solstice, Merry Xmas, and a Happy Gregorian New Year, Peace and justice to all. Friends of Brad Will continues to support demands of the parents of the Ayotzinapa students, who participated this week in a hunger strike at the Mexican Consulate in New York City. Antonio Tizapa, the father of Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño, […]

Tlatlaya Massacre and U.S. Military Aid

By Laura Carlsen 12 / November / 2015 Excerpt: “Evidence that the armed forces approve of the practice of extrajudicial executions from the highest levels should be a watershed in the drug war. It should shock society into demanding a return to constitutional rule and respect for human rights. Moreover, Tlatlaya is not an isolated […]

¡Fue el Estado!

Q&A: A look at Mexico’s armed conflict through a lens of Drug War Capitalism In this concise and powerful interview, DAWN PALEY, author of must-read “Drug War Capitalism,” explains how drug cartels in Mexico are actually paramilitaries, working with security forces and reinforcing state power.

Who Killed Rubén Espinosa and Nadia Vera?

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/who-killed-ruben-espinosa-and-nadia-vera How Obama’s expansion of Bush’s “war on drugs” under Plan Mexico and CARCI is predictably increasing corruption at the highest levels of Mexican (and Latin American) civil administration/government, police and military. Quote from piece: Espinosa and Vera, like many people throughout Mexico these days, would have feared turning to the police for protection because […]

FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE AYOTZINAPA MASSACRE

AVISO EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO IT’S BEEN FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE AYOTZINAPA MASSACRE February 26th will mark five months of the Ayotzinapa students’ massacre. The organized crime embedded in the Mexican government keeps providing false and contradictory versions of these facts that we cannot and should not forgive. They wanted to bury the truth and turn […]

Johann Hari: Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

“And I would say to anyone watching this, you know, it’s so easy to feel daunted by the big political challenges we’ve got. It’s so easy, especially with something as huge as the drug war. You are so much more powerful than you know. Bud (Osborne) was a homeless street addict, and he started a […]

Tuesday Jan 6, 2015 Rally in D.C.

Sorry for last minute notice. Here is the message below. We are everywhere! FoBW There is still time for you to invite friends in Washington today Saturday for Tuesday rally! Also, our 20+ people delegation from New York supporting Ayotzinapa will be traveling and rallying all day long. We don’t have any resources except our […]

Blowback on the Border

by LAURA CARLSEN Published on Countpunch Weekend Edition July 25-27 (go to Counterpunch site for the version with important hotlinks). * Laura Carlsen is the Director of the Americas Program. After three years of relative silence, the U.S. press has finally “discovered” the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors piling up on the […]

‘El Chapo’ and El Banco

on the Fair Blog by Janine Jackson Quote: “US Attorney General Eric Holder called the arrest a “landmark achievement”: “The criminal activity Guzman allegedly directed contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence and corruption.” But that activity wasn’t conducted by Guzman alone, and another notable […]

Liberals and Republicans signal huge shift in attitude to US drug laws

(NB: It’s about time. And too little too late for those who continue to rot in jail because of these regressive policies still on the books. And the victims of militarization in Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras etc are not addressed by piecemeal responses like decriminalization or changes in domestic sentencing law that’s still 18:1 […]

A Reporter at Large – A Mission Gone Wrong

Why are we still fighting the drug war? by Mattathias Schwartz published in the January 6, 2014 edition of The New Yorker Read it here.

Leahy: Freeze on Mexico Drug War Funds Will Save Lives and Money

Friday, 09 August 2013 By Laura Carlsen, CIP Americas Program | Op-Ed Senator Patrick Leahy, chair of the Appropriations Committee, blocked release of $95 million dollars in funding for the Merida Initiative, citing the lack of a clear strategy on the part of the U.S. State Department and the Mexican government. Rest of article here. […]

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers – Book Review

Written by Dawn Paley 20 June 2013 Reviewed: Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers, by Anabel Hernández, Verso. Forthcoming: September 2013. (Epub edition). If there is a sacred cow grazing in the fertile pasture of Mexican writing about the drug war, Los Señores del Narco is it. Written by investigative journalist Anabel Hernández […]

Law Enforcement Officials Call for an End to “The War On Drugs”

The two career law enforcement officers interviewed on October 25th here are two of many speaking out against the criminalization of drugs and the failed ‘drug war’ policy pursued by Bush and now even with more vigor, President Obama. Interviewed in above linked video are the following: Jim Gierach is a former Assistant State’s Attorney […]

If the “War On Drugs” has Failed, is Legalization the Answer?

Excellent interview of two police officers, on the front lines of the ‘war on drugs’ for decades, who founded Law Enforcement Against Prohibition because of the failure of this policy. When will President Obama actually take a stand for post-partisan practical policies on drugs that these first responders describe compellingly here? The call for an […]

From DailyKos: 2008 Darrell Issa Voted YES To Fund Project Gunrunner & Merida Initiative

Note: We all know: If there’s so much law enforcement cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico, why haven’t the murderers of Brad Will been brought to justice after they killed him in broad daylight in front of witnesses? Instead we got a Senator Leahy-supported ‘independent expert’ investigation by ex-RCMP guys who didn’t even interview witnesses […]

The Summit of the Amercas, Drug Legalization, ‘Asymmetric’ Relations & Security Cooperation: Is the US Poised to Regain Hegemony with Regional Proxy Wars Through Colombia?

The US’s drug war in Latin America is criminal and must end. But the call to ‘debate’ drug policy is being advanced by the same US aligned political figures that have most embraced the militarization of the region in the name of the drug war. An excellent overview of Latin American political landscape and US […]

Mexico Joe Doing Biden’s Bidding

March 06, 2012 by LAURA CARLSEN Vice President Joe Biden landed in Mexico City last night and he’s left little doubt about his mission—to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes at a time of mounting calls to end prohibitionist laws and the drug war model. Excellent piece by Laura Carlsen, Director of […]

Why Should We Care About Mexico?

by LAURA CARLSEN Excerpt: The private and public sector promoters of war reap hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds. They grow stronger as their lobbyists buy off politicians with campaign donations and the Defense Department assures itself a lion’s share of taxpayer dollars. Peace is their enemy. . . . In a recent […]

The Trenches of Mexico: “You Can’t Call the Police on the Army”

“Both Calderón and Obama, in slapping the open wounds of Mexico with weapons and cash, are disastrously ignoring primary causes, the root and branch of drug trade and corruption—the booming drug demand in the US, the decimation of Mexican employment, and a spike in violence due to an over-enforced border, family separation and neoliberal trade […]

The Pending US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: False Claims Versus Hard Realities

Quote from the excellent piece written by James Jordan, National Co-Coordinator for the Alliance for Global Justice (published September 6th in Upside Down World): “US intervention in Colombia has caused more problems than it has helped and the FTA would only make things worse. Recent investigations by the Colombian Attorney General have uncovered extensive US […]

Call Off the Global Drug War

An oped for the New York Times by former US President Jimmy Carter June 16, 2011 From the oped: “In an extraordinary new initiative announced earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has made some courageous and profoundly important recommendations in a report on how to bring more effective control over the illicit […]

Great piece by ‘drug war’ insider turned opponent

40 Years of Drug War Hasn’t Worked; “Time for a Change,” Says 9-Year Veteran The public understands how disastrous it’s been — now it’s time for the politicians and law enforcement to change course. June 15, 2011 | The “War on Drugs” was launched by President Richard Nixon 40 years ago this week. In 1980, […]

Mexican Guns Tied to U.S.

Article in Wall Street Journal by Evan Perez suggests many of cartels’ weapons come from US. An intriguing passage states “Mexico has strict restrictions on gun ownership, with most legitimate sales processed through one store on a military base near Mexico City.” This and other elements of the story invite suspicion that a significant portion […]

US Teaching “Counterinsurgency” Courses To Mexican Military in Drug War

State Department Report Details Special Forces “Mobile Training Teams” South of the Border Posted by Erin Rosa – to Narco News. To fight the drug war in Mexico the US military conducted specialized trainings both inside and outside of the country with a focus on combating “narco-terrorism” and “counterinsurgency” conflicts, according to a recently declassified […]