Posts tagged: brad will

Spying scandal may affect US-Mexico relations/militarization

Thanks to our West Coast Coordinator for these articles! The spying scandal, first reported in the article below, may foreclose USG-friendly policy options in Brazil and Mexico. As the Mexican government is forced to respond to threats to Mexican sovereignty, policies supported by the USG, which have been increasingly unpopular in Mexico, like the Merida […]

Mexico’s new drug war strategy: More of the same

August 18, 2013 MEXICO CITY (AP) — With the capture of two top drug lords in little more than a month, the new government of President Enrique Pena Nieto is following an old strategy it openly criticized for causing more violence and crime. More 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. […]

US Spying and Resistance in Latin America

Editor: I’m not sure that the conclusion Dangl draws is accurate; perhaps spying has allowed entrenchment of right-wing forces only provided with ‘left wing’ cover by the new ‘leftist’ Latin American leaders. Is opposition to Washington a lot of bluster, for show? It seems particularly useful as a means of keeping right wing forces mobilized […]

Rule of U.S. Law in Mexico

13/06/2013 by Dawn Paley Dawn Paley is a freelance journalist and independent researcher. She is regular contributor to the CIP Americas Program www.cipamericas.org . See more of her work online at dawnpaley.ca – Quote from article: “U.S. funding for legal reforms in Mexico was integrated into the Mérida Initiative, a U.S. foreign aid package launched […]

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 […]

The New Spin Leaves More Doubts Than Optimism

Obama in Mexico by LAURA CARLSEN President Obama touched down in Mexico and then flew to Costa Rica in a short trip with ambitious goals. The president sought to re-set the image of U.S. involvement in the region by downplaying the increasingly controversial drug war that is currently the focus of U.S. aid and engagement, […]

(Eng/Span/French) Journalist who fled abroad describes protective mechanism’s flaws

Journalist who fled abroad describes protective mechanism’s flaws Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a video interview in which Verónica Basurto Gamero, a young independent journalist who used to be based in Mexico City, explains why she had to flee abroad at the start of March. She also criticizes the new Federal Mechanism for the […]

One Year after the Murder of Journalist Regina Martínez: Violence and Impunity Reign

Written by Andalusia Knoll 01 May 2013 Quote from article, then link to original publication on Upside Down World. Quote: Martínez’s murder became emblematic of government impunity, censorship, and repression, ringing the alarm for freedom of press organizations across the globe because of the gravity of the situation for journalists in Veracruz. Proceso’s correspondents released […]

Co-optation of Human Rights Organizations in the US

Weekend Edition May 10-12, 2013 Sign the Petition to Remove Suazanne Nossel Threatened with Censorship and Ouster by PEN’s Henchmen by JOHN V. WALSH In the vast and ever expanding firmament of Western Human Rights NGO’s, PEN, America Center, the writers’ organization, is far from the most luminous and ordinarily barely visible. But a dark […]

President Obama, what will you do to end the torment of Mexico’s journalists?

Excellent opEd and open letter by Reporters Without Borders on the occasion of President Obama’s trip to Mexico, mentions Brad Will’s murder and urges the President act: President Obama, what will you do to end the torment of Mexico’s journalists? by Christophe Deloire General Director, Reporters Without Borders Dear President Obama, Your official visit to […]

Mexican Journalists Threatened and Murdered Exposing State-Cartel Collusion

Shows what journalists contending with extensive government corruption in Mexico are up against and why it’s so important that we’re continuing to fight for accountability for the murder of Brad Will. More at The Real News

An Ugly Truth in the War on Drugs

Five years ago we urged Amnesty International not to support militarization and to fight the “Durg War” based on its on-going and predictable future human rights impacts. They went with militarization. “[D]rug control has received little attention from the mainstream human rights movement.” “Just as we now view the war on terror through a human […]

On the website of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a useful link to a list of the referenda against prohibition which were passed. Also, a longer interview, entitled After Historic Votes Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado & Washington Prepare for Federal Gov’t Showdown, on Democracy Now! provides insights into the major changes that have occurred and continue […]

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 […]

“Harvest of Empire” discussed

New Film Recounts How U.S. Intervention Caused Mass Latin American Migrations Discussion provides a context to Obama policy in Latin America and why Brad Will’s murder has not been a priority for the U.S. government for 5 years.

Unearthing the Truth About the Bloodletting War on Drugs: Militarization and Economic Domination

Great ten part series mentioned here. View an interview with the author, Mark Karlin, by Paul Jay, editor of the Real News Network here. Again, where are our much-touted great human rights leaders and organizations, like Senator Leahy, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the American Friends Services Committee, when a policy that has so clearly […]

It’s Time to Abandon Nixon’s War on Drugs

This piece by Laura Carlsen, Director, Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy; columnist, Foreign Policy in Focus, is an excellent summary of the failure of the ‘drug war’. Unfortunately no mention is made of the widespread recognition of this by Republican Party libertarians and by sizable portions of the electorate across […]

Congressional Democrats silence in response to appeal to stop ‘drug war’ abuses

“Using the “war on drugs” as justification, what this type of law does is control the social and political opposition – all types of opposition to the Honduran state.” Media Repression in Honduras Speaks to U.S. Congress, but is anyone Listening? View report here.

Excellent coverage of rigged Mexican election

by the Real News Network. Thousands of Mexicans Protest Alleged Elections Fraud James Cockcroft: Mexican Elite will not allow Andres Lopez Obrador to be President Why establishment media in the US is covering the Mexican election as if it was not stolen by the corporate-militarist right-wing candidate (b/c the establishment media in the US also […]

Economic Scene: Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War

By EDUARDO PORTER Published in the New York Times Business Section, July 3, 2012 Now that the New York Times has come out against the ‘war on drugs’ perhaps Amnesty International will. If you’re a member, you could give them a call and see what they say. . . Quote: “. . .the presidential elections […]

Terror continues on eve of election but civil society vigilance peaks

English/Español Reporters without Borders/Reporteros sin Fronteras Press release/Comunicado de prensa June 29, 2012/29 de junio de 2012 Mexico There has been absolutely no let-up in a decade-old wave of terror against journalists in the final run-up to the presidential election on Sunday (1 July). The federal offensive against drug trafficking (http://en.rsf.org/mexique-basta-de-sangre-no-sangre-campaign-11-02-2011,39540.html) of the past six […]

Honduran Scholars Call on US to Cease Support for Military and Police

Anthropology Professor Dr. Pine of American University is interviewed here on the Real News Network and provides a fascinating and thorough background and analysis of ‘drug war’ militarization and its impacts in Honduras. On June 7, 40 Honduran scholars, supported by 300 academics from 29 countries, sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of […]

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 […]

More letters in NY Times for decriminalization

Or legalization. (Though Governor Cuomo’s proposal and Mayor Bloomberg’s (original) one both continue the destructive and cartel-empowering Prohibitions approach.) Can’t we evolve to a pragmatic and civil liberties-respecting altenative: Re “Police and Mayor Back Plan to Curtail Marijuana Arrests” (front page, June 5): Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s call to end the criminalization of the possession […]

Letters: Legalize it!

Read the original Op-Ed by Justice Reichbach. Letter Legalizing the Use of Medical Marijuana Published: May 21, 2012 Re “A Judge’s Plea for Pot” (Op-Ed, May 17): I salute Justice Gustin L. Reichbach for his courageous act of civil disobedience and his willingness to admit publicly his use of marijuana for medical purposes. Anyone who […]

Man Arrested in 2006 Brad Will Murder–Finally a Step Toward Justice?

Posted on: 03/06/2012 by Laura Carlsen The government of Oaxaca arrested Lenin Osorio Ortega as the murderer of U.S. journalist Brad Will today. In a press conference, State Attorney General Manuel de Jesus Lopez announced that the Oaxaca City resident had been taken into custody after a lengthy investigation that included analyzing videos and photographs […]

Two years on, Canadian government silent on Blackfire case of corruption and murder in Chiapas, Mexico

Written by MiningWatch Canada (Ottawa/Toronto) Two years after filing a complaint with the RCMP for corruption allegations against Calgary-based Blackfire Resources, a group of Canadian civil society organizations would like to know where Canadian authorities stand on the company’s controversial operations in Chiapas, Mexico. But, after an eighteen-month wait, a request for information to the […]