Posts tagged: Calderon

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BREAKING: Arrest of one of Brad’s alleged killers

There was a new arrest in Oaxaca last night, of Lenin Osorio Ortega, allegedly involved in Brad’s killing– there is a press conference there TODAY, taking place @ 13:30 Oaxaca time, in front of the offices of La Experimental. Not sure whether this might be another frame-up or not (This editor – Robert K – […]

Quantifying Militarization of Latin America under Obama

Metrics of U.S. Militarization in Latin America by John Lindsay-Poland 03 April 2012 Source: Fellowship of Reconciliation I have been crunching some numbers lately, in an attempt to pull together different forms of U.S. military aid, spending and sales in Latin America and the Caribbean. The following graphs come from putting together four streams of […]

Mexico: Another Activist Murdered for Resisting a Canadian Mine

Another Canadian mining operation benefiting from impunity and brutality of Mexican security forces and government supplied with weapons and legitimacy by the Obama Administration. And still no public statement by our government on behalf of US journalist, Brad Will, murdered by Mexican Government paramilitaries in broad daylight 5 and a half years ago. We see […]

Democracy Now covers growing challenge to failed US ‘Drug War’ policy

On March 9th, 2012. U.S. Faces Challenge to “Drug War” as Latin American Countries Mull Decriminalization, Legalization Ethan Nadelman of the Drug Policy Alliance provides a diplomatic and (to me what seems overly) praise-laden overview of the Obama Administration’s promotion of ‘drug war’ policy. He does declare Obama Administration has shown a failure of leadership […]

Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No

By PAUL BUTLER Published: December 20, 2011 IF you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote “not guilty” — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if […]

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 […]

Debunking the ‘success’ of Plan Colombia

Good thing that Colombian security officers are training Mexican anti-narcotics squads. (Try to ignore Juan Forerro’s typical parroting of ‘drug war’ boosters’ narrative.) Death and Drugs in Colombia, New York Review of Books, June 23, 2011 by Daniel Wilkinson Quote: “Paramilitaries also confessed to judicial investigators that they had collaborated extensively with military officers, both […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mexico’s Anti-Drug War March Demands Far-Reaching Political Reforms

Posted on: 05/09/2011 by Laura Carlsen Thousands of Mexicans changed the face of national and international politics May 8 in the world’s first mass protest against the drug war. Read the rest of this excellent piece here.

Mexicans Reject Calderón’s War

Posted on: 21/04/2011 by Alfredo Acedo The clock on the Torre Latinoamericana strikes 5:00 on April 6th as the ragtag group that fills the esplanade of the Bellas Artes museum yells ‘No more blood!’ and ‘Down with Felipe Calderon!’. This is not a common place to begin a protest, but this march was called by […]

The Military Command Behind Mexico’s Violent Drug War

This is an excellent article documenting the mentality of the US military and State Department intent on militarizing Mexico: The US Northern Command’s Work With Mexican Armed Forces Has ‘Increased Dramatically’ and May Be Expanded By Erin Rosa Special to The Narco News Bulletin October 22, 2010

Drug Prohibition

Letter Published: October 19, 2010 To the Editor: Re “In Mexico, Scenes From Life in a Drug War: Monterrey’s Habit” (Op-Ed, Oct. 17): Ricardo Elizondo Elizondo’s essay about the drug war in Mexico says that Mexico must take notice of its own drug use problems and that “there can be no solution until we come […]

(US) Hemispheric Militarization reaches Costa Rica

Under the guise of ‘war on drugs’ “After receiving a diplomatic request from the US Embassy, on July 1 the Costa Rican legislative assembly approved a measure to grant unprecedented access to a U.S. military fleet in Costa Rica’s waters. The vessels will arrive for at least six months to assist counter-narcotics operations by Costa […]

Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro honored

UN press freedom prize goes to crusading Mexican journalist. This is especially relevant for two reasons: 1) they’re killing radio announcers this week, 2) Puebla is very similar to Oaxaca in having a corrupt PRI governor protected by Calderon, and for the same reason: needing PRI votes in congress. ND Agence France-Presse First Posted 07:51:00 […]