Posts tagged: decriminalization

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 […]

Mexico’s Vigilante Groups Are a Force to Reckon with for Drug Cartels and Army

Excerpt: LEÓN: Despite the agreement, now there are doubts still lingering as to the capability and the willingness of the Mexican federal government to clean the state of organized crime, even more now in the lights of the recent attacks in Apatzingán while under federal protection, mainly because there is no trust in the honesty […]

A Cyber Invasion

How the NSA Infiltrated Mexico’s Computers by LAURA CARLSEN Excerpt: “My opinion is that the demand for an explanation from the Obama administration is nothing more than a face-saving move by Peña Nieto. Obama has already not only admitted to the programs revealed by Snowden, but defended them. Mexico does not need an explanation from […]

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.

Distortion of the fight against the “Drug War”

by domestic Insider NGOs. Excellent report here by Bruce Dixon for Black Agenda Report entitled “Obama & Holder Win Court Case, Keep Thousands in Prison Under Unfair 80s Crack Sentencing Laws”. Soon to come, we hope to have an expose of foreign Insider NGOs that are serving to prolong and even benefit from the ‘Drug […]

Top Secret Facility Barred Mexicans, Focused on “High Value Targeting”

NSA Staffed U.S.-Only Intelligence “Fusion Center” in Mexico City Written by Michael Evans and Jesse Franzblau Tuesday, 19 November 2013 Source: Migration Declassified The memo was written by William Wechsler, then the head of CN&GT and is addressed to Mike Vickers, who was then Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-intensity Conflict and […]


Measures to Legalize Marijuana Suggest a Shift

Published: November 6, 2013 NYTimes By DAN FROSCH “DENVER — Marijuana proponents scored significant victories on Tuesday as voters around the country passed ballot measures decriminalizing marijuana possession and approved regulatory taxes on the drug.” The election yesterday resulted in (yet another) signal of the US public’s opposition to the ‘war on drugs’ and a […]

Brad Will – Murdered 7 years ago today with impunity by Mexican Government paramilitaries

Brad Will – Murdered with impunity by Mexican Government paramilitaries 7 years ago. The US journalist was covering the teachers’ strike and popular movement in Oaxaca, Mexico, which the Mexican government was violently attempting to crush. The Case of a Murdered US journalist On June 14, 2006 the PRI Governor of Oaxaca, Ulyses Ruiz Ortiz, […]

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina Calls for Global Drug Policy Reform in UN General Assembly Speech

Press Release | 09/26/2013 Praises Voters of Colorado and Washington for Legalizing Marijuana and President Obama for Allowing Them to Proceed Commends President Mujica of Uruguay for Marijuana Legalization Proposal; Says That U.N. Should Allow Countries to “Experiment with New Models” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina spoke out forcefully today against the failures of drug prohibition […]

Human Rights Watch supports decriminalization!

What a pleasant surprise! As of June, 2013, HRW has adopted a new position on the ‘drug war’. We had not learned of this development until a recent panel discussion of the ‘drug war’ and its devastating impacts in Mexico. During this panel, Friends of Brad Will asked panelists what people in the United States […]

Drug Agents Have an NSA-Style Spying Problem

By Ezekiel Edwards, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project September 4th, 2013 Over the last few months, we’ve been bombarded with revelation after revelation about the NSA’s unprecedented spying on Americans. But, according to The New York Times, the NSA’s untethered snooping is eclipsed by the agents fighting in a war that began long before 9/11: […]

Investigate the DEA’s reactivation of Andrew Chambers

Dear Friends, Why has the Drug Enforcement Agency reactivated a discredited serial perjurer as a paid informant? Earlier this year, a number of outlets reported that the DEA has been employing Andrew Chambers in undercover investigations across the country.1 Chambers was a paid informant for the DEA from 1986 to 2000. During that time he […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#132 Mexican Student Movement Confronts New President

A YouTube video sparks a mass student movement protesting against newly elected President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto Excellent introduction to the #132 Movement, one of the anti-corruption and accountability/transparency movements in Mexico which has much in common with those fighting against the “war on drugs” in the U.S. This is happening now!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can the Caravan of Peace End the War on Drugs?

by Tom Hayden Published in the Nation magazine on August 7, 2012 A new peace movement to end the US-sponsored drug war begins with buses rolling and feet marching from the Tijuana–San Diego border on August 12 through twenty-five US cities to Washington, DC, in September. (for the rest of this piece, click here). Weird […]

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.