Posts tagged: Drug War

Mexican Troops Unpunished for Human Rights Violations: Report

10 years and 10s of thousands of bodies too late. Will WOLA now effectively pressure the U.S. Congress to end lethal aid flowing from the USG or its proxies to the Mexican military and police? https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexican-Troops-Unpunished-for-Human-Rights-Violations-Report-20171108-0005.html

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 […]

Urge Tillerson to Investigate Violence & Corruption in Mexico

If you agree, please ask your legislators to sign onto this Dear Colleague letter by Tuesday. FoBW. Dear Colleague, We invite you to sign onto our letter voicing concern to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the violence and corruption related to the war on drugs in Mexico, and the U.S. role. The State Department […]

Good example of how u.s. foreign policy is made.

Gulf Government Gave Secret $20 Million Gift To D.C. Think Tank by Ryan Grimm. Published in The Intercept Transpose to Mexico/Latin America/the Congo/Africa etc.

Somehow the snail overtakes the locomotive!

Resurgent Mexico by Quincy Saul photoshooter2015 | Shutterstock.com “Did you hear it? It is the sound of their world collapsing. It is the sound of ours resurging.” – Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, December 2012 Mexico is living and dying for the sins of the global economy. The price of cheap clothes, cheap drugs and cheap labor is […]

U.S.-sponsored and supported Impunity in Mexico

Counterpunch Radio episode w/Laura Carlsen This week Eric welcomes back to the program Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, to discuss the ongoing disappearances of activists in Mexico, the reassertion of US hegemony in Latin America, and how militarization and free trade are the cornerstones of US imperial […]

Clinton and U.S.G. Role in the Honduras Coup: Reasons why. . .

“She’s Baldly Lying”: Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Defense of Her Role in Honduras Coup http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/13/shes_baldly_lying_dana_frank_responds In previous interview, Hillary Clinton explicitly calls for a Plan Colombia for Central America.

An explanation of why the Canadian Embassy was implicated in the cover up of Brad’s murder?

Remember when Physicians for Human Rights released their report pointing to government-backed paramilitaries as the likely culprits in Brad’s murder. And then Senator Leahy decided that he would wait for results of another ‘independent’ report before taking action for accountability. We smelled a rat then (Apparently Senator Leahy didn’t; maybe he can make up for […]

Common Sense letter to NY Times on the ‘Drug War’ in Mexico

To the Editor: Re “Mexico’s New Blood Politics” (Sunday Review, Jan. 17): Ioan Grillo’s conclusion that the United States (and American taxpayers) “should use its drug-war aid to push harder” for anti-corruption and judicial reforms is off base. As a political analyst living and working in Mexico for the last three decades, I have watched […]

El Chapo, Episode III: The Farce Awakens By Francisco Goldman

published in the New Yorker by Francisco Goldman January 14, 2016 Quote: The weakening of the Sinaloa cartel would only become a reality, he said, if El Chapo’s capture was followed by the arrests of corrupt politicians and functionaries at all levels who permitted and aided the Sinaloa cartel’s operation and expansion, and so on. […]

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, […]

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 […]

Father of Missing Mexican Student Calls on Obama to Stop Drug War Aid

Exclusive from Democracy Now here. Excerpt: “As parents who have traveled from Mexico cross the United States in three protest caravans, we speak with two relatives of the missing students who live here in New York City: Antonio Tizapa is the father of Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño; and Amado Tlatempa is the cousin of Jesús […]

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 […]

End Broken Windows from New York City to Mexico and Beyond

Excellent piece in Al Jazeera about the US exporting a failed and brutal policing method abroad, which you need to know in order to oppose these policies and their liberal boosters (in NYC and DC) effectively.

43 Cities Protest, Demanding U.S. Stop Funding Mexican Drug War

Good piece here too. And this one too below. These are the people who fund Plan Mexico and they’ve ignored us. Call them and tell them what you think. Stop Obama and the Democratic Party’s 7 year policy of support for Plan Mexico (and other USG militarization) projects targeting Mexico and Latin America. Senator Gillibrand: […]

End the Killing of Students Now: Peace, Justice, and Democracy for Mexico

Important petition. Please sign and share. Go here to sign. Excerpt: “The depth of the Mexican crisis, the state and drug cartel violence, and the perception that the electoral route is closed because of widespread fraud, manipulation and corruption, means that Mexican popular movements have to work in the middle of a boiling cauldron of […]

San Fernando Migrant Massacre: How US, Mexican and Latin American Governments Share Responsibility

Read this devastating piece on the San Fernando massacre of demonstrating students. The article describes a pattern of ‘predictable and thus preventable’ results of Mexican government actions and omissions that was “responsible for systematic, egregious and recurrent human rights violations”. We warned Amnesty International and the Washington Office on Latin America as well as Human […]

Global Drug Report: Don’t Just Decriminalize, Demilitarize

155,000 dead not counting tens of thousands disappeared. Narco-trafficking organizations as powerful as ever with profits relatively untouched. Why would Hillary Clinton and Patrick Leahy call this a successful policy? Other good piece here: The Mexican drug war is the most deadly conflict in Latin America other than Guatemala’s 30 year civil war: http://t.co/zp68K43izV — […]

Bless Brad Will’s memory! He would have been 44 years old today!

Take action urged by the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy! Action Needed Demand justice in the murder of U.S. journalist Brad Will Suspend Merida Initiative aid to Mexican security forces June 14 would have been U.S. journalist Brad Will’s 44th birthday. Will was shot and killed covering protests in the Mexican state […]

Urge US government action to end impunity for the murder of Brad Will

Here is an example of a letter you could send to Senator Durbin to end impunity for the murder of Brad Will and many others by Mexican government-backed paramilitaries Thanks! Subject: Plan Mexico (aka the Merida Initiative) and he Murder of US journalist Brad Will To: schedule@durbin.senate.gov, state_scheduler@durbin.senate.gov, pat_souders@durbin.senate.gov, Max_Gleischman@durbin.senate.gov, dena_morris@durbin.senate.gov, christina_mulka@durbin.senate.gov Mr. Souders, Please […]

Congressman Blumenauer on “Drug War” failure and an alternative

See his full FAQ here. Here’s the text below: Marijuana FAQ The people have spoken – it is time for the federal government to reform the failed marijuana policies that ruin lives and cost us billions of dollars every year. Last November, Colorado and Washington voters chose to legalize small amounts of marijuana for adult […]

Legalization vs. Decriminalization

More at The Real News Excerpt of this excellent discussion: “I see that the current illicit marketplace is the gateway. It is the environment that is the gateway, not a particular substance or drug, but the environment that we have of drug dealers acting on our corners hiring kids to sell drugs, marijuana and other […]

Doctors criticise UN’s approach to global drugs control

Excellent review of current drug policy discussions at the UN in respected UK medical journal, The Lancet. Excerpt below. Chris Ford, founder and clinical director of the non-governmental organisation International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies (IDHDP), told The Lancet: “We know the global war on drugs has failed and this has had devastating consequences for […]

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

Read all of this By SPIEGEL staff here. Excerpt below: Part 2: Targeting Mexico Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security, which was folded into the new National Security Commission at the beginning of 2013, was responsible at the time for the country’s police, counterterrorism, prison system and border police. Most of the agency’s nearly 20,000 employees […]

Washington’s Real Aims in Colombia

Excellent piece, by Nick Alexandrov, on the origins and recent history of the ‘war on drugs’ and what the US government has really been fighting. I wonder if the Washington Office on Latin America still maintains their position on Plan Mexico, that they are “not for it or against it”.