Posts tagged: human rights watch

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Ed. Killing of teachers opposed to neo-liberal ‘reforms’ using Federal (US subsidized) police, training, and political cover. Click on link below for coverage of the murder by Federal and other ‘law enforcement’ of teachers protesting privatization and other neo-liberal reforms. “The Battle Has Just Started”: Activists Denounce Police Killings & Crackdowns on Teachers in Oaxaca

Investigators Say Mexico Has Thwarted Efforts to Solve Students’ Disappearance

By AZAM AHMED and PAULINA VILLEGAS APRIL 22, 2016 New York Times now focuses on corruption and impunity at the center of the federal Mexican government  and within its military. A relevant passage states: Although the government’s own investigation focused on the complicity of the local authorities, the expert panel uncovered evidence that state and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

US aid to Mexico’s federal police wasted as corruption soars, study finds

By Joseph J. Kolb Published May 12, 2014 FoxNews.com Note: We warned Washington Office on Against Latin America about the absence of benchmarks in Plan Mexico funding proposals by Bush. But they just pushed ahead despite the obvious failure of the model as made clear by corruption and brutality scandals that are endemic in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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”.

Mexico’s Blood Banks

A strong indictment, by Peter Watt, of the “drug war” and the large banks and wealthy bankers who profit from it. Unfortunately, he leaves out of the picture the ‘liberal’ (and likely mostly Democratic Party) apologists for the “drug war” who repostured their concern for militarization of the globe by the USG under the guise […]

Demanding justice for Brad Will

As we organize for justice for Brad Will and others murdered with impunity, let’s not forget that the demonstrators and social movement Brad was documenting were targeted by plain-clothed police and other paramilitary forces. More at The Real News

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, […]

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 […]

Great solidarity action

On Thursday, September 19th, Friends of Brad Will attended the demonstration on behalf of Mexican teachers facing neoliberal education law ‘reform’. A number of teachers have been killed in this nationwide mobilization. There are striking similarities between their struggle and what farmers in Colombia have been fighting for and being killed for in Colombia. Come […]

Mexico City Police Violently Crackdown on Occupying Teachers

Talk to your friends who are teachers to urge support by their unions for the demands of Mexican teachers! Attend this rally! We’re all suffering the impacts of neo-liberal economic policies which some HOPED were going to be scaled back, beginning with a promise to reconsider NAFTA by then-candidate Obama. Here is that same policy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]