Posts tagged: Merida Initiative

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”.

A Small Step Toward More Mercy

Quote from this powerful New York Times oped, published December 22nd, 2013: “It is important to recognize that while Mr. Obama showed mercy to these eight people, his administration has been the least merciful in modern times. The power to mitigate an overly harsh sentence is squarely in his hands, and yet in nearly five […]

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, […]

Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President’s Email

[Editor: Drug trade listed by US spies as top strategic objective of surveillance. Benefits to international (US) investments are also a by-product. Human rights, a much lower priority, for President Obama’s spying program.] Der Spiegel, 20 October 2013 By Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark [Excerpt] The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ATT working for DEA maintains huge amounts of US phone records

Strong NYTimes piece by Scott Shane and Colin Moynihan exposing the Hemisphere Project and yet more costly, civil/privacy rights eroding government actions in the name of the ‘war on drugs’. Also, in case you missed it, this New Yorker piece by Sarah Stillman on RICO abuses, often under cover of same ‘war on drugs’.

Uruguay may be the First Country to Legalize Weed

Excellent interview offering insights and overview of the ‘war on drugs’ and its approaching end.

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. […]

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 […]

Jesuit says US drug war undermines Honduran democracy

SEATTLE (April 24th, 2013) – A priest from Honduras says the United States is repeating the same errors in Central America as it did in the 1980s, and his country is suffering as a result. Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno, who directs Radio Progreso, a feisty activist station on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, recently told […]

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 […]