Posts tagged: mexico

More on Mexican Government murdering teachers

(with U.S.G. weapons, training, and political cover). by researcher and writer, Scott Campbell. Mexican police brutally attack Oaxaca’s striking teachers: https://roarmag.org/essays/oaxaca-teacher-strike-police-attack/ Major State Represion in Oaxaca: Several Killed, Dozens Wounded and Detained: http://elenemigocomun.net/2016/06/repression-oaxaca-killed-wounded-detained/ También disponible en español: http://elenemigocomun.net/es/2016/06/represion-oaxaca-muertos-heridos-detenidos/

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 […]

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 — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Law Enforcement Officials Call for an End to “The War On Drugs”

The two career law enforcement officers interviewed on October 25th here are two of many speaking out against the criminalization of drugs and the failed ‘drug war’ policy pursued by Bush and now even with more vigor, President Obama. Interviewed in above linked video are the following: Jim Gierach is a former Assistant State’s Attorney […]

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 […]

WikiLeaks and the War on Drugs

by Blanche Petrich Moreno, an award-winning veteran journalist in Mexico, is a member of La Jornada’s WikiLeaks investigative reporting team. This article appeared in the August 13-20, 2012 edition of The Nation. Some of the cables can undoubtedly be found on Wkleaks site (after they weather the current denial-of-service attack). The one entitled “Mexico Offered […]

Honduran Scholars Call on US to Cease Support for Military and Police

Anthropology Professor Dr. Pine of American University is interviewed here on the Real News Network and provides a fascinating and thorough background and analysis of ‘drug war’ militarization and its impacts in Honduras. On June 7, 40 Honduran scholars, supported by 300 academics from 29 countries, sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of […]

The Summit of the Amercas, Drug Legalization, ‘Asymmetric’ Relations & Security Cooperation: Is the US Poised to Regain Hegemony with Regional Proxy Wars Through Colombia?

The US’s drug war in Latin America is criminal and must end. But the call to ‘debate’ drug policy is being advanced by the same US aligned political figures that have most embraced the militarization of the region in the name of the drug war. An excellent overview of Latin American political landscape and US […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great piece by ‘drug war’ insider turned opponent

40 Years of Drug War Hasn’t Worked; “Time for a Change,” Says 9-Year Veteran The public understands how disastrous it’s been — now it’s time for the politicians and law enforcement to change course. June 15, 2011 | The “War on Drugs” was launched by President Richard Nixon 40 years ago this week. In 1980, […]

June 2: International Day of Action in Solidarity with San Juan Copala

May 29, 2011 By Members of the La Otra Support Committee of the Caravan INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JUAN COPALA, OAXACA, MEXICO TO THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO THOSE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THIS JUST CAUSE The Triqui people of […]

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Pentagon Fingered as a Source of Narco-Firepower in Mexico

Posted by Bill Conroy to NarcoNews – February 13, 2011 The Big Clubs in Mexico’s Drug War Aren’t Slipping Through the Gun-Show Loophole Consulate wires leaked by Wikileaks indicate that U.S. military grade weapons are in the hands of Mexican Drug Cartels. The attempt, by the Obama Administration to finger gun sellers in the U.S., […]

Following Mexico’s drug money trail

A recent in-depth piece on Al Jazeera English examines the human rights implications of the militarized “war on drugs” as well as the role U.S. financial institutions play in facilitating the drug trade.  The statement Friends of Brad Will signed on to calling for an end of U.S. military aid to Mexico and a reorientation […]

Action Alert for Justice for Bety and Jyri

En español aquí. TO INDIGENOUS AND PEASANT ORGANIZATIONS TO WOMEN’S AND HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS TO ANTI-MINING AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY NETWORKS TO THE MEDIA On April 27, near San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, a humanitarian observation mission was attacked by the paramilitary group UBISORT, during which Alberta Cariño Trujillo and Jyri Jaakkola were assassinated. The initial investigation […]

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Uphold Human Rights, Halt Drug War Aid to Mexican Security Forces

En español aquí. Below is a sign-on letter to oppose additional U.S. funds to the Merida Initiative for the disastrous drug war. We have already received an incredible response from all over the Hemisphere. We believe this is a critical juncture, as homicides and human rights violations increase in Mexico and citizens in both countries […]

NYC Event: Mon., Oct. 25 – Mixer and Film Fundraiser for Mexico’s Other Campaign

Monday, October 25 from 6-10p The Commons Brooklyn (near a dozen different trains!) MIXER & FILM FUNDRAISER for MEXICO’S OTHER CAMPAIGN beginning with FOOD, SANGRIA, MUSIC and MORE around 7p we’ll screen The blockbuster drama/comedy/monster-movie with smart political commentary and Korea’s highest grossing film ever…THE HOST! Come start the week off right with a little […]

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Friends of Brad Will interview with Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno

On March 24, 2010, approximately one month after he was released, Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno sat down with Friends of Brad Will member Mark Read in Oaxaca for a twenty-minute interview. This is the second half of that interview, in which he addresses the friends and family of Brad Will.  Please take a look, share […]

EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION IN SOLIDARITY WITH OAXACA

Friday, April 30 1 PM Mexican Consulate 27 East 39th Street (btwn Madison and Park Aves.), NYC LIVE PRESENTATION OF THE DISAPPEARED JUSTICE FOR MURDERED COMRADES BETY CARIÑO AND JYRI JAAKKOLA END THE ATTACKS AND SIEGE ON THE AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JUAN COPALA On Tuesday, April 27, an solidarity caravan made up of Oaxacan […]