Posts tagged: militarization

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 […]

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 […]

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/

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mexico: State Terrorism As Governance

From newsletter distributed by El Enemigo Común. By Scott Campbell On January 11, five young people returning home from a weekend birthday gathering were detained by police in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, Mexico, where they had stopped to get something to eat. Susana Tapia Garibo, 16; José Benítez de la O, 24; Mario Orozco Sánchez, 27; […]

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 […]

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, […]

¡Fue el Estado!

Q&A: A look at Mexico’s armed conflict through a lens of Drug War Capitalism In this concise and powerful interview, DAWN PALEY, author of must-read “Drug War Capitalism,” explains how drug cartels in Mexico are actually paramilitaries, working with security forces and reinforcing state power.

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘El Chapo’ and El Banco

on the Fair Blog by Janine Jackson Quote: “US Attorney General Eric Holder called the arrest a “landmark achievement”: “The criminal activity Guzman allegedly directed contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence and corruption.” But that activity wasn’t conducted by Guzman alone, and another notable […]

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 […]

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 […]