Posts tagged: obama

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 […]

Ex-general Replaces Leftist Leader in El Salvador’s Security Cabinet as Washington Reasserts Influence in Central America

23 November 2011, by CISPES Quote from the article: In the 2009 cable, the U.S. Embassy official warns that funding for the Mérida Initiative, one of the U.S. “War on Drugs” initiatives in Mexico and Central America, would be “contingent upon guidance from Washington regarding how best to work around Melgar.” According to the Salvadoran […]

Granting Golpismo

There’s just so much money in the non-profit industrial complex. And it’s so unrepentantly imperialist. Take, for example, the recent “Grants to Support U.S. Ideology in Foreign Hospitals and Schools,” offered by USAID: Number of Grants: 26; Estimated Size of Grant: $2,000,000. more of this excellent piece on the role of USAID and NGOs they […]

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., […]

Drug Prohibition

Letter Published: October 19, 2010 To the Editor: Re “In Mexico, Scenes From Life in a Drug War: Monterrey’s Habit” (Op-Ed, Oct. 17): Ricardo Elizondo Elizondo’s essay about the drug war in Mexico says that Mexico must take notice of its own drug use problems and that “there can be no solution until we come […]

The Murderers of Mexico

The Murderers of Mexico October 28, 2010 Alma Guillermoprieto Excerpt from this fascinating piece in the New York Review of Books which reaffirms the failure of the ‘war on drugs’ which we’ve been citing as a pretext for militarization of Latin America and the Caribbean: “It’s not that Guzmán has influence whereas other traffickers do […]

Weary of Drug War, Mexico Debates Legalization

By Tim Johnson | McClatchy Newspapers Wednesday, September 8, 2010 MEXICO CITY — A debate about legalizing marijuana and possibly other drugs — once a taboo suggestion — is percolating in Mexico, a nation exhausted by runaway violence and a deadly drug war. Read the entire article here. Don’t miss some great comments on this […]

Mexico: The Voice of the Community Faces Numerous Threats

Written by Emilio Godoy Wednesday, 25 August 2010 (IPS) – The Jenpoj (“winds of fire) community radio station in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, which plays an important role in keeping the Mixe indigenous community informed, has had its equipment confiscated and has fought and won a court case to get a broadcast license. […]

(US) Hemispheric Militarization reaches Costa Rica

Under the guise of ‘war on drugs’ “After receiving a diplomatic request from the US Embassy, on July 1 the Costa Rican legislative assembly approved a measure to grant unprecedented access to a U.S. military fleet in Costa Rica’s waters. The vessels will arrive for at least six months to assist counter-narcotics operations by Costa […]

Human Rights Defenders Seek Protection in Mexico

Quote from NY Times article by Marc Lacey: “Activists working on cases connected to the drug war are particularly vulnerable because drug trafficking organizations, and their many accomplices in police forces and governments, show little tolerance for criticism.” is this the government with which the US is seeking law-enforcement cooperation in the so-called ‘drug war’?! […]

A Bad Week for the Monroe Doctrine

Written by Conn Hallinan Thursday, 17 June 2010 12:10 Source: Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF) published at Upside Down World. It is hard to find words that quite describe U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s performance at the June 7 meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Lima, Peru. Cluelessness certainly comes to […]

The Circle Opens Out: New Evidence on Criminality in Colombian Regime

Excellent article! And Plan Mexico is modeled on Plan Colombia except there are no benchmarks to allow the public (or the GAO) to measure its failure. Great. Here’s a quote: “If Colombians are victims of this regime, indeed of this State, one has to ask who the beneficiaries are. The answer has to be sought. […]

Merida II prospects of ‘success’ negligible

Mexican President Comes to Washington: What will come of President Calderøn’s visit to Washington? by COHA Research Associates Elizabeth Sahner, Carl Patchen, & Kyle Tana along with Research Fellow Dan Boscov-Ellen • It no longer is just Mexico’s drug war as violence and corruption begins to engulf the U.S. • No prospect that the U.S. […]

AP IMPACT: US drug war has met none of its goals

By MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press Writer Martha Mendoza, Associated Press Writer – Fri May 14, 12:02 am ET MEXICO CITY – After 40 years, the United States’ war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.

U.S. priorities shifting in Mexico’s drug fight

By ALFREDO CORCHADO / The Dallas Morning News November 21, 2009 The article describes how President Obama’s administration is in discussions with his right-wing PAN counterpart, Mexican President Calderon, to extend lethal aid package to Mexico with a new emphasis on corruption. Of course, this worked so clearly not the outcome of 11 years of […]

"We Bring Fear"

A reporter flees the biggest cartel of all—the Mexican Army. A vivid report on a journalist’s flight from the Mexican military to the United States. This is the same Mexican military which the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress are funding even more than Bush did!

A Vision of Things to Come in Mexico – Latin America – Under Merida Initiative

Below is a quote (and then a link to the original document) from the Lawyers Collective (or Colectivo de Abogados), a Colombian non-governmental organization. It raises the obvious question about the Merida Initiative (aka Plan Mexico): namely, why are some Mexicans ‘nationalists’ objecting to end-use monitoring of lethal aid funding for militarization (including surveillance) to […]

Mexico's Emerging Narco-State

From this excellent piece by Todd Miller published by NACLA: “Washington is funding both sides of the drug war. U.S. military aid to this corrupt system has flowed rapidly under the Obama administration.” Here’s the synopsis: The July 5 mid-term election in Mexico will continue narcotraffickers’ creeping reach into all sectors of the country’s political […]

Reinventing Demons

The Obama administration plans a new round of ‘public safety’ programs in Latin America. by Jeremy Bigwood Published in In These Times, May 13, 2009. From the article: “Obama may not understand the dangerous waters his administration is drifting into by expanding “public safety” policing programs. If the history of the OPS and similar projects […]

Real News: War on drugs and Mexico's demise

May 3, 2009 Part I: Free trade and Mexico’s drug war Collapse of traditional economy created the space for the cartels to grow. In April, US President Barack Obama visited Mexico where he announced that the US needed to take some responsibility for Mexico’s ongoing Drug War. He also declared his support for a continuation […]

Mexico Decriminalizes Simple Possession, Cracks Down on Everything Else

New Laws Strike a Symbolic Blow to Prohibition, But Net Result is Increased Law Enforcement Powers Written by Kristin Bricker for Narconews. Published May 9, 2009 Is the Mexican government planning to incarcerate 100s of thousands of casual drug users? Or does it only want to use the threat of draconian sentences to frighten many […]

Merida Initiative: the United States' Bureaucratic Invasion

Translated by Kristin Bricker from a piece in Milenio by Victor Hugo Michel Two key passages of the article: First, Dyncorp. . . : ‘The increase in the concentration of new personnel includes support from private companies that have been contracted by the State Department to bring their own specialists, known as private service contractors. […]

Mexican NGOs, Brigadier General, Unite in Letter Against Plan Mexico

Human Rights Organizations Break from Amnesty International’s 2008 Pro-Merida Initiative Letter Check out this excellent piece by Kristin Bricker, written especially for The Narco News Bulletin on May 7, 2009.

Government Harassment in Brad Will Murder Case

Federal Police Pressure Imprisoned APPO Defendant Juan Manuel Martinez to Confess; Will Family Lawyer Faces Legal Harassment Read the entire story April 21, 2009 by Kristin Bricker via the Narcosphere here.

Private-sector Arms Sales to Mexico Sparsely Monitored by State Department

An excellent provocative piece by Bill Conroy for Narconews. Written a on April 5th it will continue to have relevance as an empirical expose of the lack of credibility on the ‘drug war’ of the network ‘news’ and their ‘defense’ industry pundits. His well-documented thesis is that the cartels are obtaining their heavy fire power […]

President: Calderón Is Not Mexico

Incisive and (historically, economically) contextualized analysis of Obama’s trip to Mexico and the positions he took vis-a-vis human rights, neoliberalism and the ‘war on drugs’. Check out Mr. President: Calderón Is Not Mexico by Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program at the Center For International Policy Posted April 17, 2009

The Wrong Solution to Mexico’s Security Crisi

Great piece by Todd Miller for NACLA, written April 17 2009 “On August 5, 2008 a group of 20 Mexican soldiers burst into the community of Santiago Lachivia, Oaxaca and fired into a crowd of residents preparing land for a community garden. Cecilio Vásquez Miguel and Venancio Olivera Ávila were killed. In the aftermath, when […]

Domestic impact of 'war on drugs'

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/opinion/l20blow.html Drug Prosecutions To the Editor: Op-Ed Columnist: Cocaine and White Teens (January 10, 2009) In “Cocaine and White Teens” (column, Jan. 10), Charles M. Blow writes that white teenagers use more cocaine than black teenagers, and cites a ratio of 10 to 1 of white versus black teenagers entering drug treatment for crack and […]

How Clean Is Mexico's Operation Clean-Up?

How Clean Is Mexico’s Operation Clean-Up? Frontera NorteSur, News Report, Ricardo Ravelo, Posted: Jan 13, 2009 When Mexican President Felipe Calderon and U.S. President-elect Barack Obama met Jan. 12, one of the topics high on the agenda was Mexico´s drug war — and President Calderon’s Operation Clean-Up, the Mexican government’s declared campaign to cleanse federal […]

Obama urged to speak up for murdered journalist in meeting with Calderon

January 12, 2009 Obama urged to speak up for murdered journalist in meeting with Mexican President Calderon and to reject as an “impractical continuation of a failed policy” Bush’s Merida Initiative (Washington, D.C.) Friends of Brad Will urged their members to contact President Elect Obama’s Transition Team today to urge the President Elect to bring […]