Posts tagged: Plan Colombia

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.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

#132 Mexican Student Movement Confronts New President

A YouTube video sparks a mass student movement protesting against newly elected President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto Excellent introduction to the #132 Movement, one of the anti-corruption and accountability/transparency movements in Mexico which has much in common with those fighting against the “war on drugs” in the U.S. This is happening now!

On the website of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a useful link to a list of the referenda against prohibition which were passed. Also, a longer interview, entitled After Historic Votes Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado & Washington Prepare for Federal Gov’t Showdown, on Democracy Now! provides insights into the major changes that have occurred and continue […]

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 […]

Can the Caravan of Peace End the War on Drugs?

by Tom Hayden Published in the Nation magazine on August 7, 2012 A new peace movement to end the US-sponsored drug war begins with buses rolling and feet marching from the Tijuana–San Diego border on August 12 through twenty-five US cities to Washington, DC, in September. (for the rest of this piece, click here). Weird […]

Congressional Democrats silence in response to appeal to stop ‘drug war’ abuses

“Using the “war on drugs” as justification, what this type of law does is control the social and political opposition – all types of opposition to the Honduran state.” Media Repression in Honduras Speaks to U.S. Congress, but is anyone Listening? View report here.

Excellent coverage of rigged Mexican election

by the Real News Network. Thousands of Mexicans Protest Alleged Elections Fraud James Cockcroft: Mexican Elite will not allow Andres Lopez Obrador to be President Why establishment media in the US is covering the Mexican election as if it was not stolen by the corporate-militarist right-wing candidate (b/c the establishment media in the US also […]

Economic Scene: Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War

By EDUARDO PORTER Published in the New York Times Business Section, July 3, 2012 Now that the New York Times has come out against the ‘war on drugs’ perhaps Amnesty International will. If you’re a member, you could give them a call and see what they say. . . Quote: “. . .the presidential elections […]

From DailyKos: 2008 Darrell Issa Voted YES To Fund Project Gunrunner & Merida Initiative

Note: We all know: If there’s so much law enforcement cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico, why haven’t the murderers of Brad Will been brought to justice after they killed him in broad daylight in front of witnesses? Instead we got a Senator Leahy-supported ‘independent expert’ investigation by ex-RCMP guys who didn’t even interview witnesses […]

Two years on, Canadian government silent on Blackfire case of corruption and murder in Chiapas, Mexico

Written by MiningWatch Canada (Ottawa/Toronto) Two years after filing a complaint with the RCMP for corruption allegations against Calgary-based Blackfire Resources, a group of Canadian civil society organizations would like to know where Canadian authorities stand on the company’s controversial operations in Chiapas, Mexico. But, after an eighteen-month wait, a request for information to the […]

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 […]

Mexico Joe Doing Biden’s Bidding

March 06, 2012 by LAURA CARLSEN Vice President Joe Biden landed in Mexico City last night and he’s left little doubt about his mission—to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes at a time of mounting calls to end prohibitionist laws and the drug war model. Excellent piece by Laura Carlsen, Director of […]

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 […]

Why Should We Care About Mexico?

by LAURA CARLSEN Excerpt: The private and public sector promoters of war reap hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds. They grow stronger as their lobbyists buy off politicians with campaign donations and the Defense Department assures itself a lion’s share of taxpayer dollars. Peace is their enemy. . . . In a recent […]

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 […]

Opinion: Latin America’s left at the crossroads

Here’s an important quote: “The year 2010 marked the 200th anniversary of independence for many Latin American nations. While the region may have achieved its political independence it still remains, 200 years later, deeply tied – and subordinated – to the larger world capitalist system that has shaped its economic and political development from the […]