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. […]
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New Film Recounts How U.S. Intervention Caused Mass Latin American Migrations Discussion provides a context to Obama policy in Latin America and why Brad Will’s murder has not been a priority for the U.S. government for 5 years.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Good thing that Colombian security officers are training Mexican anti-narcotics squads. (Try to ignore Juan Forerro’s typical parroting of ‘drug war’ boosters’ narrative.) Death and Drugs in Colombia, New York Review of Books, June 23, 2011 by Daniel Wilkinson Quote: “Paramilitaries also confessed to judicial investigators that they had collaborated extensively with military officers, both […]
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 […]
Posted on: 05/09/2011 by Laura Carlsen Thousands of Mexicans changed the face of national and international politics May 8 in the world’s first mass protest against the drug war. Read the rest of this excellent piece here.
This seems a fair and useful assessment of the current run-up to the Mexican presidential elections and Obrador’s position in it. I wonder why Obrador’s position on the militarization of Mexico under Calderon was overlooked (I can’t believe he is ambivalent about this extreme transformation of Mexico). Rob López Obrador’s Alternative Plans for Mexico Written […]
The Obama administration’s condemnation of the coup in Honduras has been lukewarm compared to the rest of the world. [Read this great piece on recent coup in Honduras to get insight into whose side President Obama is on in the ‘war on drugs’. Ed.] Also, here are calls coming from inside the country for international […]
This piece, by Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP) [americas.irc-online.org] remains a benchmark for analysis on how the media with their ‘defense’ industry-tied pundits are promoting an expansion of the lucrative destabilizing wars (including the ‘war on drugs’ in Latin America). It was written on March 9, 2009. When […]
U.S. Military Funded Mapping Project in Oaxaca Geographers used to gather intelligence? April 2009 By Cyril Mychalejko and Ramor Ryan From article: “I feel that this particular controversy would not have the traction that it does if it were not for the direct role of the U.S. military, especially in light of the turmoil in […]
http://www.newspapertree.com/features/3441-mexico-in-the-international-human-rights-spotlight by Frontera NorteSur “Torture continues, extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances occur, freedom of expression is limited, and practically none of the cultural and economic rights is guaranteed or protected,” charged a report from civil society organizations delivered to the UN Human Rights Council. Posted on February 10, 2009 Mexico’s government is under the glare […]
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Chairman U.S. Policy Toward Latin America in 2009 and Beyond You can download the witnesses’ testimonies at the site above. The U.S. Congress is beginning to recognize the failure of the ‘war on drugs’. That’s because of your work and the many fighting the domestic and […]
I Really Like the Cops, by Brad Will
Bradley Roland Will 1970-2006 Murdered by police in Mexico.
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