Posts tagged: war on drugs

More evidence (as if we needed it) that the ‘Drug War’ will never succeed

The Hydra-Headed Drug Business By David Boaz
, for The Cato Institute Blog, Cato At Liberty October 11, 2017 With television cameras rolling and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on hand in San Diego, the Coast Guard announced late last month that it had set a new record for cocaine seizures at sea—more than 455,000 pounds through […]

Good example of how u.s. foreign policy is made.

Gulf Government Gave Secret $20 Million Gift To D.C. Think Tank by Ryan Grimm. Published in The Intercept Transpose to Mexico/Latin America/the Congo/Africa etc.

El narcotráfico mexicano cuenta con policías entrenados en Irak con financiamiento de EEUU

Otro norte es posible Foros de reflexión en NY por el décimo aniversario del asesinato de Brad Will Por Malú Huacuja del Toro •    “¿Desde el norte con amor?” Más bien parece odio hacia el pueblo de México. •    Entre los “regalitos” del Plan Mérida diseñado por Bush se incluye el entrenamiento de oficiales en […]

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 […]

What Mexicans and other Latin Americans must know about their elections

http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-how-to-hack-an-election/ How to Hack an Election Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time. By Jordan Robertson, Michael Riley, and Andrew Willis | March 31, 2016 Photographs by Juan Arredondo From

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 […]

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 […]

El Chapo, Episode III: The Farce Awakens By Francisco Goldman

published in the New Yorker by Francisco Goldman January 14, 2016 Quote: The weakening of the Sinaloa cartel would only become a reality, he said, if El Chapo’s capture was followed by the arrests of corrupt politicians and functionaries at all levels who permitted and aided the Sinaloa cartel’s operation and expansion, and so on. […]

¡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 […]

Father of Missing Mexican Student Calls on Obama to Stop Drug War Aid

Exclusive from Democracy Now here. Excerpt: “As parents who have traveled from Mexico cross the United States in three protest caravans, we speak with two relatives of the missing students who live here in New York City: Antonio Tizapa is the father of Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño; and Amado Tlatempa is the cousin of Jesús […]

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 […]

End Broken Windows from New York City to Mexico and Beyond

Excellent piece in Al Jazeera about the US exporting a failed and brutal policing method abroad, which you need to know in order to oppose these policies and their liberal boosters (in NYC and DC) effectively.

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: […]

End the Killing of Students Now: Peace, Justice, and Democracy for Mexico

Important petition. Please sign and share. Go here to sign. Excerpt: “The depth of the Mexican crisis, the state and drug cartel violence, and the perception that the electoral route is closed because of widespread fraud, manipulation and corruption, means that Mexican popular movements have to work in the middle of a boiling cauldron of […]

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 — […]

Blowback on the Border

by LAURA CARLSEN Published on Countpunch Weekend Edition July 25-27 (go to Counterpunch site for the version with important hotlinks). * Laura Carlsen is the Director of the Americas Program. After three years of relative silence, the U.S. press has finally “discovered” the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors piling up on the […]

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 […]

US aid to Mexico’s federal police wasted as corruption soars, study finds

By Joseph J. Kolb Published May 12, 2014 FoxNews.com Note: We warned Washington Office on Against Latin America about the absence of benchmarks in Plan Mexico funding proposals by Bush. But they just pushed ahead despite the obvious failure of the model as made clear by corruption and brutality scandals that are endemic in the […]