Posts tagged: wola

Brought to you by President Obama and Hillary Clinton

Ed. Killing of teachers opposed to neo-liberal ‘reforms’ using Federal (US subsidized) police, training, and political cover. Click on link below for coverage of the murder by Federal and other ‘law enforcement’ of teachers protesting privatization and other neo-liberal reforms. “The Battle Has Just Started”: Activists Denounce Police Killings & Crackdowns on Teachers in Oaxaca

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 […]

US Spying and Resistance in Latin America

Editor: I’m not sure that the conclusion Dangl draws is accurate; perhaps spying has allowed entrenchment of right-wing forces only provided with ‘left wing’ cover by the new ‘leftist’ Latin American leaders. Is opposition to Washington a lot of bluster, for show? It seems particularly useful as a means of keeping right wing forces mobilized […]

Co-optation of Human Rights Organizations in the US

Weekend Edition May 10-12, 2013 Sign the Petition to Remove Suazanne Nossel Threatened with Censorship and Ouster by PEN’s Henchmen by JOHN V. WALSH In the vast and ever expanding firmament of Western Human Rights NGO’s, PEN, America Center, the writers’ organization, is far from the most luminous and ordinarily barely visible. But a dark […]

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 […]

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.

Terror continues on eve of election but civil society vigilance peaks

English/Español Reporters without Borders/Reporteros sin Fronteras Press release/Comunicado de prensa June 29, 2012/29 de junio de 2012 Mexico There has been absolutely no let-up in a decade-old wave of terror against journalists in the final run-up to the presidential election on Sunday (1 July). The federal offensive against drug trafficking (http://en.rsf.org/mexique-basta-de-sangre-no-sangre-campaign-11-02-2011,39540.html) of the past six […]

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 […]

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 […]

Debunking the ‘success’ of Plan Colombia

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 […]

American Banks ‘High’ On Drug Money: How a Whistleblower Blew the Lid Off Wachovia-Drug Cartel Money Laundering Scheme

A revealing examination of the games the Federal Government, D.C.-tied ‘human rights’ organizations, and the big banks play on the way to militarization of Latin America and the Caribbean. Quotes from the story: With headline stories across the nation exposing massive fraud and money laundering schemes infilitrating the American financial systems: how could it have […]

Call Off the Global Drug War

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 […]

Mexicans are uneasy about America’s outsourced war on drugs

Many believe that Calderón’s drug policies have been imposed by the US, which provides aid under the Mérida Initiative For the Guardian by Luis Hernandez Navarro Tuesday 14 June 2011 Cipriana Jurado is a Mexican activist who for years struggled to assert the rights of maquila workers in Ciudad Juarez on the US border. She […]

Great piece by ‘drug war’ insider turned opponent

40 Years of Drug War Hasn’t Worked; “Time for a Change,” Says 9-Year Veteran The public understands how disastrous it’s been — now it’s time for the politicians and law enforcement to change course. June 15, 2011 | The “War on Drugs” was launched by President Richard Nixon 40 years ago this week. In 1980, […]

Mexicans Reject Calderón’s War

Posted on: 21/04/2011 by Alfredo Acedo The clock on the Torre Latinoamericana strikes 5:00 on April 6th as the ragtag group that fills the esplanade of the Bellas Artes museum yells ‘No more blood!’ and ‘Down with Felipe Calderon!’. This is not a common place to begin a protest, but this march was called by […]

The Military Command Behind Mexico’s Violent Drug War

This is an excellent article documenting the mentality of the US military and State Department intent on militarizing Mexico: The US Northern Command’s Work With Mexican Armed Forces Has ‘Increased Dramatically’ and May Be Expanded By Erin Rosa Special to The Narco News Bulletin October 22, 2010

(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 […]

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 […]

Obama's Choice: Human Rights First or Plan Mexico

June 1 2009 Kristina Aiello for NACLA These efforts to suppress political dissent are part of a growing trend of increased governmental aggression towards activists and social movements occurring across Latin America. Accompanying this repression are huge increases in military spending authorized by the Bush administration to combat drug trafficking and “terrorism” in Latin America […]

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 […]

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. […]

Report on International Human Rights Day delegations

NOTE: Important links and actions below in the body of the (short, 2 page) report. Ed. Hey folks: Thanks for all your great work! Last week, your actions and those of a number of organizations aligned with our network against the Merida Initiative (aka Plan Mexico) made International Human Rights Day an unqualified success. If […]

VIDEO: Three Men and a Baby vs. Senator Dodd and WOLA

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International Human Rights Day

DECEMBER 10th, 2008 is International Human Rights Day Take a Stand Against Human Rights Violations in México! Stop the Merida Initiative aka Plan Mexico! Join us in actions at each of the 100 Congressional District offices (or in DC).