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20 Years After Escobar’s Death, the Drug War Drags On

December 6, 2013

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Guest Editorial: By Teo Ballve Twenty years ago this month, U.S. authorities helped bring down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, but Washington’s global war on drugs has not let up. In fact, it has become costlier, bloodier, more widespread and futile. Escobar died in a hail of bullets on Dec. 2, 1993, fleeing from police […]

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Suspensión de fondos a la Iniciativa Mérida salvará vidas

August 23, 2013

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By Laura Carlsen Programa de las Américas Patrick Leahy, líder del comité presupuestario en el Senado estadunidense, congeló la asignación de $95 millones de dólares para el financiamiento de la Iniciativa Mérida, argumentando la falta de una clara estrategia por parte del Departamento de Estado de los EE. UU. y del gobierno mexicano. “Parece como […]

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Holder Says the Obvious — Drug War is a War on Minorities

August 16, 2013

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Commentary: By Earl Ofari Hutchinson New America Media Attorney General Eric Holder has said what has long been obvious to anyone who has the faintest notion about how the wildly failed, flawed war on drugs has been waged for three decades. The obvious is that the war on drugs has been a ruthless, relentless and […]

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Targeted by Mexico’s Deadly Drug Cartels, Journalists at a Tijuana Newsweekly Risk Their Lives to Report the Truth

December 28, 2012

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As the Drug War Intensifies, Will the Free Press Be Silenced? In 1980, Jesús Blancornelas and Héctor Félix Miranda founded the Mexican newsweekly Zeta. They intended it to stand as an independent voice, different from the rest of the nation’s largely government-controlled media. At the time, reporting the truth about the country’s leaders was unprecedented—and […]

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The Skeletons in Calderon’s Closet

December 7, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur As outgoing Mexican president Felipe Calderon prepares to enter the Ivory Tower of Harvard, skeletons are rattling the walls of Mexico during the last few days of his administration. Within the past week, Mexican authorities have recovered the remains of scores of murder victims from mass grave sites situated in different regions of […]

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War or Peace in Mexico?

November 30, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur Do messages attributed to three Mexican underworld organizations portend war or peace? Retrieved by Mexican soldiers, three so-called narco-banners displayed last week in the southern state of Guerrero and purportedly signed by three groups — the Gulf cartel, La Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar — announced not only a truce among the […]

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Heart-to-Heart on the Drug War

November 21, 2012

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Commentary: By Laura Carlsen Margarita López begins to speak about the horrible events that marked the end of her daughter’s life in a low, even tone. Some 40 women in a plush Washington, D.C. meeting room listen silently as tears roll down their cheeks. López narrates how her 19-year-old daughter, Jahaira Guadalupe Vaena López, was […]

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Caravan for Peace Finally Roles into Washington

September 21, 2012

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Commentary: By Enrique Morones After a month on the road, bringing an inspirational message of justice and dignity to dozens of cities across the country that have been ravaged by America’s failed war on drugs and other harmful policies, the Caravan for Peace finally roled into Washington, D.C. this past week to conclude its historic […]

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‘El Velador (The Night Watchman)’ Witnesses Aftermath of Mexico’s Drug Wars With a Guard Who Silently Watches Over the Dead

September 21, 2012

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El Velador (The Night Watchman), an Official Selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight and New Directors/New Films Festival, has its national broadcast premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at 10 p.m., during the 25th anniversary season of POV on PBS. (Check local listings.) The cemetery of El Velador (The Night Watchman) is […]

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Mexico’s President-Elect Signals “Internationalization” of Drug War

August 17, 2012

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By Louis Nevaer New America Media MEXICO CITY – Mexicans have long grown weary of their country’s prolonged War on Drugs. Now, with President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto set to take office in December, it appears change may finally be in the offing. That change, however, may not be what most Mexicans were expecting. “A transnational […]

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Cross-Country “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” Embarks This Weekend to Call for End to Drug War that Has Killed 60,000 in Mexico and Countless Others in U.S.

August 10, 2012

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This Sunday, August 12, a broad bi-national coalition of more than 100 organizations will join the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice & Dignity (MPJD) to embark on a month-long “Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity” across the United States. The Caravan is led by renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who emerged as a […]

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It’s Time to Seriously Tackle the Money behind the Drug Cartels

July 20, 2012

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Commentary: By Rafael Espada and Raymond Baker Several Latin American leaders have proposed legalizing aspects of the drug trade in recent months, clearly acknowledging that the current strategy in the war on drugs is not working. They are correct in highlighting the flaws in the traditional approach to battling illicit narcotics, but do we really […]

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Mexican Drug War Set to Intensify Before New President Takes Office

July 6, 2012

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By Louis E. V. Nevaer New America Media MERIDA, Mexico — In the wake of Mexico’s presidential election Sunday, analysts are expecting Mexico to launch a major “blitzkrieg surge” against the drug cartels during current president Felipe Calderon’s lame duck period. President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto won’t take office until Dec. 1, leaving a five-month period […]

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Mother’s Day: Moms, Cops and Students Unite to End the War on Drugs

May 8, 2012

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Moms Share Personal Experiences of Drug War Devastation  Moms United presents the “Mom’s Bill of Rights”  Mothers will join with law enforcement and other allies on the steps of the San Diego Hall of Justice, to bring focus to the failed war on drugs. This event is part of a campaign comprised of national organizations […]

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Mexican Scribe Javier Sicilia Brings Campaign for Peace to U.S.

May 4, 2012

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By José Luis Sierra New America Media LOS ANGELES — Javier Sicilia looks tired. The 56 year-old Mexican poet, essayist, journalist and novelist has been going non-stop since March 28th of last year, which is the day he acquired a distinction that is every Mexican’s nightmare: to be a member of one of the roughly […]

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The Politics of the Drug War in Mexico

April 27, 2012

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By Laura Carlsen The starting bell rang for the Mexican presidential campaigns on March 30, and the candidates are out of the gates. As the nation faces an unprecedented crisis in levels of violence and lawlessness, one of the big issues is who will have to take the blame for the disastrous war on drugs. […]

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The Drug War’s Invisible Victims

February 3, 2012

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By Laura Carlsen There are many kinds of war. The classic image of a uniformed soldier kissing mom good-bye to risk his life on the battlefield has changed dramatically. In today’s wars, it’s more likely that mom will be the one killed. UNIFEM states that by the mid-1990s, 90% of war casualties were civilians– mostly […]

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