Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Journalist Anabel Hernandez describes how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. Narcoland: The Mexican Druglords and their Godfathers takes readers to the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years and reveals the mind-boggling depth of corruption in Mexico’s government and business elite.
Monday, June 17, 2013
"We must wage what I have called total war against public enemy number one, the problem of dangerous drugs." Such is the rhetoric that began President Nixon’s War on Drugs in 1971. The war continues today, and some would argue, to devastating effect. Neill Franklin is a former Maryland state police officer and the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an organization of current and former police officers that work to redirect current drug policies.
Monday, November 26, 2012
By Adam Dawson : It's A Free Country blogger
So now what? Will this cause our daughters to listen to jazz? Will everyone become jabbering leftists who burn the American flag and mock U.S. war dead?
Monday, June 11, 2012
Could it be that the Mexican people have finally had enough with the drug wars in Mexico? Enough to scrap the current policy of pitting the Mexican army against the drug lords and cartels? Certainly the three candidates running for President seem ready to toss out what the incumbent Filipe Calderón has been doing for nearly five years. The three candidates running for president say they want a major shift in strategy, if not a total reversal.
Monday, June 04, 2012
We hear stores almost daily now about violence among drug cartels in Mexico, but over the weekend some of that violence spilled over the border. Police in rural Arizona found a charred SUV with five bodies inside along a stretch of desert road commonly used as a smuggling route. Authorities haven't charged anyone for the crime, but all signs are pointing to the cartels.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' controversial Fast and Furious program took another hit yesterday as Kenneth E. Melson, the acting director of the program’s Phoenix office, stepped down along with the U.S. Attorney in Arizona, Dennis K. Burke. The two were implicated in an ongoing investigation into the undercover operation that allegedly allowed for thousands of guns to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The United States may be behind the drug-related violence in Mexico, more than we think. According to a new Congressional report released yesterday, more than 70 percent of the guns detained in Mexico the past two years, originated in the U.S. On top of this, the ATF is under fire for reportedly supplying more than a 1,000 illegal firearms to gun traffickers in Mexico, in an operation called "Fast and Furious." They hoped selling the guns to "straw purchasers," would lead them to the crime organizations. Unfortunately, many of these guns were lost track of, and some were even tied to the shooting of an American border patrol officer.
Friday, June 03, 2011
Two months ago 24-year-old Juan Francisco, along with six others, was killed by members of a Mexican drug cartel. Francisco’s father is Mexican poet Javier Sicilia. Juan Francisco was just one of the estimated 34,000 people killed in Mexico in drug-related violence in the last four years. Now Sicilia is leading a 900 mile march across Mexico visiting cities where people have been affected by drug violence. Irene Caselli, will join them, she's reporting this story for the BBC.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Monterrey is Mexico's financial capital and was once considered the safest city in Latin America, that is, until the arrival of the drug war. We’ll speak with Human Rights Watch researcher Nik Steinberg about the influx of organized crime and drug related violence into the city.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
President Obama is headed to the border town of El Paso, Texas today and is scheduled to speak on the fate of the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. It has been more than ten months since Obama gave his first big policy speech on immigration at the American University in Washington, where he stressed an administrative policy of border control and easing immigration proceedings for legal immigrants. But the Latino community is waiting to hear whether recent behind-the-scenes meetings have led to a more encompassing framework for federal immigration reform — one of Obama's campaign promises back in 2008.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Listeners: Do you think pot smokers should feel complicit in the Mexican drug war? Or should anyone who consumes any illegal drug question the morality of their consumption for any other reason? Call us up or comment here!
What Was The "Restoring Honor" Rally All About?; Concussions in Children and Adolescents; More on Income Inequality; Eliza Griswold on "The Tenth Parallel"
Monday, August 30, 2010
Examining Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., and what it means for American politics; exploring the relationship between New York City's Muslim community and the NYPD since 9/11; a look ahead to what'll be making the news this week; the danger of concussions in children and adolescents; a continuing look into the possible link between income inequality and financial crises; examining whether the Tea Party is taking a religious turn; more on the Chilean miners, and being trapped with your co-workers; Mexico to begin discussing the legalization of Marijuana in the wake of ongoing drug-related violence; journalist Eliza Griswold talks about her new book "The Tenth Parallel."
Monday, August 30, 2010
Earlier this month, former Mexican president Vicente Fox wrote that Mexico should consider legalizing drugs and current president Felipe Calderon has called for a debate on the idea. More than 28,000 people have died in Mexico in drug-related violence over the last 3 years.