Posts tagged: President Obama

Drug Agents Have an NSA-Style Spying Problem

By Ezekiel Edwards, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project September 4th, 2013 Over the last few months, we’ve been bombarded with revelation after revelation about the NSA’s unprecedented spying on Americans. But, according to The New York Times, the NSA’s untethered snooping is eclipsed by the agents fighting in a war that began long before 9/11: […]

Leahy: Freeze on Mexico Drug War Funds Will Save Lives and Money

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. […]

“Harvest of Empire” discussed

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.

WikiLeaks and the War on Drugs

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 […]

Economic Scene: Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War

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 […]

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 […]

Why Should We Care About Mexico?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mexico’s Anti-Drug War March Demands Far-Reaching Political Reforms

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.

López Obrador’s Alternative Plans for Mexico

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 […]

Does the US back the Honduran coup?

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 […]

Drug War Doublespeak

This piece, by Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP) [] 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 […]

Is Uncle Sam preparing for counter-insurgency against the Mexican people?

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 […]

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 […]

2.4.09 Congressional Hearing on U.S. Policy towards Latin America

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 […]

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

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