Posts tagged: senator leahy

Mexico City Police Violently Crackdown on Occupying Teachers

Talk to your friends who are teachers to urge support by their unions for the demands of Mexican teachers! Attend this rally! We’re all suffering the impacts of neo-liberal economic policies which some HOPED were going to be scaled back, beginning with a promise to reconsider NAFTA by then-candidate Obama. Here is that same policy […]

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. […]

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers – Book Review

Written by Dawn Paley 20 June 2013 Reviewed: Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers, by Anabel Hernández, Verso. Forthcoming: September 2013. (Epub edition). If there is a sacred cow grazing in the fertile pasture of Mexican writing about the drug war, Los Señores del Narco is it. Written by investigative journalist Anabel Hernández […]

One Year after the Murder of Journalist Regina Martínez: Violence and Impunity Reign

Written by Andalusia Knoll 01 May 2013 Quote from article, then link to original publication on Upside Down World. Quote: Martínez’s murder became emblematic of government impunity, censorship, and repression, ringing the alarm for freedom of press organizations across the globe because of the gravity of the situation for journalists in Veracruz. Proceso’s correspondents released […]

An Ugly Truth in the War on Drugs

Five years ago we urged Amnesty International not to support militarization and to fight the “Durg War” based on its on-going and predictable future human rights impacts. They went with militarization. “[D]rug control has received little attention from the mainstream human rights movement.” “Just as we now view the war on terror through a human […]

#132 Mexican Student Movement Confronts New President

A YouTube video sparks a mass student movement protesting against newly elected President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto Excellent introduction to the #132 Movement, one of the anti-corruption and accountability/transparency movements in Mexico which has much in common with those fighting against the “war on drugs” in the U.S. This is happening now!

Law Enforcement Officials Call for an End to “The War On Drugs”

The two career law enforcement officers interviewed on October 25th here are two of many speaking out against the criminalization of drugs and the failed ‘drug war’ policy pursued by Bush and now even with more vigor, President Obama. Interviewed in above linked video are the following: Jim Gierach is a former Assistant State’s Attorney […]

“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.

Man Arrested in 2006 Brad Will Murder–Finally a Step Toward Justice?

Posted on: 03/06/2012 by Laura Carlsen The government of Oaxaca arrested Lenin Osorio Ortega as the murderer of U.S. journalist Brad Will today. In a press conference, State Attorney General Manuel de Jesus Lopez announced that the Oaxaca City resident had been taken into custody after a lengthy investigation that included analyzing videos and photographs […]

Two years on, Canadian government silent on Blackfire case of corruption and murder in Chiapas, Mexico

Written by MiningWatch Canada (Ottawa/Toronto) Two years after filing a complaint with the RCMP for corruption allegations against Calgary-based Blackfire Resources, a group of Canadian civil society organizations would like to know where Canadian authorities stand on the company’s controversial operations in Chiapas, Mexico. But, after an eighteen-month wait, a request for information to the […]

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 […]

Too Little, Too Late: Commissioner Kelly Tells NYPD to End Stop-and-Frisks That Led to Thousands of Bogus Marijuana Arrests

By Kristen Gwynne | Sourced from AlterNet September 23rd, 2011 After a decade of unjust marijuana arrests, Raymond Kelly has finally issued a memo to New York City police, ordering them to end the illegal stop-and-frisk procedures that resulted in the arrests of so many young black and Latino youths. The memo said: “Questions have […]

Useful resource on ‘drug war’ militarization of border etc.

We demand effective policies to replace those of the Bush and Obama Administrations. Brad Will’s murder in broad daylight, his likely murderers identified by witnesses and in documentary evidence, should have resulted – if there were real law enforcement cooperation between the USG and the Mexican Government – in accountability by now. Until there is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

US Teaching “Counterinsurgency” Courses To Mexican Military in Drug War

State Department Report Details Special Forces “Mobile Training Teams” South of the Border Posted by Erin Rosa – to Narco News. To fight the drug war in Mexico the US military conducted specialized trainings both inside and outside of the country with a focus on combating “narco-terrorism” and “counterinsurgency” conflicts, according to a recently declassified […]

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 […]

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 […]


Everyone can help! After the hearing last Monday was awaiting the decision, these days are important to take actions and exert pressure before the trial judge. Juan Manuel wants to return to his family. Please add your name to this letter and send it to the judge in the case. The english version is first […]

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).

U.S. wants to be sure drug-fighting aid isn't pilfered

(Note: Call your Congressional Rep to underscore your concern with corruption and human rights abuses. We’ve seen what military interdiction ‘drug’ policies have done to Colombia (Conflict-related killings, extra-judicial executions, killings of civilians by paramilitaries (and) by guerrillas, enforced disappearances, abductions by guerrillas, forced displacement, killings of women, enforced disappearance of women and killings of […]

Up to the Highest Level: Narco Infiltration in Felipe Calderon's Government

Wow! This piece by Ricardo Ravelo in Proceso really underscores the waste of funds and likely harmful impacts of the proposed U.S. Merida Initiative (aka Plan Mexico). The second round of funds is currently being pushed for this failed drug war policy. Let’s hope President-elect Obama comes up with practical, non-ideological and human rights-respecting approaches […]

Morelia Case: Confessions “Under Torture"

By Jorge Carrasco Araizaga and Francisco Castellanos J., Proceso Translated from the original Spanish by Kristin Bricker for NarcoNews Through confessions obtained “under torture” and with multiple irregularities, the Federal Attorney General’s office (PGR in its Spanish initials) maintains the three alleged culprits under arrest in the September 15 terrorist attack in Morelia, Michoacan—which left […]

Plan Colombia: A model for Plan Mexico?

Where are the Colombia experts monitoring Plan Colombia for human rights abuses (e.g. what happened to those labor activists and why are those unemployed people being killed by the hundreds?)? Not to mention 4 million Internally Displaced People too scared to tell U.S. government backed paramilitaries tied to Colombian government and powerful landholders (cattle ranchers […]

Mexican torture tapes again raise questions about WOLA and AI's support for Plan Mexico Mexican Torture Training Raises Questions About U.S. Military/Police Aid by Laura Carlsen published at the Huffington Post. Excellent piece! Carlsen raises troubling questions on the role of human rights organizations in supporting funds for institutions which have and continue to abuse Mexican and Latin American people with impunity! She writes: “Some Washington human rights […]

Different approach to ending violence says WSJ