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Fast and Furious Blurs the Line Between Cops and Crooks

ATF Supervisor’s Questionable Gun Purchases Appear to Be Business As Usual

Two guns of interest were found in late November of last year near the scene of a gun battle in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The battle, waged between the Mexican military and alleged drug traffickers, left five people dead, including a Mexican soldier and a beauty queen named Maria Susana Flores Gamez.

Banks Are "Where the Money Is" In The Drug War

Big Lenders Face Few Hard Consequences for Violating Anti-Money Laundering Laws 

Mexico’s New President Set to Empower a “Devil’s Cartel”

CIA Operative Claims Corrupt Colombian Law Enforcer Now Advising Peña Nieto Is Sign Of That Danger Ahead

Baruch Vega, a long-time CIA operative, has raised a red flag over the incoming president of Mexico’s decision to employ the former head of the Colombian National Police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, as his security advisor in the war on drugs.

Murder of Miami’s ‘Cocaine Queen’ Offers Teaching Moment

The Truth of the Drug War Won’t Be Found in Hollywood or the Mainstream Media — Which Both Work From the Same Tired Script

Mexican Special Forces Employed as Death Squads in Drug War, Email Records Released by WikiLeaks Reveal

Specially Trained Troops Conducted “Surgical” Strikes on Narco-Trafficking Cells, Gangs and Addicts

Ciudad Juarez earned the reputation as the most dangerous city in the world as its murder rate ramped up exponentially between 2008 and 2011, with some 10,000 murders attributed to a “cartel” turf war being waged in the Mexican border community of some 1.2 million just south of El Paso, Texas.

Romney’s Bain Woes Boil Down To A Paper Trail That Doesn't Add Up

Official Records Show Presidential Candidate’s Federal Filings Contradict Filings Made With the State of Massachusetts

The mainstream media reports now zeroing in on presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s role at Bain Capital entities after 1999 can be a bit confusing and seem to focus primarily on whether he said one thing publicly yet was doing something quite different behind the scenes.

Estos son los lineamientos y la ruta para la marcha del domingo “Anti Peña Nieto”

Después de una primera movilización exitosa, grupos ciudadanos y el movimiento YoSoy132 llaman a manifestarse para informar a la población.

Mexican President Calderón Hires US Propaganda Firm

Los Pinos Retains Las Vegas-Based R&R Partners to Promote Government’s Successes As the Bloody Drug War Rages On

The administration of Felipe Calderón has retained a politically connected US advertising and public relations firm to promote the political and economic agenda of the Mexican president in advance of the upcoming G20 Summit, which will be held in Los Cabos, Mexico, only a few weeks prior to the July 1 Mexican general election. 

Clues Put FBI Informant at the Apex of Fast and Furious Scandal

US Weapons “Walked” Into Mexico Under ATF Operation Supplied Firepower for Juarez Bloodbath

A top enforcer for the Sinaloa drug organization and his army of assassins in Juarez, Mexico — responsible for a surge in violence in that city that has led to thousands of deaths in recent years — may well have been supplied hundreds, if not thousands, of weapons through an ill-fated US law-enforcement operation known as Fast and Furious.

Sicilia and the Mexican Movement for Peace are “fed up”

By Paco Gómez

“If we were fed up a year ago, today we are fed up in a more profound and brutal way,” said Javier Sicilia in Cuernavaca at the March 28 commemoration of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity's first anniversary.

He spoke firmly and asked citizens to leave their voting ballots blank in the upcoming July elections. He spoke in front of a small but committed audience that had carried out a day full of symbolic acts, performances and protest.

The MPJD was born from death. It was Sicilia’s reaction to the appearance of his murdered son Juan Francisco’s body and those of other six friends, with a poetic and emotive letter one year ago, exactly on the 28th of March. His words and steps inspired a great national march that arrived at the Zócalo in Mexico City the following May.

For Spanish click here.

Human Rights Defender Kerry Kennedy Detained, Threatened by Mexican Military

Robert F. Kennedy's Daughter Nearly Meets Tragic Fate at Drug-War Checkpoint

A squad of heavily armed Mexican soldiers this past weekend accosted Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, while she and her 14-year-old daughter were traveling in southwestern Mexico to attend Easter Sunday mass.

The Movement for Peace Marches On Against the Drug War

The Goal Is Clear: Peace With Justice and Dignity

The one-year anniversary of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, a grassroots groundswell against the drug war, played out March 28 in a small plaza in the Mexican city of Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City — absent the cameras and pens of the mainstream media.

Javier Sicilia and the challenge to us all

By Paulina Gonzalez

 

"In August and September of this year, we will be joining together with North American, Mexican, and Central American organizations on a U.S. caravan on a route of peace and justice.   We will do this because it is important that Central Americans, immigrants, and Mexicans radicalized in the United States, understand that American arms are strengthening the ability of Mexican organized crime to kill.  Only through working together can we put an end to this and construct a unity based on our humanity that extends beyond our borders, political ideologies, and differences."  These were the words spoken by Javier Sicilia, who moments earlier erected a plaque, weighing 60 kilos, dedicated to the memory of his son, Juanelo, and his six friends who were killed in Cuernavaca a year earlier.

For Spanish click here.

The Movement for Peace in Mexico shows us the way to being a country

By Paco Gómez

The Loudest Yell, a collective of over 250 artists, has thanked the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) for “showing the way to being a country”. The actor Daniel Giménez Cacho read an announcement by the artist collective at the one year anniversary of MPJD.

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Drug war victims in Cuernavaca denounce impunity

 

By Lela Singh

While children play with paint on small pieces of paper, members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) paint larger signs. One reads, “Justice for the assassinations of Bernardo Méndez and Bernardo Vázquez by paramilitaries from the Minera Cuzcatlan.” These leaders were assassinated this month in Oaxaca, where they were fighting the entrance of Minera Cuzcatlan, a Canadian-owned mining company, into their community. As long the deaths of community environmental leaders such as these can be carried out with impunity and blamed on drug trafficking, the violence caused by the war on drugs will be multiply.

Spanish version here.

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