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Mexico’s Congress Considers Changing Security Law In Attempt to Control Drug Prohibition Violence

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Mexico
With the current session of Mexico’s Congress scheduled to expire Friday, members of Mexico’s House of Deputies have less than a week to deliberate over extremely controversial changes to the country’s National Security Law that would give the President the power to deploy Mexico’s Armed Forces against broadly defined internal threats to Mexican national security. PT and Convergencia parties say that the 83-page initiative to change the law constitutes a threat to individual liberties and could create a state of exception in Mexico that would effectively put the country under military control. They remain deeply skeptical of proposed changes to the law, which advocate, among other things, the monitoring and recording of private communication for intelligence-gathering purposes. Organizations such as Human Rights Watch have drawn attention to frequent abuses by the Mexican military and contend that there is a widespread systemic failure to prosecute human rights violations in Mexican military courts.
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Latin America News Dispatch (NY)
URL: 
http://latindispatch.com/2011/04/27/mexicos-congress-considers-changing-security-law-to-control-drug-war-violence/

Mexico's Narco Blog: Drug Prohibition Deaths in Real Time

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Mexico
While much of Mexico's mainstream media, especially television stations and local newspapers, has shied away from covering killings and naming the drug trafficking organizations involved, a blog and its anonymous curator publish graphic details of spiraling prohibition violence. At Mexico's "blog del Narco" the images are gruesome and unedited: a dead man in a sports jersey with his face covered in dried red blood and grey sand; a woman hanging from a rope above a busy urban over-pass and naked bodies lined up on the ground displaying clear, uncensored, signs of torture. Some recent headlines from the site include: "Entire town taken hostage by Gunmen in Chihuahua"; "Eleven year old arrested in Acapulco with AK 47"; "Sinaloa cartel welcomes new police chief with tortured body"; and "Mass narco grave, 60 bodies found, total 148 corpses".
Publication/Source: 
Al Jazeera (Qatar)
URL: 
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/04/2011424105737693984.html

Mexico's Drug Prohibition Violence Is Spiraling Out of Control Along the Northeast Border

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Mexico
Drug trafficking organizations gunmen have been attacking Mexican border towns once thought to be safe from the country's rampant drug prohibition violence. The cities of Miguel Alemán, across the border from Roma, Texas, and Ciudad Mier have come under siege.
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Business Insider (NY)
URL: 
http://www.businessinsider.com/mexicos-drug-violence-is-spiraling-out-of-control-along-the-northeast-border-2011-4

Drug Trafficking Organizations Enriched by Prohibition Muscle Into New Territory: Central America

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Drug trafficking organizations have muscled their way into Central America, opening a new chapter in the drug prohibition war that almost certainly will exact further cost on U.S. taxpayers as American authorities confront these organizations on a new frontier. The extent of the infiltration is breathtaking. Drug trafficking organizations now control large parts of the countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America. They've bought off politicians and police, moved cocaine processing laboratories up from the Andes, and are obtaining rockets and other heavy armament that make them more than a match for Central America's weak militaries.
Publication/Source: 
McClatchy Newspapers (DC)
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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/04/21/112617/drug-gangs-muscle-into-new-territory.html

'More will die': Mexico Drug Prohibition War Claims U.S. Lives

Location: 
Mexico
While U.S. officials have long been concerned about the mindless violence bred by Mexico’s bloody and brutal drug prohibition war, they have a new reason to worry: Americans are increasingly getting caught in the deadly crossfire. More and more often, experts say, the casualties are U.S. law enforcement officers and innocent victims who died simply because they ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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MSNBC
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42232161/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

Thousands Across Mexico Call for New Strategy in Drug Prohibition War

Location: 
Mexico
In early April, thousands of Mexicans poured into the streets in over 20 Mexican cities to raise their voices in a chorus of protest against the government's ineffective and increasingly unpopular military campaign against drug trafficking organizations. These mass mobilizations mark some of the most heated condemnation yet of violence and impunity associated with President Calderón's U.S.-supported "drug war." The day of protest has been described as a historic "sea change" in Mexican public opinion.
Publication/Source: 
The Huffington Post (CA)
URL: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-haugaard/thousands-across-mexico-c_b_851214.html

Mexico's Orphans Are Casualties of Drug Prohibition War

Location: 
Mexico
"At least 12,000 children have lost one or both of their parents," said Gustavo de la Rosa, an official from Mexico's human rights commission. Those motherless and fatherless children, said de la Rosa, are a lasting and tragic legacy of Mexico's drug prohibition war. After witnessing the execution of a parent, the children -- even if physically uninjured themselves -- face a lifetime of emotional scarring.
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Agence France-Presse (France)
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http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jCtIvBVbEyDDJeQlCQjavLmwlXWA?docId=CNG.ce4ce7a67bd66d9150ddc80ebf588abb.1e1

Mexico, Just Say No to America's Prohibitionist War on Drugs (Opinion)

Location: 
Mexico
Gwynne Dyer, an independent journalist based in London, opines on the state of Mexico's drug prohibition war against the backdrop of a remarkable event that occurred in Mexico last week. Tens of thousands of Mexicans gathered in the main squares of cities across the country to demand an end to the "war on drugs". In the Zocalo, in the heart of Mexico City, they chanted "no more blood" and many called for the resignation of President Felipe Calderon, who began the war by using the army against the drug trafficking organizations in late 2006.
Publication/Source: 
The New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10718630

Mexican Mass Grave Complex Reveals 88 Bodies

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San Fernando, TAM
Mexico
At least 88 bodies have been found in a complex of mass graves in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, security officials say, likely victims of the country's ongoing drug prohibition war. The graves are the largest concentration ever found in one area in Mexico.
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Agence France-Presse (France)
URL: 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5haQO4mwhw6uuq7RQt-92sLzQcLXA?docId=CNG.2ed49b3d18e8c8cd9b8d7077e790f737.131

Drug Trafficking Organizations Seek to Exploit Corrupt Federal Agents

As the Homeland Security Department's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) bureau has ratcheted up efforts to cope with the tide of crime sweeping across the Southwest border, Mexican drug trafficking organizations have stepped up efforts to infiltrate CBP and other federal, state and local agencies responsible for policing the border.
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Government Executive (DC)
URL: 
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0411/041111mag1.htm

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