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Threatened Mexican Journalist Granted US Asylum

Location: 
Mexico
A Mexican journalist threatened by drug gangs said he had been granted political asylum in the United States to escape the drug trafficking organizations' increasingly violent campaign to silence the media.
Publication/Source: 
Reuters
URL: 
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2115054820100921

Mexico Rejects Drug War Truce

Location: 
Mexico
Mexico's government has scoffed at the idea of a truce in the country's drug prohibition war after a newspaper which has seen two of its journalists shot dead pleaded with the drug trafficking organizations to name their terms.
Publication/Source: 
The Straits Times (Singapore)
URL: 
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_581144.html

Police Ambush Death Toll in Mexico Rises

Location: 
Teloloapan, GRO
Mexico
The death toll from an ambush staged against police in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero has risen to eight, with one officer wounded, officials said.
Publication/Source: 
Latin America Herald Tribune (Venezuela)
URL: 
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=367132&CategoryId=14091

U.S. Ambassador Blames Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations for Rise In Costa Rica Drug Traffic

Location: 
Costa Rica
For the first time, Costa Rica has been named a major transit point for drug trafficking, and the United States ambassador to the country, Ann S. Andrews, is blaming the Mexican drug cartels. Costa Rican officials say they lack the resources to combat drug traffickers, to guard its coastline to keep drug traffickers from using the nation to further their illicit activities.
Publication/Source: 
Inside Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
URL: 
http://www.insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2010/september/20/costarica10092003.htm

Experts: Drug Violence May Continue Past Calderón's Term

Location: 
Mexico
The drug prohibition violence that's forced about 230,000 Juárez residents to flee their homes is likely to continue for several years, experts said. Edgardo Buscaglia, a global organized crime expert, said Mexico's president does not have the political support in his country to do what is needed to make a lasting change, which is to arrest and prosecute high-level politicians and business owners who protect the drug traffickers. Last year, the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute published a study by Hal Brands, "Mexico's Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counterdrug Policy," that states "Narcotics-driven corruption is rampant, government control of large swaths of the country is tenuous at best, and predictions that Mexico is on the way to becoming a failed state are frequent."
Publication/Source: 
El Paso Times (TX)
URL: 
http://www.elpasotimes.com/juarez/ci_16120015?source=most_emailed

Mexico Paper Seeks Ciudad Juarez Drug Gang Guidance

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
A Mexican newspaper in the heartland of the country's drug prohibition war has asked traffickers for guidance on whether it should publish stories on the conflict. The killing of a 21-year-old photographer last week prompted the newspaper to run a front-page editorial asking: "What do you want from us?"
Publication/Source: 
BBC News (UK)
URL: 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/guns-and-grow-ops-conservatives-should-be-consistent/article1712802/

News Photographer Killed in Mexican Border City

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
Gunmen attacked two newspaper photographers Thursday in the drug prohibition-torn border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing one and seriously wounding the other. Mexican journalists are increasingly under siege from drug traffickers seeking to control the flow of information. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based watchdog group, said in a recent report that at least 22 Mexican journalists have been killed since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon intensified a crackdown on drug traffickers by deploying tens of thousands of troops and federal police across the country.
Publication/Source: 
The Associated Press
URL: 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gp1DGCeRjvEx-rWqWYCnCx6LmVtwD9I9EOP00

Adios! Mexican Town's Police Force Quits Because of Danger

Location: 
Purepero, MIC
Mexico
No mas. That's what the police force in the Mexican town of Purepero said when all 45 of it members resigned en masse. Purepero isn't the first town to experience a mass resignation of officials afraid to continue their role in the nation's prohibitionist war on drug traffickers.
Publication/Source: 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
URL: 
http://blogs.star-telegram.com/crime_time/2010/09/adios-mexican-towns-police-force-quits-because-of-danger.html

Mexico's Drug War Impacts Business

Location: 
Mexico
Mexico became a manufacturing mecca thanks, in part, to its inexpensive labor and proximity to the massive U.S. market. But there is a new reality on the ground in that country these days: a surge in violence tied to the prohibition-based war on drug traffickers that Mexico's President Felipe Calderon mounted after his election in 2006. The result has been a wave of kidnappings, extortion and murder that is threatening the country's economic health and causing multinationals to examine closely how they operate and invest in Mexico.
Publication/Source: 
Latin Business Chronicle (FL)
URL: 
http://www.latinbusinesschronicle.com/app/article.aspx?id=4526

Can Mexico "Decapitate" Drug Trafficking Organizations?

Location: 
Mexico
On the bullet-ridden streets of Mexico, weary residents ask a pertinent question about the recent arrests of some leading alleged drug traffickers -- do they really mean the Mexican government is regaining control or will they only lead to more bloodshed? GlobalPost's Ioan Grillo tracks the string of high-profile arrests, but concludes they won't end the drug war.
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CBS News (US)
URL: 
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20016544-503543.html

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