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Spillover Violence from Mexico Drug Prohibition War - Why Do Leaders Deny It?

Location: 
El Paso, TX
United States
We've heard for some time now that drug prohibition violence from Ciudad Juárez is spilling over into El Paso. An indictment just released against Barrio Azteca gang members confirms it. So why are some law enforcement agencies and local leaders so reluctant to admit it?
Publication/Source: 
KTSM (TX)
URL: 
http://www.ktsm.com/news/spillover-violence-why-do-leaders-deny-it

Mexican Shoot-Out Kills 18 As Drug Prohibition Violence Surges

Location: 
TAM
Mexico
A shoot-out between rival drug trafficking organizations left 18 people dead in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, amid a surge in deadly drug prohibition violence. The state has been the scene of horrifying killings, including last August, when a mass grave containing the bodies of 72 people, believed to be Central American migrants, was found on a local ranch.
Publication/Source: 
Agence France-Presse (France)
URL: 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5htLsUbKqUkLTDJk6kngrgMY6-K2w?docId=CNG.bee25ad505d0bd98c8334b462ec0e531.821

Acapulco’s Taxi Drivers Being Murdered in Drug Prohibition War

Location: 
Acapulco, GRO
Mexico
In the last few weeks, more than a dozen taxi drivers and passengers have been murdered in the resort city of Acapulco. A 2008 survey reported that 120 of the 200 taxi drivers in the city of Chetumal, Mexcio, reported to have been threatened with violence against their families if they refused to deliver drugs on behalf of the local drug trafficking organization.
Publication/Source: 
Examiner.com (CO)
URL: 
http://www.examiner.com/drug-cartel-in-national/acapulco-s-taxi-drivers-being-murdered-drug-war

Mexico's Drug Prohibition War Disappearances Leave Families in Anguish

Location: 
Mexico
Thousands of people have vanished without a trace – some caught up in prohibition violence, others for no reason anyone can fathom. Relatives remain in agonized limbo. The disappearances are a disturbing echo of a tactic employed by dictatorships in the so-called dirty wars that plagued parts of Latin America in the last half of the 20th century.
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times (CA)
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-disappeared-20110307,0,3152675.story

Save a Cop's Life: End the Drug War (Opinion)

Neill Franklin, who performed narcotics enforcement with the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore Police Department over a 34-year career, opines that we desperately need to end the "war on drugs" which has done so little to prevent people from using drugs but which has done so much to enrich organized criminals who do not hesitate to use violence to protect their black market profits. Franklin asks: How many more hardworking and brave law enforcers do we have to see killed in the line of duty before our elected officials will change this policy?
Publication/Source: 
The Baltimore Sun (MD)
URL: 
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-drug-war-20110307,0,4938130.story

Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations Targeting Rights Activists

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
Hitmen are killing human rights workers across Ciudad Juárez -- the city in Mexico most affected by drug prohibition violence -- in brazen attacks that activists say authorities are unable and unwilling to halt.
Publication/Source: 
Calgary Herald (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/Cartels+targeting+rights+activists/4382118/story.html

Police Link Arizona Beheading to Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization

Location: 
AZ
United States
Police have tied the October beheading of a man in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler to a Mexican drug trafficking organization. "They stabbed him, we believe to death, and then severed his head. There was a lot of blood," Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo said.
Publication/Source: 
Reuters
URL: 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/04/us-beheading-arizona-idUSTRE7230L320110304

Over 2,000 Streets Closed in Mexican Border City for Security Due to Drug Prohibition Violence

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
Residents have closed more than 2,000 streets in Ciudad Juarez, the city in Mexico most affected by drug prohibition violence. About 200 families have been wiped out in 10 zones heavily affected by the drug prohibition war.
Publication/Source: 
Latin America Herald Tribune (Venezuela)
URL: 
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=388515&CategoryId=14091

Tensions Rise As U.S. and Mexico Meet About Failing Drug Prohibition War

Location: 
Mexico
President Felipe Calderón will meet in Washington tomorrow with President Barack Obama in an attempt to repair relations at a time when spiraling drug prohibition violence in Mexico has frayed ties between the two allies. Mr. Calderón's visit, announced last week, also comes after a spate of ill-timed comments by U.S. officials about Mexico's drug prohibition violence. Among them are that Mexican drug trafficking organizations could be allied with Islamic terrorists and that drug traffickers could overthrow the Mexican state, forcing the U.S. to send troops. Such statements have enraged Mexican officials, who are notoriously sensitive to any suggestion of U.S. interference in national affairs. "I don't recall this kind of bad blood in a long time," said Jorge Castañeda, a former Mexican foreign minister.
Publication/Source: 
The Wall Street Journal (NY)
URL: 
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559604576176581941645712.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Why Mexico's Losing Its Drug War (Opinion)

Location: 
Mexico
Benny Avni opines that Felipe Calderon's war on the drug trafficking organizations created by prohibition is costing a lot in American money and Mexican blood -- and he's losing. Avni says the ultimate solution is legalization, which would lower profits and take violence out of the drug trade -- just as the end of Prohibition reduced America's gang problem. But, instead, Washington muddles on with an expensive and extremely deadly conceit -- pretending that all we need to do is pour some money on the problem, and Mexico's federal government will somehow eventually prevail.
Publication/Source: 
New York Post (NY)
URL: 
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/why_mexico_losing_its_drug_war_Y941xcXgjCLWBEdE7rQl1M

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