Drug War

Human Rights Absent in US-Mexico Conference on Central America Despite Concern in Congress Over Abuses

Escrito por  |  22 / June / 2017

The Miami meeting ignored human rights and refugee rights. There appears to have been no discussion of government abuses as a result of intensified joint operations to stop migrant flows to the United States, particularly by Mexican security forces and increasingly by Central American forces charged with controlling outmigration of their own people.

Javier Valdez and the Drug War that Killed Him

Escrito por  |  15 / June / 2017

One month ago today a burly, middle-aged reporter set out from the offices of the news weekly Riodoce that he co-founded some fourteen years ago, walking toward his car at high noon. He had just penned what would be his last column that morning when his life was brought to an abrupt end by two unknown assassins.

Mexico Hosts SouthCom Conference to Launch Plan Pentagon Against Central American Migrants

Escrito por  |  14 / June / 2017

Mexico’s Secretaries of Government and Foreign Relations and Defense and Marine Secretariats will stand beside their U.S. co-hosts June 15 and 16 to launch the new Plan Pentagon for Central America. They won’t call it that, of course. Vice President Mike Pence will open the event “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America”, before the presidents, the generals and representatives from observer countries.

The Banker and the Bass Player: Scapegoats of the Drug War?

Escrito por  |  21 / March / 2017

Zihuatanejo and the case of Luis Quintana and Ilse Ramirez stand as another important test of the rule of the law, respect for human rights and the prospects for democratic change in Mexico.

School of the Americas Protest on US-Mexico Border Expands Fight for International Justice

Escrito por  |  3 / November / 2016

On Oct. 9, 200 activists marched along a dusty highway between Nogales and Tucson toward a Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Tubac, Arizona. At the front, activists prepared to risk arrest clutched painted crosses in their hands, each bearing the name of someone killed by US-trained assassins or the militarized US-Mexico border.

Citizen Excursions into the Border’s Valley of Dollars and Death

Escrito por  |  27 / October / 2016

It’s anybody’s guess how many victims of violence are still buried somewhere in the Juarez Valley on the Mexico-U.S. border. For starters, there is the still largely unexcavated Navajo Arroyo, where the remains of 18 young women who went missing from nearby Ciudad Juarez have been recovered and identified since late 2011, according to the local daily Norte.

Plan Colombia, Permanent War and the NO Vote

Escrito por  |  17 / October / 2016

The Colombian people voted NO to peace. Or to be exact, 50.2% of 37% of the eligible population voted no. In the referendum held Oct. 2, the majority of voters decided to scuttle four years of peace talks dedicated to ending 52 years of bloodshed.