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Mexico got rid of the DEA’s most elite unit. Now it should get rid of the DEA.
Mexico got rid of the DEA’s most elite unit. Now it should get rid of the DEA.

The news that the Mexican government had shut down operations of the elite DEA team in the country – the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) – provoked an avalanche of articles in the press, most of them defending the DEA in order to criticize the president. Hardly any of them spoke about the disastrous history of the Unit, much less about the perverse history and actions of the DEA in Mexico –and in all of Latin America. The agency has left a bloody trail of failures, incompliance with regulations, complicities and corruption in its mission to export the war on drugs as an instrument of social control and U.S. hegemony.

At midpoint in the AMLO administration, Mexico urgently needs a dignified and sovereign migration policy
At midpoint in the AMLO administration, Mexico urgently needs a dignified and sovereign migration policy

It’s a well-known scene throughout the world: migrant families marching in the streets to demand their rights and seek a better life are brutally repressed by state forces. Police wield billy clubs to attack men, women and children and enforce the message migrants and refugees have heard everywhere: “You are not welcome here”.

Search for missing persons goes international
Search for missing persons goes international

“The eyes don’t lie” repeats Ruth, a Salvadoran woman looking for her son in the city of Tijuana. She holds a large photograph of son Rafael, as two homeless men on the street watch her closely, searching their memories for a recollection of the face of the disappeared son. “He might have changed over the years, but the eyes don’t lie,” says the mother.

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In The Press

The Heat: U.S. migrant crisis ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy exposes migrants to horrific abuse.

Under the recently reinstated policy, asylum seekers at the US border are vulnerable to ‘torture, rape, and death’. Check out this report on Al Jazeera with Laura Carlsen. Click here.

 

Mexico’s elections on KPFA radio
Local candidates were killed in the run up to Mexico’s recent election. Laura Carlsen (@LauraECarlsen), Director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program joins us to analyze the political climate in Mexico following its midterm election which saw a 51% voter turnout. Listen to the show here, at 0:08 – 36 . 
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