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Drug Wars

El Chapo Sat For An Interview With Sean Penn

Rolling Stone | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.09.2016 | Media

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, started out in business not long after turning 6, selling oranges and soft drinks....

Drug Cartels: Where Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling Meet Today

Ana Davila | Posted 06.16.2016 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

Much is said about the difficulties undocumented immigrants face due to the recent security measures taken in the Mexico-U.S border, but little attention is devoted to the role that Mexican drug cartels have played in reshaping the human smuggling dynamics in the last few years.

Colombia: Peace and Drugs

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Lisa Haugaard

The peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrillas reached the halfway mark on May 16, 2014 with a ground-breaking agreement on how to treat drug production and trafficking.

President Obama Casts Ugly Glare on Race-Tainted Drug War

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Marijuana, as with the wildly disparate racially hammering of minorities with cocaine drug busts, has also been yet another weapon in the ruthless, relentless and naked drug war on minorities, especially African-Americans.

After 40-Year Fight, Illicit Drug Use at All-Time High

Annabelle Buggle | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Annabelle Buggle

Despite aggressive policies and enforcement actions against every link in the chain of producers, distributors and users, the illicit trade has become more prolific than ever, exacting a painful toll on every area of society it touches.

SIC Video Interview With Wayne Kramer, Musician and Revolutionary

David Shing | Posted 11.01.2012 | Technology
David Shing

Wayne Kramer is someone who's history you have to hear to believe. Having served time during what he calls "the drug wars" Wayne now works with jails in the U.S. and UK to rehabilitate prisoners through music with his organization Jail Guitar Doors.

From Mexico City to Los Angeles: My Perspective on the Drug War

Rafa Fernández de Castro | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Rafa Fernández de Castro

Living in the U.S. has made me realize how far Mexicans are from winning the drug war. We can continue to fight the cartels but we will never be able to beat Uncle Sam's insatiable 23 million drug consumers.

Stephen Colbert: Want to Get Elected to Public Office? Try Marijuana Policy Reform!

Jag Davies | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Jag Davies

Some people might still think that marijuana prohibition is a fringe issue -- but if any of these people run for office, they'd better watch their back. The drug policy reform movement is on the verge of being not just respected -- but feared.

If All Books Were as Violent as Cormac McCarthy Books

Dave Astor | Posted 10.17.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Yup, it would be quite a literary world if all books contained as much mayhem as Cormac McCarthy novels.

Mind The Grass Gap: Nearly Nine of Ten Chicagoans Convicted With Pot Are Black Men

Chicago Reader | Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader | Posted 09.06.2011 | Chicago

A few weeks ago, hundreds of people, most of them white, gathered in Lincoln Park to celebrate Peace Fest, which featured DJ sets, jam bands, and enou...

Drug War Creates Distrust Between Cops and Communities

Leigh Maddox | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Leigh Maddox

Forty years after the failed "war on drugs" began, the laws, policies and procedures driving the unjust and uneven enforcement of our drug laws must be challenged and reformed.

Lucia Graves

On 40th Anniversary Of War On Drugs, Cops Decry Obama's Drug Policy | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty years after President Richard Nixon first declared a war on drugs, the officers who fought in it are calling for a truce. Forme...

Lucia Graves

Arizona Probation Officer Fired For Supporting Marijuana Legalization | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than two months after signing a letter calling for the legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana, Joe Miller was terminat...

The State of Brick City

Marc Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Levin

We're at war -- not just in Afghanistan and Iraq -- but right here on the home front, where the battle plays out at the local level across America.

Imagine if We Never Ended the War on Alcohol

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Horrific drug violence is not related to drug users; it's related to drug dealers. It's the prohibition itself that is causing this crime wave, just like it did during alcohol prohibition, when Al Capone reigned supreme here.

Juarez and the Action We Should Take

Michael Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Evans

The violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is not the result of unintelligent US or Mexican policy. It's the result of a lack of opportunity for what were once vulnerable Mexican youth.

Submarines Now Account For A Third Of The Cocaine Smuggled Into U.S.

Washington Post | William Booth and Juan Forero | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When anti-narcotics agents first heard that drug cartels were building an armada of submarines to transport cocaine, they thought it was a joke....

Mexican Police Arrest 44 At Drug Raid During Family Baptism

Times Online | Graham Keeley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mexican federal police arrested 44 alleged members of the drugs cartel at a family baptism in Morelia, capital of the western state of Michoacan....

Tijuana: Gangsters Spill Blood, Spread Fear (VIDEO)

Worldfocus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

During the last year, more than 6,000 people have been murdered in Mexico's drug wars, more than 700 of them in Tijuana alone. Teodoro Eduardo Garcí...

Mexico's Drug Wars Reach Cancun

Los Angeles Times | Ken Ellingwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reporting from Cancun, Mexico -- The suspect cruised around in an SUV that had been reported stolen. He toted corrido music glorifying drug smugglers ...

Ciudad Juarez Gets Up To 5,000 More Troops To Control Violence

Los Angeles Times | Ken Ellingwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reporting from Mexico City -- Amid growing alarm over drug violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Mexican government will deploy as many as 5,000 more...