I got this crazy idea to try and build a demilitarized zone out of basketball courts, which youth and their families could be sure drug violence could not penetrate. Lofty, but what the hell is anyone else doing in Juarez?
2011 has been a watershed year for the movement working to end our county's disastrous war on drugs.
When prominent Mexican poet Javier Sicilia lost his 24-year-old son to drug-related violence this past March, he took to his pen.
Just like we need trust in our government, we need trust in our drug scheduling policies. So where is the independent task force to reconsider how drugs are scheduled?
It strikes me that there is a correlation between attitudes toward marijuana and attitudes toward "counter insurgency." This goes back to the '60s. Peaceniks were in the vanguard of the pot culture. Alcoholics were gung-ho for the war.
A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels -- overseen by U.S. government agents -- threatens to become a major scandal for the Obama administration.
While frustration with the Mexican government's failure to stem the violence has been building for some time, Mexican author Javier Sicilia's grief proved to be a catalyst for unified action.
The poverty and human rights violations we see are in fact a result of years of our collective and repeated lack of respect for human dignity. We need to change our ways, before they kill us.
Mexico will elect a new president in 2012. Facing mounting pressure to change course, Calderon's successor may choose scale back the anti-drug offensive return the country to its pre-2006 days. But that would be a mistake.
Curbing organized violence involves thorny issues that will not be resolved overnight. For the U.S., it means tackling drug treatment and prevention, and halting the flow of guns and cash.
The biggest breakthroughs in consciousness occur when things are difficult; when we have a choice to fall to the worst of ourselves or rise to the best of ourselves.
The beleaguered state of Arizona has just concluded one of the most lopsided elections in state history, in which Republicans captured every statewide...
The reason the position of many liberals against legalized marijuana is hard to rationalize is that it isn't rational. If public usage of marijuana is an issue, the logical way to address it is by regulating public usage.
In Mexico, not a single soldier responsible for human rights crimes has been held accountable in civilian courts since the United States started delivering hundreds of millions of Merida Initiative dollars.
An addict can only really begin to grapple with his problem when he hits rock bottom. This year, the drug prohibitionists hit theirs, as they unleashed the destruction of Mexico.
Despite the Obama administration's rhetoric regarding respect for human rights in Mexico's drug war, its actions have provided little incentive for Mexico to improve its record.