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Gunfight Between Armed Civilians And Security Forces Leaves Dozens Dead

Reuters | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY, May 22 (Reuters) - At least 42 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico in a gunfight between suspected gang members and security f...

NAFTA and the Narcos: What You Won't Hear at Obama's Meeting in Mexico

Jeff Faux | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

When Barack Obama meets his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in Toluca, Mexico on February 19, you can expect to hear all three insist that the now 20-year-old North America Free Trade Agreement has been an economic success. The facts tell a different story.

Time to Break the Taboo on the World's Longest Running War

Sam Branson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sam Branson

One war the world overlooks that is still happening today is the so-called "War on Drugs," which was famously declared by former President Richard Nixon more than 40 years ago. It's a war -- like many -- that doesn't need to be happening, and it's a war, like many, that is costing way too much money and too many innocent lives along the way.

Tijuana Families Seek Hope, Closure in Victims' Remains

Erin Siegal McIntyre | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Erin Siegal McIntyre

The number of people who remain missing in Mexico due to organized crime is estimated to be as high as 25,000. In the state of Baja California, Fernando Ocegueda has been leading the search for five years. His own son Fernando was kidnapped from their home in 2007.

The Son of 'El Chapo': What Went Wrong

Fundacion MEPI | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Fundacion MEPI

Mexican citizens must wonder that if authorities made such huge mistakes in this high-profile case -- where Mexican and U.S. agencies collaborated with intelligence and resources -- what happens in low-profile cases?

What Has Happened to the Mexican Corrido?

Erika L. Sánchez | Posted 07.31.2012 | Latino Voices
Erika L. Sánchez

I think that we need a thorough understanding of the source of the narcocorrido rather than simply blaming the genre for propagating violence.

Mexican Activists Protest Drug War Through Public Art

Posted 03.06.2012 | Latino Voices

While drug-related deaths continue to escalate as the Mexican drug war wages on, Mexican youth have resorted to peaceful and artistic forms of protest...

WATCH: 'Angels' May Be Cause For Drop In Violent Crime

Posted 02.12.2012 | Latino Voices

Christian youth are standing up to the drug trafficking violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's most violent city -- where 5,000 people were murdered in t...

Mexican Cartel Kingpin Pleads Guilty In US Court

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 03.05.2012 | Latino Voices

SAN DIEGO — Mexican drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money, avoiding the ...

The Pentagon's $3 Billion Drug War Auction

Aurelia Fierros | Posted 02.05.2012 | Latino Voices
Aurelia Fierros

Is the U.S. enforcing the right drug policy? Is Mexico congruent with pushing the drug war to the limit, being aware that a gigantic consumers' market is at the front door?

Let's Stop "Conflict Drugs" in Central America

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Eric Farnsworth

Violence has spiked and people are dying gruesome, preventable deaths in Central America, Mexico, and elsewhere as a result of U.S. consumer tastes. Blood diamonds? No, conflict drugs.

'Zeta Killers' Vigilantes Vow To Kill Mexican Drug Runners

The Huffington Post/AP | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 11.29.2011 | World

A Mexican vigilante group with links to a drug cartel has vowed to "eliminate" members of the country's leading narco-trafficking gang. A video p...

War Without End: U.S. Pledges More Foreign Aid To Fight Drug Cartels

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 08.22.2011 | World

GUATEMALA CITY — The Obama administration pledged Wednesday to increase its investment in Central Americas security to nearly $300 million this ...

Mexico Battles New 'Drug Language' To Describe Horrifying Violence

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 06.14.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY — There are a half dozen words for drug cartel informants, and double that for drug war dead. "Narco" has become a general prefix. T...

Mexican Standoff

Dan Rather | Posted 05.30.2011 | World
Dan Rather

According to former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castañeda, legalizing "drugs in general, and marijuana in particular" would significantly diminish the bloodshed plaguing Mexico.

Are You High? California's Pot Proposition Won't Stop Mexican Narco War

Adam Yamaguchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Yamaguchi

Adam Yamaguchi is executive producer and correspondent for Vanguard. Here in California, as we approach election day, chatter about marijuana legaliza...

Mexico's Narcos: A Crisis for Both Mexico and the U.S.

Gary Orfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Orfield

We're doing nothing effective to stop the flood of narcotics that aim to meet the appetites of U.S. addicts, or to stem the tide of guns from hundreds of virtually unregulated shops on the U.S. side of the border.

Undermining Aid: How the U.S. Financial System Facilitates Overseas Corruption

Robert B. Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert B. Lawrence

When governments around the world are taking measures in support of fiscal austerity, foreign assistance is always a prime target for the chopping blo...

Cannes Film Festival: The Two Escobars

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

Only rarely can a documentary match feature films for gripping human drama, but this one, The Two Escobars, has more than done that.

Christmas, Drug Wars and Juarez

Jeff Antebi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Antebi

When I mentioned I was going to spend Christmas photographing Juárez -- where upwards of 4,000 people have been murdered in the last two years -- people reacted as if I was planning a trip to Somalia. They were not that far off.

Vice TV: Revolutionary, Bold Pop Culture Explorations

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lisa Derrick

The media website explores the strange, the controversial and the timely in exciting often edgy long and short form documentaries, covering stories that mainstream media just can't or won't do.

Pain, Drugs, Laws and Compassion

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arthur Rosenfeld

The cost of America's war on drugs goes beyond mere economic dimensions. But there's a drug war casualty that gets less play -- the stigma attached to those who legally use narcotic analgesics: people in pain.

International Narcotics Control Board Reaffirms its Shameful Commitment to Politics over Science

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The INCB boldly reaffirmed its shameful commitment to politics over science as well as its shocking indifference to the failures and harmful consequences of the global drug prohibition regime.

Former Colombia Foreign Minister Argues For An Extension Of Tough U.S. Drug Plan And Free Trade, Supports McCain

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

I think Senator McCain will probably win in November because what North Americans value most is security, stability and experience, and that is McCain.