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Obama used Bush program to send DEA commandos abroad

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has five commando-style squads it has been quietly deploying for the past several years to various countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean, the New York Times reported Monday. The countries where the commando teams have been deployed include Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala…

Mexican social justice leader urges solidarity with ‘Occupy Wall St.’

LOS ANGELES — Speaking to the annual Drug Policy Alliance conference on Friday, Mexican poet and social justice leader Javier Sicilia blamed “the 1 percent” for the brutal cartel violence that has gripped his country, and urged drug reform activists to stand with “Occupy Wall Street” in criticizing America’s economic…

‘Anonymous’ threatens to identify Mexicans involved with drug cartels

The hacker activist group “Anonymous” said this weekend that it may begin revealing the names and addresses of individuals who work for the Zetas drug cartel, in hopes that the Mexican government would step in and arrest them. Shortly after the release, announced in a video published in Spanish and…

Twenty die in Mexican prison fight near U.S. border

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Fighting in a prison on Mexico’s border with the United States has killed 20 people and wounded 12 others, authorities said on Saturday. The violence broke out this morning following an altercation between two inmates in the prison in Matamoros, a northeastern city right opposite Brownsville,…

Mexico envoy rejects Perry idea of sending U.S. troops

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States rejected a suggestion by Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry that US troops could be sent over the border to quell Mexico’s escalating drug wars. “The issue of participation, or the presence of, US troops on Mexican soil is not on the table,” the…

12 dead in Mexico tourist hubs

Twelve people have been shot dead in two of Mexico’s top tourist spots, authorities said, in two states that have been hard hit in the country’s spiral of drug-related violence. In Mazatlan, one of Mexico’s busiest international tourism hubs, gunmen killed five people in a vehicle outside a liquor store.…

Former cops: The drug cartels are winning

“[Look] at Phoenix, Arizona,” Neill Franklin, a former undercover police officer in Maryland, told Raw Story recently. “That is the number two kidnapping capital in the world. A couple years back they were averaging one drug-related kidnapping every day. We do already have these [cartels] in the United States, but…

As cartels rapidly expand in U.S. cities, authorities confront futility of drug arrests

America’s war on drugs is virtually lost on all fronts: illicit drug use is increasing, drug cartels are growing stronger and enforcement is becoming less effective — and the government is well aware of all this, according to documents released this week. In three separate releases this week — a…

Casino attack in Mexico’s Monterrey leaves 53 dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Masked gunmen killed at least 53 people at a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, leaving it ablaze with patrons trapped inside in one of the worst attacks in a major Mexican city in years. Analysts and officials said the brazen assault had all the hallmarks…

US expands role in Mexico’s drug war: report

The United States is sending new CIA operatives and retired military personnel to Mexico and may deploy private security contractors to fight drug cartels, The New York Times said. Small numbers of CIA operatives and civilian US military employees have been posted at a Mexican military base, it said late…

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