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Archives by Tag 'drug war'
Violence Sweeps Central America
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City While Mexico grabs the headlines of soaring murder rates and rampaging drug gangs, the really heavy bloodshed is taking place to the south. The much smaller nations of Guatemala and El Salvador are seeing their worst violence since the civil wa...
Battling the Prohibitionists
JOHN SINCLAIR
Amsterdam. The excellent reporting in the Metro Times by my colleagues Larry Gabriel and Curt Guyette has kept me up to date o...
The Racism Dance
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
As the racist rhetoric oozes from Republican presidential candidates, why are comments contained in Ron Paul newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s being widely considered more offensive than current bigoted banter uttered by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum? One answ...
Where the Marijuana Legalization Movement Began
JOHN SINCLAIR
Detroit. I’d like to offer my most profound thanks to Amy Cantu and her people at the Ann Arbor District Library for their heroic efforts in dredging up the past and making...
The Drug War Transformed
TOM BARRY
“This is a terrorist insurgency,” says Connie Mack, the Republican who chairs the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Mack, who introduced the Enhanced Border Security Act in mid-December, believes that the Merida Initiative ...
Clemency and Restoration in New York
ANTHONY PAPA
Every year about this time I write to the governor of New York and ask him to go on a rescue mission and to people convicted under the notorious Rockefeller Drug Laws.  These are individuals who have already served enormous amounts of time but are stuck in prison and hav...
Why Should We Care About Mexico?
LAURA CARLSEN
The cold, hard numbers of the poor and the dead are familiar. Instead we are told that we should care—or rather, worry—about Mexico for a very different reason. The State Department, the Pentagon, the press and members of Congress tell us, with increasing shril...
Mexicans Call on Int’l Criminal Court to Investigate Both Mexican State and Drug Gangs
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City The same week that a coalition of Mexican activists appealed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Felipe Calderon for war crimes, a leading member of the country’s peace movement was gunned down in the northern s...
Greetings From the Cannabis Cup
JOHN SINCLAIR
Amsterdam. Highest greetings from the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, where I’m enjoying the heady ambience of this society where they just don’t care if you want to get high and where a couple thousand American youths are staggering around this we...
Have the Feds Overreached on Medical Marijuana?
FRED GARDNER
Occasionally the iron heel comes down on people who are widely respected and/or have the resources and will to fight back effectively.  “The feds have overreached,” says Steve DeAngelo, who runs Harborside Health Center in Oakland and has been presented by the IRS wi...
Something’s Rotten in the Crime Lab
ANTHONY PAPA
On February 18, 2011 the Nassau County Crime lab was closed down because of grave concerns about the integrity of testing evidence.  A multitude of errors were found to be committed that jeopardized thousands of cases. It was estimated that 3,000 drug convictions might h...
America’s Illegal Drug Complex
DAVID ROSEN
American capitalism consists of a constellation of rackets.  The Occupy Wall Street movement has focused a spotlight on the banking and financial-services racket.  Others have exposed the military-industrial complex, the extraction industries, the insurance, pharmaceu...
Pot, Polls and Politics
JOHN SINCLAIR
After a lifetime in law enforcement former Detroit Police Chief Dr. Isaiah “Ike” McKinnon was first moved to change his outlook on Michigan’s draconian marijuana laws by my own case was particularly thrilling: “John Sinclair was arrested for one ...
Drugs R Us
SAUL LANDAU
Americans have descended into a legal drug culture, while simultaneously retaining the “illegal” one – at great expense. But the government responds by denying the evidence its own agencies produce. Last month, a funding “highlights” of the Office...
The Drug War in Mexico
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City How quickly a large Mexican city can go from relative tranquillity to a powder keg fought over by drug gangs was recently illustrated clearly in the Gulf resort of Veracruz. Until two months ago, the historic port – which witnessed the arriva...
California’s Message to Obama
JACK RANDOM
There is an unspoken law in modern electoral politics:  Take care of your adversaries; your friends can take care of themselves. In today’s political universe, progressives have no place to go but Democrat.  So it is for minorities, labor advocates, environment...
Congress’ Drug Waltz
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The Congress doesn’t run-it waltzes. –Charles Joseph, Comment to Comte Auguste de LaGardeChambonas (1814) Congress is not as idle as it may seem.  Whereas much of the publicity it is getting suggests it is not getti...
Big Government Breaks Bad in Drug War
TOM BARRY
Rick Perry and the other Republican presidential candidates are right. Americans are fed up, as Perry writes in his book Fed Up!, with “old guard politicians” dedicated to protecting the “establishment” and the federal government’s “culture of waste.” ...
Hip Hop and the Crack Generation
BRENT WOODIE
I was born into the crack era.  Although not old enough to take part in the crack game, it did not leave me immune to the detrimental effects the drug had on my community.  Growing up in the Bronx, I was surrounded by crack users, drug sellers and poverty.   I f...
Calderon’s Last Grito
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City Many Mexicans may breathe a sigh of relief that last Thursday’s “Grito de Independencia” (the “Cry of Independence” enacted every September 15) was the last under “drug warrior” Felipe Calderon, whose six-year term has unleashed n...
From SDS to SSDP (We are Devo)
FRED GARDNER
“Carl Oglesby dies at 76; led Students for a Democratic Society,” was the headline on the obit in the LA Times. The description of SDS seems accurate (although nobody ever called it “the SDS”):  “The SDS had been...
Let It Grow
JOHN SINCLAIR
I left Amsterdam last week, after the shit hit the fan in Michigan, and the Dutch authorities were striving to match the sheer idiocy of the anti-marijuana crusaders in the United States by forcing 58 licensed cannabis coffeeshops out of business pursuant to a recent ...
Ground Zero in the Drug War
TOM BARRY
Arizona and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands are the “ground zero in the war on drugs.” That’s the assessment of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC), the state office that receives federal criminal-justice grants — and which then redistributes the...
US Drug War Turns to International Combat
TOM BARRY
The Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime, released in late July by the White House, offers the strategic context for the increasing rhetorical focus of the Obama administration on “transnational crime,” “transnational threats,” and “transnat...
The Sweet Deal With ‘El Narco’
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City The plea filed in a US federal court by Mexican drug-trafficker Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla – one of the top members of the Sinaloa Cartel – that he was protected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in exchange for information ...