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Is “Terrorism” a problem?

The countless murders, threats, gory videos showing the torture, burning, beheading, and shootings of people that are spread across the internet are all a part of what the Mexican cartels are doing. This is very similar to what they are/have been doing over there in Afghanistan, but over there it’s labeled as terrorism and over in Mexico it is not. If it’s not terrorism then what is it? According to an article by Whitney Eulich of the Christian Science Monitor it’s “variously called a criminal insurgency, narcoterrorism, simply war, and – less frequently – terrorism. Mexicans, in everyday language, call it la inseguridad (insecurity).”

The article states that Hilary Clinton last year proclaimed that Mexican drug cartels and its organizations are turning into an insurgency. “An insurgency, in security parlance, is often thought of as a step beyond terrorism, more of a mass movement of violence and crime.” Both Mexicans and Americans alike were unhappy with this comment, and President Obama declared an apology in regards to what she said. That’s interesting, why did he have to apologize? He didn’t have anything to do with her comment. Everyone knows Obama’s position on the situation, so why does he have to barge up in there? Let Hilary take care of it herself. I’m sure that was embarrassing for her to have Obama apologize when she’s the one making the claim. Plus, she’s a grown experienced politician and woman that can fight her own battles. I understand Obama was trying to “do the right thing,” but I’m sure she knows what she’s doing.

Back in August, Mexican President Calderon said that the casino attack in Monterrey was an act of “terror.” “He tweeted it, his spokesman repeated it, and then in a televised speech, he said it again. It was the first such official use of the term, and there was no domestic political backlash.” Why is it that when a woman says something about a political affair there’s almost always controversy, and then when a man says something, it’s not as frowned upon (obviously depending on the issue). But the media seem to forgive men a lot more. Of course the case could be that Calderon did not receive any backlash because he is the guy running the country that encompasses all this terror. But, it’s still a debatable case.

Apparently, what’s going on in Mexico doesn’t count as terrorism according to Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

He said that “Scholars agree, terrorism has to be political: a fundamental political change sought through violence.”

Many people feel that it’s not important to determine whether there is or there is not terrorism but to focus on what will happen once the actual word is used.

“There are obvious economic impacts associated with the terror label – such as driving tourists away – but more specific dangers exist, say experts.”

Human rights activist Florencia Ruiz Mendoza says “the term would be convenient for both governments in increasing funding to combat cartel violence, but would hurt average Mexican citizens.”

“If the cartels are terrorists that allows the Mexican government to fight back. They might release more troops throughout the country and set up more military checkpoints,” Mendoza says.

Article Source: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/can-mexicos-pervasive-drug-violence-be-considered-terrorism

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Countess of Wemyss sees drug war as driving force behind campaign

I came across a Scottish newspaper online called “Scotland on Sunday” covering a variety of topics including politics.

The specific article I read covered the ideas, opinions, and ongoing campaign of a countess of Wemyss, Amanda Fielding, who lives in one of the “finest stately homes” in Scotland…in the Gosford House.

According to Wikipedia, “Feilding has long had interest in exploring different ways of modulating consciousness for the benefit of the individual and society.”

She’s mainly known as a scientist and drug policy reformer.
She’s done unique things to study her interests, such as trepanation, LSD studies on consciousness, and further psychedelic research projects.

Her scientific career has brought her to the founding and directing of the Beckley Foundation. “A charitable trust. The Foundation both works at the forefront of national and international global drug policy reform and initiates and directs research into consciousness and its altered states.” (Wikipedia)

She is interested in the Mexican drug war because she wants to campaign for the legalization of certain drugs to stop the crime and chaos happening in Mexico.

She has a large following of famous names such as Laureates, scientists, nobel prize winners, ex-presidents, and even some celebrities that support her fight and joined her foundation.

However, her fight for this specific cause is not only for Mexico, but for the “War on Drugs” all around the world in different countries battling these policies.

The articles quotes her saying, “I have seen what terrible damage drugs do in the world – what terrible suffering it causes…It is probably the issue that causes more suffering in the world, which could be greatly lessened by better handling. Because of the taboo that has grown up about drugs, politicians around the world are not willing to discuss it.”

All the destruction and corruption she see from the Mexican drug war is her main reason behind the campaigning in her Beckley Foundation.

She’s quoted saying, “Mexico is really in a state of war, because the Americans buy the drugs for guns. These cartels are amazingly well armed and have billions of dollars to hide away and wash in different ways. Keeping drugs criminalised isn’t the way to go, because there are now millions of people in jail for drug-related offences – mainly little fish, like users and small-time dealers and, in my opinion, we should not treat drug use as a crime, if there is no other crime attached.”

She thinks it’s a good idea for the UK government to take certain steps (which I will list) to decriminalize drugs in their own land, then see to it that the rest of the struggling countries follow this example.

She would like them (UK gov) to “license the production of cannabis.” She thinks that if licensed growers can take care of the of the ingredients and make sure there are no insecticides or harmful products, then it would be a more regulated and safe market, and they could tax the drugs a large amount of money, because if it’s too low then it might have it’s consequences. (The italics is my own opinion.)

She also mentioned,  “Some people maybe prefer cannabis to alcohol and cannabis is less harmful medically than alcohol. Most people suffer nothing from its use and on the whole probably drop the habit in their 30s when they get married and have children – not all but most people do.”

She really believes policy makers should be those who have tried the drugs themselves so that they understand why people, especially youth have experimented with them and find them beneficial instead of instantly judging them negatively and seeing them as without having morals/standards.

Although many others have had a very similar plan to hers, it seems as though hers is very popular and has some kind of influence….in Europe anyways.

As far as her campaign reaching Mexico’s authorities, we do not know if it ever will.

The comments from the blog were quite interesting and varied, you should click on the link below for the full article and comment section.

http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/politics/countess_courts_rich_and_famous_to_end_drug_war_1_1987325

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What did old articles say?

So just for the heck of it, I decided to look up older articles about the Mexican drug war to see if they were saying anything different back then to what people are saying now. But to my surprise, I discovered a lot of the same comments and opinions.

I looked up two different articles. One from 1997 and the other from 1999 and both located in the New York Times online. They are both opinion pieces and very short, but that’s what i wanted. Something that just shared what they thought over 10 years ago about the issue quick and straight to the point.

The first one from February 28, 1997 is a letter to the editor. This person touches upon drug certification and that the government uses that as an excuse to blame others and not focus on their own intelligence capabilities, or in this case, failures in Mexico

I was unsure what they meant by drug certification so I looked it up and in a different article it says,

“In early 1997 and again in 1998, the Clinton administration set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill with its drug certification decisions, which rate the anti-narcotics efforts of other countries. Members of Congress scurried to release ever longer lists of detailed demands on Mexico, and to see who could champion the largest package of arms and training for the military and police in Colombia. We deserve more than a repeat performance from lawmakers in the years ahead.

Congress should end the drug certification requirement. The policy has been an ineffective tool for drug control, and it has undermined other important U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere.”

The quote above comes from this website here: http://www.fpif.org/reports/drug_certification

So now that I’m informed on what drug certification is, this makes more sense. It’s just like what’s going on with the ATF and their numerous unorganized operations. The intelligence agencies have a terrible reputation when it comes to the drug war in Mexico.

The piece said, ” General Gutierrez was arrested on Feb. 6 and the Administration only learned of it two weeks later. Where were the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency? A thorough reorganization of the United States’ antidrug effort in Mexico is needed.”

Yep, that definitely sounds like something someone would say these days as well. The times may change but the government and its organizations doesn’t.

The link for that piece is here: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/28/opinion/l-mexico-drug-war-exposes-us-intelligence-gap-854565.html

The next piece was a regular opinion article written February 15, 1999, just two years after the previously mentioned article.

This one started out with “Mexican officials recently unveiled a $400 million high-tech anti-narcotics strategy billed as a ”total war” on drug trafficking.”

So it reveals Mexico’s plan saying that this was no surprise. Then it moves on to also criticize drug certification and blame the U.S. for it’s ridiculous need for drugs.

Well doesn’t this all sound familiar? That’s because it is.

Mexico still has its “anti-narcotics strategy” that costs millions of dollars, and the U.S. still has an immense hunger for illegal drugs. Nothing has changed except the drug certification. That’s not used anymore…and if it is in some cases,  it’s not made a big deal.

The link to this article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/02/15/opinion/judging-the-mexican-drug-war.html

So, it’s unbelievable to think from over 10 years ago to now, we are still stuck in the same predicament…except it’s continuously getting worse. More deaths, more money being spent, more need for illegal drugs. Corruption and travesty. Such a sad ordeal.

These articles and many of the opinion pieces today still stand by the fact that Mexico and the U.S. are to be equally blamed for this, just as my mission statement claims.

Stop doing drugs!

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human rights watch cites dozens of authority abuse issues in mexico

A group called the Human Rights Watch went to Mexico where the drug cartel violence had been extremely gruesome and talked to many families in which a loved one in their family became of a captured victim of the Mexican navy, army, or other authority figured force.

Some of these victims were kidnapped and never appeared again, others were shot and killed.

These families call the government, and agencies, and human rights commissions, and no one is willing to help. Even some go to the courts to share their experience of torture and abuse and the judge doesn’t believe them. There’s authority abuse on all sides of the spectrum, ” from prosecutors who give detainees prewritten confessions to sign, to medical examiners who classify beatings and electric shock as causing minor injuries.”

An article in the Huffington Post states, “Only 15 soldiers have been convicted out of the 3,671 investigations launched by military prosecutors into alleged human rights violations by soldiers against civilians from 2007 to June 2011, according to the report.”

The only thing these families can do is investigate for themselves, in which they write down and collect  information about the event and write down their accounts of the last time they saw their loved ones and hope someone will listen…someone will help.

Even President Calderon said he’s tired of hearing all the fuss and bother about the Mexican military abuse reports and would rather just let them do their job and not deal with the situation.

I thought a president was supposed to care about the public and their issues, I thought a president is elected to confront situations and deal with them in any way possible until they can get resolved or at least partially taken care of in some form to make the people happy again.

Ever since I’ve started this blog, all the research and reading I’ve done on President Calderon is not positive. It seems he is a selfish guy that only cares about popularity and the Mexican people do not favor him in the slightest.

The Mexican 2012 election is rolling around soon and hopefully he will not get re-elected. Let’s get him out of there and see if the other party, or even just a different candidate could take better action on this manner. Let’s hope they can clean this up.

And perhaps with a different president, they would like to accept the United State’s help more. Maybe things could really change…and for the better with just a new person in that chief position.

Nonetheless, while the time to election is ticking, the Mexican death toll is rising.

To read a lot more on the subject go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/mexico-drug-war-human-rights-abuses_n_1084870.html

 

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“Anonymous” may possibly release Zeta cartel information

There are a group of internet hackers that call themselves “Anonymous” that have created and posted videos on YouTube demanding for one of the members of their group to be released and not injured since the individual’s kidnapping by the Zeta’s cartel in Veracruz last month. They continue to put up videos saying that if their friend has not been freed by Saturday (11/05/11), then they will release information such as names and addresses of members of the Zetas cartel to police, journalists, and any other media outlet that will spread the news in order to capture them. They say, “We cannot defend ourselves with weapons, but we can with their cars, houses, bars…It’s not difficult. We know who they are and where they are. Information is free.”

The video is kinda creepy to watch, because they use Microsoft Sam’s voice and have an “anonymous” theatre mask on and at the end they say “We do not forgive. We do not forget.” It kind of leaves you with chills, but we’ll see what ends up happening in two days.

 

You can watch the video here:

Hopefully their friend will show up alive and well and return home, but I’m still curious to see what would happen if they did end up releasing the Zeta’s information. I mean obviously the Zetas are extremely powerful and can harm these hackers, but information is also very powerful, and if they can release that info to police and military people, then maybe they could be able to stop an entire cartel…an entire force that could end the killings of thousands of innocent people; and perhaps release information on other cartels and stop their destruction as well!

But then my question would be, why haven’t they done this before? Are they scared that they or their families or other friends could be kidnapped, harmed, or killed? Why take the risk now? Or even if their friend does show up safely and uninjured, why not go ahead and still release the information?

They say they are fed up with the cartels…so get them all captured and arrested! Just do it!

If this could be one way we could assist the capture of a cartel and end deadly forces and threats, then I think they should try it. As long as these cartels don’t start coming up into the U.S. and hurting more innocent people, then it could be something helpful.

Here’s a news report on it:

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Magic is a remedy for some mexicans

In a blog post I found on bossip.com the blogger reported that Mexicans are recently calling for help upon witches and wizards that can use their magic to make the negative energy go away. People are afraid of all the threats and the entire dangerous situation going on with the cartels that they ask for help from these warlocks and witches to use old traditional rituals to help them relax and  calm their fears. According to the post, wizardry is something that is passed down through generations and the most requested demands from clients lately have been “for protection against extortion and for help finding kidnapped kin…local practitioners say.” Right now this is mainly going on through the state/province of Veracruz since it’s recently the most popular new grounds for cartels to reside, but this particular cry for help may be slowly expanding across different regions of the country.

Ernesto Cordero running for the upcoming 2012 election in Mexico representing the PAN party said that magic is no use for “getting out of the problem we got ourselves in.” But the Veracruz citizens and magic-doers themselves seem to think otherwise.

I think that if doing that is going to take negative energy away from them and help them relax, then they should go for it. They’re not harming anybody if a guy who “closes his eyes and chants as he briskly rubs a stark white egg over the arms, chest and neck of a worried customer,” is one of the main things they’re doing. If having an egg rubbed on them makes them feel better, then that’s cool. Some people prefer wizardry while others may prefer blessings from priests or pastors, or prayers to God.  Whatever can help them live an easier, stress-free life as long as they’re not hurting anyone, seems completely acceptable in my eyes.

Blog Post Source: http://bossip.com/490438/isht-is-real-in-mexico-warlocks-witches-wizards-enlisted-to-assist-with-drug-wars-people-are-so-full-of-negative-energy/#disqus_thread

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It’s the fat, blind, drug addicted American’s fault

My original thoughts as soon as I saw this picture were:

-the United States is sucking (in this case snorting) the life out of Mexico because its demand for drugs is a lot more important than it’s care about the lives of innocent people.

-Haha the artist made the guy fat because Americans are fat, greedy, people who only “feed” their own needs…in this particular situation, their own need for drugs

-the artist didn’t even need to put the words “U.S. drug demand” on the guy’s arm because that message is implicit. He’s already wearing a stars and stripes shirt and snorting up Mexico, which I could only assume would be the U.S.’s drug demand.

-the guy’s eye is creepy and totally not a natural, healthy looking eye, I’m not sure that he’s able to see things clearly and I’m assuming it’s because of the massive amount of intake of cocaine and other drugs. So he’s so blinded by his addiction to drugs, he does not see the implications he’s causing upon Mexico.

 

I think the artist did a fabulous job creating such a simple cartoon that says so much when one interrogates the image and points out certain observations.

Excellent illustration.

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