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Cartels threaten voters’ lives

Drug cartels have been trying to change the votes of Mexican citizens by threatening that their houses be burned and their families killed inside them. They did not want the PRD party to be one of the final candidates so they made phone calls to Morelia (a state capital) threatening them with these attacks also saying that if anyone mentions this threat they will all be killed.

Well, it turns out that the PRD candidate was unsuccessful in getting voted, and he proclaims it was the cartels’ fault.

However, there are still other candidates that are standing for the freedom of voting and saying that they will continue to encourage citizens to vote who they please…that is one right they (cartels) cannot take away from the people.

I guess we’ll see how all of that turns out this coming year in the official election in 2012.

I’m not sure if the Mexican inhabitants are totally convinced by the cartels or by the government. In the end people choose what they want to do…which may result in death, which may not. It’s really unfortunate that even for something so small as voting for someone can be a threat to their life.

Meanwhile, the United States is worried about its own election, where the candidates don’t have much to say about this entire issue.

It’s an odd thought for me as an American in present day to have a censorship on voting.

I suppose if this were over 90 years ago, I would have not been able to vote since I’m a woman.

But thankfully I’m not living in that era.

And thankfully my life is not threatened if I want to vote for a specific person or party.

I’m extremely fortunate to have many freedoms. Now if only the drug abusers in the U.S. that also possess many of those freedoms will think about the freedoms (or lack of) of those innocent people in Mexico.

But it doesn’t seem likely.

 

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Famous Mexican Hitman

El Sicario is a well-known hitman working in Mexico to kill all sorts of people. Criminals, beautiful women, guys that didn’t pay back their loans, and even guys that did pay back their loans. He’s been working for a Mexican drug cartel for years, and in an interview with Michael Bowden he discusses his life as a professional assassin.
“The sicario sits in a chair, in the same motel room where he  used to hold his kidnap victims and torture them. He has a black felt pen and a large sketch pad. As he tells his stories, he makes primitive diagrams or lists to emphasize his points.”
There is no escaping from this hitman. He’s very skilled, strategic, smart and knows a lot of people. And when it’s time to capture and/or kill a victim, “the police will have been told in advance to make themselves scarce.”
It’s so scary to think that nothing can stop these people. Even the police are afraid of them. Are they going to take over the world? Like really what can anyone do to stop them? We’ve seen this repeated several times like in Argentina, Colombia, and other countries and eventually  each one has died down. But now that this specific war is getting extremely close to the United States, it seems like nothing will stop them. Everyone thinks that legalization of drugs will make things better, but I don’t really see that being the case. People want things they can’t really have. The new, more dangerous illegal drug will come around and people will hunger for it and not care as much for marijuana or cocaine. I don’t believe legalization will solve this issue.

The sicario (in spanish meaning hitman), started out working for the Juarez cartel in his highschool years, and since then has only gotten better at what he does.  After highschool he decided to enter the police academy although he was only eligible in one of the 5 areas he was required to know.

“The academy taught him many skills – surveillance, interrogation, how to use weapons, etc., that made him a better and deadlier criminal.
By the time he graduated, 50 members of his class of 200 were already on the payroll of the narcos. He says that the narcos are present in every institution and at every level of society.”

It is just unbelievable that they just let this guy in like it’s no big deal. You can see what a corrupt organization they’re running. Reading from the actual interview itself, the hitman said the MAYOR of Juarez was the one that got him into the police academy!
I just can’t comprehend what’s going through the minds of people…not just the police academies, or government, but everyone in general. Why did this even start?
Most people would blame it on the U.S. It started for their craving for illegal drugs, however, it doesn’t mean that Mexicans (narcos) had to turn into criminals and start serving the needs of the U.S. citizens. I just hate when people don’t do the right thing. We’re all born with a right and wrong sense…how can they live the lifestyle they know is wrong? It drives me crazy…where is the good in people?
There must be other ways to make money than this dangerous and violent lifestyle.
The assassin said it was an “easy” way to live. Had nothing to do with his childhood or the way he was raised. How can killing people be an easy way to live?
I don’t care if the cartels are swimming in large piles of money, I would hope your morality as an individual and a clean conscience should count for something, but apparently I’m wrong. Living in filth is the cool thing to do.
How much happiness can the cartel’s money really buy? The sensation of power can only go so far when you realize no one truly loves or cares about you. I could rant for hours on end about this…I’m an extremely moral person, if that makes sense.
If any family member tells the police of loved ones kidnapping when they are threatened not too, the cartels immediately find out and will kill anyone in that family and anyone that gets in their way.
The original article that I found this interview on is from an online Canadian newspaper. The individual that wrote this had a lot of compassion towards the  people of Mexico and seemed angered towards the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board and the Minister of the board.  She wishes she could make the Minster and others on the board watch the documentary about this Sicario interview to stir up some kind of compassion about the Mexicans that had been seeking refuge in Canada.
She believes that if Mexicans say they are afraid for their safety and their lives that people should not doubt them right away.

“A CP story on the CBC website says that in 2005, 3,400 Mexicans made refugee claims in Canada. In 2009 there were 9,400 claims (remarkably close to the number of people killed that year, which was 9,600, according to a Mexican government report quoted by Democracy Now.)
But it seems that Canadian government officials didn’t look for an explanation for this increase (here’s a potential one: Mexican president Calderon brought the army into the “war on drugs” in January 2008. ).”

But apparently now the Canadian government chose that Mexicans require a visa to visit Canada because they believe that “Mexican requests are not serious.”

“The same CP story on the CBC website goes on to say: “Asylum claims from Mexico decreased 90 per cent in 2010 compared to 2009,” Ana Curic said in an email to The Canadian Press. “That has saved taxpayers $400 million.”
Of course, it’s nice to save money, but did we do it at the cost of someone’s life?”

It’s a bummer that now Canada has decided to get harsh on immigration like the U.S. has started to. It seems like no one is able to help the innocent Mexican people. I hate that I feel helpless, I can’t do anything except sit here and blog about it.

I have not seen the documentary about El Sicario, Room 164, but I definitely plan on it.

Maybe some miracle will happen and the innocent people will be saved, but for now, they’re in desperate need of help.

Article Source: http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/11/19/ridm-2011-a-very-dark-side-of-mexico-el-sicario-room-164/

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“Too strong for publication”

This image was created by the famous Mexican cartoonist Jose Hernandez. The title “Nuevo Eslogan” means “New Slogan.” The artist has depicted President Calderon as putting up a sign from the Federal Government that says “In order for drugs not to reach your children… we are killing them for you.” So Hernandez is basically saying that the Federal Government is killing the children of Mexico. According to Monthly Review Magazine the cartoon was “deemed too strong for publication by La Jornada and subsequently widely disseminated in the Mexican blogosphere.”

I can understand why La Jornada would think it’s somewhat intense, because it’s head on dissing the government and Calderon in a non-satirical way. It’s extremely blunt and directing it’s hostility towards Calderon.

I’m not going to say Hernandez is right or wrong, because I feel like since I’m not living in Mexico, I can’t really know everything that’s going on first hand, so I can’t choose to blame an entire government that’s not ruling over me; because it could just be one person, or a group of people and not the entire government, but I just don’t know. I try to be an objective person in most of my dealings, and this image certainly does not embody that. I do however, have to give props to Hernandez for being bold enough to convey his true thoughts on the subject and be willing to stand up for something he believes in. And I will say that the Mexican government is at fault for many things and I somewhat agree with Hernandez, but there are also many other factors that are involved as well.

Overall, I feel that this has a strong message to portray, and it’s important that people are exposed to it. This is not a joke, this is real.

Cartoon Source: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/hernandez060510.html

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53% of high schoolers are not interested in the drug war

This past week I created a survey and asked my mom, a high school teacher in Houston, to pass out the survey to all her students. The survey creating program I used (survey monkey) collected the first 100 responses and organized the data into percentages for each question. Some of the results left me surprised, while others did not. (The title of this post only refers to the 100 students I surveyed).

I will analyze each of the 9 total questions in this report.

Question 1 is a type of question that will vary throughout socioeconomic classes as well as different demographic characteristics of the population.

Questions 2 and 3 correlate together. At first I was a little skeptical that only 5% of kids out of 100% said they used drugs but when I discovered the results of question 3, I found that 64.3% knew someone that used drugs. So those two results together make more sense, even though there’s only these 5% that are high school users, there’s still another 63 kids (out of 100) that know of family or friends that are using. Seems a little more accurate.

Question 4 I was forgetful in adding the number zero. So most of the kids that didn’t see zero either put 1-2 or skipped the question. This was my fault, therefore this statistic may be somewhat inaccurate under the 1-2 option. However, I was amazed that the 7 or more option would have one second place in the “how many people do you know that uses illegal drugs” category. 24 kids knew 7 or more people where as compared to the 5-6 with only 7 and the 3-4 not far behind with 21, that blows my mind. Because this means that kids either know no one or they know a lot of people. The options in between or fuzzy. So it’s just a wild thought.

Question 5… I’m not surprised. This would seem more accurate to me since I’d believe a lot of high schoolers aren’t going to be dealing or be in constant contact with a dealer.

Question 6 was to see if the younger crowd/generation has any knowledge of what’s going in the world today. Especially since we live in Texas, I was curious if they knew of an issue that’s happening so close to us.I’m glad to find that there was a large percent of kids that knew about it.

Question 7 I did something a little different. I had asked kids to type in their own free response to the question “What do you know about it?”

Here I will paste some of the answers I found interesting:

“People are doing anything they can to get drugs over the border across to the US, they have been putting drugs into dogs and animals and bring them over. They also kill others and their families in order to bring them over.”

” All i know is that it’s dangerous with people shooting others and stuff like that i think… ”

” There is drugs and its a big deal? ”

” People die all the time. they take prisoners and put them in fights to the death, and the winners have to go out and shoot as many people as possible until they get shot. also, they kill journalists. ”

” not much. my dad just talks about it sometimes because he works in Mexico ”

” Americans are buying drugs. ”

“I’ve heard that the people that bring the drugs over the boarderare usually poor and are just trying to make some extra cash.”

” There are brutal drug cartels that are responsible for smuggling drugs as well as many murders. In some cases inoccent tourists or itnernet bloggers have even been murdered just to be made an example of. Smuggling drugs is a huge felony and getting contraban into the country has become a very big issue for the U.S. and Mexico. ”

” That it’s happening. (?) ”

” That the native people of Mexico are smuggling drugs to the United states and other countries.”

” They cut off people’s heads and hang them from trees. ”

” I SMOKE IT! ”

” I know that it is sold for lots of money. I know the people that use it get bad grades, and usually don’t care about anything. I know that people who use them probably won’t be successful in the future. ”

” NOTHING (: ”

And many more were posted but I cannot post them all. These were just the ones that stuck out to me. Some of them were informed, some did not make any sense in relation to the drug war, and some were clueless. I noticed out of all the responses, the majority had no clue of the happenings of the drug war. But at least I did my part through this survey, to hopefully interest them in learning more about it. Some kids gave me internet responses, such as what it was from Wikipedia or other sites. So that means they took the time to learn what it was at least.

Question 8 I tried to make them aware of the fact that America plays a large part of the drug war in Mexico…that’s it not simply Mexico creating this mess.

And Question 9 I really wanted to see if young people care about this issue. And the result cut it close, but it turns out that more youth do not really care about the drug war. It’s sad to think this is our future. They don’t care about something that we are a part of… this means that they will continue to do drugs, go on with their lives, they will continue to be uneducated on these matters, and nothing will be resolved.

 

 

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“Wide Receiver” created the wide problem

New report on Wednesday October 5th from CBS News finds that operation “Fast and Furious” had been running for over 4 years with a different alias. This operation called, “Operation Wide Receiver,” had been carried out under the Bush administration, under the watchful eye of the ATF whose job is designed to bring gun trafficking to a halt, but instead allowed the “walking” of guns over the Mexican border.

A man by the name of Mike Detty, “gun enthusiast and licensed dealer” was selling guns at a gun show in Tucson Arizona (only an hour away from the Mexican border) in early 2006. One day a Hispanic man entered in the shop and bought 6 rifles in $1600 cash.

The man asked if he had more and he informed him that he would be receiving a shipment of 20 the following month, the young man straight up replied that he would purchase them all.

If you don’t find that suspicious I don’t know what you would. Just as any reasonable man would be, Detty was wary of this guy and reported the encounter to the ATF.  Their quick response was their request that he continue with the sale and they would send an agent to observe. At this point, ATF stepped in completely and inquired that Detty be their confidential informant. They told him that they had “a real chance at taking out a powerful cartel” so of course Detty like any other loyal man, wanted to help, and in an interview he stated “I made that commitment. And I really thought I was doing something good.’”

They even made him sign an “informant contract,” which in it, led him to believe that all he was doing was selling to “suspected traffickers,” and from there the ATF would “track the weapons, expose the cartel’s inner workings, and then interdict the guns before they could ever get loose on the street.” But it appears that this was not so.

After some time, Detty was uncomfortable and displeased with the whole situation, knowing that the ATF was allowing guns to “walk” the border instead of carrying out what they had told him previously. He eventually came forward with the information to the media, and revealed that he must’ve sold about 450 guns. That is absolutely unbelievable to me.  Just stop and think for one moment, and imagine if every individual had one gun, so 450 people carrying one gun…and they killed just one person each…they’ve thus far killed 450 innocent people. But of course we know that they killing more than just a single person with each of these guns! Even if they just killed 10 people with each gun, you already have a total of 4500 people killed! That is heart breaking!

So of course Mike Detty said looking back on it, knowing what he knows now, “It makes me sick.”

At least there’s one sensible person! Did the ATF leaders of the operation really not understand the consequences of what they were doing? Are they really that dumb? Or do they not care in assisting the assassination of thousands of innocent people?

And if that border patrol agent, Brian Terry, did not get murdered, these operations would still be playing out, without anyone outside of the government knowing. As I have been reading different articles about the two gun-walking operations, I like to read the comments that readers put, and I have noticed a lot of people like to put the blame solely on the President. And that’s honestly just a first resort to throw the blame on, because the President can’t do everything on his own, he’s not the only one making decisions around here, there are hundreds of other minds involved in these operations as well. So, it doesn’t matter if it’s under Obama or under Bush, there’s other people working beneath them that their job is specifically to take care of operations like “Fast and Furious” and “Wide Receiver.”

And not only should we blame our government, and the evil cartels in Mexico, and the government in Mexico, but like I have been putting in all my other posts, we have to blame the drug users which not only exist in Mexico but also exist in the United States. So, I’m pretty sure there’s a decent amount of comments from people on these articles blaming Obama for what’s going on when those people are the ones buying drugs, so they’re contributing as well! So go ahead, blame the president, but you should be looking at yourself in the mirror buddy.

So, to finish off what happened to Operation Wide Receiver, “prosecutors finally, quietly, rounded up seven suspects last fall.” Wow, what an accomplishment, great job guys…pshhh

And of course when CBS tried to reach the former Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez,  who was in office at the time of “Wide Receiver”  they failed, I’m sure he did not want to receive any scrutiny from the media. How come no one is questioning Bush? I guess this is all Obama’s fault even though the first original gun walking project was conducted under Bush, hmmm.

Regardless, the loss of lives continues as the clock is ticking and at this point the United States (along with Mexico of course)  has only contributed to those losses rather than try to stop or prevent them. Nothing new.

Article Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/05/earlyshow/main20115824.shtm

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Don’t Get Too Comfortable

By clicking the image above, you will be directly linked to a video on CBS News website called ” Mexican Pres. Calderon on drug war, immigration.” 

President Calderon visited the “Early Show” a few weeks ago and talked about the type of action we, Mexico together with the United States, need to take in order to slowly stop this war on drugs.

40,000 deaths have occurred in Mexico since 2006 (6 times more than the deaths of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan),  and the steps Calderon has undertaken have not helped stop the cartels, but have helped increase the country’s economy. This  includes more opportunites for young people to receive higher education, better jobs in hospitals,and Mexico has in total, created approximately 800,000 new jobs, which as a result has decreased immigration into the United States down to almsot 0% in the last year.

This is quite an impressive feat for Mexico, however the headlines are not showing these accomplishments, they are more focused towards the mass murders and destruction of the drug cartels. This is something that the United States needs to be more cooperative with and collaborate more as well, according to Calderon.

Therefore, there is an increasing amount of success economically for Mexico, but there’s also an increasing amount of suffering, killings, and devastation from the ongoing drug war.

So, it’s not a good idea for Calderon and Mexico to get too comfortable with their achievements just yet, and the United States shouldn’t be content with the decreased immigration rate either, because there is still a lot of drug usage, drug dealing, and desolation as well.

Problems both countries mutually need to work out.

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Poor Ol’ Mexico

Cartoonist(s):

Matt Wuerker

Comic/Cartoon:

Matt Wuerker’s Editorial Cartoons

Pub. Date:

06-29-11

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