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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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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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What’s your perception?

Since the beginning of the “War on Drugs” and until it ends, if it will ever end, many will ask the question: are U.S. drug users the ones to blame for the fueling of Mexico’s violence? In a report commentated by Peter O’Dowd of Marketplace Public Radio, on June 15, 2011, he shares the accounts of different individuals from very unique backgrounds from a drug screening facility in Phoenix, Arizona, on their views of U.S. drug users in direct relation to the violence in Mexico.

A statistic indicated in the expose stated that according to a study done by the World Health Origination, out of 17 countries surveyed, the United States use drugs such as marijuana and cocaine more often than any other country in the study.

From this assessment, we hear from O’Dowd’s first encounter, Barbara Zugor, the director of the drug screening center. She believes that “there will probably be drugs and drug abuse in this country” for all time if we can’t figure out why is it that Americans have the need to abuse drugs. Her perspective seems just as they affirm in the report, “philosophical,” more worried on the why (is this an issue), the how (can we better the issue), and the what (will happen if this issue never resolves itself).

His second interviewee, is not named because he is a drug dealer. From this guy’s account, we recognize that drug dealers are foolish yes, but brainless, not at all, for a couple reasons. They know there is a lot of demand for their product so they make quick cash, however they also the dangers and the repercussions of what they’re doing plain and simple. This drug dealer himself said, “I think that Mexicans are getting a bad rap. And while a lot of the stuff is coming across the border, it’s our demand that’s pushing it here. It’s like stop the demand, you’ll stop the flow.” His perception is very cut and dry; he’s not worried about the philosophy of it all.

His last interview is with a Phoenix drug user, remaining nameless as well. Her case is a special one since she began smoking pot after she was diagnosed with cancer and the Arizona medical marijuana law had changed. She now purchases it illegally since she does not have the proper/legal authorization to smoke it. When providing her thoughts on the matter she said, “One of the guilt parts that I have over using the marijuana is what’s going on in Mexico. I don’t want to feel that what I’m having to do for my health is hurting somebody else.” Her perception is that of guilt, as a contributing contender to the whole mess that’s going on, she feels she is a small piece of the problem; which in reality, she absolutely is.

The last line of the report that still blows my mind no matter how many times or how many different way I may hear it, says, “All those little drug sales, all over America, add up to as much as $39 billion each year that heads south across the border.” That is remarkable.

So from these three different stances on the subject, one has to think which side of the perception spectrum are they on. Do you want to think more philosophically about the topic and see how you can help better the problem? Do you want to be the guy that knows the facts cut and dry but still not care about the situation? Or do you want to have that guilty conscience, knowing what you’re doing is negatively affecting the nation in which you live, along with those nations of other innocent people?

Article: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/15/pm-are-us-drug-users-to-blame-for-mexican-border-violence/

Audio of article: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/www_publicradio/tools/media_player/popup.php?name=marketplace/pm/2011/06/15/marketplace_cast1_20110615_64&starttime=00:22:09.0&endtime=00:26:33.0

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Is ignorance bliss?

I conducted a poll in which I asked 10 people under the age of 21, and 10 people over the age of 21, if they had a stance/opinion, didn’t care about the subject, or just had absolutely no clue about the drug wars and violence occurring currently in Mexico. I was amazed how opposite the two results came out to be, when people over the age of 21 had strong opinions on the matter, whereas the younger crowd seemed to have no idea on what I was asking about. Those who had no opinion seemed to come pretty close to each other, but it seems like those under 21 aren’t receiving education on the current national news. What was even more surprising to me, was the fact that these people I interviewed reside in Texas, where most of the action is very close. Perhaps this is saying something about our youth? What do future generations have to bring to the table…to our nation’s welfare?

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Who is to blame?

In a Fox News Latino report published 13 days ago, I found the results of a Pew Research study that were not very surprising in my opinion.
Between March 22nd and April 7th 2011, this research study survey was conducted in Mexico. In the survey, they administered interviews in the Spanish language with 800 adults. The results showed that 61 percent of Mexicans believe the United States and Mexico to be equally responsible for the dangerous violence that is enveloping Mexico, and is gaining closer access to the USA.
Even the president of Mexico accused the U.S. of not taking enough responsibility after a tragedy in Monterrey, where one of the cartels killed 40 people in a casino.

I also believe that we are not doing enough on this side of the border to increase the education of the population in order to diminish the consumption of these different types of drugs.
Naturally, it will be difficult for Mexico to fight against the drug trafficking cartels if this activity is directed towards satisfying a continually growing market in the U.S.
I believe that the best way to answer this type of problem, like any other problem, is prevention. It is not enough to send millions of dollars and intelligence to help with the problem of the violence and criminality that this drug business consequently brings to our neighbor, the problem should be removed from its roots, and the root is the consumer.
Hypothetically speaking, if we were to switch the problem over to the U.S. side, and would have almost 35,000 people killed in 5 years because of the drugs cartels, (just like Mexico had), do you think we would like Mexico to get more involved and take a more aggressive role in the fight against drugs?
I think most would say yes, they would.

The link to the article if you’re curious: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/08/31/mexico-and-united-states-both-to-blame-for-drug-cartel-violence-majority-say-in/?intcmp=related

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