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Mexico's Drug War

During the last year, more than 6,000 people have been murdered as a result of Mexico's escalating drug violence. The death toll now exceeds that of the war in Afghanistan.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have acknowledged a shared responsibility for the explosion of violence and flush of kidnappings. Drug violence is particularly acute on U.S.-Mexican border cities like Tijuana or Ciudad Juarez.

In the winter of 2009, Worldfocus correspondent John Larson, along with producers Bryan Myers, Megan Thompson and Ivette Feliciano, traveled to Tijuana to report on the drug-related murders, kidnappings and corruption. The team tried to give a human face to the statistics and break down the popular "narco" subculture that celebrates this widespread violence.

"Mexico's Drug War" is a collection of signature videos, extensive interviews, an online radio show, blogger perspectives and web original videos including an account of one victim's kidnapping.

Mexico’s Drug War

Obama tackles drugs, flu and trade at Mexico summit

Interview (video)

Obama tackles drugs, flu and trade at Mexico summit

U.S. President Barack Obama joined his Canadian and Mexican counterparts as they completed a summit meeting in Mexico on Monday. Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the issues tackled, including trade, the H1N1 flu and the drug war.

Posted: August 10, 2009 15:20   Comments: 2
U.S. keeps Mexican drug trafficking on the back burner

Peter Eisner (blog)

U.S. keeps Mexican drug trafficking on the back burner

As Mexican drug trafficking pushes along, the danger is evident, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner. But Mexican officials don't want to hear it, and U.S. officials don't want to push the issue too far ahead toward the front burner.

Posted: July 14, 2009 09:32   Comments: 0
Mexican journalists prepare for job with survival training

Perspectives

Mexican journalists prepare for job with survival training

Approximately 50 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Mexico writes about facing masked guerillas and tear gas in a survival training session for journalists.

Posted: June 1, 2009 10:43   Comments: 0
Drug violence takes center stage on Obama visit to Mexico

Interview (video)

Drug violence takes center stage on Obama visit to Mexico

Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia University discusses Barack Obama's visit to Mexico, where he focused on the issue of drug violence. Some in Mexico blame the drug problem on America's appetite for illegal drugs and its gun laws.

Posted: April 16, 2009 15:17   Comments: 4
No room for optimism in Mexico’s war on drugs

Analysis

No room for optimism in Mexico’s war on drugs

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to venture to Mexico on Thursday for talks with President Felipe Calderon. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner argues that unless political leaders are willing to commit to real change and take the resulting flak, it will be impossible to alleviate Mexico's drug problem.

Posted: April 15, 2009 10:01   Comments: 4
Week in review: Clinton in Mexico, Israel and the Taliban

Week in Review (Video)

Week in review: Clinton in Mexico, Israel and the Taliban

Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Deborah Amos of National Public Radio discuss the week's top stories: Hillary Clinton's visit to Mexico, Israel's new government and prospects for peace and a troubling new report on ties between Pakistan's intelligence services and the Taliban.

Posted: March 27, 2009 13:54   Comments: 2
U.S. shares responsibility for Mexico’s drug violence

Video

U.S. shares responsibility for Mexico’s drug violence

Leonardo Martinez-Diaz of the Brookings institute discusses the implications of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Mexico.

Posted: March 26, 2009 12:06   Comments: 0
U.S. tightens border security as Clinton heads to Mexico

Video

U.S. tightens border security as Clinton heads to Mexico

Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas discusses Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Mexico and the newly-announced initiative to increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted: March 25, 2009 14:54   Comments: 4
Border fence can’t hide growing challenges in Mexico

Analysis

Border fence can’t hide growing challenges in Mexico

Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes about how the U.S. might engage with Mexico and its troubles rather than build fences.

Posted: March 25, 2009 13:05   Comments: 4
Tune in: Online radio show on Mexico’s war on drugs

Worldfocus Radio

Tune in: Online radio show on Mexico’s war on drugs

Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explores Mexico's escalating drug war, life on the border and U.S. policy in Mexico. Listen now. Ambassador Andrés Rozental, Professor Tony Payan and filmmaker Natalia Almada join the conversation.

Posted: March 10, 2009 19:26   Comments: 1
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