Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner discuss the week’s top stories: the global recession, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's attempts to revive the Middle East peace process and 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
While many Mexicans are revolted by the drug-related murders, kidnappings and rapes that plague the country, there is also a popular subculture that celebrates this widespread violence.
A Tijuana business owner tells the story of how he was kidnapped by organized crime operation. He refuses to be named, pictured or recorded without voice modification.
Over the last year, more than 6,000 people have been murdered in Mexico's drug wars, more than 700 of them in Tijuana alone. "El Teo" is a major player in Tijuana's drug war, a larger-than-life figure who has escaped the law and left gruesome corpses in his wake.
In the face of spiraling Mexican drug violence and fears that cartels are out of control, a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about what can be done and Mexican and U.S. efforts to curb the problem.
A Worldfocus contributing blogger discusses Somalia's new leader, a moderate Islamist who was driven out of power by Ethiopian forces only a few years ago.
Following his inauguration on Tuesday, Barack Obama faces many serious global challenges -- some of them in Latin America. Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses how he might tackle Mexican drug violence and relations with Cuba and Venezuela.
As President-elect Obama meets with Mexican leader Felipe Calderón, Carol Wise of the University of Southern California discusses how the incoming Obama administration can work to combat escalating drug violence in Mexico, which has impacted the U.S.
Worldfocus contributing bloggers write that as drug violence worsens, residents of Sinaloa -- the Mexican state where narcotics-related folklore was born -- are less welcoming towards the state's status.