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 gangs top crime threat to U.S.
Mexican drug trafficking organizations represent the "greatest organized crime threat" to the United States, according to a recent government report.
Posted: December 17, 2008 15:32
Mexico considers decriminalizing some drugs
A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about Mexican leader Felipe Calderón's proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cocaine and other drugs as the country's drug violence grows more deadly.
Posted: December 11, 2008 11:07
Video / Blogwatch
Tijuana police chief fired after bloody weekend
Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia University discusses developments in Tijuana's drug war after 37 people were killed in the city over the past weekend.
Posted: December 3, 2008 16:27
Mexican foreign investment hurt by drug violence
Erika de la Garza of Rice University discusses the effect of drug violence on investment in Mexico and U.S. involvement in Central America.
Posted: November 12, 2008 13:36
Perspectives / Audio
Drug-fighting Mexican leader killed in plane crash
Sara Miller Llana of The Christian Science Monitor and a Worldfocus contributing blogger discuss a plane crash that killed Juan Camilo Mouriño, a prominent figure in Mexico's battle against drug cartels.
Posted: November 6, 2008 17:44
Drug cartel infiltrates Mexico’s attorney general office
Shannon O'Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the corruption of Mexico's justice system.
Posted: October 28, 2008 17:07
Mexican drug violence connected to U.S.
Columbia political science professor Rodolfo de la Garza discusses the U.S. connection to Mexico's surge of drug violence.
Posted: October 22, 2008 13:26
Nearly 80 killed in Tijuana drug wars
A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Tijuana writes about escalating drug violence in the city and the fear of the local population.
Posted: October 14, 2008 15:41
Ethiopian troops retreat from Somalia
A Worldfocus contributing blogger reports on Ethiopia's withdrawal from Somalia.
Posted: September 11, 2008 09:42
Mexico’s drug violence is bad for business
A Worldfocus contributing blogger examines the impact of drug violence on Mexico’s economy.
Posted: September 10, 2008 09:59