In Mexico, an American couple and a third person were killed over the weekend just across the U.S. border in Ciudad Juarez, a city consumed by drug violence. All three of the dead were connected to the U.S. Consulate there, underscoring the risks of living and working in that city. But, as Tom Ackerman of Al Jazeera English reports, the violence is widespread.
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On February 13, around 1,300 Mexicans took to the streets of Ciudad Juárez to protest the continued presence of the armed forces in the northern border city. Civil rights groups say the deployment of 6,000 combat troops has worsened the drug-related crime wave and have organized a "March of Anger" to voice their opposition. Read how bloggers are reacting.
Many Mexicans blame America for drug woes south of the border, alleging that Americans are using the drugs and supplying the guns for cartels. Endemic corruption in the Mexican judicial system has paralyzed the government's ability to tackle the problem. For more on Mexico's drug war, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Maureen Meyer.
Our broadcast this evening starts in Ciudad Juarez, one of the most dangerous places in the world just a couple miles across the U.S. border from Texas. The drug war there kills an average of 8 people per day and has residents living in fear. Thursday night, President Felipe Calderon was in the city, and Mariana Sanchez of AJE reports from Mexico's murder capital.
Iran is trying to tackle a rising drug problem, as opium continues to pour into the country from neighboring Afghanistan. Al Jazeera English's Alireza Ronaghi reports that Iranian police have seized over 400 tons of drugs and have lost dozens of police officers in the battle to eliminate drug abuse in Tehran. But some Iranian officials say their efforts are pointless.
President Obama visited Mexico early in his term, and the U.S. has been active in funding the Mexican authorities in their war on drugs. Recently, violent conflict with drug cartels has been on the upswing. And today, 23 people died in a fight between rival gangs in a Mexican prison. Many experts believe that the American appetite for illicit drugs is fueling the drug wars.
Since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against drug traffickers three years ago, more than 15,000 people have been killed by drug violence, including more than 7,000 this year alone. Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia University joins Edie Magnus to discuss the ongoing violence and the U.S. response.
In our weekly radio show, Martin Savidge explores the causes behind Guatemala's chronic malnutrition and escalating narco war. He hosts a panel of guests to discuss the remnants of war and genocide and land rights. Anita Isaacs, Stephen C. “Carlisle” Johnson and Samuel Lowenberg join the conversation. LISTEN NOW!
Last week, the Mexican government announced that it will no longer jail users of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Other countries in the region have taken similar steps. John Walsh of the Washington Office on Latin America discusses the trend.
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.