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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The dispute between Britain and Argentina over oil exploration in the Falkland Islands was just one of the topics on the agenda at a meeting today of Latin American leaders in Mexico. Thirty-two leaders from the Americas agreed to create a new regional cooperation organization. For more, Martin Savidge interviews Christopher Sabatini.
Mexicans abroad are sending less money home to their families as a result of the global financial downturn and rising unemployment levels. These remittances are the country's second largest source of foreign currency -- after oil sales. Their rapid decline has hit the Mexican economy particularly hard. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Rodolfo de la Garza.
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.
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.
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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.
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