Reorganizing Mexico’s Narco Chessboard

December 16, 2014 in TOR Blog

PPR Episode 32 | Pearse Redmond, host of Porkins Policy Radio, interviews TOR’s Danny Benavides on the mass disappearance in Iguala, narco-cartel reorganization and the prospect for a “Mexican Spring.” The conversation begins with Danny explaining what actually transpired last September near the city of Iguala…

After Aytozinapa, Is Mexico on the Verge of Revolution?

December 16, 2014 in TOR Blog

Reality Bytes Radio | Neil Foster, host of Reality Bytes Radio, talks to Traces of Reality’s Guillermo Jimenez and Danny Benavides about Mexico’s narco state, the forced disappearance of the normalistas from the Ayotzinapa school in Guerrero, the wave of civil unrest and what may lie ahead for the troubled nation.

BFP Roundtable #9: Selling the “ISIS” Brand

November 3, 2014 in Preview, TOR Blog

Boiling Frogs Post | On this edition of the BFP Roundtable the panel gets into a lively discussion on the marketing of the “ISIS” brand of “Islamic Terror.” But if the terror boogeyman is the product, then who’s the customer and who are they buying from? Join Peter, Sibel, Guillermo and James for an uncensored conversation on terror, black ops…

They Live, We Sleep: Corbett and Jimenez on John Carpenter’s 1988 Classic

August 19, 2014 in TOR Blog

FLNWO #18 | James Corbett talks to Guillermo Jimenez about “They Live,” John Carpenter’s surprisingly prescient 1988 film about a society hypnotized and controlled by an alien species that cannot be seen directly. We discuss the film as a metaphor for the modern day “truth movement.”

#Narconoia Updates Move to Twitter

July 5, 2014 in TOR Blog

Danny Benavides | A quick note about the #Narconoia Updates on Traces of Reality. You can now stay up-to-date with news from the US-Mexico borderlands by following me on Twitter @Narconoia. Expect daily links in your timeline to stories and analysis surrounding Mexico’s narcos and the drugwar police state developing at home.

Jack Blood Interviews Guillermo Jimenez on Deadline Live

July 3, 2014 in TOR Blog

Jack Blood Show | Guillermo Jimenez joins Jack Blood on his live radio show to discuss immigration, the US-Mexico border, the drug war, destabilization in Latin America, the militarization of local police in the United States, culture revolutions, music, art, and much more.

Reviving the Dead With DIY Forensics: Still Life (Vice Motherboard documentary)

June 13, 2014 in TOR Blog

Danny Benavides | There is something booming in Mexico besides the drug trade and the violence associated with it: Forensic science. This is an extremely fascinating mini-documentary from Vice’s “Motherboard” video-magazine which spotlights this very discipline and the crucial role that forensic science plays…

BFP Roundtable #8: Why Are Americans So Apathetic? (and What Can Be Done About it)

June 11, 2014 in TOR Blog

Boiling Frogs Post | The BFP Roundtable takes on the public apathy surrounding the illegal wars of aggression, the extrajudicial drone assassinations, the illegal warrantless wiretapping, and other outrages of our era. Why is the public so passive in the face of such abuses? And what can be done about it?

Danny Benavides on PPR: Cartel Wars and the Autodefensa Movement

May 30, 2014 in TOR Blog

Porkins Policy Radio #23 | Pearse Redmond interviews TOR Contributing Editor Danny Benavides on Porkins Policy Radio, May 28, 2014. Topics: Mexican drug war, the autodefensa movement in Michoacan, history of La Familia and the Knights Templar Cartel, violence in Tamaulipas, and EPN’s “million dollar selfie” with Kevin Spacey.

#Terrornoia On Hiatus, #Narconoia Lives On

May 6, 2014 in TOR Blog

#Narconoia | The #Terrornoia Update will be placed on an indefinite hiatus, in order to focus exclusively on #Narconoia Updates and blog posts. Here, we will also observe how “narconoia” plays into the bloodied hands of America’s modern militarized border security-surveillance industrial complex and its global war-machine.