The Drone Wars Come Home: ‘Stalkers’ in the Cities, ‘Predators’ Along the Border

March 26, 2013 in News

U.S. News & World Report | While most of us are aware of the lethal Predator drones that target terrorists outside the United States, not many know that this very same technology (minus the missiles) is coming to America in a big way…

Unconstitutional Checkpoints in Bordertown of San Juan Get Pushback from Civil Rights Group

March 22, 2013 in News

The Monitor | The San Juan gang checkpoints that fall between the balance of civil liberties and public safety are at the center of a lawsuit filed by the South Texas Civil Rights Project on Wednesday.

U.S. and Mexico Media Fearful of Covering Border Violence

March 22, 2013 in News

Eurasia Review | According to Judicial Watch’s Corruption Chronicles, without truthful and accurate information from the media to counter Obama’s and his minion’s version, “the public is likely to swallow the government’s less than accurate assessment.

SXSW 2013 Texas Observer Panel – Life on the Line: Tweeting the Drug War

March 20, 2013 in News

YouTube | The Texas Observer’s SXSW 2013 panel (Texas Observer reporter Melissa del Bosque, UT-Brownsville professor Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, & KGBT-TV’s Sergio Chapa) discusses how communities in Mexico are using social media tools to report on the increasing violence in their neighborhoods.

Analysis: A Mexico Border Shootout Reveals Effort to Cover Up Violence

March 20, 2013 in News

InSight Crime | Inconsistent reports about a March 10 gun battle in Reynosa illustrate how little verifiable information is available on what is happening in that and other areas of Mexico, and how citizen journalists and social networks are increasingly the only sources left to catch a glimpse of what appears to be an all-out war.

Checkpoint Tyranny Along the Border

March 15, 2013 in News

Jacob G. Hornberger | Most people have come to accept these checkpoints as part of life on the border. Since they have been born and raised under this system, they honestly think that it’s part of what living in a free society is all about.

U.S.-Mexico Border Task Force Urges Economic Integration, Security Cooperation

March 5, 2013 in News

Inter Press Service News Agency | U.S. and Mexican federal governments have made large investments in staffing, infrastructure and technology and have refocused cooperation on security efforts.

El Paso Vice: Blurring the Thin Blue Line Between Drug Cops and Criminals

March 1, 2013 in News

Der Spiegel | The war on drugs has become so intense that the line between criminality and law-enforcement has blurred. Salvador Martinez, an undercover officer at the Mexican border, ended up in prison after he went too far.

Living with Drug Wars – Mexico

January 25, 2013 in News

YouTube | Living with Drug Wars – Mexico

Arbabsiar Case Underscores Disputed Connections Between Hezbollah, Mexican Organized Crime

January 20, 2013 in News

Austin-American Statesman | Ex-associates in Corpus Christi called Manssor Arbabsiar a joke, a floundering businessman who smoked too much, drank too much and often solicited prostitutes. Neighbors in Round Rock knew him as a rude and unfriendly recluse.