TOR Radio: Immigration, Prohibition, and State-Sanctioned Murder

July 30, 2014 in TOR Radio

TOR Radio #102 | Guillermo Jimenez and Danny Benavides revisit the immigration debate and review other recent news stories involving state violence, including the cases of Eric Garner and Joseph Wood. Also, Danny breaks down the latest on narconoia and the drug-war madness along the southern US border.

TOR Radio: Imagined Lines Frame Immigration Crisis

July 15, 2014 in TOR Radio

TOR Radio #101 | Guillermo Jimenez and Danny Benavides take a look at the root causes of the escalating “humanitarian crisis” unfolding in Central America and along the US-Mexico border. Also, a first-hand account of how prohibitions on drugs and migration have negatively impacted the southern US border over the years.

#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.

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…

“La Familia” Founder Carlos Rosales Mendoza Quietly Released from Prison

June 10, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | Carlos Rosales Mendoza, La Familia Michoacana founder and ally of Gulf Cartel druglord Osiel Cardenas Guillen, was recently released from prison in Mexico, with little press and seemingly little concern. The discharging of an old-school kingpin like Rosales Mendoza is a much bigger deal than the press would have many believe.

Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles in Caleta: In His Own Words

May 31, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | Video and English translation of the legitimate spokesperson of Michoacan’s Autodefensas, Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde speaking before a crowd gathered in Caleta de Campos — ground-zero for the Mexican government’s latest attempt to disrupt, co-opt, and disparage the self-defense movement.

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.

TOR Radio: Zero Dark Snowden, FCC Neutrality, and Legal Pot vs. Cartels

May 18, 2014 in TOR Radio

TOR Radio #99 | Anonymous protests Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide Book Tour; Greenwald signs deal with Sony, producers (and defenders) of Zero Dark Thirty to oversee Snowden: The Motion Picture; the FCC rules on net neutrality; ongoing crisis in Michoacan; and the legal pot market in Colorado and Uruguay vs. drug cartels.

Is the U.S. Helping Mexico Undermine Michoacan’s Vigilantes?

May 7, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | Allegations made by former Mexican General Jesus Jaime Garcia Miramontes suggesting a US plot to undermine Michoacan’s autodefensas were quickly dismissed by the press. However, what is more of a “national security” threat to the U.S. and Mexico: organized crime that can “play ball,” or an armed vigilante revolution?

#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.