The Shadow of the Son

March 29, 2013 in News

Texas Observer | The trials of the border’s most powerful law-enforcement family, from Texas Observer staff reporter Melissa Del Bosque.

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.

Local Solutions: After Banishing State Police, Mexican Town of Cherán Experiences More Security

March 13, 2013 in News

Christian Science Monitor | About two years ago, citizens in Cherán, Mexico decided to battle illegal logging and drug violence by kicking out the police and running the town according to indigenous tradition.

Massacre in Mexico: Dozens Killed During Massive Three-Hour Shootout in Reynosa

March 12, 2013 in News

The Monitor | Fear and panic filled the streets of Reynosa on Sunday night as rival gunmen battled during a three-hour firefight that saw automatic weapons and grenades used.

State Police Commander in Tamaulipas, Mexico Admits to Being on Payroll of Gulf Cartel

March 6, 2013 in News

Dane Schiller | “As a Mexican police officer, Gilberto Lerma (Plata) was supposed to protect the public from harm,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman said in a statement. “Instead, he abused his power to further the notorious Gulf Cartel’s violent narcotics trafficking organization.”

Beyond Madness: Violence in Mexico

February 25, 2013 in News

El Diario – Proceso | The cadaver of a man lies under an intense yellow light from the street lights. His face is hidden by the angle from which the photograph was taken. An abundant stream of blood flows from his head and goes down the badly paved street.

Lessons from the Failed War on Drugs

February 22, 2013 in News

Der Spiegel | The global war on drugs has cost billions and taken countless lives — but achieved little. The scant results finally have politicians and experts joining calls for legalization.

U.S. Government Hit with Second Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over ‘Operation Fast and Furious’

February 14, 2013 in News

CBS News | A second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed blaming U.S. government officials involved in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives’ “Operation Fast and Furious,” which allowed thousands of weapons to fall…