South Dakota: Home of the Most Draconian Marijuana Laws in the US

December 18, 2015 in News

Guillermo Jimenez | In South Dakota, it’s not just illegal to ingest or possess marijuana, it’s also illegal to have ingested it elsewhere — legally — even if weeks earlier. Welcome to the land of “Weird Laws that Make No Sense,” where South Dakota lawmakers are apparently running a masters course in absurdity.

Narconoia Podcast: Mexico’s Narco-Insurgency, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion

May 21, 2015 in Preview 2, TOR Radio

Narconoia Podcast #2 | In the past three months, Jalisco’s “New Generation” cartel has conducted well-coordinated attacks against Mexican authorities, culminating with a large-scale offensive and helicopter shootdown on May 1. But how did this organization suddenly become so dangerous and powerful?

Narconoia Podcast 1: Peña Nieto’s “Captured without a Shot Fired” Narco-Theater

March 26, 2015 in TOR Radio

Narconoia Podcast #1 | Peña Nieto’s “Captured Without a Shot Fired” Narco-Theater: As Mexico’s government proclaims that the country is “open for business,” courting investors, tourists, and foreign diplomats, narco-violence continues to escalate. What about all of those druglords they’ve caught?

Peña Nieto’s “Captured without a Shot Fired” Narco-Theater (YouTube Supplemental)

March 26, 2015 in TOR Blog

Narconoia Podcast #1 | Peña Nieto’s “Captured Without a Shot Fired” Narco-Theater: A gallery of YouTube videos depicting each of Mexico’s High-Value Target narcos performing their perp-walks for the mass media. Behold the Mexican druglord propaganda parade and sideshow.

Mass Graves, Murderous State-Cartel Alliance Revealed in Guerrero

November 3, 2014 in News

Guillermo Jimenez | Over a month has passed since the forced disappearance of the normalistas (student teachers) of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, and still 43 remain missing. On September 26, members of the Iguala municipal police and the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel ambushed the caravan of students…

#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.

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.

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.

Theater of the Absurd: The Arrest of El Chapo Guzmán

March 4, 2014 in News

Guillermo Jimenez | In the theater of the absurd that is the War on Drugs, the rational gives way to the irrational — the logical to the illogical. We observe the narcotics supply-chain of individuals and the law enforcement apparatus, both trapped in seemingly hopeless situations…