#Narconoia Update: Feb. 27, 2014

February 27, 2014 in News

#Narconoia Update | Introducing the #Narconoia and #Terrornoia update. This first post includes some background about Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel; squabbling within Michoacan’s autodefensas; Gulf Cartel arrests; and analyses of the consequences of Chapo’s capture.

Mexico’s Bin Laden: The Capture of Chapo Guzman Provides Illusory Victory in the Narcowar

February 25, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | The End of an Era has been declared, loudly proclaimed in headlines throughout the world. Chicago’s “Most Wanted,” the “No. 1 drug kingpin” finally (re)captured in his own backyard. Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (alias “El Chapo”), the world’s most notorious druglord…

Casualties of the Drug War: Truth, Justice, Journalism

February 18, 2014 in News

Guillermo Jimenez | In Mexico, for example, much of the truth has been lost in the crossfire of the drug war, along with the lives of many of those who attempt to report it. According to the nonprofit organization Reporters Without Borders, no fewer than 88 journalists were killed in Mexico from…

When Narco Culture and Narco Reality Converge

February 6, 2014 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | The phenomenon known as “narco cultura” (gangster culture) is one that, although recognized and studied for several decades, has seen gains in popularity and interest in recent years. The escalation of the drug war in Mexico and its consequent violence have given rise…

A Dark Alliance Reborn: The DEA-Sinaloa Connection

January 21, 2014 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | Almost 20 years after Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance series was published, the drug war rages on, and new evidence continues to surface affirming an ongoing role for sections of the US government in the management of the drug trade through covert action.

The Big Lie: Narco-Terrorist Boogeymen and Our Government Saviors

December 12, 2013 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | The pretext for the enforcement of these laws, for the continued militarization of the border and local police, for the expansion of internal checkpoints and further sacrifices of personal liberty is, and has been for decades, the threat of drugs and those who traffic in them.

Robert Parry: Contra-Cocaine Was a Real Conspiracy

December 4, 2013 in News

Robert Parry | In the insular world of Manhattan media, there’s much handwringing over the latest blow to print publications as New York Magazine scales back from a weekly to a biweekly. But the real lesson might be the commercial failure of snarky writing, the kind that New York demonstrated in its recent hit piece…

Dr. Mark Thornton: Why Is Not-Pot Illegal Too?

December 4, 2013 in News

Mark Thornton | Hemp is a plant from the cannabis family that is often closely associated with marijuana. Marijuana or Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa can contain high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is a psychoactive component of marijuana, along with a large number of other cannabinoids…

Assume the Position: In the Search for Drugs, the State Finds a New Low

November 13, 2013 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | If not for the badge that designates the aggressors as duly authorized actors of the state, and therefore immune to the rules that you and I live by, this act of physical violence would be considered nothing less than first-degree rape.

Assassinated DEA Agent Kiki Camarena Fell in a CIA Operation Gone Awry, Say Law Enforcement Sources

October 28, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was abducted in early February 1985 shortly after leaving the US consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. His body was found several weeks later, partially decomposed, wrapped in a plastic death shroud and buried in a shallow grave…