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…

ACLU: Shocking Video from Maine Prison Shows a Restrained Prisoner Being Tortured with Pepper Spray

April 5, 2013 in News

ACLU | “You’re never going to win… Bottom line is the house wins every time.” That’s what Maine Correctional Center Captain Shawn Welch said to a prisoner who was strapped into a restraint chair, his face coated with pepper spray and his legs…

Despite Millions in U.S. Aid, Accusations of Death Squad Killings by Honduras Police Continue

March 18, 2013 in News

Associated Press (via Houston Chronicle) | One problem in Honduras is that the prosecuting arm of government, the Public Ministry, relies on the criminal investigations department to investigate crimes…which means in the case of death squads, police would be investigating themselves.

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.

“No More Hesitation”: Law Enforcement Being Desensitized to Kill Pregnant Women, Children, and Elderly

February 21, 2013 in News

William N. Grigg | Barack Obama’s advertised purpose in visiting Minneapolis on February 4 was to combat the scourge of gun violence. The substantive purpose of his visit was to promote a state monopoly on gun violence…

Can Vigilante Justice Save Mexico?

February 7, 2013 in News

Borderland Beat February 7, 2013   AYUTLA DE LOS LIBRES, Mexico — For almost a month now, hundreds of masked men wielding old shotguns, rifles, revolvers and machetes have claimed [...]

Mexico’s “Operation Armor” Sets Up Mobile Checkpoints in Scramble to Secure Major Roads Near Capital

February 1, 2013 in News

Agence France-Presse (via Terra Daily) February 1, 2013   Less than two hours away from Mexico City, 50 marines and police officers manned a checkpoint, pulling over trucks, cars and [...]

Under New President Peña Nieto, Mexico’s Security Strategy Shifts To Muzzle Press Coverage

January 31, 2013 in News

E. Eduardo Castillo Associated Press (via The Republic) January 31, 2013   MEXICO CITY — Two months after President Enrique Pena Nieto took office promising to reduce violent crime, the [...]

Sole Survivor of Kidnapped, Executed Mexican Band Kombo Kolombia Leads Police To Bodies

January 30, 2013 in News

Associated Press (via CNS News) January 30, 2013   MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The Colombian-style music group was playing at a ranch in northern Mexico when at least 10 gunmen [...]

Uncle Sam, Give Us Your Guns

January 26, 2013 in News

Taki’s Magazine | Barack Obama approves of this plan, and on January 16 he posed for pictures with children to prove it. (Incidentally, he also signed 23 executive orders that apparently had something to do with guns…or whatever.)