Monthly Archives: June 2009

Mexico’s Mix Of Politics And Drugs

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A mayoral candidate in Mexico has said publicly what just about every Mexican knows to be true — the drug cartels have thoroughly contaminated Mexican politics. But this candidate is caught on tape.

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Mexico Before The Election

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Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon will be watching his country’s upcoming local elections very carefully. That’s because his conservative party is trying to win Congressional seats and Calderon wants to make sure he has enough support to fight the country’s rampant drug problem.

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Collateral Damage In The Drug War

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Complaints about human rights abuses by the military are on the rise. Civilians are getting caught in the crossfire as the Mexican army battles drug lords.

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Columbia

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This guerrilla lost his arm during the conflict in Colombia. He is painting an image that marks 53 years since the formation of the FARC, the Spanish acronym for the the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. (photo: Lorne Matalon)

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El Salvador

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Maria Isabel Delario, bent and crying, prays at the tomb of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez at Catedral Metropolitana de San Salvador. (Lorne Matalon)

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South Mexico Tapachula

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Migrants transiting Mexico once depended largely on a series of trains known collectively as La Bestia (the beast). Following raids on the trains that began in 2014, migrants say they're forced to walk long distances in the Mexican interior to avoid mobile and fixed checkpoints.(Lorne Matalon)

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Mexican Army 2017

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Mexican Special Forces commandos head out onto the streets of Culiacan, Sinaloa. The Army claims to have captured 12 alleged leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel. Critics counter that claim, saying those arrested are low-level cartel members.

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Mexico: Maquilladoras & The Drug War

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Mexico has deployed the Army to several cities along the US border where drug trafficking is a problem. One of those cities is Reynosa just south of McAllen, Texas. Both towns are growing thanks to free trade (NAFTA) and maquilladoras, the assembly-line factories in Mexico that manufacture goods for export. The World’s Lorne Matalon reports on Mexico’s drug war & its effect on the regional economy.

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