Mexican cops discover dismembered bodies near U.S. border

Mexican police officers on Monday — one day after the Summit of the Americas — discovered dismembered bodies packed into plastic garbage bags left inside an abandoned van, according to the Law Enforcement Examiner’s U.S. drug enforcement source. What appeared to be the remains of 14 male victims were found in Mexico’s northern border city [...]

Mexico’s False Dilemma: Human Rights or Security

Mexico is currently confronting a human rights crisis. Headlines document the overt violence that has claimed more than 50,000 lives since December 11, 2006 when President Felipe Calderón launched the war on drugs. Yet beneath the bloodshed, the erosion of the rule of law and the systematic violation of human rights in the context of [...]

The Politics of the Drug War in Mexico

The starting bell rang for the Mexican presidential campaigns on March 30, and the candidates are out of the gates. As the nation faces an unprecedented crisis in levels of violence and lawlessness, one of the big issues is who will have to take the blame for the disastrous war on drugs. More than 50,000 [...]

Indiscriminate executions of the alleged drug traffickers continue in Iran: Eight prisoners executed in southern Iran- Tens of prisoners to be executed in northwestern Iran

Eight prisoners were hanged in the Adelabad prison of Shiraz (Southern Iran), reported the state run Iranian media today. According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary, the eight prisoners were all convicted of drug-related charges. According to some reports the executions took place yesterday, Sunday April 15. None of the prisoners were identified [...]

Mexico’s top drug cartel boss sentenced in San Diego

A top Mexican drug cartel boss — arguably Latin America’s answer to Al Capone or John Gotti — was sentenced Monday to 25-years in federal prison for racketeering and conspiracy to launder money, according to sources in the U.S. Justice Department. Benjamin Arellano-Felix, the former leader of the Tijuana Cartel/Arellano-Felix Organization (AFO), was sentenced in [...]

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