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1. The Drug War

U.S. Widens Role in Mexico’s Fight Against Crime

  • This second article from the New York Times on U.S.-Mexico cooperation in combating organized crime takes a look at police strikes by Mexican agents staged from U.S. territory. The first article caused quite a stir in Mexico. Congress demanded presentations from Calderon cabinet members for a full accounting of U.S. activities.

     

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Ciudad Juárez police officer Jose Alarcon fled Mexico to the United States in 2008 after a series of horrific events – he himself was injured and his partner killed in a shootout with organized crime, and then he was threatened by criminal gangs when he refused to accept bribes to overlook their activities.   Seeking refuge for his family, he sought asylum in the United States, but a Dallas immigration judge denied Alarcon’s request, ruling that this was a “risk that police officers are...

In the News

  • In a move that took the United States by surprise, Peru's new government under President Ollanta Humala announced the temporary suspension of coca eradication in the Upper Huallaga Valley until the government can "evaluate the policies". While the eradication program has only been in place since January and the government has said the suspension is only temporary, the decision seems to demonstrate President Humala's willingness
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As revealed on the "U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor" website last week, the U.S. Department of Defense intends to extend a five-year $15 billion global counternarcotics program that is due to expire in 2012. The "Special Notice" released on August 2nd by the DoD Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office (CNTPO) advises potential...

In the News

  • Colombian authorities arrested Dolly Cifuentes Villa on charges of money laundering for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Police allege that Cifuentes took over after her brother, who served as drug lord Pablo Escobar's personal pilot, was killed 18 years ago. The head of the national police called her "a high-ranking link between Colombian and Mexican drug dealers."
  • Colombian Attorney General Vivian Morales
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