WBEZ | drug war http://www.wbez.org/tags/drug-war Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman charged in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/news/drug-lord-el-chapo-guzman-charged-mexico-109760 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP607743402232.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>MEXICO CITY &mdash; Drug kingpin Joaquin &quot;El Chapo&quot; Guzman has been formally charged with violations of Mexico&#39;s drug-trafficking laws, starting a legal process that makes swift extradition to the U.S. unlikely, Mexican officials said Monday.</p><p>Guzman was charged with cocaine trafficking Sunday inside a maximum-security prison outside the nation&#39;s capital, Mexico&#39;s Federal Judicial Council announced. A judge has until Tuesday to decide whether to release him or start the process of bringing him to trial. Mexican authorities believe the judge will launch the trial process, a Mexican federal official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.</p><p>Guzman can appeal the judge&#39;s decision, a process that typically takes weeks or months. Mexican officials are also weighing whether to renew a string of other charges that Guzman faces inside Mexico. The decision to bring one local charge against Guzman indicates that President Enrique Pena Nieto&#39;s administration is leaning toward refiling at least some of the others, further delaying any possible extradition.</p><p>Guzman escaped a Mexican prison in 2001 and spent the next 13 years on the run before he was arrested Saturday morning in the Pacific coast city of Mazatlan by Mexican marines acting on U.S. intelligence. He faces charges in at least seven U.S. jurisdictions and U.S. officials have been pushing for his swift extradition.</p><p>Guzman and his Sinaloa cartel allies have hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of dollars at their disposal, along with networks of corrupt officials, hit men and other allies throughout Mexico. The cartel is believed to sell cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine in about 54 countries.</p><p>Analysts said the Pena Nieto administration was likely torn between the impulse to move Guzman to a nearly invulnerable U.S. facility, and the desire to show that Mexico can successful retry and incarcerate the man whose 13 years on the run at the head of the world&#39;s most powerful drug cartel embarrassed successive Mexican administrations.</p><p>The Federal Judicial Council said the cocaine-trafficking charges dated to 2009. The federal official said the Mexican government is weighing whether to try to send Guzman back to prison on the convictions for criminal association and bribery that he was serving time for when he escaped. When he escaped, he was also awaiting trial on charges of murder and drug trafficking, and the official said the Mexican government was weighing whether to file those charges again.</p><p>Guzman was captured just after sunrise Saturday hiding out in a condominium in Mazatlan, a beach resort town on Mexico&#39;s Pacific Coast.</p><p>He had a military-style assault rifle with him but didn&#39;t fire a shot, according to officials with knowledge of his arrest. His beauty-queen wife, Emma Coronel, was with him when the manhunt for one of the world&#39;s most wanted drug traffickers ended.</p><p>The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss specific details of how U.S. authorities tracked down Guzman.</p><p>The break that led to his arrest came on Feb. 16, when investigators from Mexico along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement tracked a cellphone to one of the Culiacan stash houses Guzman used to elude capture.</p><p>The phone was connected to his communications chief, Carlos Manuel Ramirez, whose nickname is Condor. By the next day Mexican authorities arrested one of Guzman&#39;s top couriers, who promptly provided details of the stash houses Guzman and his associates had been using, the officials said.</p><p>At each house, the Mexican military found the same thing: steel reinforced doors and an escape hatch below a bathtub. Each hatch led to a series of interconnected tunnels in the city&#39;s drainage system.</p><p>The officials said three tons of drugs, suspected to be cocaine and methamphetamine, were found at one of the stash houses.</p><p>An AP reporter who walked through one of the tunnels had to dismount into a canal and stoop to enter the drain pipe, which was filled with water and mud and smelled of sewage. About 700 meters (yards) in, a trap door was open, revealing a newly constructed tunnel. Large and lined with wood panels like a cabin, the passage had lighting and air conditioning. At the end of the tunnel was a blue ladder attached to the wall that led to one of the houses Mexican authorities say Guzman used as a hideout.</p><p>A day after troops narrowly missed Guzman in Culiacan, top aide Manuel Lopez Ozorio was arrested. The officials said he told investigators that he picked up Guzman, Ramirez and a woman from a drainage pipe and helped them flee to Mazatlan.</p><p>A wiretap being monitored by ICE agents in southern Arizona provided the final clue, helping track Guzman to the beachfront condo, the officials said.</p><p>The ICE wiretap proved the most crucial lead late last week as other wiretaps became useless as Guzman and his associates reacted to coming so close to being caught.</p><p>&quot;It just all came together and we got the right people to flip and we were up on good wire,&quot; the government official said. &quot;The ICE wire was the last one standing. That wire in Nogales. That got him (Guzman) inside that (building).&quot;</p><p>Alonzo Pena, a former senior official at ICE, said wiretaps in Arizona led authorities to the Culiacan house of Guzman&#39;s ex-wife, Griselda Lopez, and to the Mazatlan condominium where Guzman was arrested.</p><p>The ICE investigation started about a year ago with a tip from the agency&#39;s Atlanta office that someone was crossing the border with about $100,000 at a time, said Pena, who was briefed on the investigation. That person led investigators to another cartel operative, believed to be an aircraft broker, and that allowed them to locate Guzman&#39;s communications equipment.</p><p>The senior law enforcement official said the Mexican marines deserve credit for taking Guzman alive and without either side firing a shot.</p><p>&quot;We never anticipated, ever, that he would be taken alive,&quot; the official said.</p><p>Grand juries in at least seven U.S. federal district courts, including Chicago, San Diego, New York and Texas, have already issued indictments for Guzman on a variety of charges, ranging from smuggling cocaine and heroin to participating in an ongoing criminal enterprise involving murder and racketeering.</p><p>Federal officials in Chicago were among the first to say they wanted to try Guzman. On Sunday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Tiscione in Brooklyn became the second. In an email Sunday, Tiscione said his office would also be seeking extradition but it would be up to Washington to make the final call.</p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/drug-lord-el-chapo-guzman-charged-mexico-109760 Mexican poet leads march against drug war http://www.wbez.org/news/mexican-poet-leads-march-against-drug-war-102148 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/JavierSiciliaCROP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Led by a renowned Mexican poet, a four-mile march through Chicago&rsquo;s West Side on Monday evening called for an end to the U.S. war on drugs. Javier Sicilia, whose 24-year-old son was killed last year by Mexican drug traffickers in Cuernavaca, blames the drug war for tens of thousands of violent deaths in that country.</p><p>Sicilia says the war has been devastating north of the border too. To make that point, he is leading a month-long bus caravan through the United States. His group joined hundreds of Chicago activists on the march, which began in the city&rsquo;s Little Village neighborhood and ended in West Garfield Park.</p><p>&ldquo;These are African-Americans and Latinos who have been criminalized,&rdquo; he told WBEZ in Spanish, motioning to bystanders watching the march. &ldquo;They are more vulnerable because there is a drug war.&rdquo;</p><p>Sicilia said the war on drugs, which dates back to President Richard Nixon&rsquo;s administration, has fueled mass incarceration and street violence in the United States.</p><p>He compared that bloodshed to Chicago gangster violence during Prohibition almost a century ago. But the drug war has deeper effects, Sicilia said, &ldquo;because the scale is international and the weaponry is more powerful.&rdquo;</p><p>Sicilia said authorities should treat drug use as an issue of public health, not criminality.</p><p>The caravan is scheduled to wrap up in Washington next week.</p></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 00:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/mexican-poet-leads-march-against-drug-war-102148 International community pressures Ciudad Juárez government http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/international-community-pressures-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-government-92038 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/doug.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Today, human rights contributor Doug Cassel, from the <a href="http://law.nd.edu/center-for-civil-and-human-rights/" target="_blank">Center of Civil and Human Rights</a> at Notre Dame Law School, recalls the tragic history of Ciudad Juárez. For the past three decades, this town on Mexico’s border with the U.S. has been an epicenter for drug violence and female abductions.</p><p>Doug tells says the harsh attention from the international community has forced Ciudad Juárez’s government to better protect its citizens, especially women.</p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/international-community-pressures-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-government-92038 ‘Ground Shifters’: Collective healing brings hope to Ciudad Juárez http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/%E2%80%98ground-shifters%E2%80%99-collective-healing-brings-hope-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-92037 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/Erika and Ernesto.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>This week, Jean Friedman-Rudovsky presents a five-part series featuring stories of women and girls in Bolivia and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. It's called <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/ground-shifters-stories-women-changing-unseen-worlds" target="_blank">Ground Shifters: Stories of Women Changing Unseen Worlds.</a></em></p><p><em>Today, we revisit Ciudad Juárez, now ground zero of a drug war that’s killed more than 6,000 people in the last three years. The carnage has left an entire population of families steeped in grief. We get an intimate look at one young woman who recently lost the love of her life. She tells Friedman-Rudovsky how her emotional wounds have helped others to heal.</em></p><p>JEAN: Meet Erika Salazar and Ernesto, her three year old son.</p><p>JEAN [with ERIKA and SON mixed in]: Since last June, this is their daily ritual: Mother asks son: where’s daddy? Ernesto points to the sky. And you love him a lot? Yes, he says. And where is he watching you from, making sure you are alright? Up there, answers the little boy with the slight lisp, eyes floating up towards the heavens.</p><p>ERIKA: I found out watching the TV news; I thought I saw his body. So I went to where the news said the killing happened and no one was there. I looked for him all over the city and then just as I was heading home I saw the car he had been driving. It was full of blood and the windows were shattered. In that moment, I knew it was him I had seen. So I went to the morgue and he was there. The district attorney hasn’t investigated it at all, just like with many other cases.&nbsp;</p><p>JEAN: Erika and Ernesto lives in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico homicide capital of the world, where thousands have died from the years-long “War on Drugs” that many see spiraling out of control. An increasing number of politicians, experts and activists now wonder if the billions of dollars spent were worth the human cost. Recently we’ve learned about “Operation Fast and Furious,” a scheme through which the US government intentionally allowed thousands of guns to flow into Mexico in order to track their sale to violent drug cartels.<br> Erika’s husband was shot, assaulted and killed for his cash, she says. 29 years-old Loving father of three.</p><p>ERIKA: Era los 24 horas estando en la casa. Llorando, sin dormir…</p><p>JEAN: At first, I was just in the house 24 hours a day, crying, not eating, not sleeping. Not even showering, and not paying any attention to my kids, she remembers. But then she recalls saying to her self: Erika, enough. You have three kids and don’t have the luxury of falling down.</p><p>JEAN: So instead of falling, Erica landed here.</p><p>JEAN: Welcome to SABIC, Salud y Bienestar Comunitario, or Communal Health and Wellbeing, where dance therapy class has just let out.</p><p>DORA: Aquí se llama Salud y Bienestar Comunitario, es una asociación civil, estamos en la zona poniente de ciudad Juárez…</p><p>JEAN: That’s the center’s Director, Dora Davila. Dora explains that residents of this periphery neighborhood created the center eight years ago.</p><p>DORA: This center is completely community run. It’s based on holistic healing. Here we work with an all-encompassing concept of health. Health as harmony, as equilibrium, as life—emtional, social, environment and body. We have a wide range of services including floral therapy, reiki, massage, group therapy, dance. We have a very clear concept of gender too—meaning the reconstruction of women’s lives, particularly now as this relates to the current situation of generalized violence in this city.&nbsp;</p><p>JEAN: The small building perched on a hill, overlooks the rest of the city.&nbsp; I can understand how Erika must have felt first coming here. The all-glass entrance is filled with plants and sunlight pores in. Children amuse themselves with Legos as their moms drink coffee and prepare for the day.</p><p>ERIKA: Yo empecé a trabajar aquí en SABIC por medio de las terapias…</p><p>JEAN: Erika says her neighbor, who had also lost a loved one to violence, brought her here for the first time to attend the grief support group. She then involved with dance classes, reiki, and as a peer counselor for other women. Now she works here as an administrative assistant.</p><p>ERIKA: My life changed completely. I used to be a housewife and I depended on my husband for everything. Now I am rediscovering myself as a woman, as a worker, as a mother because I am using skills that I didn’t even know I had or that I never put to use. I arrived here destroyed, with my self-esteem on the floor. You could say I arrived here dead inside.</p><p>JEAN: It’s hard to reconcile Erika’s reflection of her past self with the woman sitting in front of me. She now has a quiet grace, the serenity of a survivor who is at peace with what life has thrown at her, and the strength of a warrior who knows the battle is not yet over. This is not uncommon in Juarez, notes Dora Davila.</p><p>DORA: To be a woman in Juárez is like being in a whirpool from which you can’t escape. It tires you. Women of Juarez are tired of the hours they work in the maquila, tired of living in fear of what will happen to their kids. We sometimes feel like our energy runs out and we aren’t sure where we’ll find enough to keep on. But also, being a woman in Juarez means very brave and very strong. Recently, there is a strong sense of solidarity. To be a woman in Juarez is to be all women of Juarez. All of us who are here say to ourselves “being in Juarez gives my life purpose.”</p><p>JEAN: On a recent morning, Erika and two other women gather for their weekly group therapy session. They sit on plastic chairs with bare feet resting on mats and rugs.</p><p>ERIKA: Ya saque saque su ropa, fue dificil, mucho mucho pero parece que ya..</p><p>JEAN: Erika lives with parents now that her husband is gone. In group therapy, she recounts her previous day. She spent the afternoon getting rid of her husband’s clothes and belongings. It was her first time back home since he died. It was hard, she says to the group. Very, very hard. Seeing all his things, she continues, made me feel like I had fallen again. But with she says her friends helped her move her emotions, from anger, to sadness and finally to relief.</p><p>The other women nod understanding Erika’s story in a way I can not. One, who asked me not to use her name, also lost her husband to the city’s escalating violence. She reflects on the struggle that has become that of so many Juarez women and how she like Erika has found a path forward.</p><p>ANONYMOUS WOMAN: There are so many women who are alone now. From the moment we lose our husbands we begin a constant challenge—trying to earn enough money from work and also becoming better mothers. We end up sacrificing part of ourselves. We dedicate all our time to work, to our kids, to the daily struggle of keeping our families going and the days pass into years. We are honest, dedicated working people and we have learned so much by being together with other women. We are better able to take on life’s challenges and to have a more positive attitude. The therapy helps us express our emotions and to move forward psychologically.&nbsp;</p><p>Despite this, it seems that such intense personal reflection is only for the truly strong. The group has dwindled over time, from 16 to four.</p><p>ERIKA: The moment we start to touch on the hard stuff, you find ways to escape. We dont really want to work that hard stuff. People think that pain is normal, that it’s natural, that if you lose a loved one then you have to suffer because if you stop suffering it means you no longer love that person. That’s not the way it should be. Let that person go and rest in peace. Don’t wait for time to heal your pain because that only makes it worse. The sooner you start to heal the better.</p><p>JEAN: For this reason, Dora, Erika and the others spread out around Juárez, offering peer counseling and therapy to women who can’t get to the center. This collective experience is crucial for Erika.</p><p>ERIKA:&nbsp; Sharing the experiences of others who have gone through what you’ve lived helps to minimize your own suffering. You start find silver linings. For example when I sit down and talk with someone who has gone through what I have, sometimes it’s like I am that person on the listening end. The first time I tried peer counseling it was with a young woman like me. She had lost her husband a year ago before and she was totally destroyed, crying. By telling her “listen, chin up, be strong, everything happens for a reason,” it was like I was saying it to myself, almost like I was looking into a mirror and comforting myself too.</p><p>JEAN: Back at home, Erika gives little Ernesto a bath. She says they’ll probably stay with her parents longer than she first thought. She’s just not ready to go back to the home she shared with her husband. That’s how her life is right now, one day at a time.</p><p>ERIKA: I used to be a person that planned everything. I was the one, as they say, who built castles in the sky. But everything that happened made me realize that the only thing you have is this moment. We dont know what’s going to happen tomorrow. What happened to me helped me open my eyes and live everyday in the present.</p><p>JEAN: Erika’s life today feels almost like a life-after. There was something else before – love, joy, partnership – which she mourns but she knows she can not turn back the pages of time. Instead, she moves forward, without regret, present in her skin, in her space, in her city—unlike the quarter-million Juárez residents who’ve fled over the past four years in fear. Erika could have left too. Her three kids are all U.S. citizens. But, she says she and her children are Juarenses and they won’t be leave.</p><p>ERIKA: Juarez is not just violence. There are many good people, many people who receive you with open arms. There are many of us still here with the hope that this is going to change and we don’t let ourselves lose that hope. We are hard working people, we fight to make our lives better. We are united. We have faith our current situation will change. We are from here and this is where were will remain.</p><p>JEAN [with ERIKA and ERNESTO mixed in]: Ernesto stands on the couch. His tiny legs wobble as he tries to steady himself on the cushions. Erika kneels below. “Jump, Jump!,” she tells him. Don’t be afraid. He laughs and hesitates. For this three year old, the inches that separate him from the safety of his mom’s outstretched hands, must seem like a one story drop. “I’m right here,” Erika says. “I’ve got you.” Ernesto looks straight into her eyes and springs off the couch, right into her arms. I notice he’s got her full lips and smooth skin. His eyes are someone else’s.</p><p>ERIKA: Me amas? Hasta donde? Hasta donde esta tu papi? Es mucho verdad que sí?</p><p>JEAN: You love me? Erika asks. Yes, he answers. How much? He mumbles: I love you from here to where my daddy is up there.<br> [end Erika and Ernesto original audio]<br> &nbsp;</p><p><em>This series is part of an ongoing collaboration between WBEZ and the <a href="http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Institute_for_the_Study_of_Women_and_Gender_in_the_Arts_and_Media/" target="_blank">Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women &amp; Gender in the Arts &amp; Media</a> at Columbia College-Chicago called Gender, Human Rights, Leadership, and Media. The Institute develops projects with journalists, artists, human rights workers and activists to investigate global issues.</em></p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/%E2%80%98ground-shifters%E2%80%99-collective-healing-brings-hope-ciudad-ju%C3%A1rez-92037 Cook County Board expands enforcement of marijuana ticketing http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-board-expands-enforcement-marijuana-ticketing-91643 <p><p>An ordinance that expands ticketing for low-level marijuana possession passed the Cook County Board Wednesday.</p><p>All but three commissioners voted for an amendment that allows the sheriff's office to give $200 tickets for posession of 10 grams or less of marijuana in towns or villages where there is no other police force. As of now, the only place that fits that description is Ford Heights, a village far south of Chicago.</p><p>Board members also decided Wednesday that offenders of any age can recieve tickets for marijuana possession. The original ordinance only applied to residents who were 17 or older. After much debate, board members decided to strike that component.</p><p>"I don't want to create a situation where we're out defending this eight months from now because minors are being viewed differently by the Cook County [Sheriff's Department] than someone at the age of 17--it seems the penalty is greater on a minor," Commissioner Jeff Tobolksi said. "I would have a problem with this if I had two kids and one was 15 and got processed and one was 17 and got a ticket. I'd have a hell of a problem with that."</p><p>Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has said the measure is a step toward keeping non-violent offenders outside the criminal justice system. But the sheriff's office says it doesn't think the ordinance is the best way to do that.</p><p>The amendment will go into effect in 60 days.</p></p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 21:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-board-expands-enforcement-marijuana-ticketing-91643 Drug use among Chicago arrestees highest in U.S. http://www.wbez.org/story/drug-use-among-chicago-arrestees-highest-us-87960 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/pot_Getty_Sean Gallup.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new White House report puts Chicago inmates at the top of a national list for drug abuse. The report states that 83 percent of males arrested in Cook County last year tested positive for at least one substance. The Office of National Drug Control Policy analyzed 10 major cities for the study. Chicago ranked in the top spot.<br> <br> Daphne Baille, spokeswoman for Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, said the results aren't surprising.<br> <br> "This is a trend that has been going on for decades in Chicago," she said. "We know that the vast majority of people who are arrested indeed have illicit substances in their system, and this is a result of our 40 year war on drugs that has continued to criminalize this health problem, rather than treating it."<br> <br> Chicago has placed above the other nine cities in the annual study for the past four years. The cities are Denver, Atlanta, Portland, Ore., Indianapolis, New York, Charlotte, N.C., Washington D.C., Sacramento, Calif., and Minneapolis.</p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/drug-use-among-chicago-arrestees-highest-us-87960 Chicagoans agree: Global drug war a failure http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagoans-agree-global-drug-war-failure-87353 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/Marijuana_Getty_Uriel Sinai.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A panel of high-profile world leaders says the<a href="http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Report"> global war on drugs has failed</a>. The Global Commission on Drug Policy recommends legalizing some drugs and creating more treatment options for users, rather than cracking down on them.</p><p>Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece were among the panel members.</p><p>WBEZ went to the Daley Center in downtown Chicago - where public opinion was unanimous.</p><p>"So it kinda seems like, the result of the war on drugs has just been to put a lot of people in jail," said Madelynn Dickerson. "And it hasn't helped the livelihoods of those who have been put in jail."</p><p>"You know, why bust a guy in his own home whose got a joint, as opposed to somebody who's smuggling in tons of marijuana or whatever in the country," said Kerry Howell.</p><p>"Most if not all drugs should be legalized," said Bill Garms. "And I think that will put an end to a lot of trouble."</p><p>"If it wasn't so illegal, it wouldn't have to be done in the dark alongside all sorts of other criminal activities," said Alice Kirkland.</p><p>"They'll be no reason for people to rob other people or to kill other drug dealers because you could buy it at Walgreens," said Deovonte Means.</p><p>Chicago residents may agree, but the White House does not. In a <a href="http://www.ofsubstance.gov/blogs/pushing_back/archive/2011/06/02/51896.aspx">statement</a>, the Office of National Drug Control Policy says the plan would lead to more dangerous communities.</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 22:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagoans-agree-global-drug-war-failure-87353 Mexican officials furious over U.S. operation that allows guns across the border http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-06/mexican-officials-furious-over-us-operation-allows-guns-across-border-84 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/2737905.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mexico has long complained that drug gangs are terrorizing cities with high-powered weapons smuggled from the United States. But Mexican lawmakers are now up in arms over the recent revelation that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) purposefully allows some of these weapons to be smuggled south of the border so it can track them as part of "Operation Fast and Furious." One senior Mexican lawmaker called the operation “a grave violation of international rights.”</p><p><a href="http://www.cipamericas.org/people" target="_blank">Laura Carlsen</a> is director of the <a href="http://www.cipamericas.org/" target="_blank">Americas Program</a> of the Center for International Policy and a columnist for <em><a href="http://www.fpif.org/" target="_blank">Foreign Policy in Focus</a></em>. She’s based in Mexico City and has been following the latest scandal in the Mexican Drug War.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-06/mexican-officials-furious-over-us-operation-allows-guns-across-border-84 Mexico’s President Calderón and President Obama meet to discuss drugs, security and human rights http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-03/mexico%E2%80%99s-president-calder%C3%B3n-and-president-obama-meet-discuss-drugs-secur <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/99988997.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The word &quot;tension&quot; is being thrown around by media and political insiders surrounding today's meeting between President Obama and Mexico&rsquo;s President Felipe Calderón. Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks revealed the U.S. has little faith in Mexican security agencies. There&rsquo;s also last month&rsquo;s shooting death of a U.S. customs agent and the Mexican drug war that has claimed an estimated 35,000 lives since Calderón took office in 2006. We&rsquo;ll get analysis of U.S.-Mexico relations from <a href="http://www.cipamericas.org/people" target="_blank">Laura Carlsen</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.cipamericas.org/" target="_blank">Americas Program of the Center for International Policy</a> in Mexico City and a columnist for <a href="http://www.fpif.org/" target="_blank"><em>Foreign Policy in Focus</em></a>.</p></p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-03/mexico%E2%80%99s-president-calder%C3%B3n-and-president-obama-meet-discuss-drugs-secur