drug war http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20127/all en Mexico’s Murder City Opera http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexico%E2%80%99s-murder-city-opera Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, has gained global notoriety as the most murderous city on the planet with a stunning 3,075 homicides last year. But this week, it has thankfully gained some media attention for a lighter side: opera. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexico%E2%80%99s-murder-city-opera" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war juarez Mexico Mexico Que pasa Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:46:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5677563 at http://www.globalpost.com Drug war shakes Los Cabos http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/drug-war-shakes-los-cabos <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/drug-war-shakes-los-cabos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war los cabos Mexico Tourism Mexico Que pasa Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:40:33 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5679767 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico’s drug war gets political http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexico%E2%80%99s-drug-war-gets-political A wave of killings in the lead up to a gubernatorial election in the native state of Mexican President Felipe Calderon raise the specter of the relentless drug war becoming more political. Altogether there have been more than 20 murders during the campaigns for the Nov. 13 vote in Michoacan, in which the president’s own sister, Luisa Maria Calderon, is leading the race.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexico%E2%80%99s-drug-war-gets-political" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war elections Mexico michoacan Mexico Que pasa Thu, 03 Nov 2011 23:41:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5680254 at http://www.globalpost.com 176 Honduran police arrested over corruption charges http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/111103/176-honduran-police-arrested-over-corruption-charges <p> A total of 176 Honduran police officers in the same unit have been arrested in an attempt to clear out corrupt law-enforcement, government officials said Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/111103/176-honduran-police-arrested-over-corruption-charges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> crime drug war Honduras Americas Fri, 04 Nov 2011 03:33:41 +0000 Kyle Kim 5680260 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombian FARC rebels vow to keep fighting despite top leader's death (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/111106/revolutionary-armed-forces-colombia-farc-video <p> The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia &mdash; or FARC &mdash; has vowed to continue its struggle despite the death of the group&#39;s supreme commander, Alfonso Cano.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/111106/revolutionary-armed-forces-colombia-farc-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war Travel/Tourism World Leaders Conflict Zones Colombia United States Sun, 06 Nov 2011 21:53:00 +0000 Freya Petersen 5680476 at http://www.globalpost.com Gangsters decapitate Mexican blogger http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/gangsters-decapitate-mexican-blogger Mexican tweeters and bloggers were shaken anew on Wednesday when a decapitated body appeared by a statue next to a message that the victim was killed because of what he wrote on the Internet. Police found the corpse in Nuevo Laredo, a city on the border with Texas where the ultra violent Zetas cartel fight rivals over the lucrative drug trade. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/gangsters-decapitate-mexican-blogger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anonymous drug war Mexico tweets zetas Mexico Que pasa Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:20:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5680811 at http://www.globalpost.com NGOS to Washington: Cut military aid to Mexico http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/ngos-washington-cut-military-aid-mexico A group of influential NGOs in Washington on Thursday called on the U.S. government to reduce military aid to Mexico and replace it with more help building Mexico’s institutions. Presenting a joint report, entitled “A Cautionary Tale,” the NGOs argued that the U.S. help to Mexico has been too centered in support of its army and marines. While the soldiers have been shooting down drug cartel capos and hit men across the country, they have also been accused of widespread human rights abuses, including torture, murder and forced disappearances. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/ngos-washington-cut-military-aid-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> colombia drug war Mexico washington Mexico Que pasa Thu, 10 Nov 2011 22:45:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5681027 at http://www.globalpost.com Rio security forces take back major slum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/111113/rio-security-forces-take-back-major-slum <p> RIO DE JANEIRO &mdash; More than 3,000 heavily-armed troops stormed Brazil&rsquo;s largest slum on Sunday, expelling drug traffickers from the sprawling Rocinha shantytown that that for decades has been controlled by gang members.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/111113/rio-security-forces-take-back-major-slum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war Brazil Politics Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:20:11 +0000 Tom Phillips 5681209 at http://www.globalpost.com Legalization debate: first pot, now coke? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/legalization-debate-first-pot-now-coke <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Colombia's president suggested it's an option </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Childress </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Legalization used to be the rallying cry of stoners alone. Not anymore.</p> <p> In Latin America, leaders seem to be reaching a new consensus about the drug war: it has failed, and it&#39;s time for a new solution.&nbsp;</p> <p> Most say that foreign demand for cocaine and marijuana is the underlying problem.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/legalization-debate-first-pot-now-coke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war World Leaders Global Economy Colombia Mexico United States Que pasa Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:11:32 +0000 Sarah Childress 5681251 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil's favelas fight is about to get ugly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/brazils-favelas-fight-about-get-ugly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Picking a fight with the drug cartels hasn't worked so well, for anyone. Just saying. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Childress </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The whomp-&#39;em raid in the Rio favela of Rocinha on Sunday morning was pretty <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/111113/rio-security-forces-take-back-major-slum">intense</a>, even by police-action standards.&nbsp;</p> <p> Helicopter gunships, tanks and 3,000 troops stormed into the slum. The goal was to run out the drug traffickers who rule the place.</p> <p> When they got there, though, nobody was home.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/brazils-favelas-fight-about-get-ugly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war World Leaders Brazil Colombia Mexico Que pasa Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:24:57 +0000 Sarah Childress 5681503 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico has 7 million lost youth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexico-has-7-million-lost-youth Mexico has a stunning 7.8 million young people who neither work nor study, according to a new government study. The so called “ni nis” or “neither nors” are believed to be a major cause of instability in Mexico, with the unemployed youth providing an army of potential recruits for drug cartels. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexico-has-7-million-lost-youth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war Mexico unemployed youth Mexico Que pasa Sat, 19 Nov 2011 19:53:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5681860 at http://www.globalpost.com No reduction in Mexico kidnappings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/no-reduction-mexico-kidnappings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Government crackdown isn’t stopping abductions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ioan Grillo </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Mexico&rsquo;s security forces have been unable to reduce the number of kidnappings for ransom across the country despite many arrests and deaths of gangsters, according to new government figures.</p> <p> Between October 2010 and September 2011, there were 1,016 kidnappings for ransom, a report by the National Public Security System shows.</p> <p> That figure is almost unchanged compared to the previous year when there were 1,017 such abductions reported.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/no-reduction-mexico-kidnappings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ciudad juarez drug war kidnapping Mexico Mexico Que pasa Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:17:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5681893 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexican marines seize 900 guns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexican-marines-seize-900-guns Seizures of large piles of guns have become worryingly common in Mexico. But the Sunday bust in Michoacan state still made a news splash for the sheer size of the arsenal. Mexican marines broke open a ship container and uncovered a whopping total of 900 firearms. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexican-marines-seize-900-guns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war guns Mexico smuggling Mexico Que pasa Mon, 28 Nov 2011 02:44:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5682594 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexican soldiers tortured American http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexican-soldiers-tortured-american Accusations of police or soldiers in Mexico torturing and wrongfully imprisoning suspects are so common that they rarely make news. But it does make a splash when the alleged victim of the abuse is American. Shohn Huckabee, a 24-year old from El Paso, was released from prison after almost two years when the U.S. Justice Department determined that he had been tortured in Mexican custody. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/mexican-soldiers-tortured-american" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drug war el paso juarez Mexico soldiers torture Mexico Que pasa Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:04:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5683608 at http://www.globalpost.com DEA defends money laundering stings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/dea-defends-money-laundering-stings The Justice Department defended the Drug Enforcement Administration’s controversial money laundering stings, pointing out they have been used since 1984 to successfully bring down dozens of major gangsters. Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Ronald Weich described the DEA’s operations in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa of California, details of which were published Friday by the Houston Chronicle. Weich said that Congress gave authority for the DEA to set up bank accounts to entrap the money of narcotics traffickers and transfer money to the gangsters in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, who beefed up the war on drugs. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/dea-defends-money-laundering-stings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> dea drug enforcement administration drug war Mexico money laundering Mexico Que pasa Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:08:21 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5683856 at http://www.globalpost.com