Thursday, March 12, 2009

News Talk Online March 13, 2009: Another Look At The Mexican Drug War


Unrest is rising in Mexico over a drug war. And it's spilling over into the United States.

The U.S. news media has suddenly wakened to the news of the multi-front drug cartel war. Kidnappings are rampant not only in Mexico City but in Phoenix as well. U.S. border guards are not just interdicting the flow of contraband into the United States but also the smuggling of guns, ammunition and money out of the United States into Mexico.

Some of the violence involves rival cartels. But some of it, south of the border, is the result of conflicts between the government and cartels. Some of it legitimate attempts to control the drugs. But some of it reflective of corrupt government and police officials and personnel working against one cartel on behalf of another.

Joining us on News Talk Online on to discuss this complex issue and how U.S. government policy addressing it is contradictory is Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Policy Program at the Center for International Policy. Based in Mexico City, Carleson has published numerous articles and chapters on the social, economic, and political aspects of Mexico.

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