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16Mar2012
The Poverty of Nations

WSJ.com

Why is Mexico poorer than the United States? In Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson blame the encomienda, the Spanish imposed system as a means of extracting tribute from the local population after the defeat of the Aztec empire in 1521.

15Mar2012
Mexican Disappearances Shielded by Impunity, United Nations Says

Chron.com

Shielded by a chronic pattern of impunity, Mexican soldiers, police and other authorities have carried out or failed to properly investigate thousands of enforced disappearances of Mexican citizens during the past five years of gangland violence, according to a United Nations commission.

15Mar2012
Debate Rages Over Mexico Spillover Violence in US

NBC News

Along the Mexican border, an easy way to get into a fierce debate is to ask a simple question: How much violence and crime linked to Mexican drug traffickers has spilled over into the United States? As it turns out, the answer varies wildly and depends on who you talk to.

15Mar2012
Murder Capital of the World: Documentary On Mexican Drug War & US Complicity

Houston Press

It would be impossible to make a movie about a topic as hugely complex as the drug war in Tijuana, Mexico without including some blood and gore, but New York filmmaker Charlie Minn used such footage sparingly. He wisely let the facts speak for themselves.

15Mar2012
Chronicle Review: Mexico Drug War Three Perspectives

StopTheDrugWar.org

There are three countries in North America, and it is as if each one gets a book here. Langton is Canadian, and Gangland has Canadian concerns and connections; in Cartel, Longmire seems to speak to and from the perspective of US law enforcement and national security; while, with El Narco, Grillo seems to be most in tune with the realities on the gr

15Mar2012
UN: Mexico Is Moving Forward

The News

The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) congratulated the Mexican government on its advances in human rights issues, including human rights guarantees, and reforms of the criminal justice system.

14Mar2012
World Hunger Solutions Inspired by Athletes, First Ladies, UN, and Tribes

Native American Olympic Team Foundation

With 400 million children worldwide going hungry, what if Siberia, Italy, Austria, Cuba, US and Canada revealed surprising ways to reduce hunger. And what if the Olympic and other star athletes were also inspired to kick hunger; would that be a 2012 Victory for our Human Race?

14Mar2012
Billionaire Druglords: El Chapo Guzman, Pablo Escobar, The Ochoa Brothers

Forbes

Sources say that the net appears to be closing in on the worlds most powerful drug dealer. Guzman is spending more money to defend the cartel than in previous years, and has expanded his activities outside his native country to avoid the heat from Mexican authorities.

14Mar2012
El Chapo Guzman Escapes: Who Tipped Him Off?

Borderland Beat

American officials have become so frustrated with a Mexican drug lords ability to elude capture that they have started telling jokes about it. Behind the jokes, however, is concern that someone in Mexican law enforcement is tipping off Guzman, allowing him to escape just ahead of the raids.

14Mar2012
Quality of Life Improves in Mexico Indigenous Communities

The News

Governor of Quintana Roo Roberto Borge Angulo reported on Sunday that in the first 11 months of his administration, progress has been made in providing basic services to indigenous communities.


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