drug wars


Friday, January 17th, 2014

Appeal Ruling Due Today on Woman Convicted in 2009 Murder of 9 Year-old Brisenia Flores

By Associated Press/San Fracisco Chronicle PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court is to rule Friday on an appeal for a former border activist sentenced to death for the killings of a man and his 9-year-old daughter during a 2009 home invasion in southern Arizona. Shawna Forde was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Out of Mexico’s Violence: Cultural Renaissance On the Border

By Louis Nevaer, New America Media MEXICO CITY – Mexican youths living in border cities from Tijuana to Ciudad Juarez are reclaiming civil society via cultural movements emerging on the heels of a six year, government-led “War on...

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

DRUGS: Narco Mennonites Arrested Again

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog Years ago, I had a run-in with drug-smuggling Mennonites in the area around Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua in Mexico, and wrote about it, and the decay of traditional Mennonite communities there, in my...

Monday, July 16th, 2012

DRUGS: Narco “Canonized”

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog I guess it was only a matter of time, but …Nazario Moreno, deceased leader of La Familia Michoacana, the narco-Catholic drug cartel now finding itself on hard times due to his death...

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Memorial Day Repost: Cops Shoot Latino Marine 71 Times

(Editor’s note: We republish this article, almost a year to the day after it was first published; first in remembrance of a U.S. veteran, and secondly so that the incident is not forgotten. There has been no...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

When The Drug Cartels Are The Guys Down The Street

By Wuicho Vargas Violence, I must admit, is taking over the southernmost part of Texas. Here in the Rio Grande Valley we have grown accustomed to it. Sad, but true, we seem to have turned numb to...

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The Murder of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata Goes Unsolved

By Cindy Casares This week marks the one-year anniversary of the mysterious murder of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata, a Brownsville native, who was gunned down on a stretch of highway in central Mexico on February 15,...

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Is The U.S. Military Deepening Its Operations In Mexico?

By Melissa del Bosque News Wednesday evening that U.S. military officials had arrived in Matamoros went viral over Twitter and other social media sites along the Mexican border and by Thursday morning Mexicans were talking of an...

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Confessions Of A Cartel Hit Man

By Susana Hayward THE FIRST TIME HE pulled the trigger, he said he couldn’t even think. He was just following an order that came in code while driving his police car with “a package,” a man he’d kidnapped...

Friday, November 4th, 2011

In Mexico, Zetas Vs. Hackers May Lead To More Violence

The basic story goes like this. One of the members of the hackers group Anonymous became mixed up with the Mexico’s scary drug cartel, the Zetas (although this has come into question). Anonymous responded by making the...

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

$20 Million In Weed Found In Cilantro

Sometimes there’s a story that comes along that just blows your mind — this is one of those stories. Millions of dollars in marijuana was found bundled up with cilantro in Chicago yesterday. The Chicago Tribune reported:...

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

NewsTaco Weekly Roundup: Sept.24 – Oct. 2, 2011

There were a lot of stark contrasts this week on our weekly NewsTaco roundup. For example, while we featured a piece by Salomón Baldenegro about Arizona’s racist stance on ethnic studies, a Texas college implemented the first...

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Texas Border Residents Pawns In Border Security War Games

A new report commissioned by Texas’ next wannabe Lieutenant Governor and current Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples literally labels the border as a warzone. This, despite actual reality and statistics to the contrary. Ultimately what this report represents...

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Juggling Optimism & Pessimism In U.S.-Mexico Relations

By Zach Gonzalez Austin, Texas — The complexity of the issues both Mexico and the United States face in working together to come up with solutions to the drug war makes the situation for both nations very...

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