Surviving the Border

Even by Arizona standards, Arivaca, a town of 700 near the Mexican border, is something special. The people there just don’t like government, says a retired police sergeant who didn’t have duty in Arivaca, which is ok by him. Beyond native suspicions, there is heavy drug involvement on a major route from Mexico. A network spreads the word when police are approaching. and given the hostility, a call from Arivaca brings two deputies to the scene instead of the usual one. As they enter where they are not wanted, their car is sometimes pelted by rocks. Continue reading “Surviving the Border”

Hero of a Forgotten War

The United States is now engaged in more wars than ever before in its history, explaining perhaps the lack of concentration on the most significant enemy ISIS. Hard to keep them all straight. Then there’s the mostly unreported war south of the US border between the drug cartels and the Mexican people. So it’s no surprise that a past war – Vietnam – is largely forgotten, especially since it didn’t turn out so well. Continue reading “Hero of a Forgotten War”

Acapulco Off Limits

When it was time to relax, Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor and Errol Flynn, among others, headed straight for their version of paradise – sunny, fun-filled Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific coast, where the good times kept coming. In a splendid setting at the famed Flamingo hotel on the cliffs above town, they sipped their favorite loco coco cocktail, savored the view, and the only danger they faced was getting a little tipsy too close to the edge. Continue reading “Acapulco Off Limits”

Mexico’s Phantom Government

The media have studiously avoided stories of Mexican drug cartels, but this one could not be ignored: a panel of prominent Latin Americans issued a blistering report on the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 college students in September 2014 and the government cover-up of the affair. Hundreds of thousands have turned out on the streets of Mexico City to protest government inaction under President Pena Nieto. Mexican crime, driven by drugs, has reached a crisis stage. Continue reading “Mexico’s Phantom Government”

Ranchers on Guard

Drug czar El Chapo has been caught once again to considerable acclaim, but given the enormous American appetite for illicit drugs, his departure from the trade won’t make much difference. He will quickly be replaced by others equally violent in Mexico’s never ending drug war. For example, El Mencho, or Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, whose narco cartel in a rampage last May stormed the city of Guadalajara, setting fire to banks and stores. When a military helicopter arrived, the narcos shot it down, then executed five soldiers inside. “A brazen and terrifying display of power,” writes Yahoo News reporter Meghan Walsh, who notes the cartel’s many gruesome videos of killing and torture.
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The Trump Show

Donald Trump says bad Mexicans are crossing the border, but he fails to mention the really bad ones who are staying behind and are indeed responsible for many, maybe most of those who are crossing; namely, the drug cartels, unmentionables in our media where Trump no doubt gets his misinformation.

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Drug Cartels and an Absent Media

Even by drug cartel standards, the eruption of violence south of the Arizona border was unprecedented. For a few days in May, dozens of people were killed or missing in the state of Sonora, hundreds fled their homes, and the mayor of near paralyzed Sonoyta would not give any interviews because his life was threatened if he did. Once again, the cartels were fighting over lucrative drug routes to the US and, frankly, just for the hell of it. Let the bullets land where they may. And there was no stopping them until they tired of it.

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