Posts tagged ‘Drug Wars’

June 11, 2011

Weekend Question

by Vince

Email your thoughts, answers, or comments to vgiordano at gmail dot com. Your comments can then be shared here for others to read (your name can be kept anonymous if you like).

I borrowed this from Ezra Klein only after reading this:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said that after a year-long investigation by a Senate subcommittee, “it’s becoming increasingly clear that our efforts to rein in the narcotics trade in Latin America, especially as it relates to the government’s use of contractors, have largely failed.”

With that said, Klein poses a good question:

What alignment of political forces and events would be needed for America to seriously rethink its drug laws? Would it have to begin in the states? Is it something a law-and-order Republican needs to do?

What do you think?

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June 1, 2011

Afternoon Links

by Vince

Read up:

  1. A list of the 50 best cover songs ever.
  2. Some info behind the sped-up re-authorization of the PATRIOT act.
  3. A drug war-style raid on a house that had some small connection to viewing a pornographic website a year ago.
  4. A Macbook thief gets pwned.
  5. Police officers in New Mexico can take guns away from drivers who pose no threat.
  6. A Mexican teacher has been honoured after video footage showed her calming pupils (via singing to them) as a gun battle raged outside her school.
May 28, 2011

If the Drug War Killed a U.S. Soldier, Would You Oppose It? Ctd

by Vince

A reader writes:

I’ve been clicking on the links to find further info, and i dunno man it really does not look good for the police. There was a bit i found that said that the SWAT team didnt allow paramedics to assist the dying former marine for at least an hour. Regardless of whether or not a suspect is guilty, allowing him to die in such a way is just plain wrong in the first place, and also extremely detrimental to the integrity of the investigation, and it speaks loudly against their concern for human life.

Damn the story really surprised me, and i know there’s got to be some aspects to the story that we will never know for sure, but its a very unfortunate situation nonetheless.

Indeed.

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May 7, 2011

Reading Materials

by Vince

Alissa J. Rubin goes undercover in Afghanistan in a burqa.

Reactions and full video to the GOP debate in Greensville, SC. (plus what the GOP debated on during their last primary)

The difference between capital punishment and killing Osama Bin Laden.

How can we fight a drug war in America when we can’t keep drugs out of our prisons?

Finally, a tumblr blog perfect for me and other teachers.

August 10, 2010

Legalization Proposal for Drugs in Mexico

by Vince

This certainly is not the first time this theory has been proposed, but former president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006 Vincente Fox puts it forward:

In a proposal published over the weekend on his website, Fox argued that drug addiction and drug-related violence should be treated as distinct and separate challenges.

“Legalizing in this sense doesn’t mean that drugs are good or don’t hurt those who consume,” Fox wrote. “Rather, we have to see it as a strategy to strike and break the economic structure that allows the mafias to generate huge profits in their business.”

Are there any actual cases of this happening? If so, I wonder what message legalization sent to the populous.

Pictured: here.