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Would really appreciate if you could share this video about Ayotzinapa and the Mexican protests widely. Thank you!

[Also, as you might notice, when I mix Spanish and English both languages get confused and pronunciation fails a little. It has been this way since I first learnt to speak, so :) ]

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“Today, with the wrong decision from the goverment to disarm us, the selfdefenses of the people, we have witnessed that the corrupt goverment, the police, and thus the army are protecting the Drug Cartels,  because we have done more in a few days against organized crime than the goverment in a decade. We are officialy 25000 strong,  but in case of an emergency, we are a people army of 140000 strong ready to fight, we will not lay down our weapons, we are fighting for our freedom, for our lives, for our peace and we are willing to die fighting. Our blood is in your hands governor Fausto Vallejo. " 

This is happening in Mexico right now

blog.sfgate.com
Legal marijuana causes Mexican drug cartel revenues to plummet
Marijuana legalization may have accomplished what the War on Drugs has failed to do — put the squeeze on Mexican drug cartel activity.

The U.S. Border Patrol has released 2015 data showing that the number of marijuana seizures throughout the southwest U.S./Mexico border has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, theWashington Post reports.

Mexican manufacturers of illegal marijuana bricks have driven down prices as residents in California, Colorado, and Washington state now have safe access to reasonably affordable medical marijuana and/or recreational cannabis.

“Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90,” a Mexican marijuana grower told NPR news in December 2014. “But now they’re paying us $30 to $40 a kilo. It’s a big difference. If the U.S. continues to legalize pot, they’ll run us into the ground.”

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Griselda Blanco, also known as The Cocaine Godmother”, “La Madrina” and “The Black Widow”, was one of the most notorious drug lords of the Medellin Cartel in the 1970’s and early 80’s era. While Pablo Escobar was still a small-time thug in Medellin, Griselda Blanco built up a multi-million dollar cocaine empire between Colombia and the USA. There were several reasons why the teenage runaway from Medellin became one of the mightiest women in the history of drug cartels. Blanco was creative and revolutionized coke trafficking, on one occasion she managed to smuggle drugs sewn in clothes of her own line of underwear. On the other hand, she was known as a criminal mastermind with a spider web of ruthless affiliates, and feared for her cruelty and mercilessness. The total number of murders she either committed herself or ordered through contract killers is still unknown, but it is estimated that she was responsible for up to 200 murders, 40 of them in the USA, including the death of a two-year old boy in 1982.

Griselda was born on February 15th, 1943 as the daughter of a field worker and a landowner in Cartagena, Colombia. She grew up among thugs and sex workers in the slums of Medellin, her mother being a part-time prostitute who was physically abusive towards her. At the age of 13, Griselda joined a youth gang. It is believed that she committed her first murder around that time, when she shot a 11-year old boy that she and her gang had kidnapped from a rich family. Between the age of 14 and 20, Griselda, who had run away from her abusive mother, started working as a prostitute herself. She moved to New York with her first husband, where she started to build up a flourishing trade in cocaine. By 1972, Blanco was controlling New York’s entire cocaine market.

In 1985, Griselda Blanco was arrested in a cocaine trafficking case in New York City. All in all, after her charges for murder had to be dropped due to technicalities, Blanco served roughly 20 years in several US prisons before she was released and deported to Colombia in 2004. Eight years later, on September 3rd, 2012, Blanco was assassinated by two unknown men on a motorcycle in a drive-by-shooting. Ironically, she herself had “invented” motorcycle assassinations in Colombia. Griselda died in a way reminiscent of the numerous murders she used to order during her reign - she was shot in the head twice.

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Mexican Marine forcing captured cartel hitmen to dress up in women’s lingerie
A series of leaked images recently uncovered a Mexican Marine, who has found a peculiar habit of getting under the skin of some of Mexico’s top cartel bosses while at the same time providing entertainment to fellow members of his elite Marine unit. For years, the drug cartels have used their wealth and power to...

Marines have the same sense of humor all over the world I suppose.

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'Narconomics': How The Drug Cartels Operate Like Wal-Mart And McDonald's
The cartels' business models are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises, says Tom Wainwright, former Mexico City bureau chief for The Economist. His new book is Narconomics.

When Tom Wainwright became the Mexico correspondent for The Economist in 2010, he found himself covering the country’s biggest businesses, including the tequila trade, the oil industry and the commerce of illegal drugs.

“I found that one week I’d be writing about the car business and the next week I’d be writing about the drugs business,” Wainwright tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I gradually came to see that the two actually were perhaps more similar than people normally recognize.”

During the three years he spent in Mexico and Central and South America, Wainwright discovered that the cartels that control the region’s drug trade use business models that are surprisingly similar to those of big-box stores and franchises. For instance, they have exclusive relationships with their “suppliers” (the farmers who grow the coca plants) that allow the cartels to keep the price of cocaine stable even when crop production is disrupted.

Drug cartel death threats force police in Mexico’s most violent city into hiding
Some 2,000 police are hunkering down in hotels in Mexico’s most violent city of Ciudad Juarez after a drug gang threatened to kill an officer per day if their chief refused to resign.

Eleven police officers, including four commanders, have already been killed in the city across from El Paso, Texas, since the start of the year.

The city’s mayor this week ordered police to use several local hotels as temporary barracks to protect themselves from attacks on the way home from work in the city at the heart of Mexican drug violence that has left 50,000 dead in five years. (Photo: Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images)

Meanwhile in Mexico, the Goverment captures an average man saying is the infamous drug leader of the cartel of sinaloa el Chapo Guzman, Bullshit, no one in Mexico believes this shit, Mexican Goverment besides his brutality, violence and corruption is also very stupid, they can’t even fake a detention. Just with the height of this poor bastard. 

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Legal Pot in the US Is Crippling Mexican Cartels | VICE News

What I love about marijuana legalization in America is that literally every good thing that legalization proponents have argued would happen, is happening.  Legalization is creating economic growth.  It’s creating jobs.  It is reducing criminal justice costs.  It is creating new sources of tax revenue.  Civil society has not collapsed into a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic wasteland where disputes are resolved by Thunderdome-style combat.  And now, the Drug Cartels are losing the profits that fuel their empire.  

It is fascinating to compare this trail of policy confirmations to what H.L. Mencken wrote in 1925 about the effects of Prohibition:

Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.

And now, almost 90 years later, we see the same validation in reverse.  Every benefit of legalization touted by proponents is coming to pass.  To quote Pelle Almqvist of The Hives: I hate to say I told you so.

Mexican Drug Cartels Love Social Media

Above: “Broly”, an alleged member of the Knights Templar Cartel, posing for a selfie with his handgun. (All images courtesy of Antoine Nouvet / Open Empowerment Initiative.)

Members of Mexico’s drug cartels are really starting to harness the power of the internet, using it to run positive PR campaigns, post selfies with their pistols, and hunt down targets by tracking their movements on social media.

Antoine Nouvet from the SecDev Foundation, a Canadian research organization, has been working with drug policy think-tank the Igarapé Institute on a project called the Open Empowerment Initiative. The project looks into “how cyberspace is empowering individuals and rewiring relations in Latin America” and has uncovered a wealth of information about how cartels are using the internet to their own nefarious ends.

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Some gold weapons posted on a cartel member’s Facebook page.

The first point Antoine touched on was how cartels have utilized cyberspace in much the same way as a TV company’s PR department might: “They advertise their activities, they conduct public relations initiatives, and they have basically turned themselves into their own media company,” he explained. “Colombia’s cartel groups or drug traffickers in Myanmar in the 1990s were very sophisticated at public relations, but they didn’t have this massive broadcasting platform.”

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