drug cartels

The Burden of Atlas (9/9) - 38k, complete

Summary: Alec Lightwood is a low profile, high success assassin. He’s the son of two lawyers, notorious for flying in the face of justice for the love of money, who he retaliates against by taking on cases that require working outside the law to ensure justice is served.  Magnus Bane is underworld royalty as the divergent son of a highly respected crime lord. He dissolves drug cartels, prostitution rings, and any other monopoly that threatens to poison his beloved Brooklyn. The two of them together are the perfect storm. When a new threat arises that combines the case of Alec’s new prospective client and a drug cartel Magnus has been keeping tabs on for years, the pair is out for blood.

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  • usa: *steals half of Mexico*
  • usa: *cuts Panama in half and then retains the rights to the Canal for about 100 years*
  • usa: *sets up Banana Republics in Central American*
  • usa: *orchestrates coup d'etats everytime they don't like an elected leader in Central American countries*
  • usa: *continues to fuel civil war in Nicaragua by giving money and training to the Contras*
  • usa: *is an ally of dictator Manuel Noriega and even has him working with the CIA*
  • usa: *is the main consumer of the drugs that cause drug cartels and drug related violence to exist"
  • usa: *supports autoritarian regimes in Guatemala (Ríos Montt) and El Salvador (José Napoleón Duarte)*
  • usa: *fuels gun violence in Central America in order to have a market to sell more (smuggled) guns to*
  • usa: *forces neoliberal policies like CAFTA that harm local Central American industries and brands that are not able to compete with their American counterparts*
  • usa: *uses Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine to justify their fucked up foreign policy*

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.

“I was personally involved in taking down the planet’s most notorious drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar, in 1993. While we managed to make Colombia a bit safer, it came at a tremendous price.” —César Gaviria, former president of Colombia

former president césar gaviria wrote a new york times op-ed decrying the violent anti-drug campaign in the philippines led by president rodrigo duterte

President Duterte Is Repeating My Mistakes | New York Times

Illegal drugs are a matter of national security, but the war against them cannot be won by armed forces and law enforcement agencies alone. Throwing more soldiers and police at the drug users is not just a waste of money but also can actually make the problem worse. Locking up nonviolent offenders and drug users almost always backfires, instead strengthening organized crime.

That is the message I would like to send to the world and, especially, to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

We Colombians know a thing or two about fighting drugs. Our country has long been one of the world’s primary suppliers of cocaine. With support from North American and Western European governments, we have poured billions of dollars into a relentless campaign to eradicate drugs and destroy cartels.

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This is what happens when you buy into the dog whistle narrative that Trumps immigration rhetoric was “only” targeted towards the (imaginary) “bad hombres” who were taking over the country and putting drug cartels on every corner.

And that by buying into this “bad hombre” racist respectability politic bullshit, you thought that were somehow protecting your family from said racism.

That somehow racists will value your family over all the other families that they hate, (and are separating) based on race, due to your proximity to whiteness.

History tells us that proximity to whiteness not only isn’t a protectant, but often makes marginalized folks bigger targets.

Racism doesn’t defend or protect against racism, and respectability politics really only works to benefit white supremacy - sorry to tell you.

What TV has taught me:
  • Breaking Bad: It's easier to sell meth than it is to get affordable medical care.
  • Hannibal: If someone offers you free psychiatric help, it's probably best to say no.
  • Orange is the New Black: If your ex-girlfriend works for an international drug cartel, you should probably be nice to her.
  • House: Any small ailment means you are dying and lupus does not exist.
  • Game of Thrones: Everything you love will die.
  • Supernatural: Everything you love will die repeatedly.
  • Criminal Minds: Everything you love will be killed by a white male in his mid thirties.
  • Doctor Who: Everything you ever loved about this show will be destroyed by Steven Moffat.

Part of feminism isn’t just proving that women are strong and capable it’s also admitting that women can be awful and disgusting. It’s the flip side of destroying the ‘women are delicate angels’ myth. Don’t pretend women don’t beat, murder, and rape. They do. And stop glorifying women who do god awful things just because they do it in heels and lipstick ok that drug cartel woman is not someone you should be idolizing.