Twitter Chat: Fired Up and Fed Up With Mexico’s Drug War

BY Larisa Epatko  June 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM EDT


Margaret Warner in a mass grave site in Juarez, Mexico. Photo by Morgan Till/NewsHour.

Just days before Mexicans vote for their next president on Sunday, one of the hottest topics on voters’ minds is the violence connected to drug-trafficking. On Wednesday, NewsHour senior correspondent Margaret Warner hosted a Twitter conversation from Mexico on what to do about the drug war.

Five reporters and analysts with varying perspectives joined Warner for a conversation in English and Spanish at #MXdrugwar. We’ve posted some highlights. Participants included:

  • Hernan Rozemberg (@scribehernan), a reporter with the Changing America Desk (@fronterasdesk);
  • Cesar Rodriguez (@cesar_rodriguez), a crime beat reporter for Tiempo de Laredo, Spanish-language edition of Laredo Morning Times (@LMTTiempo);
  • Alejandro Madrazo Lajous (@BuenMadrazo), a research fellow at CIDE in Mexico;
  • Sylvia Longmire (@drugwaranalyst), author of “Cartel – The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars”; and
  • Ray Walser (@heritageanalyst), senior policy analyst covering Latin America at the Heritage Foundation (@Heritage).

Warner opened the debate with this question:

 

 

 

 

 

What can be done about the criminal cartels?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does the United States need to do?

 

 

 

 

The topic came up of how the failed U.S. gun-running sting, dubbed Fast and Furious, affected dynamics between the two countries:

 

 

 

 

How is the drug question playing in Mexico’s elections?

 

 

 

 

The path ahead:

 

Wednesday’s report on the NewsHour focused on the high costs of Mexico’s drug war:

View all of the NewsHour team’s Mexico coverage.

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