Under Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel rose to dominate or destroy rivals on the U.S.-Mexican border. Jeffrey Brown looks at how the arrest affects the drug trade with former Mexican intelligence official Alejandro Hope and Sam Quinones of the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading
One of the world’s most dangerous men was captured in Mexico over the weekend after a 13-year hunt. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the powerful and brutal Sinaloa drug cartel who escaped from jail in 2001, faces charges in both Mexico and the U.S. Jeffrey Brown reports on the reactions to his arrest. Continue reading
In other news Monday, the U.S. military announced that its forces serving in Afghanistan are now larger than those serving in Iraq. Also, a state of emergency was declared in parts of Jamaica following gun battles with a drug gang over the weekend. Continue reading
Just south of the U.S. in Mexico, a ruthless drug war is taking a heavy toll on residents’ lives on both sides of the border. Essayist Richard Rodriguez reflects on the increasingly unmanageable conflict. Continue reading
The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which sets guidelines for federal prison sentences, voted this week to make its recent reduction in sentences for crack cocaine offenses retroactive, making over 19,000 inmates eligible for sentence reductions. Legal experts examine the shift and the potential impact on the justice system. Continue reading
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has proposed a 12 percent increase in public security spending and ordered 10,000 soldiers transferred to the polic force in efforts to crack down on crime and drug trafficking. Saul Gonzalez of KCET-Los Angeles reports.
Funded largely by a flourishing drug trade, Taliban fighters have stepped up their attacks on Afghan and international forces, killing more than 300 people a month on average in Afghanistan. Continue reading