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On today's show... Political analyst Laura Carlsen describes the US's war on drugs in Mexico, and its devastating consequences A Look at a Controversy Rising Between East End Developers, and the Shadow Lounge. The Pennsylvania Prison Report and an update on Juvenile Lifers Without Parole in the state. And more in our local and global headlines
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Rustbelt Radio for October 8, 2012
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On today's show...
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The death row case of Terry Williams has recently rocked the media.
Here is political prisoner and ex-death row inmate Mumia Abu Jamal on the case as it was unfolding several weeks ago:
And here is Mumia on the recent stay in execution:
That was Mumia Abu Jamal commenting on Terry Williams' case.
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon will soon be ending his six year term in office. He will most likely be remembered for launching a militarized drug war in Mexico, just days after he came into power under questionable election results. During the last six years, Mexico's murder rate has spiked, and violence and insecurity are rampant in certain areas of the country. Yet this war isn't just fought by Mexico. Since the implementation of the Merida Initiative in 2008, the U.S. has financially and strategically backed this war with billions of tax payer money.
Laura Carlsen is a Mexico City-based political analyst, activist, and writer who has been investigating the Merida Initiative and the war on drug's impacts on Mexican society. She recently participated in a bi-national peace caravan that traveled across the U.S. and united Mexican and American victims of the war on drugs. In a presentation given to a group of U.S. citizens studying the drug war in Mexico, she outlined the human costs of the current approach of using the army and police to fight drug cartels, as well as the U.S.'s role in the bloodshed and instability.
Laura first gives a panorama of the current impacts in Mexico.
Laura goes on to describe the Merida Initiative, the U.S.'s 1.9 billion dollar aid package to Mexico, as well as the corporations that are benefiting from it.
Laura explains the different types of programs that are funded under the Merida Initiative and describes how the U.S.'s national security interests have been imposed on Mexico under the Bush and Obama administrations.
You have been listening to Mexico-based political analyst Laura Carlsen talking about the War on Drugs in Mexico. We will continue with more from Laura after this break.
...That was Un Derecho de Nacimiento a protest song that has come out of Mexico's newest student protest movement "I am 132."
We now continue with Laura Carlsen discussing the war on drugs in Mexico.
Laura outlines the results of the Drug War and explains how cartels have actually been strengthened in the last six years.
There is a growing bi-national movement between the U.S. and Mexico to call for an end to the war on drugs and to shift the focus away from the criminalization of drug use. Laura explains some of the ways political pressure is building in the United States.
You've been listening to political analyst and writer Laura Carlsen. You can find her blog at cipamericas.org. And for more information about the Mexican-led Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, go to caravanforpeace.org.
That piece was produced by Carlin Christy, a Mexico-based Rustbelt Radio volunteer.
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