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Monday, April 26, 2010

Drug Corruption Plagues Mexico


“When soldiers swarmed into city halls last year to arrest 10 mayors for alleged ties to an infamous drug cartel, Mexican authorities and their U.S. government allies boasted that the age of impunity for corrupt Mexican politicians was finally over…. But one by one, the government of President Felipe Calderón has quietly released the politicians as federal prosecutors dropped their cases and as judges ordered them set free for lack of evidence. U.S. diplomats who hailed the arrests now rarely mention them, except as a cautionary tale about how difficult it is to change Mexico’s ineffective criminal-justice system.” (Washington Post, Monday)

They don’t really want to solve the problem.

FEE Timely Classic
“How to End Mexico’s Deadly Drug War” by Paul Armentano