Mexico's war on drugs is one big lie
Publisher: Guardian Weekly
Date Written: 01/09/2013
Year Published: 2013
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX15216
Anabel Hernández, journalist and author, accuses the Mexican state of complicity with the cartels, and says the 'war on drugs' is a sham. She's had headless animals left at her door and her family have been threatened by gunmen.
"Narcoland shows how contemporary capitalism is in no position to renounce the mafia. Because it is not the mafia that has transformed itself into a modern capitalist enterprise, it is capitalism that has transformed itself into a mafia. The rules of drug trafficking that Anabel Hernandez describes are also the rules of capitalism."
"The silencing of the press and killing of journalists is integral to the reality, the big story, if what is happening here," explains O'Connor. "The cartels are taking territory. The government and authorities are ceding territory to the cartels and, for the cartels to take territory, three things have to happen. One is to control the institutions with guns basically the police. the second is to control political power. And, for the first two to be effective, you have to control the press.