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The Utter Cowardice of Immigrant Bashing

As a public service journalist who once made a living scrutinizing the powerful and championing the needy, I absolutely abhor the immigrant bashing now...

The Drug War’s Savage Toll on Mexican Women

More than 45,000 people have lost their lives since the United States and Mexico signed the Merida Initiative in June of 2008. The security cooperation agreement provided Mexico with $400 million for the so-called “Drug War” to address issues of security, crime and drugs, but this outlay isn’t denting the $23 billion a year cross-border drug trade.
There’s been no perceptible impact upon either the quantity of illegal drugs or the rate at which they’re being consumed. Mexicans continue to die in the border area in unprecedented numbers and the chaotic region has become a fertile ground for those who commit violence against women.
Drug-related violence in Mexico has escalated exponentially, with the death toll rising 480% to 16,466 in 2011 from 2,837 in 2007. More than 370 women have been murdered in the border city of Juarez since 1993, according to Amnesty International.
Amazingly, the violence against women in Juarez has been to spreading to other areas of Mexico along with the drug war since 2006. It’s one of the ugly spin-offs from the brutal struggle for border dominance between the drug cartels and corrupt local officials, and the military and the federal government led by President Filipe Calderon.
As respect for civil rights have become a luxury in Mexico, women have suffered disproportionately.
Things have gotten so bad that Latin America feminists have started using the term “femicide” to describe the rampant murder, mutilation, rape and beatings of women in Mexico and Central America.