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  • Truthout on the Border

    The true intent of United States Foreign Policy in regards to the war on drugs in Mexico and Latin America is hidden behind many pantallas (screens in Spanish). In ten installments, posted in the first half of 2012, the Truthout on the Mexican Border series exposed the unofficial intentions of the US war on drugs in Latin America and its deadly impact. By connecting the dots in ten successively posted articles, the war on drugs appears to be a screen behind which goals of US military and economic hegemony can more easily be achieved in Latin American nations. Many Mexicans know that when it comes to corruption, drugs and crime in their nation, las pantallas usually prevent them from knowing the truth. The same is true of the US war on drugs, which has resulted in deaths and disappearances that are estimated to reach between 60,000 – 120,000 in the six year rule of Mexican President Felipe Calderón (ending on November 30, 2012). Truthout regularly covers US foreign policy and its impact in Latin America. The Truthout on the Mexican Border series was written to create a comprehensive understanding of what is behind the diplomatic and political screens – weaving in such seemingly diverse topics as US immigration and gun policies to understand the dark underside of US hemispheric intentions in Mexico and Latin America.
  • Taking Off With Your Money

    An NBC 6/WTVJ-TV investigation examines potential waste of public money which Miami International Airport has given over three years to the Latin Chamber of Commerce, known by the acronym CAMACOL The story reveals that "to pay for its annual hemispheric trade conference, the county [Dade] has given CAMACOL nearly a million and a half dollars" taken from a fund meant to promote the airport. The investigation discovers that CAMACOL "could not justify how it directly benefits the airport," and sheds light on the Latin chamber's significant political clout and close relationships with "politicians like Miami-Dade mayor Alex Penelas." The report details "serious questions raised by auditors and other government officials about how CAMACOL had spent the money."