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In Mexico, a Legal Breakdown Invites Brutal Justice
Nick Miroff & William Booth

Across Mexico, and especially in northern border areas, the ravages of the drug cartels and the breakdown of the legal system are giving way to a wave of vigilante violence.

Peasant, Indigenous Organizations Reject Market Schemes for Global Warming
Laura Carlsen

The UN Climate Conference (COP16) in Cancun is turning out to be both anti-climactic and anti-climatic. There will be no major agreement to stop global warming this week, despite the timed release of a number of reports that show that the phenomenon is advancing more rapidly than expected, with lethal consequences.

Junco: Mexico Can Recover Through Accountability
Tim Korte

If truth and transparency cannot be assured in the Mexican press and legal system, the leader of Mexico's largest newspaper chain said this week, the country will keep suffering from social problems and a violent drug war.

Practicing Medicine on Death Row
Robert Wilbur

Execution by lethal injection has shone a harsh light on the complicity of health professionals - physicians, nurses and paramedics - in carrying out capital punishment.

Latinos Mulling New Tune in US Politics
Esther J. Cepeda

The Hispanics who went to the polls in November with immigration at the top of their voting agenda are feeling abandoned by incumbent Democrats who aren't taking a strong role in pushing the Dream Act, which would allow a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military.

America's Third War: Tracking Cocaine, One Kilo at a Time
William La Jeunesse

It’s Mexico’s war, but Americans pay for it. Blame the violence, chaos, murder rate, corruption, instability and innocent lives taken – not on Mexico – but on America's drug habit, says Jim Gray, a former California Superior Court Judge and Los Angeles County prosecutor.

The Peasant View of Cancún Talks: 'They Want to Turn the Air Into a Commodity'
John Vidal

The groups of diplomats and peasants attending the UN climate summit could not be more different. One pays up to $400 a night for hotel rooms overlooking a turquoise sea, the other earns in the region of $400 a year and camps on the concrete floor of the sports hall.

A Gesture of Solidarity With People of Palestine
Dr Sandeep Pandey

The struggle of the Palestinians is probably one of the most difficult ones going on around the world presently. A population has been rendered homeless in their own homes and are being subjected to continuous humiliation.

American Missionary Brings Solace to Drug-Torn Mexican Region
Nick Miroff

In the 20 years since the Rev. David Beaumont came to serve the Pima Indians of Yecora, Mexico, the region has become one of most dangerous drug-growing areas in the world.

Is "Sex by Surprise" Illegal in the United States?
Jessica Grose

How would the alleged Swedish sex crimes of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fare in an American court?

DREAM for the Future
Mark Alvarez

The US Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (“DREAM Act”) would give conditional immigration status to undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16, lived in the U.S. for 5 consecutive years, earned a U.S. high school diploma or its equivalent, are less than 35 years old at the time of enactment and are of good moral character.

Gay Marriage Battle Starts a New Chapter
Mike Ludwig

The legal battle over gay marriage in California continued today in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, prompting the next chapter in what could be the most important civil rights struggle in recent history.

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Teens Singled Out for Punishment
Karen N. Peart

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents are about 40 percent more likely than other teens to be punished by school authorities, police and the courts, according to a study by Yale University researchers.

Student Visa Abuse a Growing Danger in America
Holbrook Mohr, Mitch Weiss & Mike Baker

Lured by unsupervised, third-party brokers with promises of steady jobs and a chance to sightsee, some foreign college students on summer work programs in the U.S. get a far different taste of life in America.

Study Has Surprising Results On Marijuana Use

A study of more than 5,000 youngsters in Switzerland has found those who smoked marijuana do as well or better in some areas as those who don't, researchers said.

Latam Migrants Risk a River of Woes
Dudley Althaus

Threats of abduction, torture and death by gangs make for Central Americans' hellish 1,100-mile trek through Mexico to the South Texas border.

Mexican Police Stop COP16-Bound Caravan from Hosting Religious Ceremony at Chichen Itza
The Real News Network

Mobile Broadcast News reports from a convergence of indigenous environmental activists headed to Cancun to oppose UN climate change conference.

Political Crises in Honduras Benefit Organized Crime
Lesley Burns

One year after the post-coup election in Honduras, the ongoing search for legitimacy comes at a high cost for its people.

How Violence In Mexico Impacts Nearshoring
David Rutchik

While India continues to be the dominant offshore outsourcing location, “nearshoring” (nearshore outsourcing) to Mexico has become an attractive strategy for many major U.S.-based companies. However, the recent upswing in drug cartel-related violence has thrown the risk-reward calculus into question.

The Historic End to the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s Rule in Oaxaca
Nancy Davies

On Dec. 1 Gabino Cue Monteagudo became the first non-PRI governor of the state in eight decades. Local and national guests witnessed his oath in the legislative chamber, while outside, protesters began to express what Cue can look forward to.

From US, a Holiday Road to Peril
Stephen Magagnini

The annual Mexican Christmas pilgrimage, traditionally a joyous journey culminating in pozole stew and Nativity re-enactments, is now fraught with fear and foreboding.

U.S. Aided Mexican Drug War, With Frustration
Elisabeth Malkin

Documents released by WikiLeaks capture a moment at the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010 when Mexican officials were forced to acknowledge — despite their public claims of progress — that their military strategy was not producing the results they had hoped for in the drug war.

The Secret Life of Julian Assange
Atika Shubert, Ashley Fantz & Moni Basu

Julian Assange can be charming yet cagey about his private life and is rarely shaken by discussions of even the most controversial revelations on WikiLeaks.

New York Times Beats Drums for War
The Real News Network

Retired CIA officer, Ray McGovern: NYT ignores intelligence - there is no evidence of Iran nuclear weapons program.

Inside Story - Julian Assange and the 'Red Notice'
Al Jazeera

The legal pressure on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is mounting. We ask: How long can Julian Assange hide? And under what law can he be prosecuted?

More Education and Cash Transfers Needed to Fight Inequality
Daniela Estrada

As the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean get back on track with the economic growth and poverty reduction they were achieving prior to the global economic crisis, improvements in education and cash transfers to households with children are emerging as key tools to begin to defeat inequality.

Canada Surrenders Sovereignty and Privacy to U.S. Secure Flight Program
Dana Gabriel

Canada is under pressure from U.S. officials to further comply with American security rules which in some cases, threatens its sovereignty and the privacy of its citizens.

Protests Over Haiti Poll Turn Violent
Al Jazeera

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti's capital, has seen the fourth consecutive day of protests over Sunday's presidential electons.

Assange is Headed for Prosecution for Publishing the Truth about U.S.
Sherwood Ross

Maybe because he's from Australia, a U.S. satrap on the far rim of the American Empire, that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange doesn't know that Washington does not allow anyone to steal information unless it orders them to do so.

Cartel Arrests Did Not Curb Drug Trade
Associated Press

Operation Xcellerator was one of five major federal investigations targeting Mexican cartels in less than four years. The sweeps yielded more than 5,000 arrests. But the cartels continue to bring their profits, estimated at more than $30 billion a year, home to Mexico.

Mexico's Weakest Still Treated as 'Subhuman'
Dudley Althaus

The study by Disability Rights International of Washington and a leading Mexican human rights group found thousands of disabled patients across the country live largely untreated in understaffed, unclean and underfunded public and private institutions.

Key Political Risks to Watch in Mexico
Robin Emmott & Jason Lange

Mexico is struggling to pull out of a punishing recession as drugs war killings surge four years into a government crackdown on traffickers, worrying investors in Latin America's No. 2 economy.

WikiLeaks Honduras: State Department Busted on Support of Coup
Robert Naiman

The Honduran military clearly had no legal authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office or from Honduras, the embassy said, and their action - the embassy described it as an "abduction" and "kidnapping" - was clearly unconstitutional.

United Nations Bans Journalist from Climate Conference
Robert Wenzel

A veteran journalist and documentary film maker, Phelim McAleer, known for asking difficult questions of climate scientists and politicians, has been denied press accreditation for the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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