Monthly Archives: November 2011

Spillover – The Riddles Grow

by Inside the Border/Gary Moore Is Mexico’s drug war spilling into the United States? Two recent cases bring new prominence–and new confusion–to this old question. The two current cases of spillover violence, on October 30 and November 24, occurred more … Continue reading

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Flying Blind

by Inside the Border/Gary Moore. The weather trap closed quickly. The Super Puma helicopter carrying eight persons, including “the second most powerful man in Mexico,” Internal Security Minister Francisco Blake Mora, took off from Mexico City in what appeared to … Continue reading

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The Hundred-Year Ghost

Mystical calendar cycles are all the rage here in the weary, wary end-days of 2011. And it’s not just That Maya Calendar Thing. Hollywood has joined the calendar fad, loudly, by promoting a new action movie as premiering on 11-11-11 … Continue reading

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The Un-Failed State: Geography Lesson

*The Mexican government “has lost territorial control, and, in sum, governability…in more than 50” percent of Mexico’s land area.–Jorge Carrillo Olea, the founder of Mexico’s lead civilian intelligence agency, to EFE news service on August 28, 2011. *“Let’s talk about … Continue reading

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Can There be Spillover Hunger?

Spillover violence is one of the tricksters in Mexico’s organized-crime emergency. How much is the violence in Mexico spilling into the United States? The answer is complicated by a long tradition of peering south at Mexico’s struggles, and seeing demons. … Continue reading

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“Lord of the Skies” Syndrome

It’s looking like “Lord of the Skies” time again. Back in 1997, when Mexico had one main mega-druglord towering above the rest, his fame grew and grew until finally it got ridiculous. And so, according to the cynics, the powers-that-be … Continue reading

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