NACLA 15 July 2011: Out this week: Mexico Drug Crisis

15 July 2011 — NACLA

NACLA subscribers should be getting the print edition of our Mexico Drug Crisis issue this week. But for those of you who have not yet subscribed, you can read the stories of four women traffickers and a 16-year-old hit man online for free.

This issue includes coverage of Mexico’s own history of prohibitionism by the historian Isaac Campos. His forthcoming book about marijuana, Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs, will explore how the substance became associated with madness and violence in Mexico, leading to its prohibition in 1920. A recent interview with Campos on the “cult of pharmacology” and the anti-drug policy in Mexico and the United States can be read here.

The “Mexico Drug Crisis” issue also features coverage on the culture of small-time traffickers along the U.S.-Mexico border, and two critical essays on the Mexican media’s portrayal of the crisis—the first dissects the media’s “marketing campaign” for drug war policies, and the second analyzes the dual media images of drug-war carnage and half-naked women that mask Mexico’s real violence.

For more complementary articles and updates on the drug war, and analysis of current events in Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and much more, check out our daily blogs. NACLA bloggers offer valuable insight to immediate events with direct coverage from the field, investigative research, and photo essays. Recent posts include:

Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more upcoming interviews with contributors to our Mexico issue, and a preview of our August issue, “Cuba: Salvaging a Revolution.” Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our Cuba discount before it expires on July 22nd! All NACLA friends will save $7 on new individual subscriptions with the promo code: CUBA11.

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