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Is The Drug War In Mexico Finally Improving?

Mexico has been fighting a serious drug war for years, trying to dismantle and beat the largest drug cartels. Is their war working?

75% of writers and pundits say no
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Is The Drug War In Mexico Finally Improving?  

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last 24 hours | mirror.c
El Chapo escape: Inside the badlands at the frontline of the Mexican drugs war ... -

"...Another 14 were decapitated as the vicious rivalry between the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels raged into all-out war in the border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2012.Bloodshed has since slowed to a trickle, largely due to an influx of heavily armed military.But tensions are rising again following the prison break last week of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, the billionaire head of the ruthless Sinaloas, as he seeks to reaffirm his iron grip on the trillion-dollar drug market. The boss is back, said one local, too scared to give his name. It is only a matter of time before the blood begins to flow again. ..." see full article

1281 days ago | latino.foxnews
Only two drug cartels left in Mexico and all others have splintered, top ... - Fox News Latino
"...The breakdown of the big groups has in turn led to a diversification of revenue sources for these small groups from human trafficking to extortion as well as a spike in violent crime as they battle with each other for control of small markets and turf."These are cells that are trying to seek power for survival, and that's why right now we are seeing the homicides among them," Zer n said.Also, despite the arrests and breakdown of cartels, little has stopped the flow of drugs into the U.S. Seizures at the U.S.-Mexico border have fluctuated since 2010, when 2.7 million pounds were seized overall, to a high of 3.1 million in 2011 and down to 2.3 million pounds in 2014, according to U.S. government figures, the only way to estimate flows of drugs...." see full article

1316 days ago |
A drug war made in Mexico? - Yahoo! Maktoob News
"...The modern "Mexican Drug War", meanwhile, is a misnomer in more ways than one. It's not a war on drugs, which continue to reach the US in the very same quantities. It's more a war on Mexico's civilians, who have served disproportionately as victims of the state's hyper-militarised response to drug cartels - the same cartels with whom elements of the state are perpetually in cahoots..." see full article

1331 days ago | theguardian
Mexican officials: 43 killed in major offensive against drug cartel - The Guardian

"...It has, however, so far failed to reduce the violence linked to organized criminal activity around the country that has killed an estimated 100,000 people since the drug wars began in 2006. Some once major groups have splintered into numerous small, and particularly vicious gangs. The New Generation Jalisco Cartel is one of the few that has been able to take advantage of the power vacuums created by the waning of others to both become an increasing important player in trafficking drugs and expand its territorial presence.In recent months the New Generation Jalisco Cartel has also garnered a reputation for particularly brazen challenges to state power...." see full article

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1336 days ago | newsweek
Mexican Drug War: Peña Nieto Desperately Needs a Plan - Newsweek

"...As Pe a Nieto's popularity slumps, Mexicans rank the armed forces as the nation's most trusted institution. Their sacrifices in the war on drugs and assisting the population during natural disasters have earned them the trust and respect of the great majority of Mexicans.Although the Mexican military would never openly criticize a president's policy, the comments by Cienfuegos implore the government to do more to confront narcotrafficking and respond energetically to violence.With violence surging in Mexico and brazen attacks against the armed forces becoming more common, it is clear that civilian leaders must reevaluate their approach to fighting narcoterrorism and convince their people that they have a plan...." see full article

1339 days ago | businessinsider
Mexico's drug war is getting even worse - Business Insider

"...But this "kingpin strategy" of targeting the heads of cartels has done little to quell the violence and bring security to Mexico. ..." see full article

1345 days ago | psmag
The Mexican Drug War's Collateral Damage: More Murders
"...Though the results confirm others' expectations, they also illustrate the importance and challenge of determining what's a consequence of a policy choice in this case, military action against drug cartels and what's just a chance correlation, the authors suggest...." see full article

1349 days ago | latino.foxnews
Mexico's all-out war with drug cartel threatens country's economic power center
"...The explicit focus on armed government personnel along with the fact that Jalisco is one of the country's economic and cultural hubs means that dealing with the New Generation group has quickly become a priority for the government. ..." see full article

1349 days ago | cb
Mexico's changing drug war: Can activism succeed where the army can't?
"...Fortunately, however, the picture is not all bleak. Indeed, some social experiments by very brave civic reformers are starting to show promise in pointing Mexico's way back from the brink...." see full article

1349 days ago | forbes
Mexico's Drugwar Violence Continues Despite Arrests Of Senior Cartel Leaders
"...The bad news is that the splintering of Mexico's once powerful organized crime groups has coincided with a jump in crimes such as extortion and kidnapping as former cartel enforcers have looked for new revenue streams. ..." see full article

1349 days ago | worldmag
Signs and Wonders: Is Mexico finally winning the drug war?
"...These developments are a big step forward for the Mexican government's efforts to bring the rule of law to parts of the country that have been controlled by the cartels. This development could have an impact on the economies of Mexico and the United States, and on immigration reform...." see full article

1349 days ago | realclearworld
Is Mexico Winning or Losing the Cartel War?
"...Not only has Mexico destroyed or seriously weakened most of the biggest cartels, it has also established a cleaner, more effective federal police force, while greatly improving its intelligence capabilities...." see full article

1349 days ago | newyorker
Mexicos New Drug War: Catch and Release?

"...But, as a policy, his frontal assault was a failure: the flow of drugs across the border did not diminish to any meaningful extent, and the two dominant trafficking organizations the Sinaloa cartel and the Zetas both made gains in territory and influence during the Calder n years. Many of these groups, especially the Zetas, have branched into migrant smuggling, kidnapping, extortion, and other crimes...." see full article

1349 days ago | scmp
Mexico's drug war: New cartel has weapons of an army and is willing to fight ... - South China Morning Post (subscription)
"...And unlike the old major cartels, New Generation is willing to wage war on the state and federal government. The younger drug lords like to show off their money and flaunt their power, even if it brings a direct assault from the government. ..." see full article

1349 days ago | ibtimes
Mexico's Drug War: Jalisco New Generation Cartel Blamed After 3 Mexican Army Soldiers Go Missing
"...The violence in Jalisco unfolded despite the Mexican government's recent success in combating the once-powerful Knights Templar and Zeta cartels in neighboring territories. Jalisco cartel members were suspected in an April attack that killed 15 state police officers...." see full article

1349 days ago | americanthinker
Mexico's drug war just took a turn for the worse - American Thinker (blog)

"...There are some new thugs on the block in the Mexican drug war. A new cartel the Jalisco New Generation recently shot down an army helicopter, killing three and injuring 12. The violence is beginning to escalate in the state of Jalisco, in and around Mexico's second-largest city and premiere resort area...." see full article

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