Thursday, September 23, 2010

23 Sep 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

"Explain to Us What You Want from Us"–Juárez Newspaper Publishes Editorial Addressing Cartels After Another Reporter Gunned Down
In Mexico, the editors of a local newspaper in the town of Ciudad Juárez have set off a national debate after they published a front-page editorial directly addressing the drug cartels that have terrorized the city. El Diario de Juárez published the piece after a young photographer at the paper was shot dead. "Explain to us what you want from us, so we know what to abide by," they wrote. "You are at this time the de facto authorities in this city because the legal authorities have not been able to stop our colleagues from falling." [includes rush transcript]

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda on the Drug War, Legalization, Immigration and Free Trade
Jorge Castañeda, one of Mexico’s best known public intellectuals and the country’s former foreign minister, joins us to discuss Mexico’s drug war, the debate on legalization of drugs in Mexico, immigration, free trade and more. Castañeda was Mexico’s foreign minister between 2000 and 2003. He’s long supported the legalization of drugs in Mexico and has publicly called the so-called war on drugs a dead-end war and a war of choice. [includes rush transcript–partial]


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