Top Leaderboard, Site wide
July 31, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Newsletter

sign up to get updates








Truthdig Bazaar more items

 
Ear to the Ground

Mexican Drug War Spills Into Guatemala

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Jan 7, 2011
AP / Rodridgo Abd

Weapons and other contraband seized during a police and military raid are displayed in Coban in Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz province in December.

The hold of Mexican drug traffickers has overflowed the country’s southern border, as the Zeta cartel has seized control of parts of northern Guatemala, leading the government there to declare a state of siege in the area. —JCL

The Guardian:

Hundreds of soldiers have reinforced police units in an offensive against a Mexican cartel known as the Zetas which is said to have overrun Alta Verapaz province.

The mayhem has deepened alarm that Mexico’s drug war has spilled across southern neighbours and corrupted state institutions that are proving no match for well-funded, ruthless crime syndicates.

“It’s very worrying to see this moving down from Mexico to weaker neighbours. Their institutions are being infiltrated by organised crime,” said Silke Pfeiffer, acting Latin America programme director for the International Crisis Group thinktank.

Guatemala declared a month-long state of siege in Alta Verapaz on 19 December after gunmen with assault rifles, grenades and armoured vehicles started openly cruising cities such as Coban.

Read more

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By samosamo, January 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

****************


Something sure isn’t right here. How could a drug cartel become
so powerful that it holds whole nations hostage and invades
whole nations without help from say a cia or american military?
With a lot of the heinous acts being carried out on our borders.
Stinks to hell and back of american elitism’s hand in huge profits
no matter the product.

Report this

By gerard, January 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

Once more, with feeling:

Every war has a way of “spilling over” into the next war—or hadn’t you noticed?

And the term “spilling over”—so exculpatory, so uncritical, so forgiving.  Nobody is responsible; the darn thing just spilled over; it was all an accident; we didn’t mean to ... etc.” And above all:  “There’s nothing I can do about it; it’s not my business to fix it.  Don’t worry; be happy!”

Report this

By gerard, January 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

Once more, with feeling:

Every war has a way of “spilling over” into the next war—or hadn’t you noticed?

And the term “spilling over”—so exculpatory, so uncritical, so forgiving.  Nobody is responsible; the darn thing just spilled over; it was all an accident; we didn’t mean to ... etc.” And above all:  “There’s nothing I can do about it; it’s not my business to fix it.  Don’t worry; be happy!”

Report this

By gerard, January 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

Same thing we got here—just a different “drug.”

Report this
 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.