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Federal narcotics police

The United States' insatiable appetite for illegal substances has fueled a desperate battle between drug cartels and the Mexican government, fought with arms largely purchased in the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico. Since 2008, when President Felipe Calderón "declared war" on the smuggler cartels, more than 28,000 people, including police, judges, prosecutors, elected public officials as well as thousands of innocent bystanders have been murdered.

Keeping current:

There are a number of blogs which are keeping track of narco-violence in Mexico and in the border region. They include

Frontera List
News and discussion of U.S.-Mexico border issues. Managed by Molly Molloy, Border & Latin American specialist at New Mexico State University Library.

Border Reporter
Reporter's notebook, by Monica Ortiz Uribe

Borderland Beat
Borderland Beat, a blog dedicated to reporting on organized crime on the border between the U.S. and Mexico

America's Mexico Blog
"The Americas MexicoBlog of the CIP Americas Program chronicles and analyzes, in English, the latest developments in the U.S. and the consequences in Mexico of U.S. policies in the War on Drugs, Immigration and Globalization, together with the related political dynamics in both countries."

Narco Mexico
Narco Mexico--News links and information about narcoviolence in Mexico, with links to Noroeste, Proceso, Milenio, El Universal, and other news reporting on the situation.

Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra de narcotráfico
Ciudad Juárez, in the shadow of narcotráfico--all rights reserved, by Judith Torrea

Mexico's Drug War
"An ongoing analysis of border violence issues by an experienced intelligence professional."

El Blog del Narco
Text in Spanish, with many pictures. Sensitive viewers should use caution.

"Mexican news & opinion," with many links to press items.

Narco News Bulletin
"Reporting on the Drug War and Democracy from all América."

For further assistance on this topic, contact Peter Stern, Latin American Bibliographer


Books & reports on narco-violence


Book1Book2Book3   El gran desafio de Calderon        Narcos


Council on Foreign Relations: The Drug War in Mexico
Confronting a Shared Threat.


E-links & Databases

Databases: Try databases which deal with Latin America, politics, or social issues, including

Hispanic-American Periodicals Index

International Political Science Abstracts

PAIS International

Columbia International Affairs Online

Academic Search Premier

Full text policy papers from think tanks, research institutes, and agencies.

Newspapers & news bulletins:

LexisNexis Academic

Latin American Weekly Report

CQ Researcher
Congressional Quarterly research bulletin.

Mexican newspapers:

Daily newspapers from Mexico on the Web

Google Noticias de México



Relevant subject headings for books in the Five Colleges catalog include

Drug traffic--Mexico
Drug control--Mexico

Don't forget to take your search from the local to the national/international level by searching WorldCat for more books on this subject.

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