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By Anahi Rama, Reuters, Tuesday, September 15, 2009
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon could struggle to win congressional approval of his nominee for attorney general, further hindering his army-led war against powerful drug cartels.
Calderon has named Arturo Chavez as his pick for attorney general in an attempt to revamp the drug fight but the nominee has come under fire for his record as top prosecutor in the northern state of Chihuahua, where he failed to stop the murders of hundreds of young women in the 1990s. More, HERE.
Calderón Draws Fire Over Nominee for Attorney General
By William Booth
Washington Post Foreign Service, Wednesday, September 9, 2009
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 8 -- President Felipe Calderón plans to replace one of Mexico's top officials in the war on drugs with a controversial former prosecutor who critics say did little during his years in office to solve the killings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez during the 1990s.
Calderón nominated Arturo Chávez to serve as the nation's attorney general, but opponents denounced the move. They said that when Chávez served as prosecutor in the border state of Chihuahua, he was accused of bungling cases and failing to make significant arrests in the string of gruesome killings of women that continue to garner international attention. More, HERE.
With New AG, Mexico Tries to Revamp Drug War
September 8, 2009
By JULIE WATSON, The Associated Press, Tuesday, September 8, 2009
MEXICO CITY -- With a new attorney general, Mexican President Felipe Calderon is trying to get even tougher on drug cartels and those who protect them.
But critics say he tapped the wrong man for the job: Arturo Chavez was mired in controversy as attorney general of a border state where corruption ran rampant and hundreds of women were raped and murdered with impunity.
In nominating Chavez, Calderon clearly sided with Mexico's
top cop, Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna, in an increasingly bitter rivalry with outgoing Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora. Chavez and Garcia Luna are allies from the same faction of the ruling party. More, HERE
Point Man in Mexico's War on Drug Cartels Resigns
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accepted the resignation of the attorney general who was leading the battle against drug cartels, making the biggest shake-up yet in his offensive against organized crime.
Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora's image was tarnished by charges that his top confidant was on the take and there had been rumors for some time that he would give up his post. More, HERE.
Associated Press Writer Mark Stevenson in Mexico City contributed to this report.
Mexico removes attorney general who spearheaded drug war
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday removed his attorney general who had spearheaded the government's anti-drug campaign that has so far failed to defeat powerful cartels.
Calderon told reporters that Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora had resigned and would be replaced by a little-known former law enforcement official. Calderon gave no details about the motive for the move. More, HERE
Mexico Changes Justice, Farm, Oil Cabinet Posts
The Associated Press
Monday, September 7, 2009
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's president has announced the resignation of the attorney general, one of the architects of the war on drug cartels. The agriculture secretary and the head of the state-owned oil company also stepped down.
In expressing appreciation for the work of the officials, President Felipe Calderon gave no explanation for the Cabinet changes Monday.
Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora has been Calderon's point-man in the offensive against drug gangs and in his farewell speech he said that "we have done a lot clean the house." He is being given an unspecified foreign service post.
Calderon says he will propose lawyer Arturo Chavez as the new attorney general. He praises Chavez as a man who has experience in fighting organized crime.
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Is America Ready to Admit Defeat in its 40-year War on Drugs?
A wave of decriminalisation is sweeping through Latin America
Bruno Avangera, a 40-year-old web designer from Tucumán in Argentina, pauses to relight a half-smoked joint of cannabis. Then he speaks approvingly of "progress and the right decision" by the country's seven supreme court judges, who decided last week that prosecuting people for the private consumption of small amounts of narcotics was unconstitutional.
"Last year three of my friends were caught smoking a spliff in a park and were treated like traffickers," he said. "They went to court, which took six months. One went to jail alongside murderers. The others were sent to rehab, where they were treated for an addiction they didn't have, alongside serious heroin and crack users. It was pointless and destroyed their lives.". More, HERE.
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Court Hears Appeal of Corruption Charges against Toronto Drug Cops
August 31, 2009
Allison Jones, THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO - Charges in one of Canada's largest ever police corruption cases should not have been thrown out even though years would have passed before the case went to trial, Ontario's highest court heard Monday.
The charges against six former members of the Toronto police drug squad were based on allegations they conducted searches without warrants, falsified notes to hide those facts and didn't account for all of money seized in drug investigations, as well as extortion and assault allegations. More, HERE.
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Lawyer wants Toronto cops to face corruption charges
August 31, 2009
Former Toronto police officer, Ned Maodus is pictured putting a cigarette in his mouth in this file photo. Ontario's highest court has been asked to overturn a judge's ruling and send six former Toronto drug squad officers, including Maodus, back to trial on corruption charges. Photograph by: Scott Webster, Windsor Star
TORONTO — Ontario's highest court has been asked to overturn a judge's ruling and send six former Toronto drug squad officers back to trial on corruption charges.
"Plain and simple, the judge was wrong," said Crown attorney Ken Campbell during the first day of what is expected to be a four-day hearing at the Ontario Court of Appeal. More, HERE.
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U.S. Turns Blind Eye as Partners Legalize Drugs
By Colby Cosh, Times Colonist
Say, are we still having that debate over whether the United States constitutes an empire? I remember the idea seeming controversial a few years back. In 2009, the whole idea of disagreeing with it seems quaint.
But maybe things will look different in a few years. Empires do not rise and fall; they expand and contract, relax and relent. In an extraordinary turn of events, Caesar has temporarily turned a blind eye to the policing of morals in the provinces, allowing startling drug reforms in two major "partner" states. More, HERE.
B.C. farming community becomes Canada's new murder capital
Oak Bay police seek Beach Drive burglar
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Former Member of Armed Services Sentenced for Participating in Bribery and Extortion Conspiracy
August 19, 2009
WASHINGTON – A former member of the U.S. armed services was sentenced today to 28 months in prison for his role in a widespread bribery and extortion conspiracy that operated from January 2002 through March 2004, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division.
Rommel I. Schroer, 33, a former sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, was also ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and to serve three years of supervised release. Schroer was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in Tucson by Judge Cynthia K. Jorgenson.
The charges arose from Operation Lively Green, an undercover FBI investigation that began in December 2001. Fifty-six additional defendants have been sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy. More, HERE.
Van Jones: Obama’s Embattled Green Jobs Adviser Resigns
September 6, 2009
Former White House green jobs adviser Van Jones (AP)
By Keith Johnson
White House green jobs adviser Van Jones resigned Saturday night, after inflammatory comments he’d previously made about Republicans and questions about his attitude toward the Sept. 11 attacks drew a barrage of criticism.
Mr. Jones, a green-jobs guru who liked to preach the virtues of a clean-energy economy by telling American youth to drop their handguns and pick up a caulking gun, joined the administration in March. Previously, he’d been a community activist and best-selling author.
He came under withering fire in recent days because of comments he’d made before he joined the administration. Those included attacks on Republicans for their environmental positions. The heat only increased after “his name also appeared on a 2004 petition calling for the government to investigate its own culpability in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,” according to the WSJ. More. HERE.
May 14, 2009
White House Czar Calls for End to 'War on Drugs'
Kerlikowske Says Analogy Is Counterproductive; Shift Aligns With Administration Preference for Treatment Over Incarceration
Brendan Smialowski for The Wall Street Journal: Gil Kerlikowske, the new White House drug czar, signaled Wednesday his openness to rethinking the government's approach to fighting drug use.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting "a war on drugs," a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use.
In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation's drug issues. More, HERE.
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The Mexican military has detained a suspected leader of a notorious drug-trafficking family in connection with the July slayings of two U.S. citizens.
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MÉXICO, D.F., 7 de septiembre (apro).- Subalterno de Francisco Gil Díaz en la Subsecretaría de Ingresos de la Secretaría de Hacienda, en donde fungió como su asesor durante el sexenio de Ernesto Zedillo, y como operador del exsecretario de Hacienda y Crédito Público, en el gobierno de Vicente Fox, a través de la Dirección de Finanzas de Petróleos Mexicanos, Juan José Suárez Coppel, fue nombrado este lunes director de Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
Suárez Coppel, según una investigación interna de Pemex, es identificado como "el líder de la organización interna" de Pemex, ligado a Antonio Juan Marcos Issa, exasesor de los entonces directores de la paraestatal Rogelio Montemayor, Raúl Muñoz Leos y Luis Ramírez Corzo, con quien trabajó en contubernio para entregar millonarios contratos a las empresas favoritas del sexenio de Vicente Fox: Oceanografía y el consorcio Blue Marine, las cuales estuvieron ligadas a los hijos de Marta Sahagún. Mas, AQUI.
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LLEGA A LA PGR Arturo Chávez Chávez, cuando era subsecretario de Gobierno de la Secretaria de Gobernación (Foto: Archivo/Notimex )
SUDAFRICA A LA VISTA Con una gran exhibición, la selección mexicana vapuleó 3-0 a los ticos en Costa Rica y se metió de lleno a la pelea por un boleto al Mundial del 2010. Las anotaciones fueron de: Giovani Dos Santos, Guillermo Franco y Andrés Guardado
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