Date: 2015-07-13 14:33
From: “Ted Lewis, Global Exchange”
Chapo Guzman’s escape from Mexico’s maximum-security Altiplano prison last weekend further undermines the already wounded credibility of Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, and his security apparatus. But more than that, it underlines the futility of the war on drugs and its reliance on taking out “kingpins” while never questioning the flawed prohibition policies that drive the whole bloody mess.
Click here to read my recent piece in the Huffington Post on Chapo’s escape. [ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ted-lewis/chapos-second-escape-highlights-drug-war-farce_b_7783006.html ]
The drug war is a disaster with no end in sight. Its unjustifiable costs are measured in hundreds of thousands of dead, millions jailed, and a trillion US dollars foolishly misspent militarizing our societies in recent decades.
And it doesn’t end there. The hyper profits from producing, smuggling, and selling prohibited drugs fuel the growth of criminal organizations that sow mayhem and terror in communities they dominate in the Western Hemisphere and all around the world.
Next April the United Nations will hold a Summit on Drugs in New York City. In the lead up to that summit, we are planning a Central American caravan to directly raise these questions in some of the countries most damaged by the drug war.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in finding out more about this effort and/or contributing your time, talents, and resources.
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