Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mexico’s Drug War Diary


A blog: The Circular

Mexico’s drug war diary: borderlandbeat.com

by Conor Fay

     Then I read some of the posts, Borderland Beat is something of a pinboard or a newspaper scrapbook, anonymous writers contribute the content, excerpts from a drug war which rages on in Mexico.

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s violent hive. Photo Credit- Scazon (Flickr)

     That anonymity is what makes Borderland Beat so arresting, its contributors are talking about the kingpins of Mexico’s multi-billion dollar drug industry.
     These are men who don’t have limits, murder is not a consideration for them but a gut reaction. Exposing them online without the barrier of anonymity could mean death for the writers, death has been doled out to thousands in the region for far less.
     The evidence is splattered all over the walls of the website, you could pick a page at random and you’ll see some post with a *WARNING EXTREME FOOTAGE*. That post could feature pictures of a gang member shot to bits, or a school teacher with her head cut off or a whole excruciating video of a poor soul being beaten to death with baseball bats in a torture room.


     Like the crack cocaine pedalled by these gangs, the effect of Borderland Beat is scarily addictive. The blunt depiction of graphic violence draws you in but you’re eventually hooked by the stories.

     They tell the tale of Mexico’s slow death. Border cities like Juarez were the first to go, thousands die there now each year directly as a result of the gang violence, some hope exists there now. They tell the tale of the brave who try to sever the limbs of the gangs, that seems an impossibility though.

     Right now the tireless resistor of the Cartels, Doctor Mireles lies in a hospital with heart arrhythmia, under the current corrupt administration he is being refused treatment. That corruption is endemic, it’s what makes the situation so frustrating from an outsider’s point of view and so demoralising from that of the Mexicans. Mireles spoke about the lack of treatment last week- [Update: Released]
for some time I have denounced that the authorities have  harassed me in many ways and now the coronary blockage  is from the lack of adequate professional attention that I need due to the cardiac problem that I suffer.
  The media have largely failed also, and those who have tried were swatted away. In 1996 Gary Webb published a series of articles, “Dark Alliance”, criticising the CIA for their role in the drug crisis with Mexico. He was immediately labelled a fraud and was vilified by all mainstream American media outlets, culminating in Webb’s own suicide.

The US-Mexico Border. Photo Credit- josie (Flickr)

     Borderland Beat rises above this, it feels like something more than news, it is a diary. The contributors cannot be attacked because they are many and they are largely anonymous, or because they do not fear it.
    While the stories of mass grave discoveries and corrupt officials are endless, the fact that the locals continue to publish en masse documentation of their collapsed country and the bandits who rule it offers some respite. These people are defying the torturers, they just need an audience.

45 comments:

  1. I have to admit that when I found Borderland Beat I was expecting sensational news with a political bias against Mexicans, and instead found a wealth of incredible information.

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    1. S-Kid: Most definitely!!

      BB's founders and past and present staffers have birthed and "evolved" a great information organism. For the most part, it self corrects via its many varied contributors. Among these are good old BS detectors, professional experts in varied fields ... And, most importantly first hand "in the trenches" observers. These have often included criminal actors as well as victims of crime and corruption that bear on topics at hand.

      When reading posted BB articles, I always visit the comments section for added data and insights. Some of the best stuff I've found has been from lay persons telling of something they have suffered or witnessed. Collectively, when one gathers, over time, enough of this kind of human "intel" one sees certain pictures emerging.

      Thanks BB and and EVERYONE, past and present, who keep this great information "organism" healthy and thriving.

      Mexico-Watcher

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  2. Is there any connections between the WoD and the supply of drugs???

    Illicit drugs in the US (and elsewhere) are today CHEAPER, STRONGER and more readily AVAILABLE than ever before ... this is after 30 years of WoD!

    With probably over 1 million having been killed by the violence (not counting those maimed, orpanhed, displaced etc.) and maybe USD 100 billions spent, the WoD must be a policy failure worse than the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined!

    Are our policy makers blind, deaf and dumb??? OR are they cunning and we are the blind, deaf and dumb?

    As the poker saying goes: if you wonder who is the fool at the table, it is probably you.

    el ekibokado

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    1. @12:37 if drugs were completely wiped out TODAY how MANY INSTITUTIONS do you think would completely shut down? Hospitals,jails,banks,rehabilitation centers and SO many more. Pharmaceutical company's would LOSE almost everything. Think about the whole court system,it would shut down. So ask yourself do you think THEY really wanna eliminate drugs! Honestly it would DESTROY our economy and we WOULD NOT be the most powerful country that we are today

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    2. Fortunately Gold cup you are correct.
      This drug trafficking business from the top drug lords to the users are revenues fo many aspects of daily life.
      A circle of circumstances from such.

      E42

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  3. Buggs, Thank you so much for the article.

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  4. Buggs back???

    Pls say yes!

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  5. 4 those of you who serve in the military: Enjoy your 4 day weekend. That is if you're not stuck having 2 do fireguard duty. - Sol Prendido

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    1. Loose lips sink ships,
      But thanks for the good news, we will make adjustments
      Atentamente: BLADDERMIR PUTIN

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    2. SP,you once left a comment for a BB poster who had served in the military and you were very disrespectful. Poser.

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  6. Man there's so many poor illiterate people on here, it's kinda depressing lol. I just come here to laugh at the comments while eating popcorn.

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    1. I think BB is great and thw reading is worthwhile. There are ofcourse a few annoying exceptions - like you - but I have no problem ignoring them.

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  7. Gary Webb did not commit suicide. People who commit suicide do not do it by shooting themselves twice in the back of the head

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    1. Any pictures, police or coronary report to back up that statement with?

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    2. 5:58 well, at least Mr Gary Webb did not kill sarcasm with the first or the second bullet, ain' that licky?

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  8. building the wall would help america AND mexico, if these cartels cant get their drugs to america they die, why are mexicans so against this wall?

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    1. Hate to burst that bubble. But the notion of a wall to curtail drug trafficking is false. Majority of drugs coming from Mexico or any part of the world are smuggled by tunnels, freight ( air/ sea) . Logistics companies who have vested interests.
      A Wall will not impede the money generated from such a lucrative market. Only those seeking refuge from war torn countries and those seeking a better future.
      Governments are involved with allowing such to proceed for greed. You cannot distribute and market a product without legal knowledge/ representation from those who can shut you down.
      Business 101.

      E42

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    2. Actually NAFTA made it much more easier to smuggle drugs. A doorway where thousands of products pass with little inspection or none.
      Better security measures are needed at border areas. But please note that such products are perishable to spoilage. Thus a timeframe is given for all those perishable items to cross without a loss of revenue.
      E42

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    3. 11:36 sometimes you hit the nail on the head W40, o mean E42.

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  9. i appreciate all the hard work and info you guys put out there. Thanks to everyone out there who contributes to this site..

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  10. If drugs were eliminated it for sure would devastate the economy in Mexico.

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    1. @10:07 am.True perceptions. However, safety and tranquility is more priceless.
      E42

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    2. 10:07 no pinchis mames güey, "mexico" does not live off the Commission's middle men drug traffickers get.
      It is like just because your sister supports her pimp, it does not mean all the pimps live off her crack or whatever she peddles.

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  11. Im sorry to
    say but who ever runs the instagram account really doesnt know what hes posting more than half the time or gets people in the pics he post wrong and his blindado is nice but what are u trying to prove? You know diffrent factions read this BB and i wouldnt be suprise they catch him slipping the way he be posting donde se pasea , just my opinion

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  12. Borderland Beat is the first site I go to every day.
    Thank You Buggs !!

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  13. Read u daily. It's been 10 years of volince when will it end

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  14. Was lucky sold our house Tamps.

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    1. Now try for 2nd time lucky and get out of Mexico as the whole country is a hell.

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    2. 7:14 quiero $100 000.00 peisos, pa mañana.

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  15. Rejected my comment again but it didn't break any rules and was on topic..

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    1. @12:13PM. Must have been some reason but I have no idea what your comment was so I can't explain it to you.

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    2. It was comparing the war in drugs to the war on terror and the obvious hypocrisy and big money industries involved if either were halted. Seemed on topic with the above article. Just some thoughts... seems like every time I try and make a simple comment it's rejected. Maybe I should just stay with accepted topics like "chapo snitched again!" Or "take that sinanola nuthugger" or other meaningless Neanderthal stuff that g to through...

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    3. @7:11PM I remember your comment now. Your comment was quite a bit stronger than you make it out to be. You basically said that every institution in the US would crash and be closed if we stopped the war on drugs. It sounded like one of the conspiracy theories straight out of Alex Jones Info Wars. You are entitle to your beliefs, but they belong on a conspiracy theory site.

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    4. @12:13, it's Sunday and maybe just maybe they don't like you.....

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    5. Don't sweat it bro my post are not always posted. I just want to know what is allow and what is not. Plus maybe change some words so they don't sound like conspiracy theories. Good job BB but sometimes we go into the rabbit hole.

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    6. 7:11 maybe DD mistook you to be Alex Jones trying to comment using an "anonymous" handle and therefor your comment was not posted. Next time please specify in CAPS that you are not Alex Jones.

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    7. Sign Sylvia Longmire and all of your comments will be posted.

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  16. I hear ya 12:13, I've posted numerous comments that have been rejected. Like the comparison of Mexico and Somalia. They obviously don't see the similarity. Maybe when a cartel shoots down a helicopter full of marines.... Oh wait.... Black hawk down!!!!!

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  17. They won't post comments on how far Mexico has fallen with comparisons to other 3rd world countrys, but they'll post comments from idiots praising ABL, puro this guy & puro that guy. The little details of who's aligned with who. Ignoring the big picture. What a mess. But up prob never see this comment either. Lol...

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  18. Ya, You can't mention the disarray that's going on in Mexico, but u can throw a shout-out to an idiot named "La Hamburglar".

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  19. Definitely didn't say anything like "every institution would crash". I just talked bout the profitably of the many industries related to both the wa in terror and war on drugs. Nor did I say anything related to a conspiracy theory. But ok. You should add a new rule for comments: if you personally disagree.

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  20. 12:13 I am sure the administrators are stealing your great literary works of investigation, or they may just be "so good that they don't want to share" as my girlfriend la Chivis said, copyright your magna operas, and submit to someone else, you can chose extreme right or extreme left desperados.

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  21. $1.5 Billion of American tax payer's money, given to the crooked Mexican politicians to fight this drug war. And they can't seem to stop guys in pickup trucks w outdated weapons. From now on it America first. Wall goes up. US seal teams will be down shortly to do what the weak Mexican military couldn't do in 20 yrs with an unlimited supply of $$$.

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  22. A lot of Gary Webbs assertions were contradicted and investigated,some were undoubtedly true some were reaching,such as 2 men being able to supply so much cocaine as to be responsible for the crack epidemic.The CIA we all know were in bed with contras.

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  23. I am hoping the same best effort from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing skills has inspired me. drug rehab

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