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The Human Cost of Leaves

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You’ve probably noticed a growing awareness among consumers, awareness of where the things they buy come from and what the human cost is associated with that product.  It becomes difficult to buy a pair of shoes or a lousy T-shirt without asking “Am I supporting an abusive industry?”

A seemingly unrelated topic is that of the US’s awkward transition into legalizing Marijuana.  The clumsy shift in the law is made comically evident here in California, where laughable billboards advertise “medical” Marijuana cards and dispensaries are popping up everywhere.  The drug is understood by many to be an innocent offense – illegal but harmless.  Soon, perhaps very soon, it will be legal to grow and sell cannabis, but in the mean time, the same question we ask about our clothing and cheep electronics applies to Marijuana.  Where is it coming from?  Who is getting hurt to get it here?

There was a recent article in McClatchy that highlights Mexico’s expressed frustration toward the US’s flirtations with legalizing Marijuana.  There are those among our Southern neighbors who believe the US is undermining Mexico’s attempts to control the violent drug cartels that plague the country.

Tim Johnson’s article is worth reading and Mexico’s concerns warrant consideration as the US continues forward in developing new drug laws.

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Written by Aaron Nee

March 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

New Light on Tlatelolco Massacre

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The National Security Archives website has posted documents and commentary shedding light on the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre of protesting students.  The official story had long been that communist forces infiltrated the students and opened fire on soldiers, which led to violent reprisal by the troops under fire.  The information now made available by the US and Mexican governments reveals a story almost too twisted to be believed.  A branch of the Mexican military known as the Presidential Guard posted snipers in buildings surrounding the site of the protest.  The snipers, however, were not there to target the protesters.  Rather, the snipers attacked the troops stationed around the protest, leading the soldiers to believe the protesters were firing on them.  What followed was a bloody retaliation that left untold numbers of students dead and wounded.

Radio Diaries has a program available to listen to that interviews witnesses 40 years after the massacre.

The video bellow is archival footage in which you can see flashes from the sniper rifles that started the shooting.

Written by Aaron Nee

December 15, 2008 at 1:50 am