Hillary Clinton says US shares blame for Mexican Drug Wars

28 03 2009


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that America’s “insatiable” demand for illegal drugs and inability to stop weapons smuggling into Mexico are fueling an alarming spike in violence along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Clinton said the United States shares responsibility with Mexico for dealing with the violence. She said the administration will work with Mexican authorities to improve security on both sides of the border.

“Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” she said. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”

“I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility,” she told reporters accompanying her to Mexico City a day after the Obama administration said it would send more money, technology and manpower to secure the United States’ Southwestern frontier and help Mexico battle the cartels.

“These criminals are outgunning the law enforcement officials,” she said, referring to guns and military-style equipment like night vision goggles and body armor that the cartels are smuggling into Mexico from the United States.

“Clearly, what we have been doing has not worked and it is unfair for our incapacity … to be creating a situation where people are holding the Mexican government and people responsible,” Clinton said. “That’s not right.

I agree with everything the Secretary says. I know some of her critics are quick to point out that there are certain kinds of weapons that can’t be bought legalally in the US. You can buy any type of weapon here in the US for money. I am sure the drug lords in Mexico know this.
She is also telling the truth about the violence in Mexico being similiar to the crack cocaine wars of the 80s and 90s. I know she is correct because I live in the hood. I lived through the crack wars and those times were rough. I raised my children in those neighborhoods.
This has now spread south of the borders.
I am proud of Hillary for telling the truth. People like to look away but millions of Americans are killed every year in this war and as long as crack cocaine continues to be the sole economy in the ghettos the higher the death rate will climb.


18 03 2009

Yesterday the weather was pretty warm and it was dry so a lot of kids were outside. Suddenly, a sure sign that Spring is here. There was a fist fight. All the kids ran to the fight both males and females. I knew before I knew anything about the drama that led to the fight. I knew two things that the combatants were FEMALE and it had some connection to foolishness either boys or perceived disrespect.
I thought about the Election cycle of 2008 and how the media and the Obama campaign tired to start fights between women. Sometimes unfortunately, women fell for this tactic and because of that women haven’t advanced.
I noticed sadly that not only did the women that attacked Hillary or Sarah in 2008 aren’t any different then the teenage girls that fight each other in the street for reasons such as “She rolled her eyes at me.” or other such statements. How different is that from Samantha Powers calling Hillary Clinton a monster? The truth is one is a group of adult women and the other group teenagers. Those teenagers will grow up one day and hopefully they will find sisterhood.
Sisters if we ever want to break the glass ceilings then we need to stop the fighting and start treating each other with respect.


8 03 2009

In celebration of International Woman’s Day a spokesman for the State Department announced the recipients of the 2009 Secretary of State’s Women of Courage award. This is the only reward inside the State Departmen to pay tribute to outstanding women in leadership and women who struggle for human rights and social justice.

This year, the Secretary of State will pay tribute to honorees representing Afghanistan, Guatemala, Iraq, Malaysia, Niger, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. They are among over 80 exceptional women nominated by U.S. Embassies worldwide for their extraordinary work in advancing human rights. The women will be in Washington from March 8 – 12 for a program of meetings with government officials, NGOs and the media. The Office of International Visitors is partnering with the Office of International Women’s Issues on this project.

The 2009 recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards are:

Ms. Wazhma Frogh (Afghanistan)
Wazhma Frogh is the Afghanistan Country Director for the NGO Global Rights and a dynamic leader in the fight against domestic violence, marital and child rape, and sexual abuse in Afghanistan.

Ms. Norma Cruz (Guatemala)
Norma Cruz is on the forefront of women who are fighting on behalf of victims of violence and sexual abuse. As director of the NGO Survivors Foundation, Ms. Cruz combats the widespread impunity that too often accompanies the endemic violence against women in Guatemala.

Ms. Suaad Allami (Iraq)
A prominent lawyer, Suaad Allami fights against the erosion of women’s rights and defends the most disadvantaged. She founded the NGO Women for Progress and the Sadr City Women’s Center, which offers free medical care, literacy education, vocational training, and legislative advocacy. She has accepted a Humphrey Fellowship from the State Department for academic year 2009-2010.

Ms. Ambiga Sreenevasan (Malaysia)
An accomplished lawyer who became President of the Malaysian Bar Council, Ambiga Sreenevasan masterfully uses the rule of law to advance human rights, the status of women, and religious tolerance. In the face of death threats and intimidation, Ms. Ambiga has emerged as a strong voice of tolerance and justice.

Ms. Hadizatou Mani (Niger)
Sold to a “master” at the age of 12 for the equivalent of $500, Hadizatou Mani persevered in gaining her freedom and helped pave the way for others trapped in similar circumstances to seek justice. Through her valiant efforts, persistence, and refusal to succumb to social pressure to abandon her case, she won a historic, precedent-setting decision in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice that condemned her enslavement.

Ms. Veronika Marchenko (Russia)
Veronika Marchenko is the head of the NGO Mother’s Right, and has demonstrated exceptional bravery and leadership in exposing the truth surrounding the disturbing peacetime deaths within the Russian armed forces. Ms. Marchenko has successfully sought justice on behalf of bereaved families of servicemen who died as a result of cruel and inhumane conditions.

Ms. Mutabar Tadjibayeva (Uzbekistan)
Imprisoned for criticizing her government’s handling of events surrounding the 2005 violence in the city of Andijon, Mutabar Tadjibayeva refuses to be silenced. She has returned to human rights advocacy, and remains a fearless critic of human rights abuses.

Ms. Reem Al Numery (Yemen)
When she was 12, Reem Al Numery had her childhood cut short when she was forced to marry her 30-year -old cousin. She has emerged as a strong and brave voice on behalf of other girls facing a similar fate. Her courage has inspired a widespread drive against child marriages in Yemen.