Drug gangs going online in the UK

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/04/2011 - 09:14

University of Manchester research team in the UK see drug gangs evolving. Some of the key points:

  1. Graffiti tagging doesn't directly relate to local presence or spike in new members
  2. Drug gangs are not overly territorial
  3. "The view that gangs regularly fight turf wars to protect drug-dealing areas was also questioned in the report."
  4. Guns are difficult to obtain "and cost between £2,000 and £4,000"

via BBC

Wikileaks - time to share and share alike

Submitted by admin on Sat, 12/11/2010 - 02:11

Here are a few perspectives on the Wikileaks' Cable posts. Grits for Breakfast has some great research and comments on how the Mexico leaks point to why the Mexican government has failed in their war with drugs. He references a great post over at CNN which says only about 2% of those arrested by the Mexican military actually get prosecuted.

The Falcon Lake Murder - Mexican drug war spills American blood

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/21/2010 - 23:31

Its shocking how bad Mexico is right now and no one in the US media is paying much attention. I don't know why because its just the kind of over the top violence that most newies love to show. The four-year conflict has left at least 30,000 dead (LA Times). The article below by STRATFOR is the first time I saw a clear picture of what is happening in Mexico and how it all got started.

Their reporting and analysis is bar none the best I have seen. I enjoy watch NatGeo's Border Wars but their episode Murder on the Lake was a reporting joke compared to STRATFOR. The aricle below to this post to understand why the war is still raging out of control and a pretty good picture of the Mexican situation starts to form.

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