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Campos, Isaac. Home Grown: Marijuana And The Origins Of Mexico’s War On Drugs. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Print.
- Tracks the history of marijuana from Europe to Mexico. Offers that the U.S. is not responsible for dictating the drug trafficking business in Mexico.
- A look at Mexico’s campaign against drugs in the 70s and the implication of human rights violations at this time.
- Merging of U.S. and Mexican gangs. Why the U.S. chooses to employ counterterrorist methodology for foreign criminality.
- Discusses cultivation theory: how television viewers receive knowledge from entertainment and use that knowledge to inform their reality. Will be looking at this theory more closely when I research how popular media (TV shows, video games) informs Americans’ views of Mexico’s drug war.
Human Rights Watch. Uniform Impunity: Mexico’s Misuse of Military Justice to Prosecute Abuses in Counternarcotics and Public Security Operations. New York: Human Rights Watch, 2009. Print.
- Chronicles Mexico’s reluctance to prosecute crimes that occur within the military.
Gibler, John. “To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War.” Fellowship n.d. 2011: 38-39. Print.
- Highlights the difficulties in solving the Mexican drug trafficking dilemma residing from government intervention, ingrained networking of drug cartels that go back decades in history, and how media presents the topic.
Grillo, Ioan. El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency. N.p.: Bloomsbury Press, 2011. Print.
- Highlights the difficulties in solving the Mexican drug trafficking dilemma residing from government intervention.
- The article explores how current approaches to controlling drug trade in Mexico are the same ones that failed when applied to the state of Columbia.
Mercille, Julien. “Violent Narco-Cartels Or US Hegemony? The Political Economy Of The ‘War On Drugs’ In Mexico.” Third World Quarterly 32.9 (2011): 1637-1653. America: History & Life. Web. 23 Oct. 2012.
- Argues that the U.S. exacerbates the drug war in Mexico by maintaining demands for cartels to supply drugs, providing easy access to firearms, and alleges that “US banks have increased their profits by laundering drug money from Mexico.”
- Contends that drug cartels have grown increasingly more anarchical and violent since the 1980s. A look into contributory issues, not relating to the Calderon Administration’s declaration of war on drugs.
Rotella, Sebastian. Twilight On The Line. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1998. Print.
- Illustrates the the conflict between the U.S. and Mexico centered around the respective countries’ shared border.
- A list of movies that capitalize on the U.S.-Mexican drug war and how these movies mirror the reality of the drug war.
Stout, Robert Joe. “Do The United States And Mexico Really Want The Drug War To Succeed?.” Monthly Review: An Independent Socialist Magazine 63.8 (2012): 34-44. America: History & Life. Web. 23 Oct. 2012.
- Argues that a realistic approach to end violence related to drug trafficking in the U.S. and Mexico is to legalize the industry. Describes how deeply embedded the drug trade is in both cultures and why the drug war is a lost cause.
Vulliamy, Ed. Amexica. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. Print.
- Disputes the role of government in the blighting of drug cartels in Mexico.
Wright, Melissa W. Necropolitics, Narcopolitics, and Femicide: Gendered Violence on the Mexico-U.S. Border. Signs ed. Vol. 36. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. 707-31. 3 vols. JSTOR. Web. 10 Oct. 2012. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/657496>.
- The role of murder in Mexican politics. Drug cartels employing “honor killing” styled murders.