‘The current war on drugs, launched by the government of Felipe Calderón, is just as fake as that undertaken by the administration of Vicente Fox.’ This is how Anabel Hernández, a journalist and the author of Narcoland, describes a Mexican government crackdown on drug-trafficking organisations after spending five years researching the drug trade in her country. For about seven years, the Mexican military and police have sought to combat a societal scourge in a war that has left more than 80,000 people dead and at least another 250,000 imprisoned. Dozens of kingpins have been killed or arrested. Thousands of innocent people have died.
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'He was not a revolutionary at all of course. He was only marginally a socialist. His tradition was rooted in the Liberal aristocracy, and his politics were entirely bounded by Parliament.'
From the archive, Paul Foot on Tony Benn's diaries.
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