Mexican drug war: More than 40 killed in weekend violence
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Mexican drug war: More than 40 killed in weekend violence

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – More than 40 people were killed across Mexico at the weekend, including 12 in the famous Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

According to the Spanish news agency EFE, 10 men and two women were shot dead in the seaside city, which has seen an escalation in drug-related violence in recent years.

Authorities have responded to the wave of deadly incidents by launching a security operation in tourist areas in the city, EFE reported.

Acapulco has been losing tourists to other parts of the country as Mexican and foreign holiday makers seek out safer destinations.

Mexican newspaper El Universal reported that six people were killed in three separate incidents in Torreon, a city in the northern state of Coahuila, where the Zetas and Sinaloa drug gangs have been fighting a deadly turf war.

In the western state of Michoacan, the bodies of two photographers were found in the trunk of a car on Sunday afternoon.

The victims, Jose Antonio Aguilar Mota, 26, and Arturo Barajas, 46, appeared to have been tortured, Proceso magazine reported, joining a growing list of Mexican journalists murdered by drug cartels.

After several weeks of relative calm following the July 1 presidential election, Mexico has seen a wave of deadly violence in the past two weeks.

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More than 55,000 people have died in drug-related violence in the past six years.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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Some simple facts:

* Prohibition has been a slow but relentless degradation (death by a zillion cuts) of all our cherished national institutions, that will leave us crippled for numerous generations.

* The US federal government is now the most dangerous and corrupt corporation on the planet.

* In 1989, ‘The Kerry Committee’ found that the United States Department of State had made payments to drug traffickers. Concluding, that even members of the U.S. State Department, themselves, were involved in drug trafficking. Some of the payments were made even after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies - or even while these traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies.

* Colombia, Peru, Mexico, or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem.

* A rather large majority of people will always feel the need to use drugs such as heroin, opium, nicotine, amphetamines, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine.

* The massive majority of adults who use drugs do so recreationally - getting high at the weekend then up for work on a Monday morning.

* Apart from the huge percentage of people addicted to both sugar and caffeine, a small minority of adults (nearly 5%) will always experience the use of drugs as problematic. Approx. 3% are dependent on alcohol and approx. 1.5% are dependent on other drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroine etc.

* Just as it was impossible to prevent alcohol from being produced and used in the U.S. in the 1920s, so too, it is equally impossible to prevent any of the aforementioned drugs from being produced, distributed and widely used by those who so desire.

* Prohibition kills more people and ruins more lives than the drugs it prohibits.

* Due to Prohibition (historically proven to be an utter failure at every level), the availability of most of these mood-altering drugs has become so universal and unfettered that in any city of the civilized world, any one of us would be able to procure practically any drug we wish within an hour.

* Throughout history, the prohibition of any mind-altering substance has always exploded usage rates, overcrowded jails, fueled organized crime, created rampant corruption of law-enforcement, even whole governments while inducing an incalculable amount of suffering and death.

* The CIA was/is running Heroin from Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan, and moving Cocaine from Central America. This has been well documented by the 1989 Kerry Committee, as well as academic researchers such as Alfred McCoy, Peter Dale Scott, and the late Gary Webb.

* It’s not even possible to keep drugs out of prisons, but prohibitionists wish to waste trillions of dollars in an utterly futile attempt to keep them off our streets.

* The United States jails a larger percentage of it’s own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by the worst totalitarian regimes, yet it has far higher use/addiction rates than most other countries.

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The famous Pacific resort city of Acapulco has been losing tourists to other destinations in Mexico due to escalating violence.