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The Violent Spiral of Mexico's Drug War

Steve Scher
11/18/2008 at 9:00 a.m.

Drug wars between rival cartels in Mexico have kicked off a downward spiral of violence and bloodshed. The border town of Juarez alone had over 1000 killings in a year. With all the violence, is there any end in sight? We'll look at Mexico's drug war today on Weekday.


Ioan Grillo is TIME magazine's correspondent in Mexico City. He has been following the rise of Mexican drug cartels and organized crime closely for the past seven years.

Alma Guillermoprieto is a Mexican journalist who has written extensively on Latin American issues. She has written extensively for the New Yorker and The Washington Post. She joins us from the University of Chicago where she is a visiting scholar.

Mike Braun retired as Chief of Operations for the Drug Enforcement Agency three weeks ago. He is now a managing partner of Spectre Group International, LLC.

Jason de Leon is a professor of economic anthropology at the University of Washington. He has done field work in drug communities like the states of Hallisco and Guerrero.

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