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ITALIAN CYBER POLICE HACKED

Anonymous has started releasing previews of files leaked from the Italian Cyber Police (CNAIPIC). The total amount of data stolen has been estimated in 8Gb. A “revenge” for the role of CNAIPIC in the arrest of 15 members of the group in Italy and Switzerland at the beginning of July? (Here more in Italian: http://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2011/07/25/news/attacco_cnaipic-19587826/?ref=HRER2-1).

RICHARD NIXON’S ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ BEGAN 40 YEARS AGO, AND THE BATTLE IS STILL RAGING

Piece to mark 40 years of failure. Paramilitary rhetoric is not the way forward. As always, the journalistic view, despite the more complex comments of his interviewees comes down to a black and white, either or conclusion. The issues of drug taking, misuse, addiction are far too important to let a journalist loose on them. Unpicking the various markets will take a properly risk-profiled strategy and a more equal relationship between states.

NARCO DEBILITA A GOBIERNOS DE CA

According to Thomas M. Hernández, DEA’s Chief Operations Officer, the incursion of Mexican cartels into Central America and the resulting territorial disputes against local gangs is the main reason behind the high levels of violence recently recorded in the region. Also, the presence of Mexican cartels in Central America has been critical in triggering higher levels of corruption and general political and social instability in the area. Mexican cartels, according to Hernández, have great interest in securing control of the Central America – Mexico corridor since, according to the DEA, 95% of all the cocaine that enters US territory travels this route before reaching US borders. Is it so?

CÁRTELES DEBEN SER UBICADOS COMO TERRORISTAS: BUSCAGLIA

According to Professor Edgardo Buscaglia, visitng Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexican drug trafficking organizations such as Los Zetas or La Línea should be included in relevant “terrorist groups lists” in order to apply international anti-terrorism protocols and anti-money laundering policies against them.

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