Mexico's drug war bleeds across the border

Monday, March 02, 2009

In recent weeks, much of northern Mexico has been gripped by anarchic violence as President Felipe Calderon takes on powerful drug cartels. The cartels' tactics are simple: use brute force to get what you want. The problem is—it's working. And increasingly, that violence is spilling across Mexico’s border into U.S. cities like El Paso and Phoenix. The Takeaway is joined by Sam Quinones, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Tracy Wilkinson, Mexico Bureau Chief for the same paper. Both have been providing coverage for the paper’s series: “Mexico Under Siege.”

For more, follow the series, Mexico Under Siege, in the Los Angeles Times.

"There are many groups fighting for a piece of not just territory, not just smuggling routes, but also for control of local markets. So there are many factors to why this has become so much more violent."
— Tracy Wilkinson of the Los Angeles Times, on the violence of Mexican drug cartels


Guests:

Sam Quinones and Tracy Wilkinson

Contributors:

Noel King

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