KPBS San Diego released a multi-media project on border drug violence in collaboration with TijuanaPress.com: “Border Battle. Bringing the Drug War Home.” It includes a Google map mash-up that details suspected drug-related killings, statistics and trends along the Tijuana-San Diego border in recent months. It also includes videos, a glossary of lexicon inspired by drug violence, and explanations of some of the drug trafficking world’s players. The site has links to topical KPBS articles and the multi-media component is done in both Spanish and English. I’m assuming that Amy Isackson, the KPBS San Diego border reporter, was actively involved in this impressive project. The Los Angeles Times has also created a multi-media website to highlight its own impressive coverage of drug violence in Mexico, though its site doesn’t have the same Tijuana focus.
Driving home from USC this evening, I listened to more talk about the border on the radio show “To the Point.” The topic: “Mexico’s Drug War: Mi Guerra es Tu Guerra.” The panel included Mexico specialists in academia as well as Newsweek’s Miami Bureau Chief Arian Campo-Flores and Los Angeles Times reporter Ken Ellingwood. A few points brought up: Mexico’s development as a democracy has disrupted certain authoritarian tendencies that may have kept the violence in check in the past. The carnage can also be seen as the consequence of Mexico’s success in disrupting long-standing drug cartel groups.
To hear the discussion, as well as another report on “Is Mexico Losing Its War on Drugs?” you can go to KCRW’s web page.
Screenshot of KPBS San Diego’s border violence map project