Members of the Torres family in the hamlet of La Morena in Tiearra Caliente region of the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The area is a hotbed of marijuana and poppy growth, as well as pockets of leftist guerrillas. We filmed an episode of Fault Lines in the area earlier this year. Torres family members told us they feel trapped between the local drug kingpin Rogaciano Alba and the military, who they claim are in collusion. Members of the Torres family have been arrested by the military and others killed by both the military and local drug forces. (Photo by Josh Rushing)
Episode two on Season 2011 of Fault Lines, “Mexico’s Hidden War,” aired tonight on Al Jazeera. Above is the full episode; please do reblog and share.
The spectacular violence of Mexico’s drug war grabs international attention. Some 40,000 people have been killed since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed Mexican military and security forces in the so-called war against the cartels — often in gruesome and sadistic ways.
But behind the headlines, under cover of impunity, a low-intensity war is being waged.
In the second episode of a two-part series, we travel to the state of Guerrero to investigate claims that Mexican security forces are using the drug war as a pretext to repress indigenous and campesino communities. In one of Mexico’s poorest and top drug-producing states, where struggling farmers are surrounded by the narco-economy, we ask about the cost of taking the struggle against dispossession into your own hands.
Fault Lines explores how human life in Juarez, Mexico, has come to be worth so much less than the drugs trafficked through.
We film with the Canon 5D giving the show a cinematic feel which can only be fully appreciated in full screen HD. Both of these can be accomplished with toggles in the bottom, righthand corner of the video.
In the absence of justice society rapidly devolves into the dark heart of humanity. The Mexican government admits to investigating less than five percent of murders. Life has become worth so little in Mexico that the violence, which started as a result of economic and political forces, now clearly has an independent, sadistic component.
I’ll be live tweeting tonight at 6:30 pm EST during the airing of “Profits and Impunity”, Fault Lines first episode of the new season on Al Jazeera English.
In this image released by Mexico’s Defense Department, SEDENA, on Sunday, June 5, a makeshift armored truck is displayed after it was seized on June 4 in the city of Camargo, Mexico. According to Mexico’s Defense Department, two makeshift armored trucks were found in a clandestine shop that was being used to create these vehicles.
In a make-shift asylum just outside of Juarez Becky shares an emotional moment with a doll. In the upcoming episode of Fault Lines, Impunity and Profits, we go in the mental institution and profile an unbelievable act of compassion.