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NPT Drug War: The British are coming!

cook-on-bbcGuess who just took an interest in all things El Paso/Juarez? You guessed it, the British! The BBC have spent the last few days pouring ink over the drug war, including an interview with El Paso Mayor John Cook.

Here’s a list of BBC stories on the drug war that have the last few days:

El Paso Mayor john Cook interviewd by the BBC’s Katty Kay: [link]

BBC photo essay on the U.S./Mexico border: [link]

“Drugs war challenge for US and Mexico” by the BBC’s Matt Price: [link]

“Out with the border patrol in Texas” by the BBC’s Matt Price: [link]

US to boost Mexico border defence by the BBC: [link]

Q&A: Mexico’s drug fuleed violence by the BBC: [link]

Juarez: Audio slideshow by the BBC: [link]

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March 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm

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NPT Drug War: McCain gets in on the act

From the Dallas Morning News, John McCain puts weight behind Texas request for border troops: In light of those requests “and the continued escalation of violence, I support sending National Guard troops to assist with securing our southern border and stemming the flow of violence spilling over into the United States,” McCain said.

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March 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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NPT Capitol: “At a loss”? Yes, you certainly are

From the San Antonio Express-News (and written by former Times capitol writer Gary Scharrer):

“For me to believe that our cities are so endangered by all this violence that we need to send the military to the border is a knee-jerk reaction,” McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez told the House Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

But a disbelieving Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, told the border mayors: “I’m at a loss to hear you all say that there’s no violence coming over.”

Noting that Mexico had recently deployed 5,000 troops to Juarez, across the river from El Paso, Flynn suggested the Mexican military would push the cartels to the Texas side of the border.

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March 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm

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NPT City: Fort Bliss loves Mayor Cook

Question: Does this count as a campaign donation? 🙂 News release from Fort Bliss yesterday (March 25, 2009)

Fort Bliss Recognizes Mayor as Citizen of the Year

FORT BLISS, Texas-Fort Bliss Commanding General Maj. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg presented the Christiaan Petrus Fox Citizen of the Year, FY 2008, Award to Mayor John F. Cook. The presentation took place at Patriot Hall earlier today.

Bromberg recognized Cook for his continued support to the American Soldier, their Families, and the Fort Bliss community. His efforts
culminated in thousands of community members lining the streets of El Paso for the Welcome Home Heroes Parade in February 2008 which honored Fort Bliss Soldiers returning from Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom. His active participation in the Association for Regional Military Support Committee and the Association of the U.S. Army provides valuable insight on military issues for Team El Paso to share with Congressional leadership on their semi-annual trips to Washington, DC. His actions embody the highest standards of honesty, integrity, courage and loyalty, and deserve recognition as the Christiaan Petrus Fox Citizen of the
Year, FY 2008.

The Christiaan Petrus Fox Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a local citizen for their outstanding contributions to and support of the military and Fort Bliss.

Sito Negron

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March 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

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NPT Drug War: “Gearing up” for combat

From the London Telegraph, Mexican drug wars now worse than Iraq:

“Law enforcement agencies in American cities close to the border with Mexico – including San Diego in California, and El Paso in Texas – are “gearing up” for street confrontations with the drug gangs, which are armed with rockets and grenades and have brought death and chaos south of the border.”

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March 26, 2009 at 9:33 am

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NPT Capitol: Pickett: Texas Tech 3rd building “going to be tough”

While maintaining that El Paso was “doing very well” out of the Texas legislative session so far, state Rep. Joe Pickett admitted Wednesday that the prospects of funding a third building at the El Paso campus of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center were not looking good.

“Its going to be tough for that third building at Texas Tech just because of the budget … but as far as our agenda and issues for El Paso, we’re gonna do fine. There are bigger things out there that everybody thinks is important,” said Pickett during a brief lunchtime conversation at the Capitol, referencing such major issues as dealing with the stimulus package, funding CHIP, and Texas Department of Transportation funding formulas.

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March 26, 2009 at 9:19 am

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