first_imgUna carta del Departamento de Correcciones de Pensilvania (DOC) recibida por WW Publishers el 11 de septiembre declaró: “El número del 31 de agosto del periódico Workers World ha sido denegado a todos los presos alojados en las prisiones de Pensilvania”. Su razón: el tema contiene artículos que “Llama a la gente a unirse a la lucha contra la supremacía blanca”.Este es la cuarta edición de WW negada a los prisioneros de Pensilvania desde la elección de Donald Trump. A principios de 2017, el DOC censuró los números 7, 12 y 13 por abogar por una huelga general global el 1 de mayo.La página 2 de la edición del 31 de agosto citada por el DOC presentó un artículo titulado “Trumka de AFL-CIO deja el consejo de Trump: ¡nunca debería haberse unido!” El DOC parece haberse ofendido con este párrafo: “La pregunta más grande para los sindicatos es, por supuesto, la conducta de Trumka. ¿Cómo podría justificarse tomar lugar en este horrible consejo, sabiendo todo sobre la retórica intolerante de Trump y la presencia de supremacistas blancos en el gabinete”? (Workers.org, Aug. 29)El artículo de la página 7 también citado era titulado “Una declaración de la rama Durham de Workers World Party: Sobre el derribo de la estatua confederada”. En la parte superior de la página 11 estaba “BULLETIN: Más arrestos de Durham – Llame al sheriff”. (workers.org, Aug. 29)Cada periódico de EUA ha publicado artículos este verano pasado sobre la creciente lucha contra la supremacía blanca. Los prisioneros tienen tanto derecho a leer WW-MO como cualquier otro periódico o revista, especialmente porque los artículos de WW-MO son escritos por activistas que desempeñan papeles principales en ese dinámico movimiento.DOC obligado a dar marcha atrás después de una campaña públicaWW Publishers presentó una apelación el 26 de septiembre, exigiendo que el DOC cese esta práctica inconstitucional para futuras ediciones; que se le dé a cada prisionera/o las copias que le fueron denegadas; y, para hacer que cada prisionera/o cuyos derechos constitucionales fueron denegados reciba $50 por cada edición ilegalmente denegada.En lugar de limitar la respuesta a una carta de apelación, WW-MO compartió ampliamente esta carta del DOC en las redes sociales para que el público pudiera ver las actitudes de supremacía blanca de la administración de la prisión en sus propias palabras. Los seres queridos tras las rejas en Pennsylvania y en cada estado están sujetos a esas actitudes y acciones racistas todos los días.WW-MO instó a las/os lectores y activistas a enviar quejas al Departamento de Correcciones, 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050; 717-728-2573. Reporteras/os de RT, el periódico The Guardian, Newsweek y otros medios contactaron a WW-MO para obtener confirmación y comentarios. Muchas/os expresaron su incredulidad inicial de que el USDOC fuera tan descarado en su apoyo a la supremacía blanca hasta que confirmaron que la carta era legítima.El miembro del Partido WW-MO Mike Wilson, fue entrevistado en el programa “Radio Courtroom” de Michael Coard en WURD 96.1-FM, una importante estación de radio popular en la comunidad negra de Filadelfia.Para el 28 de septiembre, el DOC emitió una respuesta por escrito llamando a su propia carta del 11 de septiembre “una razón mal escrita para la negación”. Contrariamente a la carta anterior recibida por WW-MO, la nueva declaración afirmó que era “una negación de una institución correccional estatal a UN recluso”.Después de criticar su propia razón por su negativa como “groseramente inexacta”, el DOC reaccionó ante una amplia condena pública, alegando que “no tolera el racismo en ninguna forma y apoya las políticas de igualdad”.Workers World-MO aún no ha recibido una carta de respuesta oficial del DOC.Cerca de 300 prisioneras/os en Pensilvania tienen suscripciones gratuitas a WW-MO, cuya cabecera en la portada contiene las palabras: “¡Trabajadores y pueblos oprimidos del mundo uníos!” Se alienta a las/os lectores que deseen apoyar más suscripciones gratuitas a prisioneros a donar a través de patreon.com/wwp.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgRead senior reporter Sebastian Rotella’s report on terrorists and Europe’s revolving-door prisons. I saw the movie “Sicario” the other day. And it reminded me why the border still haunts me.“Sicario” is an important contribution to a cinematic genre that examines the dark realities of the U.S.-Mexico border. The film centers on an FBI agent in Arizona who joins a shadowy, CIA-led task force pursuing a Mexican drug lord. She becomes alarmed by secretive, brutal methods that leave a trail of corpses. She discovers that the unit’s mysterious Colombian “consultant” is an assassin (sicario) unleashed by the U.S. government on the cartels.“Sicario” has drawn admiring reviews, commentary about the tough subject, and criticism in Mexico. My editors asked me to assess its portrayal of the underworlds of the U.S.-Mexico border.I covered the borderlands for the Los Angeles Times in the 1990s and return there now and then. I’ve spent years reporting about mafias, justice and intrigue across the Americas and around the world. And I’ve written fiction and nonfiction in which the border plays a big role.My first novel, “Triple Crossing,” describes the troubled dreams of a rookie Border Patrol agent: “The border seethed on the edge of his sleep. Haunting him. Disembodied faces surging up out of the riverbed at him.”That image comes from personal experience. I still see the faces of people I knew — heroes and outlaws, bigshots and grunts — who lived intensely and died violently.I remember interviewing a reformist police chief days before rogue federal cops assassinated him. I see a young prosecutor in a Tijuana diner telling me about investigating the chief’s murder — 18 months before killers butchered him in front of his house. I relive an early-morning phone call with sad news about a gentle, doomed warden who let me explore one of the world’s strangest prisons: a savage village where gangsters lived with their families, inmates ran shops and eateries, and gunfights erupted on the basketball court at high noon.So I watched “Sicario” with a wary but respectful eye. I once wrote that the storytellers of the border know there is no better story in the world. But it’s a hard tale to tell, especially for Americans. Even if you speak fluent Spanish and have walked both sides of the line.Overall, I found “Sicario” artful and thought-provoking. The focus is intentionally narrow: Villeneuve portrays a battleground obscured by a permanent fog of war. The film succeeds in evoking the menace, paranoia and ambiguity of the turf.“Sicario” falls short for me in other aspects. While it has impeccably realistic moments, the federal agents broke the rules with a casualness (and lack of consequences) unlike anything I’ve reported on. I also would have liked more depth in the depiction of the Mexican side, though there’s a limit to what can be done in two hours.The first thing I look for in a drama like this is the authenticity of the characters — how they compare to the swashbuckling and ferocious ones I’ve met.Josh Brolin is convincing as the chief of the task force, a brash spy who drops enigmatic lines about his plan to “dramatically overreact” against the cartel that has murdered dozens of people on the U.S. side of the border.Benicio Del Toro’s role as the brooding, relentless sicario is the best thing about the film. An early scene in which he shudders awake from a nap establishes him as a man who has nightmares — and inflicts them on others.The FBI agent played by Emily Blunt is refreshingly unglamorous. Her clashes with the CIA/Pentagon crew have a real-life basis in conflicts among U.S. agencies. Her mystified indignation becomes less credible, however, as she continues to tag along with the marauding unit.The lack of Hispanic characters on the U.S. law enforcement team surprised me. This is not an abstract issue of diversity in Hollywood; traveling the borderlands, you meet many sharp Hispanic federal agents making the most of their language and cultural skills.The film sticks to a largely north-of-the-line viewpoint. A nice subplot about a Mexican police officer seemed underdeveloped. That’s a recurring pitfall in this genre: exploring a Mexican reality with limited presence of actual Mexicans.“Sicario” does include a spectacular sequence in Ciudad Juarez. With Delta Force operators riding shotgun, the U.S. task force zooms in to pick up and bring north a cartel figure for questioning. The tension builds to a claustrophobic shootout in a monster traffic jam at the port of entry. The scene triggered my residual paranoia from many a border crossing.Officials in Ciudad Juarez were upset about scenes showing cadavers hanging from downtown viaducts and firefights and explosions lighting up the night. They pointed out that crime has gone down since the city was the world’s murder capital. Nonetheless, it’s legitimate to depict the anarchy and bloodshed that have periodically engulfed Juarez, Tijuana, Acapulco and other Mexican cities.Above all, “Sicario” puts a spotlight on U.S. antidrug policy. It imagines a world in which federal agencies have decided to fight dirty. Del Toro’s Colombian water-boards a suspect at a U.S. military base, physically abuses a corrupt U.S. cop in a vehicle in Arizona and runs up the body count elsewhere.I understand that movies take liberties in the name of drama. The director has said he’s making a larger point about moral choices, about the excesses of vengeful covert action. I had reservations, however, about the premise of the black-ops campaign.First of all, most takedowns of drug lords end in arrest and prosecution. U.S. intelligence and law enforcement put money and effort — from high-tech intercepts to training and vetting foreign units — into building cases against kingpins and battering through their concentric circles of firepower and political protection.I’m not suggesting abuses don’t happen. I’ve covered brutality and corruption in U.S. agencies. But the brazen excess depicted in the film is pretty rare on U.S. soil. American intelligence and law enforcement operatives do work closely with foreign counterparts who are brutal and corrupt. Agents have told me about teaming with Mexican investigators who pursued traffickers diligently, but weren’t given U.S. leads about a certain drug lord because they were on his payroll.Another story about misconduct-by-proxy: U.S. agents once helped local forces arrest a suspect in a Latin American nation. The Americans waited awkwardly outside while the locals began their interrogation. It went badly and the U.S. agents had to rush in to revive the suspect with CPR.The larger argument of Villeneuve and scriptwriter Taylor Sheridan is that the drug war risks turning us into the very monsters we are trying to defeat.It’s tempting to agree — at least about the futility. Despite considerable blood and sacrifice, the basic story in Mexico hasn’t changed much over the past two decades.In 1993, I covered the capture of Joaquin (Chapo) Guzman, the boss of the Sinaloa cartel, and the discovery of his first smuggling tunnel between Tijuana and San Diego. Guzman has escaped from prison twice. His operation still uses tunnels. The latest headlines suggest his days are numbered, but he has reigned for a quarter century.I do see glimmers of hope. Look at the remarkable transformation of Colombia, the result of Colombian tenacity backed with U.S. resources. Or Peru’s defeat of cartels, narco-guerillas and a malevolent spy chief. Or Guatemala’s recent strides against high-level mafias. The driving force in those cases was dogged police work, not death squads.Tangible progress has also happened in Mexico, including Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez. “Sicario” portrays part of the problem. But it doesn’t venture into the Mexican political labyrinth that is the root of the crisis.My reporting in Latin America has convinced me the conversation needs to be about more than drugs. Mafias profit from an array of rackets: extortion, migrant smuggling, political thievery. The region’s greatest single problem is lawlessness in high and low places alike. Weak justice systems protect the elites.In a column this week in Spain’s El Pais newspaper, a Mexican academic declared that a “pact of impunity” dominates his society.“Ample sectors of the political class have established regional alliances with criminal actors,” wrote Alberto J. Olvera of the Veracruzana University. “The regime can’t and doesn’t want to reform itself. A gigantic mobilization is necessary of a united civil society focused on the fight against impunity.”Signs of such a mobilization can be seen in Mexico, Central America and elsewhere. The vanguard includes brave cops, journalists, activists, and citizens in the streets. Things will change not with the capture of Chapo Guzman, but when the police start arresting senators, governors, bankers and others in suits and ties.The longer that takes to happen, the more likely the dirty war depicted in Sicario could one day become a reality. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York center_img ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

first_imgFor the majority of the student body, Saturday night’s game against Hawaii will be the first time University of Wisconsin students experience a night game.Here are five memorable night games in Wisconsin football history to refresh your memory:1. Oct. 17, 2010: Wisconsin 31, Ohio State 16No. 18 Wisconsin took control of the game from the very start, as David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and put quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the No. 1 Ohio State in a hole before they could even blink. The Buckeyes never recovered, as UW was able to pull away with a victory behind running back John Clay’s 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns.But what made this game most memorable was the scene afterwards when the entire student section stormed the field following the upset with the lights of Camp Randall shining down on them.2. Oct. 2, 2011: Wisconsin 48, Nebraska 17It was a game of firsts. Not only was it quarterback Russell Wilson’s first true test of his lone season as a Badger, but it was also No. 8 Nebraska’s first Big Ten game since joining the conference.No. 7 Wisconsin did not give the Cornhuskers a very warm welcome — behind Wilson’s 225 passing yards and two touchdowns on top of 151 rushing yards and four scores from Montee Ball, the Badgers steamrolled Nebraska with ease. It was a win that kickstarted one of the more memorable seasons in Wisconsin football history.3. Sept. 16, 2012: Wisconsin 16, Utah State 14Gary Andersen coached his first game at Camp Randall that night, but for the visiting team.A week after the then-No. 13 Badgers lost to unranked Oregon State, they came home to Camp Randall ranked No. 22 in the nation.After a slow first half that ended with the Badgers trailing 14-3 to the Aggies, Kenzel Doe energized the Badgers with a 82-yard punt return for a touchdown, followed by a 17-yard Montee Ball run for a score that set up the dramatic final seconds of the game.With the Badgers leading 16-14 in the final seconds, the Aggies lined up for a 37-yard field goal. Josh Thompson pushed it just wide-right and the Badgers held on for the win in dramatic fashion.4. Aug. 23, 2002: Wisconsin 23, Fresno State 21The No. 25 Badgers held off the Bulldogs, who had beaten the Badgers in Madison the year prior.Matt Allen kicked a game winning field goal from 34 yards out with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter. Jim Leonhard made his first career start for the Badgers, and had two interceptions and a game-sealing pass breakup late in the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis rushed 36 times for 184 yards and fullback Matt Bernstein found the end zone twice in the victory.5. Oct. 10, 1998: Wisconsin 31, Purdue 24The No. 12 Badgers withstood a strong performance from then-Boilermaker quarterback Drew Brees, who tied the NCAA record that night with 55 completions, and threw for 494 yards.The Wisconsin defense picked off Brees four times that night, though, including one each by freshmen cornerbacks Mike Echols and Jamar Fletcher, who took his pick all the way for a score. The win put the Badgers at 6-0 on the season, a campaign that would end with a Rose Bowl victory.last_img read more