Springnet 507 - Texas Book Festival 2011 - Narco Wars

Spring.net, Austin, TX - Texas Book Festival 2011 - Narco Wars The Narco Wars: Inside the Drug Cartels with Ioan Grillo & Sylvia Longmire Date: Sunday, October 23, 2011 The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Thirty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. And it is all because a few Americans are getting high. Or is it? Investigative journalists Sylvia Longmire and Ioan Grillo will be in conversation during this session with moderator Ricardo Ainslie, a writer and filmmaker as well as a psychoanalyst who teaches at the University of Texas. His feature-length documentary film, Ya Basta: Kidnapped in Mexico, used the stories of several victims to examine the factors behind the wave of kidnappings that has swept through Mexico. He is currently completing a book, The Savior of Juarez: Mexico at the Time of the Great Drug War.

Authors: Sylvia Longmire Ioan Grillo

Ainslie Sylvia Longmire Having followed Mexico's cartels for years, border security expert Sylvia Longmire takes us deep into the heart of their world in Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars to witness a dangerous underground that will do whatever it takes to deliver drugs to a willing audience of American consumers. The cartels have grown increasingly bold in recent years, building submarines to move up the coast of Central America and digging elaborate tunnels that both move drugs north and carry cash and U.S. high-powered assault weapons back to fuel the drug war. Channeling her long experience working on border issues, Longmire brings to life the very real threat of Mexican cartels operating not just along the southwest border, but deep inside every corner of the United States. She also offers real solutions to the critical problems facing Mexico and the United States, including programs to deter youth in Mexico from joining the cartels and changing drug laws on both sides of the border. Longmire was a Special Agent in the Air Force and a senior intelligence analyst for the state of California. She has been interviewed on Geraldo at Large, CNN and CNN International, BBC World Radio, and her writing is regularly featured in Homeland Security Today magazine. Currently, Longmire is an independent consultant, and testifies as an expert witness on U.S. asylum cases.

On the web: http://us.macmillan.com/cartel

http://www.bloomsburypress.com/books/catalog/el_narco_hc_113

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