Mexico’s drug industry is much larger than anyone actually knows. It is the second largest industry of Mexico behind oil. This is a common fact most Americans may not know but after decades of foreign genocides and world wars you would think we may pay attention to foreign affairs. Drug cartels in Mexico very well could reach genocide levels. It is considered home to the most dangerous city on the planet and since the death of Bin laden, home to the most dangerous person as well. Continue reading
I originally thought that I wanted to write my White Paper on something regarding the environment since that is a strong interest of mine. My past two proposals were on the topic of coal mining and coal-fired power plants, but after doing some initial research I decided that I chose that topic because it seemed safe. On top of that, it seems pretty boring as well! I have decided to change my topic to the legalization of marijuana since I wrote a blog post on the topic and enjoyed learning about it.
For my third white paper proposal, I am looking into government sources. For my governmental sources, I am looking into the United Nations, the European Union, and human rights policies in China. Looking over these governmental sites, it is clear that these countries are all operating with different focuses on human trafficking issues. Continue reading
As I did more research on my white paper topic I decided to focus my attention to the impact these violent groups have on the mexican government and law enforcement. The government may be a source of the problem but may also be the only solution to stopping these violent groups from wreaking havoc on the country. Continue reading
This week I want to look at the international drug and the United States’ involvement in it from the lens of the government. I want to discuss what exactly the US has done in the way of laws and legislation in a response to the drug trade. There is over a $30 billion dollar business in the US based on trafficking of international drugs. Now that Obama is in office for a second term, what are his plans in this regard?
While not the most controversial or dangerous drug, Marijuana has been in the news for years. Within a lot of circles there has been discussion of feel legalization of marijuana in the US. It is often argued, as it is here, that a legalization of marijuana would make the US have less high touch environments with Mexican cartels and would, in fact, slow down their business and operations. Here is a quick blurb from the linked article above:
“The possible legalization of marijuana at the state level in the US could provoke a considerable loss in proceeds of drug trafficking for Mexican criminal organizations,” the report concludes. In fact, it says, ballot initiatives Tuesday could represent the biggest blow to Mexican criminal syndicates in decades.
With Oregon, Colorado and Washington having initiatives to legalize marijuana, the trend could be coming where more and more states are going to try to legalize marijuana. How is this going to effect the international drug trade within the United States and what tangential laws will the US government put into play to make sure that the legalization does not become a problem? It has been determined by a Mexican think tank that these laws could lower marijuana trafficking and revenues within the US by 30% for cartels.
I want to take a look at the history of US drugs laws and how they have adapted to the change of different strategies by drug traffickers. Here are some major milestones in America’s history with drug policy. I look forward to diving into this history and any other future plans in order to see both the short and long term strategy.
Campaign Finance Reform
Political Campaigns in America, where democracy is a highly valued necessity, have a unique place in society. During Presidential campaigns, candidates become quasi celebrities and spend hundreds of millions of dollars promoting themselves. During the month of September in 2008, Obama raised over $150,000,000 which shattered all previous fundraising records. He went on to raise over $770,000,000 total during his 2008 presidential campaign (ABC). These enormous sums of money are donated by individuals and institutions and are protected in some instances by the first Amendment of the constitution as “freedom of speech.” Which such a large amount of capital being donated and spent during political campaigns in America, the practice needs intricate rules and regulations. Continue reading
According to EPA (environmental protection agency), gas emissions from the United States totaled 6,821.8 million metric tons CO2 in 2010 and rose by 3.2% from 2009 to 2010. In 2009, the Unites States account for 18% of the total green house gas emission in the world.
Currently, the two most popular emission control policies are cap-and-trade system and carbon taxes. Those approaches are not incompatible with each other and a number of countries use one or both across various business sectors to control emission. Hence, in my paper, I would like to investigate which approach is best suited to which sector and recommend an emission control for the next government. Continue reading
……sorry about the picture …. I had to!
There are many regulations set on hiring. The government clearly has recognized that this is a problem and there are currently many regulations in place protecting individuals against this type of discrimination. My idea for this Paper stemmed from my Paper 2 research topic of the ethical performance of Hooters. While researching I came across many different articles of many different companies currently using questionable practices. Continue reading
The city I grew up in has a population of about 130,000 and income levels ranging from the millions to the low thousands. There are two public high schools, five public middle schools, and twelve public elementary schools. Every few years, the superintendent has to redistrict all of these schools. The redistricting happens because of funding. Stamford (the city I grew up in) has three very distinct areas; there is the lower class area right near the downtown area, the middle class area which is surrounded by various shopping centers, and the upper-class which is located away pretty far from the chaotic city life. The two public high schools pulled in students from two very different districts. Stamford High School had about a quarter of the students from the upper-class, half of the middle-class, and three-quarters from the lower-class. Westhill, on the other hand, had the majority of students from the upper-class families and very few from the lower-income areas. Which school do you think had more funding?