In a universe of diminishing sources of news on the escalating “war on drugs” in Mexico, one website has consistently chronicled the horror engulfing swathes of the country – the BlogdelNarco. The 6-month-old website – which regularly runs pictures and videos none of the formal news sources have – has created quite a following: Its Twitter feed has more than 14,000 followers and, according to its administrator, the site gets 3 million hits a week. (Warning to readers: The photos on BlogdelNarco can be extremely graphic).
The site, slick and complete with a chat room and a gruesome list of readers’ favorite stories, follows the Mexican government’s struggle to contain the murderous drug cartels transporting cocaine, marijuana, heroin and amphetamines into the United States. This struggle took an even more vicious turn in 2006, when President Felipe Calderon declared war on the powerful networks and the private armies that serve them.