According to Borderland Beat (BB) Jan. 5, Mexican drug cartels have formed elaborate and strategic alliances with Middle Eastern drug traffickers, and those supply chains are also being used for arms trade and money laundering. BB obtained the report from El Universal, a major Mexican newspaper, and added that Mexican groups are also making inroads into European Union markets.

A high court in Saskatchewan has ruled that marriage commissioners in Canada may not refuse to perform weddings for same-sex couples, even if their religious beliefs prohibit homosexual relations.

groceriesWorld food prices continued to rise drastically in December and are still escalating thus far in 2011, with no end in sight. According to the United Nations, the prices are now close to the crisis levels of 2007.

Critics of WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange have called for everything from prosecution and new laws to extrajudicial kidnapping and even assassination to stop the embarrassing leaks and deter future whistleblowers. But the now-famous Australian is fighting back, calling for criminal “incitement-to-murder” prosecutions over the most extreme and prominent outbursts.

Communist ManifestoMove over Superman and Spiderman; make room for the latest comic book installment to hit a comic shop and bookstore near you — Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in The Communist Manifesto (Illustrated)! That’s right. The classic 1848 publication has just received a brand new makeover as a comic book with the hope of making communism appealing to a new generation of young, enthusiastic comic readers.