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Current TV looks at the 'Narco War Next Door'

It may not be an original metaphor, but it's still a damn good one: The U.S. government's war on drug trafficking is like squeezing a balloon -- you squish it down in one place and it pops up in another. The pressure Washington brought on Colombia during the 1990s simply moved the problem to Mexico, which is now teetering on the brink of chaos. Even border cities like Juarez and Tijuana, long immune from the kind of vicious narco-violence that cropped up in the interior, have turned into lawless badlands. Literally -- the police chief of Juarez resigned this week, and the city's mayor moved across the border to El Paso to keep his family safe.

This story isn't getting a lot of attention from U.S. news media. One big exception is Current TV, which takes an in-depth look at the deteriorating Mexican situation in Wednesday's episode of its Vanguard news documentary show. Narco War Next Door, reported by Laura Ling, intersperses some very ugly footage of Mexico's corpse-strewn streets with interviews of local cops, American FBI agents, kidnap victims, politicians and human-rights activists. It's scary.

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