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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Examining Mexico’s Drug War

February 6th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

To date more than 100,000 people have died in Mexico as a result of the drugs war.

We brought you a report by Channel 4 News reporter Guillermo Galdos, who was given rare access to Mexico's answer to 'Breaking Bad'.

Servando 'La Tuta' Gómez is a former schoolteacher, and one of the most wanted men in Mexico. In Michoacan, Mexico, La Tuta rules like an unofficial governor. He is the head of the Knights Templar Cartel, a group that has carried out thousands of gruesome murders among people who don't obey their rules.

"We are a necessary evil," La Tuta tells a gathered crowd of city locals, filmed in the report. "Unfortunately, or fortunately, we are here. If we weren't here another group would come."

He’s on the run with $2.5 million on his head, but with whiskey in his hand and a gun in his back pocket he tells Galdos "We are not going to fix the world. And that's business. There are people who dedicate themselves to business. But we all know that this is business."

In response to his rule by intimidation and fear, several ‘self-defence units’ have sprung up – vigilantes with the aim of fighting back. They finance themselves partly through profits from lemon farms, but their actions haven’t been welcomed by the Mexican government.

See the full report above.To find out more about how deep this crisis goes Becky spoke to Ana Maria Salazar, former assistant to the US Special Envoy to the Americas and head of the US Pentagon’s Anti-Narcotics Unit.

She also talked to Rafael Romo, CNN correspondent in Mexico, about the organisation and origins of the many vigilante groups.


Filed under:  Analysis • Becky's Interviews • Drugs • Mexico • South America • Video

Victim: Responsibility can't be dodged

February 6th, 2014
04:53 PM ET

In an unprecedented report, a United Nations committee slammed the Vatican's handling of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and accused the church of protecting itself rather than the victims.

Becky spoke to Irish clerical abuse survivor Colm O'Gorman to garner his reaction.

"I do think today is an incredibly significant and important moment that has been a very long time coming, where the Catholic church has been held accountable in the one place, frankly, where it can't dodge accountability. Because up until now it's used its status as a sovereign state to avoid responsibility in civil jurisdictions and national jurisdictions where it's claimed either sovereign or diplomatic immunity, and now really it's hoisted by its own petard. It's a state party to a binding international treaty, and it's going to have to be accountable for its gross violations of the rights of tens of thousands of children worldwide."

O'Gorman says that because all congregations and diocese operate under the authority of the Vatican, they can no longer avoid taking responsibility for abuses. But while this is a great development, the exact mechanisms for enforcing culpability and investigating misconduct still need to be finalized.

"I think there is some sense that Pope Francis will adopt a very different approach but we need to see that. He's put in place a Commission, that's valuable. What's important is to find out who exactly will be on this Commission. To what extent is he prepared to open the Vatican up to scrutiny and accountability? What kind of transparency will we see?"

 

More: U.N. denounces Vatican over child abuse


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Religion • Vatican

Ex- IOC official: Judge Sochi later

February 6th, 2014
03:39 PM ET

Issues of politicization and questions of preparation are a staple of any Olympic Games, but in the end they'll be "defined by the seventeen days of sports performance". That's what Michael Payne, former marketing director of the IOC, told Becky when she spoke to him live from Sochi.

"There's always an awful lot of background chatter in the lead-up to the games. What we're seeing here from the IOC standpoint is frankly nothing new."

Answering the question of whether facilities would be ready on time, Payne stated that "Even before Lillehammer, probably the most successful Winter Games ever, the week before was not a pretty picture... Certainly the feedback you're also getting from the athletes who are coming into town is seeing facilities like they've never seen before, very positive feedback from the athletes' village. The media/TV facilities and press center is also getting very high reports."

Becky also asked Payne about the activists who are calling for boycotts over Russia's anti-gay laws. "The politicization of the Games has been there for the last century. I think President Bach has been very clear in the IOC leadership about the IOC's values and that all athletes, no matter what gender, what sex, what position are welcome, and they've received all the assurances and everything from President Putin. But I mean it amuses me, this gay debate. You go back to the Games in Atlanta – two years before the Games in Atlanta when they had the Volleyball Cobb County there was far more draconian proposals coming from the local community, anti-gay, and a whole boycott of sponsor products back then, so it's not exactly a new issue."


Filed under:  Activism • Becky's Interviews • Olympics • Russia • Sochi • Sport