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We should get a couple of ongoing scenarios started to keep our minds on track, I think. The game's great for spurring us to act through missions, but there's about seven days between each mission, and it's pretty obvious that the end result of all this "training" is to engage ourselves in the real world, fixing real problems.

That in mind, let's come up with the following;

Name a country; Let's stick to real countries, so the region can still dictate resources available. Choose a major problem for that country to suffer from, causing them to send an EVOKE. From there, keeping regional and cultural restrictions in mind, let's start brainstorming potential ways to solve the problem, and ensure that these plans include a way to empower the people to handle this problem in the future.

Are you game?

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I'm game for a little social innovative practice, but I might suggest we start small. I think one issue that honestly does need some serious attention is in Mexico, the drug trafficking and violence that has erupted there has all but brought the country to its knees.

That's my vote at least but I'm open to other suggestions.
That sounds about right. The only real solution I've heard proposed thus far is military action, and I'm not sure that's the solution, just yet.

Let's figure out what the deal is.
I believe drug trafficing may be rampant in Mexico because it has such a high profit to it, and in a country where the gross annualy wage (Intl dollars) is 1,810 and their neighbours to the north (US) are at 15,080 there is a high demand for such profit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minimum_wages_by_country

An article read "Some countries derive a large portion of their GNP (Gross National Product) from the sale and distribution of illicit drugs. The revenue streams should be replaced or stopped in order to join hands together to combat drug trafficking. This can be done if the US government publicly recognizes its "partner countries" and offers them assistance to improve their economies." http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Best-Ways-To-Combat-Drug-Trafficking&...

Muscling in with weapons, will only increase the violence in the country. If the problem can be viewed as a bleeding wound, military isn't even a bandaid solution, its like trying to hold the wound closed with your hand, making a bigger mess and increasing infection.

The best way to solve a problem caused by the people is by having the people solve it.

Education of the people not only in the effects, dangers of drugs, but education in general. Give a way out for those kids that grow up in a trafficking area. Give them a future that goes beyond their street curb, beyond the dealers outside their doors.

In 2007 president Hinojosa said in a press release
"From a Mexico threatened by criminality and violence, to a Mexico in peace, a free Mexico, a Mexico in which our children can walk, play, study, grow and live in peace and with dignity.
I think of that Mexico and I hold on firmly to the idea that it is possible to have it."

I don't believe military will have much effect, it never has, it will only possible to change mexico any country for that matter in the building of the community so that the people have a choice, and are able to choose.

This is done through the creation of education, jobs and hope.
Because I live in the Netherlands, mine is about countries below sea level. An urgent EVOKE is send out because of rising sea levels and levees can't prevent floodings anymore. More information at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_control_in_the_Netherlands.
The drug trafficking question is a tough one, since real change will only be facilitated by an intrinsic change in how people perceive the drug trade and addicts.
The fact is, any item that is outlawed immediately becomes a lucrative commodity. You see where I'm going. Recreational drugs need to be regulated, not outlawed. Doses could be regulated, a wh*** industry could be built around it (though that strikes me as scary), and active addicts could be offered treatment.
See? I've already violated 'regional and cultural restrictions.' Legalization is so politicized it's likely dangerous to be associated with it; especially in a country where there is a vested interest for a few very rich people to keep things as they are.
The problem is, the other solutions just don't work. Education? Quality education for the poor is another issue with a wh*** host of hurdles to overcome. I went to a 'college prep' school and I promise you, it stops nothing.
Without accompanying policy change, military action does nothing to combat trafficking in a long term sense. There's always someone to fill in the gaps.
A problem like this requires comprehensive policy change and I'm often at a loss as to how one might proceed with any level of success.

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