I haven’t written much of late. Between a hectic schedule and a feeling of helplessness/uselessness it hardly seems worth the time. That’s not to say that important matters have not arisen.
Among those is the recent passing of my friend Oscar Cabello. Those of you that have read Contrabando should remember the name.
Washington Post, By Dana Priest, April 27
Mexico City — For the past seven years, Mexico and the United States have put aside their tension-filled history on security matters to forge an unparalleled alliance against Mexico’s drug cartels, one based on sharing sensitive intelligence, U.S. training and joint operational planning.
But now, much of that [...]
The Guardian Exclusive:
For three years it has chronicled Mexico’s drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, acclaim, denunciations – and speculation about its author’s identity.
Blog del Narco, an internet sensation dubbed a “front-row seat” to Mexico’s agony over drugs, has become a must-read [...]
by Christine Ahn and Erika Guevara-Rosas
(Originally posted by Foreign Policy in Focus, republished under a Creative Commons license)
With the U.S. elections now over, many are speculating over who will succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State to oversee U.S. foreign policy and the $47-billion U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) annual budget. While [...]
The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights told reporters “”The reports reaching me are that there has been excessive use of force by the U.S. border patrols while they are enforcing the immigration laws,” Reuters reports.
The family of a Mexican teen shot dead when the U.S. Border Patrol opened fire on a group of [...]
Authorities question prison employees as police begin massive search near US border after mass jailbreak in Piedras Negras
More than 130 inmates escaped through a tunnel from a prison in northern Mexico on Monday, setting off a massive search by police and soldiers in an area close to the US border.
Authorities in Coahuila state [...]
When this city was among the most murderous in the world, the morgue ran out of room, the corpses stacked to the ceiling in the wheezing walk-in freezers.
Medical examiners, in plastic boots, performed a dozen autopsies a day as families of victims waited outside in numbers sufficient to require a line.
For all this, [...]
Mexico’s federal police have replaced all 348 officers responsible for security at the capital’s biggest airport after three agents were killed by corrupt colleagues smuggling drugs from Peru.
The Ministry of Public Security said the officers had been reassigned to different states.
One of the three police agents sought in the June 25 shooting at [...]
The Mexican government has declared a national animal health emergency in the face of an aggressive bird flu epidemic that has infected nearly 1.7 million poultry.
More than half the infected birds have died or been culled, the agriculture ministry said of an epidemic that was confirmed on Friday by the UN’s Food and Agriculture [...]
Mexico’s former longtime ruling party, promising to put the country back in the big leagues of emerging economies, appeared to handily win presidential elections Sunday, capping a remarkable comeback.
Exit polls by three polling companies showed Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto, a telegenic former governor of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, with at least a 10-point [...]
After seven decades of rule, the PRI lost power 12 years ago. Now, under telegenic leader PeÃ±a Nieto, it is on its way back. But many still fear that none of the candidates can bring longed-for change to a country weary of violence
Air travelers have a new worry. Shooting broke out this morning at 8:50 a.m. at Mexico City’s airport Terminal Two, which is the terminal that serves all Aeromexico flights and many of its SkyTeam partners, such as Delta.
The shooting erupted in a spacious food court away from the airline counters. Two federal police were [...]
At a modern factory set amid cactus fields in this central Mexican city, workers wielding pneumatic tools carefully attach rudders, elevators and horizontal stabilizers to the aft fuselages of state-of-the-art jets.
The plant, owned by Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace, the world’s third-largest civil aircraft manufacturer, embodies Mexico’s growing industrial prowess and a vision of its future [...]
Network alleged to have sold favourable election coverage to top politicians
Mexico’s biggest television network sold prominent politicians favourable coverage in its flagship news and entertainment shows and used the same programmes to smear a popular leftwing leader, documents seen by the Guardian appear to show.
The documents ”“ which consist of dozens of computer [...]
The Mexican government detained three high-ranking Army generals this week, including a former second in command at the Defense Ministry, suggesting the depths drug cartels have gone in trying to infiltrate one of the primary forces President Felipe CalderÃ³n has counted on to combat them.
The arrests of a group of generals were without [...]