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  • Obama Tells Mexico: We Are "Equal Partners"

    05/03/2013 11:36:22 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies
    ABCNews ^ | May 03, 2013 | STEPHANIE CONDON
    By STEPHANIE CONDON May 3, 2013 Obama Tells Mexico: We Are "Equal Partners" Amid attempts in the U.S. to pass immigration reform and build a stronger North American economy, President Obama on Friday sought to put the United States' relationship with Mexico on stronger footing, saying that the two nations are "equal partners." "Just as Mexico is being transformed, so too are the ties between our two countries," he said before an enthusiastic crowd at Anthropology Museum in Mexico City. "As president, I've been guided by a basic proposition -- in this relationship there is no senior partner or junior...
  • Six killed, five injured in Mexican spring break hotspot Cancun

    03/15/2013 9:19:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    AP/Reuters ^ | March 15, 2013
    CANCUN, Mexico — Two masked men armed opened fire in a bar on the outskirts of the Mexican tourist resort of Cancun on Thursday, killing six people and wounding five, the office of the state's attorney general said. Public Safety Secretary Jesus Aiza says most of the victims belonged to a taxi drivers union. Aiza says the assailants arrived at "The Mermaid" bar in a poor area far from Cancun's hotel zone in two cars Thursday afternoon. He says two gunmen using automatic rifles went inside and began shooting.
  • 3 U.S. Marines shot in Mexico

    08/24/2012 1:38:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 1:52 pm ET August 24, 201
    Three U.S. Marines were injured in a shooting south of Mexico City on Friday morning, a Mexican military official told CNN Mexico.The motive behind the attack on the American servicemen, who were on a diplomatic mission, was not immediately known.
  • Mexican drug cartels target journalists

    07/02/2012 9:39:17 AM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 30, 2012 | CBS
    Mexico is the deadliest country on earth for journalists. Almost 50 have been killed since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels six years ago.
  • Pepsi 'attacked with firebombs -- refused to pay protection money to Mexican drug cartel'

    05/28/2012 7:09:53 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5/28/12 | Staff
    A drug cartel lieutenant has been arrested over a series of firebomb attacks on Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, a subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo. The gang-related bombings are believed to be the first time a multinational company has been targeted in Mexico's 5½-year-long drug war. Experts suggested that the attack may be linked to the company's apparent refusal to hand over protection money to the gangs which have terrorised local residents and businesses.
  • Fifteen decapitated in apparent Mexico revenge attack

    05/09/2012 3:56:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | May 9, 2012
    Police found the dismembered, decapitated bodies of 15 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico Wednesday in an apparent revenge killing between powerful drug gangs. Police initially counted 12 bodies dumped in the car on a road between Mexico's second city of Guadalajara and the lakeside city of Chapala, known for its North American expatriate community. An anonymous call alerted police to the abandoned vehicles, and the bodies were taken to forensic services in Guadalajara, a police official said. Jalisco state attorney general Tomas Coronado Olmos called an urgent meeting with the state governor and said the killings appeared...
  • Obama's Daughter, Malia, Spring Breaks In Mexico With 25 Secret Service Agents (School Trip)

    03/19/2012 12:49:30 PM PDT · by Raebie · 109 replies · 3+ views
    International Business Times ^ | March 19, 2012 | Michael Billera
    President Barack Obama's 13-year-old daughter, Malia Ann Obama, will be spending her spring break in the Mexican city of Oaxaca with 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents. The young tourists will be in a downtown hotel in the city known for its colonial architecture and native traditions, reported a state police official. President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia Ann Obama, will be spending her springbreak in the Mexican city of Oaxaca with 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents. "We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the...
  • Immigrants say sex offender threatened, starved them at stash house

    03/07/2012 9:16:59 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    The Monitor ^ | March 05, 2012 | Jared Taylor
    NEAR ALTON — A man detained for operating a stash house claims a brutal prison gang forced him to “babysit” the 33 immigrants discovered there last week. U.S. Border Patrol agents detained an illegal immigrant near Falfurrias in late February who said she could lead investigators back to the stash house where she’d been kept. Agents began conducting undercover surveillance on the house at 10120 N. Mayberry Road — just south of Highway 107 — on Feb. 29, a criminal complaint states. Agents say they found the man there they would later arrest for harboring illegal aliens. Border Patrol alongside...
  • Question: Can Obama issue mass pardons to illegal aliens and register them to vote?

    03/06/2012 2:30:17 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    I have been wondering if the worst President ever would try something like this. Presidents have the power to pardon...if issued millions of full pardons, could the illegals then register them to vote. Thoughts?
  • Bodyguards in demand for Mexican nationals living in San Antonio

    03/01/2012 3:08:21 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 3+ views
    KENS ^ | February 28, 2012 | Mayra Moreno
    SAN ANTONIO -- Private security bodyguards (PSBs) are a silent majority guarding Mexican nationals seeking asylum in San Antonio and other parts of South Texas. The nationals come to the US legally, hoping to escape drug cartel threats. But once they get here they realize they're still not safe from the ruthless cartels. "They're vigilant about getting their drugs into the United States," said Philip Klein, a private security officer and CEO of Klein Investigations and Consultation. "You either cooperate with them or you die." It's a harsh reality our neighbors to the south deal with on a daily basis....
  • Mother pushing stroller in Texas hit with bullet from Mexico

    02/22/2012 10:31:06 AM PST · by South40 · 19 replies
    Reuters (Yahoo) ^ | 2/22/2012 | David Crowder
    EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - A woman pushing her child in a stroller in downtown El Paso, Texas, was struck by an assault rifle bullet fired from across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Tuesday, mayor John Cook said. After Juarez police responded to a carjacking about half a mile from the border, a gunfight broke out between police and the carjackers, Cook said. A bullet -- a type used in assault weapons such as M16s -- penetrated and exited the woman's calf, he said. The unidentified woman, 48, who was shopping, was treated at a hospital and released...
  • South Texas Constable Candidate Arrested With $1M In Vehicle's Trunk

    02/15/2012 4:12:15 AM PST · by TejanoJim · 29 replies
    The Monitor ^ | Jared Janes & Jared Taylor
    A former state trooper who was seeking election to the Precinct 1 constable’s seat was arrested Monday on money laundering charges after law enforcement officers found more than $1 million packed inside suitcases stored in his car’s trunk.
  • U.S. State Department Issues Warnings on Travel to Mexico

    02/13/2012 6:06:38 AM PST · by IbJensen · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 2/11/2012 | Staff
    Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major...
  • Bodies hanging from bridge in Mexico are warning to social media users

    09/14/2011 3:04:18 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 98 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/14/2011 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Two bodies dangling from a pedestrian bridge in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, created an image as gruesome as any in the four years of the country's offensive against the drug cartels. A man and a woman, both in their early 20s, were left hanging like cuts of meat. The woman was hogtied and disemboweled, her intestines protruding from three deep cuts on her abdomen. She was then hung from the bridge by her feet and hands, topless. The bloodied man was suspended next to her by his hands, his right shoulder severed so deeply you...
  • California Iraqi-Mexican crime ring busted, police say

    08/18/2011 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Whats the Matter with Kansas? · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 18,2011 | Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Bohan
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in southern California have arrested 60 people and broken up an Iraqi criminal ring accused of selling drugs, machine guns and improvised bombs out of an immigrant social club, authorities said on Thursday. The swoop by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local police targeted a network operating out of El Cajon, which is near San Diego and close to the border with Mexico.
  • [Mexico:]Shootouts, blockades leave Matamoros residents trapped.

    07/16/2011 9:42:12 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KGBT ^ | 07.16.2011 | Sergio Chapa
    Life has come to a standstill in Matamoros after a series of shootouts and blockades left residents trapped inside stores and buildings. It all started in the Colonia Puerto Rico in the city's southwest side shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday. Residents reported gunfire and city officials quickly confirmed a "situation of danger" in the area. The embattled neighborhood is adjacent to the Plaza Sendero Mall, a busy shopping center. Officials confirmed blockades on the Sendero Nacional Highway and Avenida Rigo Tovar, both on the city's westside. But residents reported being trapped in numerous blockades in other areas of the city....
  • [Texas:]DPS: U.S. residents should avoid Nuevo Laredo this weekend

    07/02/2011 11:42:33 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 34 replies
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | July 2, 2011 | Steve McCraw
    LAREDO, July 2 - U.S. residents are being advised not to visit Nuevo Laredo this Fourth of July Weekend. The advisory comes from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. Both agencies say they have received credible intelligence from multiple sources indicating that the Zetas Cartel is planning to target U.S. citizens who travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend. “According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “We...
  • Mexican federal police discover arsenal of heavy weapons in Ciudad Juarez home

    04/30/2011 4:44:14 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 4+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2011
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Mexican federal police said Saturday they discovered a basement arsenal hidden behind the mirrors of a home gym that included three anti-aircraft guns, dozens of grenades, a grenade launcher, AK-47s and other high-powered weapons. The neatly ordered stockpile found in an upscale neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, also contained several makes of machine guns, rifles, a shotgun and more than 26,000 ammunition cartridges, according to Raul Avila Ibarra, the federal police commissioner in charge of the city. Police say they discovered the weapons Friday while searching a house near the...
  • 51 Migrants Rescued in Mexican Border City (Reynosa)

    04/26/2011 11:57:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 26, 2011
    From mass graves to mass kidnappings, the situation in parts of Mexico continues to look grim. Mexico's federal police rescued 51 people, including six Chinese and 18 Central American migrants, who were captive in the same border city where more than five dozen people were freed last week, authorities said Monday night. Police investigators were led to the latest group while following up on last week's rescue of 68 people in Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, federal officials said. Authorities gave no motives or identified the kidnappers or drug gang involved, but drug cartels have been accused of pulling people...
  • The Threat Just Inside Our Door

    04/15/2011 1:12:28 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 14 April 2011 | Editorial
    National Security: The Defense Department warns that the cartels making Mexico a war zone are operating easily here too. And a secret U.S. report leaked in Mexico warns of even worse. So why isn't anyone talking about it? To hear Janet Napolitano tell it, as she did March 25 at El Paso's Bridge of the Americas, security at the U.S.-Mexican border "is better now than it ever has been." The secretary of homeland security has since denounced those warning of Mexico's war spilling into the U.S. as "simply inaccurate" and dismissed warnings from state leaders from Texas to California as...
  • Was The ATF Funneling Guns to the Sinaloa Cartel?

    04/08/2011 6:55:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 7 April, 2011 | Robert Farago
    TTAG started the week with a post reporting that Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s silence on the ATF Gunwalker scandal—in which agents of the United States government let smugglers transport some 3000 guns into the hands of vicious Mexican drug thugs—was down to the fact that his administration was in bed with the Sinaloa drug cartel. And that the U.S. DEA was also giving the Sinaloas a pass. As predicted, Sinaloa member Ismael Zambada has filed a brief in federal court fingering the feds for their involvement in his gang’s activities. [Click here for the pdf] And here’s the kicker ....
  • Mexico clash between soldiers and gunmen kills 3[Acapulco]

    04/04/2011 12:40:32 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    acj ^ | April 4, 2011
    ACAPULCO, Mexico — Authorities say a clash between soldiers and gunmen in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco left three people dead and caused a fire that destroyed a supermarket, movie complex and stores in a shopping center. The Public Safety Department in Guerrero state says a soldier and two gunmen were killed in the clash early Monday along a major thoroughfare in Acapulco. Acapulco police also found two human heads along a main avenue in the exclusive Las Brisas neighborhood.
  • [South Texas:]Family of Man Murdered in Reynosa Speaks

    04/04/2011 11:49:02 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KRGV ^ | 04/04/2011 | Bill Barajas
    ALAMO - Sadness fills the home of the Valdez family. The loss of a loved one has them holding on to each other for strength in these trying times. Elizabeth Vega is the younger sister of Robert Valdez, a man murdered in cold blood south of the border. Vega tells us her family is in unimaginable pain. She said, "They are distraught they can't believe it. They are still in shock." Vega says her brother went to Mexico to visit a girlfriend. He was found stabbed 10 times; he was also run over by a car. Vega tells CHANNEL 5...
  • More than 5,000 people missing in Mexico

    04/04/2011 10:22:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies
    BNO News ^ | April 3, 2011
    MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's human rights commission said that more than 5,000 people have disappeared in the country since President Felipe Calderón began the fight against organized crime, La Jornada newspaper reported Sunday. The report from the National Commission on Human Rights reported that from 2006 to 2011, it recorded a total of 5,397 people who have been reported "missing or absent." The commission said that 3,457 were men and 1,885 women, while there was no data provided on 55 cases. The data collected is provided by relatives. The information also includes victims of kidnapping and economic migrants whose whereabouts...
  • 59 bodies found in north Mexico pits ("total lack of scruples of the criminal organizations")

    04/07/2011 3:26:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2011 | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MEXICO CITY — Fifty-nine bodies were found buried Wednesday in a series of pits in the northern Mexico state of Tamaulipas, near the site where suspected drug gang members massacred 72 migrants last summer, officials said. Security forces stumbled on the site as they were investigating reports that passengers had been pulled off several buses by gunmen in the area in what may have been an attempt at forced recruitment by a drug gang. State and federal authorities conducted a raid that netted several suspected kidnappers and freed five kidnap victims. Then they made a grisly discovery - a total...
  • Napolitano: The border is not out of control

    04/07/2011 10:43:17 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-07-11 | DrJohn
    It's jaw dropping. "Many of our country's safest communities are actually at the border...." [VIDEO AT SITE] Two Americans were gunned down while waiting to cross one of those safest borders A mixed martial arts fighter was one of two Americans gunned down in an execution-style killing near the San Ysidro border crossing Monday morning. Mexican authorities say Sergio Salcido Luna and Kevin Joel Romero were waiting in their company truck while waiting to cross into the U.S. before dawn. A gunman walked up to the white Mazda truck with California license plates and opened fire at least five...
  • 'Unprecedented' level of violence in Mexico: FBI

    04/06/2011 5:12:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 87 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/6/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Using unusually blunt language, FBI Director Robert Mueller told US legislators on Capitol Hill Wednesday that there is an "unprecedented" level of violence in Mexico linked to the country's drug wars. "I would not call it a full-scale war," Mueller told members of the House of Representatives as he discussed his agency's 2012 budget. "I would say there are full-scale warring factions that utilize homicide as a mechanism of retaliation, staking out one's turf, retribution, that have contributed substantially to the number of deaths in Mexico," Mueller said. There have been some 35,000 homicides in the past...
  • [Mexico:]Four dead following Nuevo Laredo shootout

    03/28/2011 1:12:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    The Monitor ^ | March 28, 2011 | Naxiely Lopez
    Four people were killed during a shootout between Mexican Military and alleged members of organized crime Sunday morning in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. after soldiers tried to stop two vehicles carrying several men for a routine inspection, according to a news release from SEDENA, Mexico’s ministry of defense. The victims, whose identities were not disclosed, apparently shot at soldiers, who “were then forced to retaliate.” After the shooting, Mexican authorities seized two vehicles, six long guns, 74 magazines and 1,110 cartridges of various calibers, officials said.
  • Colombia Farc 'drug boss' Oliver Solarte killed

    03/16/2011 4:56:03 PM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 march 2011 | BBC
    Colombia's armed forces say they have killed a Farc rebel leader who acted as the group's main contact with Mexico's drug cartels. The rebel known as Oliver Solarte controlled drugs and weapons smuggling operations in southern Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos said. He died in an attack on rebel positions near the border with Ecuador. It is the latest in a series of blows to the guerrillas, who have lost many of their top leaders in recent years.Farc setbacks President Santos said the death of Oliver Solarte was an "important blow" to the left-wing group. ""I want to tell them...
  • ATF Should Change Its Name to WTF

    03/14/2011 5:48:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | March, 2011 | Doug Giles
    It was tough picking a Liberal to lampoon for today’s column. Yes, children, the chum slick was thick this week, and I was tyrannized with too many options upon which to opine for my 900-word screed. For instance, one of the things I wanted to write about was how James O’Keefe handed NPR their testicles in his undercover video slam-dance that finally showed America these taxpayer-funded weasels for the anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti- Second Amendment, Muslim Brotherhood courting radio rats we’ve always known them to be. That was a tempting topic. Yep, should I spotlight how we now have these “elites”...

    03/14/2010 3:25:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 50 replies · 2,182+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Travel Warning United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Washington, DC 20520 This information is current as of today, Sun Mar 14 2010 15:23:05 GMT-0700 (PDT). MEXICO March 14, 2010 The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico of concerns about the security situation in Mexico, and that it has authorized the departure of the dependents of U.S. government personnel from U.S. consulates in the Northern Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros until...
  • Two suspects identified in Mexico lake killing

    03/05/2011 10:50:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies ^ | March 1, 2011 | Nick Valencia/CNN staff
    (CNN) -- Two additional suspects have surfaced in the fatal shooting of an American man on a lake that straddles the United States and Mexico last September, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez told CNN. David Hartley was allegedly shot on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake. He and his wife, Tiffany, were on personal watercraft on the lake when gunmen opened fire on them, authorities say. The killing remains unsolved. Gonzalez said officials would not release the new suspects' names.
  • Drug horses being left to die by Mexican cartels

    02/27/2011 10:12:05 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 20 replies ^ | FEBRUARY 27TH, 2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    A pitiful, malnourished abandoned drug horse, used to move drugs across the Mexican border into Arizona, was so weak it kept trying to sit back on its hind legs because its front legs were too weak to hold it up, according to [the] NY TIMES. Brad Cowan, a 28 year livestock officer with the Arizona Department of Agriculture, and his partner had to carry it into a horse trailer. “I’d get angry when I’d see the condition these horses were in,” he said. Horrible sores from poorly fitting make shift saddles become infected, and their hooves get severely cut and...
  • More Civilians Killed Last Year in One Mexican Border Town Than All Afghanistan [FLOUS Mexico safe]

    02/26/2011 5:00:04 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 21 replies ^ | Feb 25 2011 | Edwin Mora
    More civilians were killed last year in Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican city across the border from El Paso, Texas, than were killed in all of Afghanistan. There were 3,111 civilians murdered in the city of Juarez in 2010 and 2,421 in the entire country of Afghanistan. On a per capita basis, a civilian was 30 times more likely to be murdered last year in Juarez, where there are 1,328,017 inhabitants according to Mexico’s 2010 census, than in Afghanistan, where there are 29,121,286 people according to the CIA World Factbook. The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan was compiled by the...
  • Fifty Three Killed In Juarez In Three Days And There's No End In Sight

    02/21/2011 9:09:26 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 15 replies ^ | 02/21/11 | Sasparilla
    Are El Paso residents in denial about the daily war and slaughter going on just across the river? And, just why is Obama ignoring the war just across the river from the United States? It is past time to seal off our borders. Juarez Mexico morgues literally ran out of room for the bodies last week, and violence is creeping across our border. The Juarez and the Sinaloa cartels are behind the slaughter. In one of the deadliest three days on record, fifty three people were killed in possible narco related murders. Fourteen people, including a police officer were killed...
  • U.S. agent under attack in Mexico called for help

    02/19/2011 8:41:16 AM PST · by AuntB · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | Feb. 19, 2011 | William Booth
    MEXICO CITY - As his fellow officer was dying in the seat beside him after gunmen ambushed their vehicle this week, U.S. special agent Victor Avila, wounded himself, telephoned the U.S. Embassy here to shout that they were under attack. Avila and Jaime Zapata were traveling in an armored Chevrolet Suburban with diplomatic license plates on a popular four-lane highway four hours north of Mexico City. They were returning from a meeting with fellow agents in Monterrey, who had met them at a halfway point near San Luis Potosi to exchange technical equipment. According to U.S. officials who spoke on...
  • Foreign Policy: Is Mexico's drug violence an insurgency or a totally new kind of war?

    02/19/2011 12:17:33 AM PST · by RightCenter · 17 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2011 | ROBERT HADDICK
    On Feb. 15, gunmen on a highway in central Mexico stopped a vehicle with U.S. diplomatic license plates and shot the two men inside. Killed in the attack was Jaime Zapata, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent. A second ICE agent was wounded. In response to the attack, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) declared that "this tragic event is a game changer" that "should be a long overdue wake-up call for the Obama administration that there is a war on our nation's doorstep."
  • How attack on US agents in Mexico may impact relations

    02/17/2011 10:09:00 AM PST · by AuntB · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb. 16, 2011 | BBC
    One US immigration and customs agent was killed and a second was wounded in a suspected ambush in Mexico. Life has become horribly cheap in Mexico's drug wars, but when the victim is an American special agent, the price rises sharply. Tuesday's shootings have forced US-Mexican relations up Washington's list of priorities, even as the Obama administration responds to the tumultuous events in the Middle East. "If it turns out that these two agents were directly targeted, it changes everything," says one US law enforcement official. ICE has about 30 agents in Mexico, and those on permanent assignment are authorised...
  • Female Mexican Police Chief Missing.

    02/08/2011 10:10:51 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 14 replies
    The female police chief of Guadalupe, Mexico, has not been seen or heard from since being abducted two days before Christmas. Erika Gandara was a former radio dispatcher for the police department in the town of 9,000, which is just across the U.S. border, one mile from Fabens, Texas. The previous police chief was murdered and decapitated. ...Many of the houses in Guadalupe have been burned down by the cartels.
  • [Mexico: Tortured]Bodies on Display in Nuevo Laredo

    02/07/2011 6:53:17 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KGNS ^ | Feb 6, 2011
    In news across the border, the bodies of two men tortured and killed, then put on display at one of Nuevo Laredos busy intersections. We have to warn you, you may find these images disturbing. According to Mexican reports the bodys of these two men were found around midnight in an area on Paseo Colon Boulavard near a hotdog stand. That's where we're told passerbys who spotted the men stopped to try and help them only to discover they were already dead. The men were found in sports clothing with no shoes. A message was placed above there heads blaming...
  • China in business with drug cartels

    02/07/2011 10:42:14 AM PST · by AuntB · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb. 4, 2011 | Dave Gibson
    Last week, Mexican authorities seized over 23 tons of ethyl phenylacetate, which is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The drug component was discovered at the Pacific port of Manzanillo, in a shipment from China. In April 2010, Mexican officials seized 80 tons of phenylacetic acid and its derivatives shipped from Shanghai, China. Imports of ethyl phenylacetate require authorization from the country’s health ministry, so the shipments are intentionally mis-labeled before leaving China. Last year, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters that between October and November 2010, Mexican authorities seized 818 tons of chemicals used in making crystal meth. Due...
  • Janet Napolitano claims border is safe, as families flee cartel violence

    02/06/2011 9:35:08 AM PST · by yoe · 17 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 2, 2011 | Will Weissert
    On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a crowd at the University of Texas at El Paso that it is “inaccurate tostate, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control.” She continued: “This statement, often made only to score political points, is just plain wrong.” Perhaps, Napolitano has not spoken to, nor ever heard of the Burns family in Brooks County, Texas, who have been forced to pack up and leave their 38,000 acre ranch because the area has become a war zone, thanks to the Mexican drug cartels and...
  • [Mexico:]Nuevo Laredo police chief slain by gunmen

    02/03/2011 9:47:26 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies
    NUEVO LAREDO— The city's newest police chief was killed late Wednesday night when unknown assailants blocked off a downtown street shortly after he had left police headquarters and machine-gunned his vehicle. Manuel Farfan Carriola, a retired Mexican Army general, had been outspoken about fighting crime in his city, especially drug traffickers who are fighting for control of lucrative illegal trading routes. He was named to the position when the new mayor, Benjamin Galvan Gomez, took office on Jan. 1. Farfan Carriola was usually accompanied by several bodyguards and a personal assistant. Early reports indicated that some of those men may...
  • Violence in Northern Tamaulipas continues(Matamoros, Mexico)

    02/02/2011 11:14:37 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | February 01, 2011
    Mexican military patrols were on the lookout Tuesday for a group of Zeta gunmen that had entered Matamoros with plans to carry out several attacks. Locals reported seeing the military convoys, which were larger and more heavily armed than usual, patrol the city keeping an eye on high-profile vehicles. A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Tamaulipas stated that a group of approximately 50 Zetas were able to enter the city and hide amid the confusion of the weekend fighting between the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel and the Mexican military. On Monday afternoon, the source confirmed a clash...
  • Failed State Watch: How Much Longer for Mexico? (Part One)

    01/03/2011 12:18:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 3, 2011 | Alberto de la Cruz
    We know about barbarous cartels. But more terrifying is their cancerous spread through Mexican government, and societal decay caused by a state with no justice. There is no avoiding the problem: we need to know all of Mexico, now. For years now, the drug war raging between the well-armed Mexican drug cartels and the Mexican government has been well documented by the international press. And with that war now spilling into American cities located near the Mexican border, news agencies here are paying more attention to the escalating violence. But while there has been no shortage of reportage on the...
  • Pharr man killed in Reynosa's first murder of the year(South Texas/Mexico)

    01/03/2011 2:57:03 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGBT ^ | 01/03/2011
    The family of a Pharr man is in mourning after their loved one was killed south of the border in Reynosa. The El Universal newspaper is reporting that 35-year-old Ricardo Hugarin Garcia was killed over the weekend. El Universal reported that Garcia went missing on Thursday, December 30th. The newspaper reported that Garcia's body was found in Reynosa's Colonia Francisco Villa on Sunday. El Universal reported that Garcia's body was found in a bag. He had been strangled with a chord that was still tied around his neck. The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office (PGJE) told El Universal that Garcia lived...
  • Drug gang suspects threaten 'war' in Guatemala

    01/01/2011 9:54:23 AM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 28, 2010 | AP
    <p>GUATEMALA CITY – Men claiming to belong to the Zetas drug gang forced radio stations to broadcast a threat of war in a northern Guatemalan province where the government declared a state of siege last week, authorities said Tuesday.</p> <p>The men arrived at three radio stations in the northern city of Coban and threatened to burn the premises down and kill journalists and their families if the message was not broadcast...</p>
  • Mexico: migrants should form convoys for safety

    11/22/2010 11:07:54 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2010
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government is telling migrants driving home for the holidays that they should form convoys for their own safety while traveling through Mexico. The Interior Department said the government could even provide escorts for such convoys to get them through dangerous areas. It said the Mexican army would assist in the program to help migrants return safely from the United States.
  • The Enemy Next Door

    10/30/2010 5:54:13 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 27 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/29/2010 | George H Wittman
    The Mexican drug wars have become an old story. Media of all types have given extensive coverage to the battles between and among criminal gangs and federal police and military. Nonetheless, the Obama Administration has continued a policy of avoiding recognition of the danger of the open warfare that exists immediately south of the United States border with Mexico. The federal and state governments of Mexico have reacted quickly to deny commentary that challenges their commitment to enforcing law and order in their jurisdictions. From Washington comes an active effort to counter any claims by local law enforcement in the...
  • Slain Texas National Guardsman Lived In Mexico (gunned down in Juarez)

    10/23/2010 10:41:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    KRIS TV ^ | 10/22/10
    Slain National Guardsman Lived In MexicoUpdated: Oct 22, 2010 12:56 PM JUAREZ,MEXICO - The Texas National Guard now says a private first class killed in Mexico was actually in the neighborhood where he lived. Jose Hernandez-Ramirez ignored warnings from his superiors and not only crossed into Mexico, he lived there with the rest of his family. He and another man were gunned down in the street. At the time of the shooting, Hernandez was not on duty or in uniform. According to the National Guard Hernandez was a full-time student in El Paso, but so far none of the colleges...