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Thousands Have Been “Disappeared in Mexico


The number of unsolved disappearances inMexico constitutes a national scandal and a human rights crisis,Amnesty International said Tuesday, citing what it called a systematic failure by police and prosecutors to investigate thousands of cases that have piled up since 2006.

Rupert Knox, Amnesty’s Mexico investigator, said relatives are often forced to search


Volcanic Activity Prompts Authorities in Mexico to Ready Shelters


Seismic activity has increased at the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City, leading authorities to alert towns in two central states and the capital.

Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center says the white-capped volcano spewed a plume of steam more than a half mile (1 kilometer) into the sky. The volcano shook during Saturday night, sometimes


Female Founder of Blog Del Narco Speaks for First Time

book cover of blog del narco

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.

book cover of blog del narco

Blog del Narco has become a must-read for authorities, drug


Group Seized Mexican Town, Arrests Police

Mexico Vigilantes

Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week.

A group of armed


Mexican Drug Firing Cannon Seized

drug cannon

‘Marijuana cannon’ used to fire drugs over US border seized in Mexico

Compressed-air gun mounted on truck could throw 13-kilo packets over fence into California

The ‘marijuana cannon’ seized in Mexicali on Tuesday, which uses an old car engine to generate compressed air. Photograph: AP

Police in the


Mexican Cartel Offers Reward for Blogger


The name of the Facebook page matches the personality of its administrator: Courage for Tamaulipas.

Tamaulipas is the northeastern Mexican state that borders Texas, a diverse place whose reputation is overshadowed by violence carried out by rival drug cartels. Under threats from the drug gangs, many media outlets make the choice to self-censor


Enforced Disappearances in Mexico


Security forces in Mexico have participated in the disappearances of hundreds of people from 2006-12, Human Rights Watch said.

Human Rights Watch issued a 176-page report, “Mexico’s Disappeared: The Enduring Cost of a Crisis Ignored” Wednesday, documenting nearly 250 enforced disappearances during the administration of former President Felipe Calderon.



Wal-Mart Paid Bribes to Build in Revered Mexican Cultural Area (Video)


A New York Times investigation found that Wal-Mart paid bribes as it sought to build in the shadow of one of Mexico’s most revered cultural landmarks, the pyramids of Teotihuacán.



Teen Shot 7 Times, Killed by U.S. Agent


PHOENIX — A teenage boy was apparently killed this week by a U.S. Border Patrol agent was hit seven times by gunfire and died on a sidewalk just across the Arizona-Mexico border, a mayor in Mexico said Friday.

“It was a burst of gunfire,” Nogales Mayor Ramon Guzman Munoz told The Associated Press in


DOJ Guilty of Running Guns to Cartels

Mexico Arsenal Seized

The US Justice Department has finished their probe of the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning program that moved thousands of illegal firearms between the United States and Mexico, clearing Attorney General Eric Holder in the process.

DOJ Guilty of Gun Running

Although Holder has been let off the hook by the Justice Department over the


America’s Secret Deal with Mexican Drug Cartels


In a story which should have made front page headlines, Narco News investigative journalist Bill Conroy revealed that “A high-ranking Sinaloa narco-trafficking organization member’s claim that US officials have struck a deal with the leadership of the Mexican ‘cartel’ appears to be corroborated in large part by the statements of a Mexican


Banks Profit From Colombian Cocaine

While cocaine production ravages countries in Central America, consumers in the US and Europe are helping developed economies grow rich from the profits, a study claims

The vast profits made from drug production and trafficking are overwhelmingly reaped in rich “consuming” countries – principally across Europe and in the US – rather than war-torn “producing”


Drug Cartels Producing Fake Military Uniforms

Mexican marines say they have found a clandestine workshop in northern Mexico where presumed drug traffickers made copies of military uniforms.

The navy says hundreds of camouflage pants, shirts and vests were found at the workshop in the northern border city of Piedras Negras., across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.

The uniforms are part


Mexican Officer Held on Suspicion of Drug Cartel Connection

A fourth high-ranking Mexican army officer has been arrested for possible links with a drug trafficking cartel.

Mexico’s defense department announced that Lt Col Silvio Hernandez Soto had been detained for questioning.

Three generals, including a former deputy defense minister, have been arrested since Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation.

They are accused


Corruption Rampant Along U.S. Mexican Border

COLUMBUS, N.M. — From a small hill at a state park here, the border town of Palomas, Mexico, can be made out through the desert haze. It lies four miles to the south, but the corruption that roils Palomas and the rest of Northern Mexico may as well be a block away.

During a


Mexican Female Assassination Gang Captured

Mexican authorities have arrested a woman who they say led a gang of assassins connected with at least 20 homicides and several kidnappings.

María Jiménez, 26, allegedly led a group that received $1,700 a month from Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels, to carry out contract killings and other crimes, Mexican daily


Mexico and Russia Buy 1 Billion in Gold Each during March

Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1,638.75, EUR 1,244.68, and GBP 1,014.83 per ounce.

Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,632.00, EUR 1,240.97 and GBP 1,014.42 per ounce.

Gold fell $3.80 or 0.23% in New York yesterday and closed at $1,638.20/oz. Gold has been trading mostly sideways in Asia and within a narrow 8


Mexico: Cartel Murder Camps Exposed

“They would give them a machete. If not, they’d give them a sledge hammer and they’d tell them to kill the people they had tied up,” said admitted Zetas drug cartel hitman Wenceslao Tovar in a Texas court yesterday–giving a rare glimpse of just how terrifying Mexican drug cartels really are. Tovar, a 26-year-old U.S.


DEA Laundering Mexican Drug Money

Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.

The agents, primarily with the More…

Mexico City Under Siege From Drug Cartels

Mexican Government Under Assault From Drug Cartels, Washington Yawns

Suspected Mexican drug traffickers from the Zetas drug cartel on 20 September drove two trucks to a main avenue in the Mexican Gulf coast city of Boca del Rio in Veracruz state and dumped 35 corpses during rush hour while gunmen stood guard, menacing frightened motorists


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