Juarez: The sequel

November 4, 2013

Global Post, 11/1/13

ciudad juarezNot long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town. Homicides have plummeted. Some who fled have returned.

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Tangled U.S.-Mexico ties on display amid spying outrage

October 25, 2013

Los Angeles Times, 10/24/2013

felipe-calderon2Though individual Mexicans’ opinions about the United States are complicated, many cling to the opinion that the U.S. is a brash cowboy of a country. It is a view, at least as old as the 1846 U.S. invasion of Mexico, that has gained new traction this week after the German magazine Der Spiegel published an article alleging that the U.S. National Security Agency had hacked the email account of former President Felipe Calderon, one of the most pro-U.S. presidents in recent Mexican history.

The U.S. and Mexico are frenemies that can’t help offending – yet still need – each other.

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Mexico lashes out against report of U.S. spying

October 21, 2013

CNN, 10/21/2013

felipe-calderon2According to the German news magazine Der Spiegel, the National Security Agency “systematically” eavesdropped on the government. It hacked the public e-mail account of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, which was also used by Cabinet members, Der Spiegel said.

 

The magazine quoted documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. “This practice is unacceptable, illegitimate and against Mexican and international law,” Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement. It added that it would push for speedy investigation.

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13 federal police among 18 arrested in Mexico kidnapping probe

October 9, 2013

Los Angeles Times, 10/8/2013

Mexican Police catch drug dealer photo by Jesús Villaseca P Latitudes PressThirteen Mexican federal police officers are among 18 people arrested last week on suspicion of being part of a deadly kidnapping ring operating in the troubled Pacific resort city of Acapulco, government officials said Tuesday. The arrests on Wednesday and Friday probably will do little to improve the reputation of the federal police, an agency that former President Felipe Calderon, who left office in December, had hoped in vain to transform into Mexico’s most trustworthy crime-fighting force.

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Mexico’s Calderon Leads Probe of Climate Change Economics

September 25, 2013

Bloomberg, 9/25/13

calderon SpeechFormer Mexican President Felipe Calderon is spearheading a study sponsored by seven countries into the economics of climate change, seeking to elucidate the financial benefits of reducing carbon emissions. Calderon’s panel will draw from the experiences of companies and governments around the world in fighting off the ravages of storms and droughts, and in cutting greenhouse gases. It also will use academic research to show the costs and risks associated with climate change and efforts to stem it, publishing a report next September to guide policy makers.

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Mexico poverty rate eased to 45.5 percent: development agency

July 30, 2013

poorReuters, 7/29/2013

Mexico’s poverty rate fell slightly between 2010 and 2012, dropping 0.6 percent to 53.3 million people, although half a million more people entered the ranks of the poor, the government’s social development agency Coneval said on Monday.

The data covers the final two years of former President Felipe Calderon’s administration, in which poverty increased to 45.5 percent of the population in 2012 from 42.6 percent at the end of 2006. Coneval’s findings dent Calderon’s record and underline the challenges new President Enrique Pena Nieto faces in his vow to lift 15 million people out of poverty, bring jobs to the country’s poorest areas and unlock Mexico’s economic potential.

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Mexico Says Another Drug Gang Leader Is in Custody

July 22, 2013

prisonThe New York Times, 7/20/2013

The Mexican authorities have captured a top leader of a drug trafficking organization, the attorney general’s office said Saturday, the second arrest of a drug kingpin confirmed by the government this month. The arrests were first publicly confirmed by the attorney general on Thursday but had not been widely reported. They preceded the arrest on Monday of the leader of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug gangs, the Zetas, a bigger catch that made headlines across the globe.

Taken together, the arrests may assuage fears by drug-war hawks that Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, would soften the government’s crackdown on drug traffickers. Mr. Peña Nieto’s aides have frequently criticized the approach of his predecessor, Felipe Calderón, and Mr. Calderón’s partnership with United States law enforcement agencies.

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Op-ed: Less Noise, Same Fury (In Spanish)

July 12, 2013

Enrique PeñaNieto 2By Alejandro Hope, Nexos, 7/1/2013

Felipe Calderón es hombre de detalles. De obsesiones, dirían sus críticos. Como presidente, podía disertar al vuelo, sin notas, sobre las bandas criminales, su genealogía, su estructura. Tenía en las yemas de los dedos los datos, las cifras oscuras, el número de policías que no habían aprobado el control de confianza en Tamaulipas, el promedio de homicidios en Juárez en las últimas cuatro semanas. Poseía un asombroso mapa mental de la ruta de la sangre y la geografía de las reformas institucionales. Su gusto por las minucias de la guerra se desplegaba en cada discurso y cada conversación.

Enrique Peña Nieto es hombre de conceptos. De lugares comunes, dirían sus detractores. Sus afirmaciones sobre seguridad se ubican en la estratósfera, lejos de las definiciones concretas. El tema no le encandila y tal vez le aburra. Parece acomodarle más la frase hecha que el dato puntual, más los compromisos genéricos que las estrategias detalladas. La intensidad de Calderón ha sido sustituida por una parsimonia que quiere cambiar de tema.

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Mexican judge orders release of 5 high-ranking army officials accused of aiding a drug cartel

July 8, 2013

justice - gavel and bookAssociated Press, 7/4/2013

A Mexican judge on Thursday ordered the release of five high-ranking army officials accused of aiding a drug cartel after federal prosecutors dropped organized crime charges against them citing a lack of evidence. It’s the latest drug trafficking case against military officers started during former President Felipe Calderon’s administration to fall apart.

Judge Raul Valerio Ramirez said he ordered the immediate release of Gen. Roberto Dawe, Gen. Ricardo Escorcia, Gen. Ruben Perez, Lt. Col Silvio Hernandez and Maj. Ivan Reyna from a maximum security prison in Mexico state where they have been held since their arrest last year. The officers were charged with protecting members of the Beltran Leyva cartel. Federal anti-drug prosecutor Rodrigo Archundia Barrientos dropped charges in the case after concluding that witness testimony was not enough to sustain the case, Valerio Ramirez said in a statement.

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Mexican Drug Violence

July 1, 2013

The following video was part of a presentation by UCLA Masters in Public Policy students and their faculty mentor, Mark A.R. Kleiman, titled “Reducing Drug Violence in Mexico: Options for Implementing Targeted Enforcement.”

The video was produced by Brad Rowe and edited by Jacob Strunk.

 


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