October 31, 2013
The Washington Post, 10/30/2013
A geyser of gasoline spewed into the sky from a state-owned pipeline in western Mexico, forcing officials to evacuate about 5,000 people Wednesday. Authorities blamed the accident on fuel thieves tapping into the pipe.
Gasoline plumed above a field close to a housing development in Tlajomulco, a town near Guadalajara, which is Mexico’s second-largest city and the capital of Jalisco state.
October 23, 2013
Latin American Herald Tribune, 10/22/2013
Swiss food giant Nestle plans to build a $400 million plant in Ocotlan, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, press reports said Tuesday.
The company, which currently has 14 plants and employs 16,000 people in Mexico, will create 350 jobs at the new facility, which will be one of the multinational’s largest plants, the Reforma newspaper said.
October 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times, 10/09/2013
Seven people were killed in a shootout between police and suspected members of “an organized criminal group” in Tepatitlan, a city of 136,000 residents northeast of Guadalajara, Mexico, officials in the state of Jalisco said Wednesday.
Three police officers were killed and four were injured in the shootout Tuesday night, according to a statement released the next day. Four of the suspects also died, and a fifth was reportedly arrested.
State investigators told the Guadalajara newspaper El Informador that the civilians involved in the shootout were members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG.
August 27, 2013
By David Horsey, Los Angeles Times, 8/27/2013
Because of the vicious, unending drug war within its borders, Mexico teeters between becoming a fully developed country and sliding into failed-state status. With a growing economy, more jobs and a once-out-of-control birthrate now brought to a First World level, Mexico has huge potential. But a nation with a government that cannot protect its citizens, defeat criminal gangs or root out corruption is a nation without control of its destiny.
On Aug. 17, the bodies of nine men were found by the army near the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco where vigilante groups have been battling the Knights Templar drug cartel. There is nothing remarkable about this. Only the day before, eight other bodies were found near Michoacan’s border with Guerrero while eight other dead people were found elsewhere in a mass grave.
August 27, 2013
In 2011 and 2012 as organized crime-related violence claimed thousands of lives in states such as Guerrero, Jalisco, and Tamaulipas, Mexico City remained a relative oasis from violent crime, reporting a murder rate roughly on par with New York City’s.
But, a series of violent incidents have occurred in 2013. In addition to the mass kidnapping in May there have been a number of other disturbing organized crime-style assassinations. While cartel battlegrounds in Acapulco and the surrounding state of Guerrero continue to be hotspots of organized crime-related violence. There has also been a notable increase in violence in and around Mexico City. Mexico State, for instance, the state surrounding Mexico City, reported 1,217 homicides between December 2012 and July 2013. During this time period, Mexico City reported 525 homicides, second only to Acapulco in terms of total murders reported.
July 29, 2013
The Washington Post, 7/29/2013
Gunmen ambushed and killed one of Mexico’s highest ranking navy officials and the officer escorting him Sunday in the rough western state of Michoacan, authorities said. Two other people were injured in the shooting in an area where a fight between rival drug cartels has caused a new outburst of violence.
The state prosecutors’ office said the attack on Vice Adm. Carlos Miguel Salazar happened on a dirt road near the town of Churintzio. The motive was unclear, but Salazar is the top navy commander in the neighboring Pacific coastal state of Jalisco.
June 12, 2013
Mexican authorities have rescued at least 275 people who were being held in slave-like conditions at a camp where tomatoes are sorted and packed for export, officials said. Thirty-nine teenagers were among those being held against their will at the Bioparques de Occidente camp in Toliman, in the western state of Jalisco, regional prosecutor Salvador Gonzalez said late Tuesday. Five foremen were arrested for “grave violations and crimes, including the illegal privation of liberty and human trafficking,” Gonzalez told AFP.
The victims were rescued when a worker escaped and made it to the state capital Jalisco to file a complaint. Gonzalez said the contractors ran ads on the radio seeking workers, and offered room and board. But when the workers arrived they found themselves in overcrowded housing and were paid half of what had been offered, much of it delivered in vouchers redeemable at the company store, where items were sold at a high markup.
March 8, 2013
La Jornada, 3/8/2013
61% of femicides concentrate in the State of Mexico, Chihuahua, DF, Guerrero, Baja California, Jalisco, Michoacan, and Veracruz. Records also indicate that some municipalities in these states have femicide rates above the national level.
December 24, 2012
Thirteen people have been killed and six others gravely wounded following numerous shootouts in the Mexican state of Jalisco, officials said. Bullet riddled vehicles and buildings showed the amount of firepower used by unnamed assailants who battled with
police on Sunday. Police information points to two groups who may be responsible for the violence, the Templar Gentlemen and the
New Generation Cartel of Jalisco. In total, more than 60,000 people have died in drug-related violence and more than 5,000 disappeared in Mexico since December 2006.
August 8, 2012
Eight million chickens have so far been slaughtered in Mexico and 66 million more were vaccinated in a bid to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country, authorities said.
The agriculture ministry said in a statement that during the vaccination process in the Los Altos region of Jalisco state, diseased chickens were identified, leading to the destruction of the flu-carrying fowl…
A national animal health emergency was declared at the beginning of July, and the prices of both eggs and chickens have skyrocketed.