Mexico’s Pemex fires warehouse workers for oil theft

pemex10/17/2017 Reuters

MEXICO CITY  – Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said on Tuesday it would rescind contracts held by several workers at a warehouse and distribution center in the central state of Guanajuato as part of a strategy to combat oil theft.

A Pemex official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that four workers were let go for links to oil theft from the center in the city of Salamanca, where Pemex also has a refinery that can process 245,000 barrels per day of crude.

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Mexico’s largest state rocked by slayings of women

10/12/2017 ABC News

59145805_6b10fab368_bJust like any other day, Dr. Jessica Sevilla Pedraza went to work at the hospital that morning, came home for a quick lunch and then left again. The plan was to see more patients, hit the gym and be back in time for her usual dinner with dad before he went to his night-shift job.

Instead a hospital co-worker showed up at the family’s door in the evening. She said a man had come in with a bullet wound in his leg and told doctors he had been with Sevilla when gunmen intercepted them, shot him and took off with the doctor in her own car.

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U.S. Endangers Fight Against Mexican Drug Trade With NAFTA Hardball

10/11/2017 Forbes

drug warThe United States and Mexico need to redouble their cooperation against organized crime in order to save lives in both countries, but hardline U.S. proposals now expected in the ongoing NAFTA renegotiation could put this vital security cooperation at risk.

In the United States, Mexican-sourced drugs are fueling drug addiction and rising overdose deaths. In Mexico, the estimated $18-30 billion of drug proceeds from U.S. sales are fueling a surge in violence, increased homicides, and serious corruption. The governments of Mexico and the United States agreed this year on a strategy for more effective cooperation against illegal drugs and other cross-border crime. Further success, however, requires increased trust and political will, as well as more effective law enforcement to break up drug production and distribution chains, disrupt financial networks, and achieve more convictions, as well as better U.S. anti-addiction and rehabilitation programs.

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At Least 13 Killed During Prison Fight in Northern Mexico

10/10/2017 New York Times

Image result for carcel en monterrey mexicoMONTERREY, Mexico — At least 13 people were killed when a fight broke out in a prison in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and security troops were sent in to quell the violence, a state security official said on Tuesday.

The battle inside the Cadereyta prison outside the city of Monterrey began overnight, officials said. Anxious family members gathered outside the prison during the day waiting for news of their loved ones.

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Body of Abducted Mexican Journalist Is Found

10/6/2017 The New York Times

The body of a photographer was found Friday in the northern state of San Luis Potosí, a day after he was abducted from his home by men dressed as police officers, Mexican officials said.

The photographer, Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year in retaliation for their reporting, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York.

Another journalist, Salvador Adame Pardo, was abducted from his home in the Mexican state of Michoacán in May; although the authorities say that his burned body was found, his family believes that he is still missing.

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Mexico City Man Mentally Unfit in Subway Killing

10/03/2017 New York Times

Image result for subway mexico cityMEXICO CITY — Mexico City prosecutors say a 42-year-old man who pushed a woman onto the subway tracks in front of an oncoming train suffers from schizophrenia and is unfit to testify.

Witnesses signaled for the train to stop, but the conductor was unable to brake in time. The 62-year-old victim was hit by the train and died.

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‘The Social Contract Is Broken’: Inequality Becomes Deadly in Mexico

09/30/2017 New York Times

Credit: Brett Gundlock for The New York Times

MONTERREY, Mexico — Viewed from above, greater Monterrey, with its corporate headquarters and golf resorts, appears as one city stretching between the mountains that surround it.

Closer up, though, it becomes clear that invisible walls enclose Monterrey’s wealthy core, creating a dividing line between its four million residents. For the people within those invisible walls, government is responsive and crime low. Those outside face rising murder rates, corruption and, activists say, police brutality.

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