Small retailers under pressure as organized crime seeks to control public markets

Source: Mexico News Daily

6/16/2022

Crime groups control or are seeking to control public markets, commercial districts and the distribution of basic foodstuffs across much of Mexico — and in many cases, they’re willing to use violence to achieve their goals.

The tactics used by organized crime have come into sharp focus this week due to events in Guerrero and Chiapas, but the happenings there are preceded by similarly distressing occurrences in other states.

In Chilpancingo, a string of murders of people who worked in the poultry industry – including distributors of fresh chicken to markets – shut down most chicken stalls at the city’s markets this week. Meanwhile, a dispute over control of the largest market in San Cristóbal de las Casas triggered a frightening show of force from one crime group on Tuesday.

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Mexican president slams NATO policy in Ukraine

Source: ABC News

6/14/2022

Mexico’s president slammed NATO’s policy on the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Monday, calling it “immoral.”

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s did not mention NATO or the United States by name, but his comments were the latest example of his party‘s ambiguous stance on the invasion.

Mexico has voted to condemn the invasion, but refused to join in sanctions on Russia.

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México anuncia vacuna anticovid para menores de 5 a 11 años; registro abre el jueves

Fuente: Sin Embargo

14/06/2022

Hugo López-Gatell, Subsecretario de Salud, informó que el Gobierno mexicano empezará la vacunación contra la COVID-19 de menores de cinco a 11 años.

“La política en esencia se ha conservado de manera muy consistente con lo que planeamos desde el inicio y aquí lo mostramos con un recuento de las distintas fases, las seis que se han completado y la séptima que se abre en este momento”, añadió.

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La democracia es el ingrediente esencial para el futuro de América: Biden en Cumbre

Fuente: Sin Embargo

09/06/2022

El Presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, ha inaugurado este miércoles formalmente la Cumbre de las Américas en Los Ángeles y ha declarado que la democracia es un “sello distintivo de la región”.

“Al reunirnos de nuevo este miércoles, en un momento en el que la democracia está siendo asaltada en todo el mundo, unámonos de nuevo y renovemos nuestra convicción de que la democracia no es sólo el rasgo que define las historias de América, sino el ingrediente esencial para el futuro de América”, ha recalcado Biden en el discurso de apertura de la Cumbre.”

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El sargazo, un problema en tierra; cunden los tiraderos clandestinos

Fuente: Milenio

07/06/2022

Ante la presencia excesiva de sargazo en el Caribe mexicano, su recolección en playas y costas genera otra problemática: el aumento de los tiraderos clandestinos ante la falta de rellenos sanitarios y sitios autorizados.

“No lo pueden estar tirando en cualquier predio, lugar, o al lado de la carretera, incluso hemos detectado que han tirado en los manglares. Eso es una afectación directa al ecosistema, a los humedales”, señaló Gerardo Rosas, director de la Zona Federal Marítimo Terrestre (Zofemat) de Puerto Morelos.

La Secretaría de Marina coordina al estado y sus siete municipios costeros en la atención al sargazo, por lo que tiene desplegados 11 buques sargaceros costeros con una capacidad de carga de 20 toneladas; además, cuenta con 16 embarcaciones menores.

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Central bank ups interest rate to 7%; analysts expect it go higher still

One analyst anticipates the rate to hit 9.5% by the end of this year

Date: May 13th, 2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

Citing high inflation and the tightening of global monetary and financial conditions, among other factors, the Bank of México (Banxico) has raised its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 7%.

Four of five members of the central bank’s governing board voted for a 0.5% hike at a meeting on Thursday. The fifth member voted in favor of a 0.75% increase.

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Army drives Jalisco cartel out of stronghold in Aguililla, Michoacán

SOURCE: Mexico News Daily

DATE: Feb. 10, 2022

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) has fled Aguililla, Michoacán, after the army entered the notoriously violent Tierra Caliente municipality on Tuesday.

Members of the powerful criminal group escaped via the mountains and headed to the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas, according to a report by the newspaper Milenio.

The CJNG has been involved in a turf war with the Cárteles Unidos in Aguililla and the broader Tierra Caliente region since early 2021.

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Ex-federal police commander gets 10 years in US for cocaine trafficking

SOURCE: Mexico News Daily

DATE: February 10, 2022

A former federal police commander who had collaborated closely with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other United States authorities was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a U.S. federal court on Wednesday for trafficking cocaine.

Iván Reyes Arzate, known as La Reina (the Queen), pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy in October. He will only serve a further eight years behind bars, having already spent two years in prison awaiting trial.

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His role in ‘Narcos: Mexico’ nailed the real price — and victims — of the drug wars

Source: NBC News

Luis Gerardo Méndez almost didn’t get the role that has thrust him into the international limelight: an earnest but flawed police officer obsessed with the unsolved killings of young Mexican women amid drug cartel turf wars in the hit Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.”

After a successful audition and meetings with the show’s producers, a call from his agent interrupted his premature celebrations.

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Remote US-Mexico border area sees 136% spike in illegal immigration encounters: ‘Not worth your life’

Source: Fox News

VAN HORN, Texas – “Harsh and unforgiving” — that’s how Border Patrol describes the conditions that illegal immigrants will face as they cross through west Texas. 

The Big Bend Sector covers all of Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle and parts of west Texas.

Border Patrol is seeing a lot more apprehensions in this area than ever before.

The area is dry and hot in the summer and cold and windy in the winter with hardly any water.

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