Headlines from Mexico

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  1. Francisco Javier Hernandez Garcia, the alleged leader of Beltran Leyva cartel has been detained. Featured on the Mexican government’s list of 122 most-wanted drug traffickers, Hernandez Garcia was arrested with another man when they were found with weapons and suspected drugs in Sinaloa state.

    Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Milenio, Reuters México, Univision

  2. In the continuing case involving Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, this week actress Kate del Castillo is being pursued by Mexican authorities for her involvement with the former cartel leader. The Mexican Attorney General issued a subpoena in January for her to discuss her possible business relationship with El Chapo, and she did not respond.

    Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio, Jornada, CNN Expansión

  3. The Zika virus is rapidly spreading and Mexico is not being excluded. There are now 37 reports within the country, with four in Nuevo León, a state on the U.S. border, and 4 in the southern state of Oaxaca. The Secretary of Health reported that three of the total 37 cases were imported, one of these from Colombia, and the other 34 became sick while in Mexico.

    Read more: Excelsior, El Universal, CNN Expansión, Milenio

  4. The Congress of the Union met this week to begin the second ordinary period of the 63 legislature. They plan to discuss and vote on laws against corruption and promoting transparency, including reforms in regards to public security. Of the 500 federal delegates, 372 were present, as well as 76 of the 128 senators.

    Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, El Universal

  5. The Mexican peso fell today responding to an employment report released by the U.S. Additionally, the Mexican Stock Exchange also fell slightly after the publication of data from the U.S. showing low job creation.

    Read more: El Universal, CNN Expansión, El Financiero 

[Video] U.S.-Mexico Cooperation in Drug War

1/17/2016 Washington Journal, C-SPAN

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Duncan Wood talked to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal about the recapture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and its implications for U.S.-Mexican cooperation in future anti-drug trafficking efforts.

Watch the Video.

After Second Escape, Mexican Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Recaptured

1/9/2016 NPR

In Mexico, the world’s most wanted Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested yesterday. NPR’s Carrie Kahn describes his capture. Wilson Center Vice President, and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Andrew Selee joined NPR.

Listen here.

El Chapo Set to Be Extradited to the U.S.

1/10/2016 CNN International 

VIDEO: Duncan Wood talks to CNNi about the arrest of El Chapo and the questions surrounding his interview with Sean Penn.

Watch the video here.

Texas native known as ‘La Barbie’ pleads guilty in Mexico cocaine conspiracy

1/6/2016 The Guardian

la barbieA former Texas high school football player whom authorities say rose from petty street dealer to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel was responsible for sending truckloads of cocaine across the border for distribution in the eastern US, prosecutors said.

Edgar Valdez Villarreal, 42, is known as “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion. Mexican police have said they chased him across five Mexican states for a year before they captured him on a ranch outside Mexico City in August 2010. He was among 13 people extradited to the US in September to face charges.

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Book Event on Violence in Guerrero this upcoming Thursday!

WHEN: Oct 8th 4:00-5:30pm

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Wilson Center

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The Mexico Institute and Politics and Prose are pleased to invite you to a talk by author Jennifer Clement on the writing of her book Prayers for the Stolen.

18007563A New York Times Book Review’s Editors Choice, Prayers for the Stolen has brought to light the scale of abduction of young girls into sex slavery in Mexico, particularly in Guerrero. Clement will be reading from and discussing Prayers for the Stolen, the result of ten years of research, which included interviews with women of drug traffickers, girls and women in rural communities and prisoners in Mexico City’s Santa Martha jail. An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of the drug war, Prayers for the Stolen is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination

Jennifer Clement is a leading chronicler of contemporary Mexico. Her work has been translated into 24 languages and has garnered international acclaim such as the New York Times Editor’s Choice, the NEA Fellowship for Literature, the UK’s Canongate Prize, France’s Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE, the PEN/Faulkner Prize shortlist, and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. Clement is a Santa Maddalena Fellow and member of Mexico’s prestigious “Sistema Nacional de Creadores”. As president of PEN Mexico, her work focused on the disappearance and killing of journalists.

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Event This Thursday! Prayers for the Stolen, A Discussion of Violence against Women in Mexico

18007563WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 4:00-5:30pm

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

Click here to RSVP.

A New York Times Book Review’s Editors Choice, Prayers for the Stolen has brought to light the scale of abduction of young girls into sex slavery in Mexico. Clement will be reading from and discussing Prayers for the Stolen, the result of ten years of research, which included interviews with women of drug traffickers, girls and women in rural communities and prisoners in Mexico City’s Santa Martha jail. An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of the drug war, Prayers for the Stolen is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.

The Mexico Institute and Politics and Prose are pleased to invite you to a talk by author Jennifer Clement on the writing of her book Prayers for the Stolen.

Jennifer Clement is a leading chronicler of contemporary Mexico. Her work has been translated into 24 languages and has garnered international acclaim such as the New York Times Editor’s Choice, the NEA Fellowship for Literature, the UK’s Canongate Prize, France’s Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE, the PEN/Faulkner Prize shortlist, and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. Clement is a Santa Maddalena Fellow and member of Mexico’s prestigious “Sistema Nacional de Creadores”. As president of PEN Mexico, her work focused on the disappearance and killing of journalists.

Click here to RSVP.