Getting away with murder in Mexico

11/2/16 Al Jazeera

gun - crime sceneEvery November 2, Mexicans mark the Day of the Dead by honouring deceased loved ones.

Given the disproportionate number of deaths produced by Mexico’s US-backed drug war, officially launched in 2006, it is starting to seem like an ever-more tragically appropriate tradition.

In a recent investigative piece for The Nation, Dawn Paley details the “spectacular violence” that has accompanied the drug war project.

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Mexico drug lord Joaquin Guzman ‘fears for his sanity’

10/25/16 BBC News

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

Jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman “fears he could lose his mind” before the end of the year, his partner Emma Coronel says.

He is watched constantly by three masked guards, even when he uses the toilet, his partner says.

Ms Coronel complained to the National Human Rights Commission about Guzman’s living conditions.

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Marijuana legalization may have an unexpected result: Drug smuggling into Mexico

10/24/16 Business Insider

Border fenceNext month, Californians will vote on a raft of propositions, including one that would legalize recreational production and consumption of marijuana.

Proposition 64 would allow Californians over 21 to have up to an ounce of cannabis and permit people to grow up to six plants. It would put a 15% tax on retail sales and ban large-scale production for five years to stave off the arrival of large corporate growing operations.

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Mexico’s former president doesn’t want to talk about the bloody drug war he helped start

4/10/16 Business Insider

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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon left office almost four years ago, but during his six-year term he presided over one of the most violent periods in modern Mexican history. Taking office in 2006, Calderon initiated a military-backed crackdown on organized crime that led to peaks in violence between 2010 and 2012. Calderon left office in 2012, and homicide rates have fallen and risen again under his successor, Enrique Peña Nieto.
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Mexico: ‘El Chapo’ sons suspected of deadly ambush

10/01/16 Al Jazeera

The sons of imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are suspected of launching an ambush on a military convoy in northern Mexico which killed five soldiers and injured 10 others.

State and military officials said on Saturday that some 60 gunmen freed drug suspect Julio Oscar Ortiz Vega, also known as “El Kevin”, in Culiacan city in Sinaloa state, as he was being escorted by soldiers to a hospital in an ambulance. Vega had been wounded in an earlier gunfight.

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Mexico’s Colima state: The drug war flashpoint

10/02/16 Al Jazeera

colimaColima, Mexico – Alma Hernandez’s dreams of becoming an architect and building a future with her boyfriend, Pedro Navarro, were irrevocably crushed one sunny afternoon when they were shot dead outside a Walmart in their hometown of Colima.

The pair, both aged 21, had been together for five years. They had recently opened a hotdog stand to help support Hernandez’s family, following the death of her father. None of that mattered to the unidentified gunmen who opened fire on April 20, killing both in broad daylight.

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‘Narcos alone rule’: Mexico shaken after three priests killed within a week

09/29/2016 The Guardian 

The Catholic priest José Alfredo López Guillén was seized from his parish residence in rural Michoacán, where he served a congregation of corn farmers and ranchers. The next day, the wreckage of his Volkswagen Jetta was discovered on the outskirts of the town of Quiroga, 71 miles (115km) from where it had been stolen.

The priest’s body was discovered on Sunday on a lonely stretch of road, nearly a week after his abduction. He had been shot five times in the stomach.

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