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

4/10/16 Business Insider


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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Accused Drug Kingpin Fails to Win Stay of Extradition to Mexico

09/21/16 The Wall Street Journal

prisonAn accused drug kingpin, whose mansion yielded the world’s largest cash seizure, faces imminent extradition to Mexico after a refusal by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts to grant an emergency stay.

Wednesday’s order could end a nearly decade long U.S. legal battle for Zhenli Ye Gon, who has been in custody since 2007.

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Mexico drug war fuels private security boom

09/06/16 Al Jazeera

Guadalajara, Mexico-Having spent the morning rumbling through downtown Guadalajara in their impenetrable armoured van, the three Seguritec employees entrusted with collecting cash from local businesses stopped to receive one last payment. Two of them got out to collect the money, but upon returning to their vehicle they realised their colleague had fled with about $800,000 in local currency.

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Taking down Zeta cartel leaders has triggered more violence in Mexico

08/18/16 Vice News 

His spacious house and lawn in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Victoria are surrounded by tall walls, and stand in a gated community with more high fences and security guards. But even here, sitting on his couch surrounded by family photos and Catholic imagery, this owner of a big business still doesn’t feel safe.

“Nobody trusts anyone,” he said. “This house, 10 years ago, it didn’t have a fence. All the neighbors’ kids used to come play here.

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