Mexico Nabs Cop Allegedly Involved in Disappearance of Students

May 8, 2015

Reuters, 5/8/2015

handcuffsMexican police arrested one of the senior police officers accused of involvement in the disappearance of a group of 43 student teachers last year, the country’s interior ministry said on Thursday.

Francisco Salgado, 41, was the deputy head of the police in the southwestern city of Iguala, where 43 student teachers went missing in September last year. The government says the group was detained by corrupt police officers who handed them over to a local drug gang that killed them and then incinerated their bodies.

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Interview with Ambassador Alejandro Estivill

May 6, 2015

mexican-flag1Watch Ambassador Alejandro Estivill discuss the task of serving one of the United States’ largest immigrant populations with Wilson ON DEMAND.

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Mexico registers 9 archaeological zones with UNESCO for special protection

May 5, 2015

Fox News Latino, 5/4/2015

mexican-flag1Nine archaeological zones in Mexico have been entered into UNESCO’s International Register of Cultural Property under Special Protection, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, concluded the international process of registering nine zones that will have the institution’s special protection, the secretariat said in a statement.

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Beyond Cinco De Mayo: 14 Pictures That Transport You to Mexico

May 4, 2015

National Geographic, 5/2/2015

mexican-flag1This Tuesday, many Americans will drink margaritas and eat tacos in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish.

“But if you ask why is anyone celebrating, no one knows,” says David Hayes-Bautista, an expert in Latin health and culture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Often confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16, Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the victory of Mexican forces over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

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Violent new drug cartel alarming authorities in Mexico

May 4, 2015

ABC News, 5/2/2015

mexican flagAn increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said Saturday.

Jalisco state was relatively calm the day after gunmen set fire to cars, buses, banks and gasoline stations and trade gunfire with soldiers and police. The violence erupted after security forces launched a campaign against the cartel Friday.

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Suspected ‘narco blockades’ close roads in Guadalajara, Mexico with burning vehicles

May 1, 2015

Fox News, 5/1/2015

jaliscoAuthorities in western Mexico are asking residents to stay at home as they scramble to extinguish burning vehicles blocking roads in various parts of Guadalajara.

The prosecutor’s office in the western state of Jalisco used its Twitter account to ask residents of Guadalajara to remain calm Friday morning as authorities responded to the suspected blockades ignited by a drug cartel.

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Migrants on Activist Pilgrimage Dodge Police, Gangs Across Mexico

May 1, 2015

Latin Dispatch News, 4/30/2015

Photo by Levi Vonk

Photo by Levi Vonk

Ciudad Tecún Umán is sweltering. All of the town’s households and its handful of ramshackle cantinas still use wood-burning stoves, their sweaty attendants braving the compounded afternoon heat. The smoke trails out into the few dusty streets, unpaved, potholed and barely stretching to the edge of the Rio Suchiate, which divides Tecún Umán and the rest of Guatemala from Mexico.

It was at the river that on March 24 a small group of migrants’ rights organizers launched the Viacrucis Migrante, an activist pilgrimage centered around Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the religious Mexican ritual of the “viacrucis,” in which worshipers reenact Jesus’ last steps before his crucifixion. Now in its fifth year, the Viacrucis Migrante serves as a platform for activists to highlight their grievances, as well as to give migrants direct access to reporters and scholars traveling with them.

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