Fugitive Governor Further Damages Credibility of Mexico President

10/20/16 InSight Crime

Javier_Duarte_de_OchoaThe former governor of Veracruz, Mexico has gone missing amid a flurry of corruption allegations, dealing another heavy blow to the credibility of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s scandal-plagued administration.

Mexican officials, who suspect that former Gov. Javier Duarte may have left the country, have requested that the international police body Interpol participate in the search for him in 190 countries, reported El País.

Duarte resigned from his post as governor of Veracruz on October 12 to face over 50 allegations against him, according to El País. Officials said on October 19 that an arrest warrant had been issued against the politician for racketeering and corruption charges, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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Why Haitians are stranded in Mexico

20/10/16 PRI

In a quiet Tijuana neighborhood, Haitian migrants mill about in the morning light. Some rest on blankets under trees, others play dominoes. Babo Pierrot, 44, wearing a tattered sweatshirt, talks to his wife in Haitian Creole. The couple and their baby boy arrived here about two weeks ago, migrating from Brazil. They had lived there since the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti forced them to leave.

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El Chapo extradition: Mexico judge rejects appeal

10/20/16 BBC News

elchapoA Mexican judge has rejected an appeal by drugs lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman against his extradition to the US.

The foreign ministry approved the extradition in May but Guzman’s lawyers have been fighting the decision in a district court.

They say they will now take the case to a higher court.

The head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel was recaptured in January after escaping for a second time from a maximum security prison.

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Mexico City’s Plan To Fight Sexual Assault: Whistles On The Subway

10/21/16 NPR

miguel angel manceraMexico City’s Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera is handing out plastic whistles. A half-million of them. At three bucks a pop, he’s hoping that women will use the whistles to scare off harassers on the packed public transportation system.

When the plan was announced this summer, it received a flurry of scathing criticism and mocking memes on social media. But city officials are moving forward and have been handing out the whistles by the thousands at subway and bus stops.

At the Zapata metro station in the southern end of Mexico City, the buses and subways are packed at midday, the perfect conditions for harassment, say women. Nearly everyone has a story.

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Northwest Mexico Erupts in Violence in Next Generation Cartel Wars

10/20/16 InSight Crime

27189755150_6f815ecc6e_oA bloody cartel war raging in the state of Baja California Sur hints at the new strategies and alliances forming as Mexico‘s fragmented underworld reorganizes.

A Zeta magazine investigation into drug war violence in the city of La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, has revealed how a spate of macabre murders is connected to a campaign waged by a new alliance between the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) and the remnants of the Tijuana Cartel against Los Dámaso, a network connected to the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Mexico Issues Arrest Warrant for Veracruz State Governor Javier Duarte

10/19/16 The Wall Street Journal

DuarteMEXICO CITY—Mexican authorities have issued an arrest warrant on charges of racketeering and the use of illegally obtained funds for Javier Duarte, the governor of Mexico’s third-largest state, a top federal government official said Wednesday.

An official from Mexico’s Attorney General’s office said the whereabouts was unknown of Mr. Duarte, who last week took a leave of absence as governor of the oil-rich state of Veracruz to face the accusations. He was last heard from on Oct. 13, according to Flavino Rios, the acting governor who is sitting in for Mr. Duarte.

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Surge in Tijuana Violence Recalls Past Bloodshed

10/19/16 InSight Crime

By Toksave

Tijuana’s murder rate has spiked dramatically in recent months, leaving officials searching for reasons and responses to an emerging security crisis in Mexico‘s northern border city.

As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune and other outlets, 2016 has been more violent than any recent year for the Baja California border city. Through the first nine months of the year, authorities had registered 636 murders. This puts it on a pace for 848 murders in the whole of the year, which, according to the Tribune’s statistics, would narrowly break the 2010 record of 844, the most violent year in recent memory.

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