Mexico Arrests Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Cocaine Trafficker

April 14, 2015

ABC News, 4/12/2015

handcuffsMexican marines and police have arrested a man authorities describe as a leading cocaine trafficker for Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, authorities said Sunday.

Monte Alejandro Rubido, Mexico’s national security commissioner, said Cesar Gastelum Serrano was arrested Saturday in the resort city of Cancun.

Gastelum Serrano was carrying a pistol and 700 grams (24.7 ounces) of cocaine at the time of his arrest, authorities said.

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Mexico’s Manufacturing Sector Continues to Grow

April 10, 2015

Forbes, 4/8/2015

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Summary:

Mexico’s economy has performed well relative to other major Latin American economies in recent years, largely because of its thriving manufacturing sector. Unlike Brazil and Argentina, whose manufacturing sectors are slumping, Mexico has continued to see solid growth because of its integration with and dependence on the U.S. market. Although low global oil prices will put pressure on Mexico’s economy, the performance of the manufacturing sector — especially in high-end manufacturing — will be a key driver of Mexico’s economic growth this year and beyond.

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Mexico Water Commission Chief Resigns Over Helicopter Flap

April 10, 2015

ABC News, 4/9/2015

mexican-flag1The director of Mexico’s National Water Commission resigned Thursday following an uproar over his family’s use of an agency helicopter to reach Mexico City’s airport.

David Korenfeld announced his resignation to reporters more than a week after social media filled with photographs, apparently taken by a neighbor on March 29, showing people walking with suitcases to a helicopter marked with the agency’s name.

Korenfeld later apologized and said he would pay for the cost of the ride. Later Thursday, Korenfeld said on Radio Formula that he used the helicopter for eight minutes and paid 10,800 pesos, or $736.

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North Korea Warns Will Act to Get Back Ship Held by Mexico

April 10, 2015

Reuters, 4/10/2015

United NationsNorth Korea accused Mexico on Wednesday of illegally detaining one of its ships with some 50 crew and warned it would take “necessary measures” to release the vessel, which United Nations sanctions monitors say belongs to a blacklisted shipping firm.

The 6,700-tonne freighter Mu Du Bong, which had come from Cuba, ran aground in July on a reef 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Tuxpan in Mexico’s Veracruz state. Mexico said the ship remains in the port of Tuxpan.

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UN Investigator Outs Mexico’s Effort to Whitewash Torture Report

April 7, 2015

PanAm Post, 4/6/2015

United NationsUN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez says he was pressured by the Mexican government to alter the results of an investigation that determined torture in the country is “widespread” and goes virtually unpunished.+

Since publishing the report, Méndez has defended his findings against the Mexican government’s claims that the study was unprofessional and unethical. In a statement to Mexican Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco on April 1, the rapporteur argued his report was both fair and objective.

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Attack in Western Mexico Leaves Police Officers Wounded

April 7, 2015

ABC News, 4/7/2015

gun - crime sceneAn attack on a police convoy in the western Mexico state of Jalisco has left at least some officers wounded, marking the latest in a growing series of confrontations between law enforcement and criminal gangs.

The Jalisco state prosecutors’ office did not say how many officers were wounded in the shootout late Monday in a rural area.

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Zapatistas Call for Different Forms of Protest in Mexico

April 7, 2015

TeleSUR English, 4/6/2015

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

Mexican revolutionary group the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) is questioning the effectiveness of traditional methods of popular struggle, including “marches, real or virtual, elections, inquiries and meetings,” to address the “catastrophe” that has engulfed the country.

In a press release, signed by Insurgent Subcommander Galeano, the militants said that even though the nation was in the midst of a “storm,” they could see and hear that “everything is carrying on the same,” and that people are being presented with “only small variations that do not significantly alter the landscape.”

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