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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Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels

08/18/16 CNN

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)Beheadings, mass executions, public hangings and torture — it’s all part of the massive drug war next door.

Mexico’s drug wars have claimed more than 80,000 lives between 2006 and 2015, according to analyst estimates in the 2015 Congressional Research Service report.
Fierce rivalries between Mexico’s drug cartels have wreaked havoc on the lives of civilians who have nothing to do with the drug trade. Bystanders, people who refused to join cartels, migrants, journalists and government officials have been killed.

Mexico Authorities Under Renewed Heat for ‘Narcopolitics’ and Impunity

08/12/16 InSight Crime

cemetery-cross-in-graveyard-1398971336pwPMexico will not be able to rein in runaway organized crime until it addresses the links between Mexican authorities and criminal groups and ends impunity for those responsible for crimes against humanity, an international justice advocate told the Guerrero State Congress.

Ina Zoon took the Open Society Foundation (OSF) Justice Initiative’s message to ground zero of Mexico‘s crime-fed security crisis on August 11. She presented the foundation’s recent report on possible war crimes by the Mexican government and the Zetas crime cartel to the Guerrero legislature, Proceso reported. Guerrero, home to the resort city of Acapulco, is one of the most violent places in Mexico.

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Understanding the Link Between Business and Human Rights in Mexico

08/17/16 The Huffington Post 

mexico-flagHas a corporation ever made you feel vulnerable? Have your rights been ignored? Does it seem that businesses have no oversight? Then this may be of interest to you.

In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council issued Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The principles reiterate that nations must control business activities, that corporations must respect human rights, and that victims must have access to justice.

Mexico won’t rule out second son of ‘El Chapo’ possibly kidnapped

08/18/16 UPI

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Mexican authorities said they haven’t been able to identify one of six people kidnapped in Puerto Vallarta, and they can’t rule out the possibility that person is a second son of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Authorities initially determined Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, 29, one of Guzmán’s children, was among several kidnapped early Monday from the upscale La Leche restaurant in the Pacific coast city.

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Mexicans are seeking asylum in U.S. to escape the chaotic violence of a prolonged teachers’ protests

08/17/16 Fusion

EL PASO, Texas — The violent standoff between radical factions of a teachers’ union and the Mexican government has led to an unexpected push of emigrants fleeing the south of Mexico to seek asylum at the U.S. border.

A radical faction of teachers known as The National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) has paralyzed several economies in the south of Mexico by blocking roads and clashing violently with police in a prolonged protest that is paralyzing life and business for many people in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. Tourism has plummeted and the government has resorted to using military planes to fly in food aid into some towns.

Drug-Kingpin Takedowns Spur Turf Wars as Murders Surge in Mexico

08/17/16 Bloomberg

crime and drugsThree years after Mexicans elected President Enrique Pena Nieto on a pledge of putting an end to the murder and violence gripping the nation, killings have returned to the dark days of his predecessor’s administration.

Homicides rose 15 percent to 9,400 in the first half from a year earlier, the government said in July, reaching levels of former President Felipe Calderon’s term. But drug-related killings have soared even more according to one tally: Milenio newspaper, which has tracked organized-crime deaths since 2006, reports a 33 percent surge through July.

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