Mexico’s defense chief: ‘We have committed errors’ in the war on drugs

4/1/16 Business Insider 

Mexican_soldiersThe head of Mexico’s National Defense Secretariat said in an interview that Mexico had made a mistake in deploying the military as part of the country’s war against drug cartels and organized crime.

“Of course we have committed errors,” said Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, in an interview with Mexican news outlet Pulso in mid-March.

“One of those was when we entered fully combat against drugs,” he continued.

This deployment, which ramped up under former President Felipe Calderon, left Mexico’s armed forces to deal with “a problem that is not ours,” Cienfuegos said.

“The military is not intended for the work it does today,” Cienfuegos said. “No one with responsibility for this institution is prepared to do the functions of the police.”

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Mexicans Using Social Media to Shame Bad Behavior in Public

3/16/16 The Associated Press

Social-media-communicationMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans are increasingly taking to social media to post videos of bad civic behavior, led by two social media “heroes” who wield comedy and confrontation to expose lazy cops, litterers, threatening bodyguards and arrogant drivers.

Arturo Hernandez, who heads a band of volunteer YouTube celebrities known as the “Super Civicos,” uses humor to shame violators in Mexico’s sprawling capital, where street vendors and delivery vans block streets and cars drive in bicycle lanes with little fear of punishment. He once stripped down and bathed in a pothole as big as a bathtub to highlight shoddy street repairs. Another time he traveled the subway dressed as a caveman to reflect the lack of manners.

Arne Aus den Ruthen, meanwhile, is a local official who confronts violators using the Periscope app to make live broadcasts as he tells people to pick up their trash or move their cars. He holds the title of “city manager” of the capital’s Miguel Hidalgo borough, a paid position inspired by U.S. city governments to have a gadfly to prod lazy authorities into doing their jobs.

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VIDEO | Mexican Mayor Assassinated: Implications for the Debate Over the Organization of Police Forces

duncan wilson center trendingMexico Institute Director, Duncan Wood believes the assassination of Mayor Gisela Mota could have implications for the ongoing debate over how to organize Mexico’s police forces.


Duncan Wood is the director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center. Prior to this, he was a professor and the director of the International Relations Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City for 17 years. He has been a member of the Mexican National Research System, an editorial advisor to both Reforma and El Universal newspapers, and is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica. In 2007, he was a non-resident Fulbright Fellow and, between 2007 and 2009, he was technical secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energia, a group of experts in the area of energy policy in Mexico. He has been a Senior Associate with the Simon Chair and the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on Mexican energy policy, including renewable energy, and North American relations. He studied in the UK and Canada, receiving his PhD in political studies from Queen’s University, Canada, and is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Visit Award for contributions to the Mexico-Canada relationship.


Ayotzinapa case still open: Peña Nieto

9/8/2015 The Yucatan Times 


President Enrique Peña Nieto declared on Tuesday September 8th that the investigation into events which occurred in Iguala, Guerrero nearly a year ago is ongoing, and that the federal government will continue to look into the case until the truth about what happened to the 43 students from Ayotzinapa is revealed.

Speaking during a working tour in Puebla, the president reiterated the unwavering determination of his government to be close to the families of the students and to discover the truth about an event which has outraged and damaged Mexican society.

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Proven unfit, cops stay on their job

7/28/15 El Daily Post

veracruzUnqualified agents who continue on the job. Low salaries. Shifts of more than 24 hours. Shaky professionalism. Obsolete testing. Shortages of uniformed agents. This is the reality of today’s police forces throughout Mexico. A report  by the organization Causa en Común (Common Cause) titled “Do We Have the Police We Deserve?” provides a snapshot of the state of Mexican law enforcement today. The results are troubling. Almost no police force across the nation has carried out the “purification” of its personnel. Also, about 20 percent of the examinations that were given as part of that process are obsolete and were supposed to have been given again.

Veracruz is the most notable, but not the only, example of the effects of non-purification. More than 40 percent of its police force failed the confidence examination determining their reliability and trustworthiness, but they continue on the job.

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Mexican Forces Rescue 15 Hostages and Capture 24 Suspected Kidnappers

7/9/15 Latin American Herald Tribune

federal police mexicoMexico’s federal police rescued 15 victims and captured 24 alleged kidnappers, in six operations spread across the states of Hidalgo, Mexico, Veracruz, Guerrero and Tamaulipas, the government said Tuesday.

Following intelligence reports and investigation, on Jul. 3, in Coyotepec municipality, in the state of Mexico, the police freed a hostage, held captive for five days, anti-kidnapping coordinator Renato Sales told reporters.

The police also detained eight suspects, linked to another four similar cases. Earlier on June 30, in Ecatepec municipality, in the state of Mexico, federal police managed to free one hostage and detain four alleged kidnappers. Later on July 1, in Tulancingo municipality, in Hidalgo, the police freed hostages and arrested two kidnappers.

7 Mexican federal police detained on extortion allegations

03/13/15 The Washington Post 

policemanMexican authorities said they detained seven more federal police officers Thursday in the northern border city of Matamoros in connection with an extortion investigation. A statement from the National Security Commission said the seven were taken into custody at the Matamoros airport. On Saturday, Mexican officials said soldiers and marines had detained 14 other federal police officers in Matamoros for kidnapping a businessman and demanding a $2 million (31 million peso) ransom. One was later released.

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