Mexican businesses call for better security after Televisa boss murdered

11/21/2017 Global Times

Mexican businessmen called on the government to revise its security strategy on Monday after the murder of Adolfo Lagos, corporate vice-president of telecommunications at Televisa, on Sunday.

“It is urgent to halt the incidence of crimes as this can affect growth and investments,” stated Coparmex, Mexico’s largest business association, in a statement.

This was prompted after Lagos was shot dead on Sunday by robbers trying to steal his bicycle as the man cycled along a highway near Mexico City.

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Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast

11/14/2017 InSight Crime

The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups’ longstanding rivalry has continued to see blood spilled in the key trafficking region.

On the surface, the state of play in Mexico’s northeast is as it has been for most of the past decade: Both the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas maintain tight control over different parts of Tamaulipas — the crucial border state that birthed both groups — but neither is strong enough to defeat the other.

Government forces, particularly the marines, have maintained a degree of consistent pressure on crime groups operating in Tamaulipas.

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Mexico Still Struggling to Combat Money Laundering: Reports

11/6/2017 InSight Crime

Several recent government reports show that Mexico continues to struggle with combating money laundering, a longstanding problem exacerbated by a lack of political will and an overemphasis on militarized responses to crime.

A classified Mexican government report accessed by Reuters highlights the seriousness of the problem of illicit financial flows in Mexico.

According to the report, which is set to be submitted to an international anti-money laundering body known as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and has not yet been made public, “the view is that the risk represented by illicit funds susceptible to money laundering in Mexico generated within the jurisdiction is HIGH.”

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More new cameras to monitor Mexico City

11/6/2017 Mexico News Daily

Mexico City will have 8,500 next-generation surveillance cameras in operation by the end of the year, a high-ranking city government security official said yesterday.

In an interview with the newspaper Milenio, C5 command center director Idris Rodríguez Zapata said that 1,500 new state-of-the-art cameras will replace those that are now technologically obsolete.

Seven thousand of the high-tech cameras have already been installed during the administration of Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, whose term began in 2012, he added.

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From Cancun to Cabo, wave of violence keeping tourists away from Mexico

10/30/2017 Chicago Tribune

In the spring break capital of Cancun, Mexico, hotel occupancy has tumbled 10 percent this year. As bad as that is, over in Los Cabos, on the tip of the Baja California peninsula, it’s worse.

The airport serving Cabo San Lucas and its lesser-known sister city, San Jose del Cabo, is looking emptier these days. And hotel guests have canceled 35,000 nights of bookings over the next year – collectively a decade’s worth of visits for a single traveler.

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3 men, apparently Mennonites, killed in northern Mexico

10/23/2017 Los Angeles Times

Three men have been found shot to death in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua, and prosecutors say they appear to be members of the state’s Mennonite community.

The state prosecutors’ office said Sunday the bodies were found in the cab of a pickup truck with New Mexico plates in an area known as Campo Menonita 35. The men had been shot multiple times.

While the bodies have not been identified, the office said their appearance suggested they were Mennonites.

Mexico’s Puebla state revokes Cabify permit after woman’s death

9/18/2017 Reuters

The central Mexican state of Puebla said on Monday it had revoked the operating license of ride-hailing firm Cabify after one of its drivers was arrested on suspicion of murdering a female passenger.

The body of Mara Fernanda Castilla, 19, was found near a motel in the city of Puebla on Friday, sparking weekend protests about violence against women in various parts of Mexico.

Diodoro Carrasco, Puebla’s interior minister, told a news conference the state had withdrawn the license of the Madrid-based Cabify due to “irregularities in its security protocols.”

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