May 24, 2015

Cartel operated surveillance cameras in Mexican city

AFP: A drug cartel installed 39 surveillance cameras in a Mexican city bordering the United States to monitor the movements of residents and security forces, authorities said Friday.

It underlines the pervasiveness of Mexico's powerful drug cartels, who have eyes and ears in towns and cities across the country thanks to human "halcones," or hawks, who act as lookouts and relay information to the gangs. Read more. 

May 21, 2015

Gunfight in blood-soaked western Mexican state kills at least eight

Reuters: At least eight people died in a shootout between Mexican federal police and suspected gang members in the troubled western state of Jalisco, a government official said on Tuesday.

The gunfight took place on Monday in the municipality of Villa Purificacion, where members of the Jalisco New Generation (JNG) cartel shot down an army helicopter on May 1, killing six military personnel on a day of clashes that claimed 15 lives. Read more. 

May 17, 2015

Mexican Government Compensates Kin of Victims of Army Massacre

Latin American Herald Tribune: The Mexican government announced it will distribute more than 50 million pesos ($3.3 million) to the families of 22 civilians killed by soldiers in a June 2014 incident that has become known as the Tlatlaya massacre.

The Executive Commission on Assistance to Victims, or CEAV, said in a statement it has begun integral reparation actions as recommended by the independent National Human Rights Commission. Read more. 

May 11, 2015

Probe alleges illegal arms sales to Mexico

Note: The German government and press has at least tracked, investigated and channeled the case of illegal arms sales. Also note that four states were banned for weapons sales: Guerrero, Chiapas, Jalisco and Chihuahua. How many lives could be saved if the United States banned high-powered weapons sales and aid to these states? It will be interesting to see how prosecution goes. Meanwhile, we cannot even get a list of what units are prohibited for human rights reasons for receiving lethal aid. This makes one suspect that the law is not being applied. As the situation in Mexico just gets worse...

Mexico News Daily: Allegations that a German arms manufacturer illegally sold guns to Mexico have gained more credence following the publication of a report yesterday.

A report published by a German newspaper says Heckler & Koch could face a heavy fine for delivering G36 assault rifles to four Mexican states, contrary to export restrictions. Those restrictions were imposed on the basis of suspected police corruption and collaboration with organized crime in Chiapas, Chihuahua, Guerrero and Jalisco. Read more.

May 8, 2015

BP Sued By Mexican Fishing Businesses for Deepwater Horizon Spill

CorpWatch: British Petroleum (BP) has been sued by some 25,000 Mexican fishing businesses over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The company says it has paid $1.8 billion in compensation to U.S. businesses but has yet to offer money to those affected south of the border.

Deepwater Horizon was a floating rig built by Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea and leased by Transocean of Louisiana to BP to explore for oil 4,000 feet below the surface in the Macondo Prospect some 41 miles off the coast. On April 20, 2010, methane gas from the well forced its way to the surface and caused the well to blow out. The resulting fire killed eleven workers and burned for three months before it was capped, but not before an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil were spilled. Read more. 

Mexico charges three with 'terrorism' after cartel violence

AFP: A Mexican judge has charged three people with terrorism over their roles in a day of violence launched by a drug cartel in Jalisco state last week, authorities said.

Three other people were released because they were "arbitrarily" detained, the council said.T he suspects were accused of organized crime "with the goal of committing ... terrorism" by burning vehicles and using them to block roads around Mexico's second biggest city, Guadalajara, the Federal Judicial Council said. Read more. 

Violence haunts Mexico's election campaign

AFP: One murdered candidate, others threatened, bodyguards assigned to gubernatorial wannabes and calls for a boycott: The June election campaign in Mexico's Wild West is off to a rough start.

The June 7 mid-term vote for federal and state seats will be the first major ballot test for President Enrique Pena Nieto, almost half-way through his six-year term. Read more.