Archive for the ‘Mexico’ Category

Convoy repele agresión en Michoacán; al menos 42 muertos

| May 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

MICHOACÁN, 22 de mayo.- Fuentes oficiales informaron que el saldo preliminar de un enfrentamiento entre fuerzas federales y pistoleros del crimen organizado es de al menos 42 muertos, tres detenidos, y cuatro heridos.

Los hechos ocurrieron en el municipio de Tanhuato en el occidente de Michoacán, en los límites con el estado de Jalisco.

Se sabe que un convoy formado por fuerzas de élite de la PF y soldados de la Sedena fue atacado cerca de la comunidad de Tinaja de Vargas y al repeler la agresión dieron muerte a los presuntos delincuentes.

Se desconoce qué grupo participó en esta balacera, la cual duró aproximadante una hora y 15 minutos.

Cabe recordar que esta zona se convirtió en foco rojo a partir de la muerte del candidato de Morena, Enrique Hernández, y los operativos estaban destinados a recuperar la seguridad.

Derivado de este asunto, el Gabinete de Seguridad Nacional se trasladó hasta el lugar.

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Midterm elections in Mexico may not provide momentum for Peña Nieto

| May 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

Midterm elections in Mexico on June 7 may reaffirm the ruling party’s hold on power, but may not produce new political momentum for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as he struggles to salvage his program of economic modernization and to quell persistent outbreaks of narco-related violence.

Voters will elect all of the 500 members the federal Chamber of Deputies, 9 of 31 governors, 16 delegates of the Federal District, and 640 state legislators.  These elections will serve to measure the strength of Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the political appeal of the opposition, made up mostly of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).  It also will gauge ​​the viability of the new National Regeneration Movement (Morena), founded by two-time leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who launched this party to challenge the PRD.

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Protests Force Mining Billionaire German Larrea To Halt $1.4 Billion Copper Project In Peru

| May 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

By Dolia Estevez

Fifty days of protests against the $1.4 billion Tía María copper mining project in southern Peru forced Grupo Mexico , owned by Mexican mining billionaire German Larrea Mota Velasco, to call for a two-month truce, Peruvian and Mexican media reported.

Oscar Gonzalez Rocha, CEO and President of Southern Copper, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, announced Friday a 60-day “pause” on the Tía María project to allow the parties involved to present “their concerns and fears, identify solutions, agree on a path to move forward and define responsibilities that all must assume in a reasonable time,” EFE reported from Lima.

Carlos Galvez, president of Peru’s National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE), a non-profit business association,  supported the truce. “No project can be imposed by force; a truce would be the most appropriate,” said Galvez, according to Mexico’s El Economista.

But the announcement did not stop community and civil groups in seven regions ... Read More

Mexican onshore oil holds most potential in Latin America -study

| May 21st, 2015 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in Reuters


May 20 Mexico’s marginal oil fields hold more potential than any other country in Latin America, a mostly onshore resource that could be tapped quickly with techniques perfected in the U.S. shale boom, the lead author of a new study said on Wednesday.

The 14.1 billion barrels in incremental oil potential from Mexico’s lower-quality, overwhelmingly onshore fields is bigger than any nation bar Russia and Iran, said Leta Smith, director of upstream energy research at consultancy IHS Energy.

“The thing that makes it exciting is that access to Russia and Iran is pretty limited for most international oil companies, but Mexico is opening up right now,” she said.

Last year, Mexico finalized a historic energy overhaul that ended state-owned oil company Pemex’s longstanding oil and gas monopoly and that aims to lure billions of dollars in private investment via new contracts to ... Read More

Central bank cuts Mexico’s 2015 growth forecast

| May 20th, 2015 | No Comments »
From Fox News Latino

Mexico’s central bank has lowered the country’s 2015 growth forecast from a range of between 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent to a range of between 2 percent and 3 percent, citing a lack of economic dynamism.

Some of the risks facing Mexico’s economy have materialized, including a drop in oil production and uncertainty about future prospects for crude output, Bank of Mexico Gov. Agustin Carstens said Tuesday in presenting the bank’s report on the first quarter.

Crude production fell 7.7 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015 to an average of 2.3 million barrels per day, while the average price of Mexico’s export blend plunged 51.5 percent, from $92.41 in the first quarter of 2014 to $44.84 between January and March of this year.

Mexico’s export sector also is being hit by a drop in demand from the United States, which was affected by ... Read More

El Salvador’s Military, Arms Trafficking, and a Mexican Cartel Converge in Honduras

| May 20th, 2015 | No Comments »
From In Sight

By Cesar Castro Fagoaga, Suchit Chavez, and Jessica Avalos

n March 2011, shortly before a group of El Salvador soldiers were linked to the seizure of 1,812 M-67 grenades, Honduran authorities dismantled a Mexican drug trafficking cell in possession of 14 rocket launchers belonging to the Salvadoran Armed Forces.

The official story began on March 17, 2011, with two weapons busts in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. One occurred in a warehouse in Rio Bermejo that belonged to Eduardo Elias Handal Saybe, and the other in a residence in the Lomas de San Juan neighborhood. It was the warehouse, full of weapons, that most caught the attention of the authorities.

There were so many weapons that then Defense Minister Marlon Pascua said he had never seen that many under those circumstances, Honduras newspaper La Prensa reported.

But it was not just weapons that were hidden in the cellar of the warehouse. ... Read More

Frustration with Latin America’s left on the rise

| May 19th, 2015 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Associated Press


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil’s president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba’s communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the U.S.

Whether it’s because of corruption scandals or stagnant growth, the popularity of the crop of leftist Latin American governments that have been running the region since the start of the millennium appears to be waning. Voters who embraced what became known as the pink tide that swept away the pro-Washington, free-market policies dominant in the 1990s are increasingly turning against the populist firebrands they once rallied behind.

Across the region, polling numbers are tanking and street protests are on the rise.

Triggering the growing disenchantment are some serious economic headwinds. Most leaders came into power just ... Read More

Las FARC entrenan a jefes del Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación

| May 18th, 2015 | No Comments »


WASHINGTON (Proceso).- El derribo de un helicóptero del Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales el pasado viernes 1 en Jalisco no fue un golpe de suerte de los sicarios ni puede atribuirse automáticamente a una posible impreparación de los militares; el ataque estuvo perfectamente coordinado y ejecutado por el Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) gracias, según agencias federales estadunidenses, al adiestramiento que las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) les han dado.

El CJNG y Los Cuinis, aseguran fuentes de inteligencia de Estados Unidos, tienen sicarios entrenados por las FARC específicamente para contrarrestar los embates militares.

“Nuestros sistemas de inteligencia en Colombia detectaron desde hace varios meses que algunos integrantes del narcotráfico mexicano habían recibido adiestramiento en ese país por parte de las FARC”, comenta a Proceso un alto funcionario de una de las agencias estadunidenses de inteligencia.

“Los informes que obtuvimos en Colombia señalan que jefes de grupo (sicarios) y varios jefes del ... Read More

Susan Kaufman Purcell: The New Normal in Latin America

| May 18th, 2015 | No Comments »
Latin American Herald Tribune

By Susan Kaufman Purcell

At the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama, the topic that received the most attention was the U.S. decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. This allowed the historic handshake and the official talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro that ended half a century of diplomatic isolation.

Various polls have shown, however, that that the diplomatic problems between the United States and Cuba have not been a major concern of Latin Americans. Why then were the Latins so enthusiastic about this particular change in U.S. policy toward the region?

The answer was not that normalization would bring an end to the Castro dictatorship, since Latin America has not cared whether Cuba remained a dictatorship. Nor were Latin American governments preoccupied that the inflow of dollars to Cuba following the normalization of relations would mainly benefit Cuba’s unelected and wealthy rulers, especially the military, which controls the ... Read More

Frustration with Latin America’s left on the rise as leaders hit by economic slowdown, scandal

| May 18th, 2015 | No Comments »
Star Tribune


CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil’s president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba’s communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the U.S.

Whether it’s because of corruption scandals or stagnant growth, the popularity of the crop of leftist Latin American governments that have been running the region since the start of the millennium appears to be waning. Voters that embraced what became known as the pink tide that swept away the pro-Washington, free-market policies dominant in the 1990s are increasingly tuning hostile against the populist firebrands they once rallied behind.

Across the region, polling numbers are tanking and street protests are on the rise.

Triggering the growing disenchantment are some serious economic headwinds. Most leaders came into power just as China’s economy was ... Read More

Brazen terrorism heating up Mexico’s drug war

| May 15th, 2015 | No Comments »

By Roger Noriega

On Wednesday, six persons were killed when their small plane was shot down by suspected narcotraffickers in Mexico’s northern state of Chihuahua—another brazen act of terrorism that suggests the drug war on our doorstep may be heating up. According to several eyewitnesses, the plane was hit by gunfire from numerous individuals on the ground. Sources say the attack was the result of a turf war between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel, which has afflicted the area for years.

Just two weeks ago, the New Generation Cartel of Jalisco (CJNG) and the affiliated Los Cuinis syndicate mobilized more than 500 men in a coordinated attack in which seven soldiers died when their army helicopter was downed by narcotraffickers in an unprecedented use of force.

Although the Mexican government claims that its security strategy is working, levels of violence in the states of Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Michoacán, the eponymous state of Mexico, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Sinaloa suggest ... Read More

Drug traffickers shoot down plane in northern Mexico, kill 6 people

| May 14th, 2015 | No Comments »
From Fox News Latino

Six people were killed when suspected drug traffickers shot down a small plane in Urique, a city in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, state officials said Wednesday.

The victims were aboard an air taxi that was on its way from the northwestern state of Sinaloa to Chihuahua when it was shot down by drug traffickers on Tuesday.

The reason why the plane was shot down has not been determined, the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office said.

“After searches, patrols and sweeps in towns outside the city of Urique, a Cessna-type plane was found Tuesday afternoon in the Arroyo de Tubares, located in Las Cieniguitas, on the border of Chihuahua and Sinaloa,” the AG’s office said in a statement.

The bodies of six men, including pilot Eleazar Ramirez Perez, were found at the crash site and taken to the coroner’s office.

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Vigilantes Vs. Assassins on Mexico’s Heroin Highway

| May 14th, 2015 | No Comments »
The Daily Beast

By Jeremy Kryt

On patrol with the volunteer police force going AK-47 to AK-47 with the narco-gangs in Mexico’s most dangerous state.

OCOTITO, Mexico — On an early spring morning, in the desert of Mexico’s southwestern Guerrero state, a half-dozen rusty pickups speed toward a line of late-model 4x4s blocking the road.

As armed men leap from the truck beds, the drivers swing across the tarmac, forming an opposing blockade of ancient Nissans and Ford Rangers.

Crouched behind their respective barricades, their elbows propped on hoods and fenders to steady their aim, some 40 men now draw down on each other with every kind of firearm imaginable: bolt-action hunting rifles, automatic shotguns, old-fashioned six-shooters, Uzis and M16s, even a few AK47s.

It’s just a few hours after dawn in these jagged foothills; the temperature is already in the mid-80s and climbing fast—but the tempers of the men ... Read More

Al menos seis personas muertas tras ataque de presuntos narcotraficantes a una avioneta en México

| May 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Seis personas murieron en el norte de México después de que presuntos narcotraficantes derribaran una avioneta en la que viajaba al municipio de Urique, al suroeste del estado de Chihuahua, confirmaron este miércoles autoridades estatales.

El incidente sucedió el martes, cuando las víctimas viajaban de Sinaloa al estado de Chihuahua en un aerotaxi y este fue derribado por presuntos miembros del crimen organizado bajo circunstancias aún no muy claras.

La Fiscalía General del Estado informa que tras los recorridos, patrullajes y rastreos en poblados del municipio de Urique, se localizó durante la tarde de este martes una avioneta tipo Cessna accidentada en el Arroyo de Tubares ubicado en Las Cieniguitas, límites de Chihuahua y Sinaloa”, dijo la dependencia en un comunicado de prensa.

En el lugar se encontraron los cuerpos de seis hombres, entre ellos el piloto, quien fue identificado como Eleazar Ramírez Pérez de 58 años, originario y con domicilio en Guazabe, ... Read More

Inundados de coca

| May 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Por Jorge Fernández Menéndez

La relación de México y Colombia es estratégica en muchos sentidos, como se pudo comprobar en la reciente visita del presidente Juan Manuel Santos a nuestro país y en la participación de ambas naciones en la Alianza del Pacífico, que mantienen con Chile, Perú y Costa Rica: en los hechos, ante el derrumbe económico y político del chavismo y con él, el de la llamada Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA), la Alianza del Pacífico se ha constituido en el más exitoso y sólido mecanismo integrador de la región.

Pero México y Colombia están unidas también por el desafío del narcotráfico. La historia de las relaciones de los grupos criminales de ambos países, con sus asociaciones y desencuentros, con sus negocios y enfrentamientos, es demasiado larga como para ignorarla. Y en esas paralelas, que aquí sí se tocan constantemente, tenemos en ... Read More

Deadly Mexican Cartel Rises as New Threat

| May 13th, 2015 | No Comments »
Wall Street Journal WSJ-01 By JUAN MONTES

GUADALAJARA, Jalisco—The armored vehicle carrying the top police officer of Mexico’s embattled Jalisco state had just rounded a street corner on the outskirts of this cosmopolitan city when a dozen gunmen from the New Generation Jalisco Cartel pumped more than 200 bullets into the car.

“When we tried to strike back, they threw two grenades at us,” said Alejandro Solorio, the state public security commissioner.

That late March attack, which failed to inflict casualties, presaged a rising wave of violence that has engulfed Guadalajara, the state capital and Mexico’s second-largest city, climaxing with the cartel’s downing of an army helicopter by rocket-propelled grenades that killed eight soldiers on May 1.

The attack, among the worst single-day losses for the army in Mexico’s long battle against drug traffickers, thrust the once-obscure New Generation gang forward as enemy No. 1 for President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government.

Thousands of troops, backed by armored personnel carriers and quasi-military federal police, ... Read More

Tollway Scandal Couldn’t Come at Worse Time for Mexican Builders

| May 12th, 2015 | No Comments »

By Benjamin Bain

Recordings appearing to show OHL Mexico SAB executives’ efforts to increase highway tolls and pay for a state official’s beach-hotel room threaten to disrupt a construction industry already hurt by budget cuts and a scandal involving President Enrique Pena Nieto’s wife.

The toll-road operator’s shares have tumbled 20 percent in the past week as the State of Mexico government disclosed plans to investigate the allegations, contained in a pair of videos posted on the Internet. While Mexico City-based OHL Mexico has denied wrongdoing, its chairman acknowledged last week that executives offered to pay for the Caribbean luxury hotel before the invitation was rejected by the official.

The controversy comes on the heels of a $4.3 billion high-speed train project that was suspended in January after reports emerged that one of the winning bidders built a luxury home for the president’s wife. She and Pena ... Read More

Mexico Opens Bidding for Oil, Gas Drilling in 26 Areas

| May 11th, 2015 | No Comments »
ABC News

Mexico has announced the opening of bidding for oil and gas drilling rights in 26 areas, the latest in a sweeping oil reform that allows participation of foreign companies.

The National Hydrocarbons Commission approved the auction for the land-based areas in five states in southern and northern Mexico, which together could yield 35,000 barrels of oil and 225 million cubic feet of gas per day.

This is the third of five sets of areas Mexico plans to auction in a first round. The previous two auctions were for areas in shallow water.

This first round of auctions has put in motion the historic reform of the energy sector passed last year. It signaled the end of a period that began with the nationalization of the oil industry in 1938.

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Hezbollah en América Latina: el narcotráfico, su principal fuente de financiamiento

| May 11th, 2015 | No Comments »

Las actividades delictivas del grupo terrorista Hezbollah en la región continúan su ascenso sin que ninguna alarma se encienda en los Gobiernos de América Latina. Incluso en muchos casos, las autoridades de algunas administraciones regionales son cómplices de sus movimientos. Tráfico de drogas, de armas, de influencias, lavado de dinero y otras maniobras ilícitas son las elegidas por las células que la agrupación libanesa mantiene a lo largo de esta parte del mundo.

Desde 2006 a la fecha, fue sobre todo el narcotráfico la vía que más dinero aportó al financiamiento de Hezbollah. Bajo diferentes fachadas, jefes regionales del grupo terrorista se instalaron en diferentes ciudades latinoamericanas para tapar sus verdaderos propósitos. Mezquitas, centros culturales islámicos, comercios y otras organizaciones sin apariencia política reúnen a cientos de fieles, quienes en muchos casos son “utilizados” por la agrupación extremista.

Es la Triple Frontera (conformada por Paraguay, Brasil y la Argentina) la “capital” de ... Read More

Mexico charges three with ‘terrorism’ after cartel violence

| May 8th, 2015 | No Comments »
From AFP

Mexico City (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.

The 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.

Three other people were released because they were “arbitrarily” detained, the council said.

Authorities say the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel launched gun fights and burned several vehicles, banks and gasoline stations across the state on May 1 to hit back at a federal operation to dismantle the gang.

The gang is accused of using a rocket-propelled grenade to down an army helicopter that was pursuing vehicles suspected of carrying a cartel leader.

The interior ministry raised the death toll from the downing to eight ... Read More

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