Archive for the ‘Mexico’ Category

Here Comes Mexico’s Energy Revolution

| September 15th, 2014 | No Comments »
The National Interest

By David Goldwyn

Over the past year, the eyes of the energy world have been on Mexico. Energy companies, investors, and other stakeholders have been waiting for the liberalization of Mexico’s energy industry, which has been closed to private investment since 1938. With the landmark passage of Mexican energy reform in August, that wait is finally over. Mexico is now on a path toward energy transformation.

The twenty-one laws signed by President Enrique Peña Nieto on August 11 do more than just turn last year’s constitutional reforms into groundbreaking legislation that will open up new energy frontiers for Mexico and its people. Much has been written about the fact that, for the first time in seventy-six years, private companies will be able to participate in oil and gas exploration and production. The legislative infrastructure of the reforms is robust and should make Mexico a competitive destination for upstream investment. Larger investment flows ... Read More

Honduran city’s violence adding to immigration surge

| September 15th, 2014 | No Comments »
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By Michael Matza

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Shot twice in the face by two men on bicycles as he changed a car tire, Omar Gabaretta, 34, died Sunday and was brought to the morgue in this steamy city, which has the world’s highest homicide rate.

On Monday, his cousin Claudia, 28 and pregnant, went there in a red pickup with a simple, black-painted coffin to claim his body. Distraught and not eager to talk, she said she did not know why her cousin, a machinist, was killed. He was the first in his family to die violently, she said, and he now is part of a familiar story.

Violence, corruption, unemployment, grinding poverty, and a crop-destroying drought are among the factors that fueled this summer’s surge of illegal immigration to the United States by Central Americans. The largest group – including thousands of unaccompanied minors – came from Honduras.

It is not hard ... Read More

US Targets Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, Seizing $100 Million in Cash

| September 15th, 2014 | No Comments »
Latin American Herald Tribune

LOS ANGELES — In a major takedown in Los Angeles, nearly 1,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers seized approximately $100 million in cash, arrested nine subjects, and searched dozen of businesses in the city’s downtown fashion district alleged to have laundered money for Mexican drug cartels.

The ongoing investigation—three indictments have been unsealed — is specifically aimed at the Sinaloa Cartel and its activities, including narcotics trafficking, hostage taking, and money laundering in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the U.S. and Mexico.

In one case, the cartel used a fashion district business to funnel ransom payments related to a kidnapped U.S. citizen who was held hostage and tortured by cartel members in Mexico.

“The victim, who worked as a distributor for the Sinaloa Cartel, was kidnapped after 100 kilograms of cocaine he was supposed to distribute were seized by U.S. law enforcement,” said Bill Lewis, assistant director in charge of our ... Read More

U.S. Confirms ISIL Planning Infiltration of U.S. Southern Border

| September 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon


A senior Homeland Security (DHS) official confirmed to Congress on Wednesday that militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) are planning to enter the United States via the porous southern border.

Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at DHS, told senators during a hearing that ISIL supporters are known to be plotting ways to infiltrate the United States through the border.

“There have been Twitter, social media exchanges among ISIL adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,” Taylor told Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) in response to a question about “recent reports on Twitter and Facebook of messages that would urge infiltration into the U.S. across our southwestern border.”

“Certainly any infiltration across our border would be a threat,” Taylor said, explaining that border security agents are working to tighten measures that would prevent ... Read More

US, Mexico, CentAm to look at child migration

| September 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Miami Herald

The attorney generals from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have agreed to form a high-level group to address the migration of unaccompanied children.

U.S. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon says in a statement that Attorney General Eric Holder met with his counterparts in Mexico City on Tuesday.

The attorney generals will form the group with prosecutors from each country, and will work on a strategy to handle the flow of child migrants. The group is to meet in the coming weeks.

Since Oct. 1, the United States has detained more than 66,000 unaccompanied child immigrants, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. More than 66,000 additional immigrants traveling as families, mostly mothers and young children from Central America, have also been caught.

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Mexico’s Dubious Reforms

| September 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times


MEXICO CITY — Many Mexican politicians are losing sleep lately pondering an enigma: How is it possible that the most important set of governmental reforms in decades has aroused so much enthusiasm abroad and yet so much rejection in Mexico? How is it that, while the groundbreaking reforms were approved by a two-thirds majority of Congress, ordinary Mexicans affirmed in a poll that they believe their country is moving in the wrong direction?

Some observers have compared the scope of Mexico’s reforms with American legislation to combat monopolies initiated by Theodore Roosevelt early in the 20th century. Roosevelt’s program put formal limits on the ownership of railroads, mines, oil resources, and steel and tobacco production. President Enrique Peña Nieto, in the 21 months he has been in office, has set limits on the ... Read More

Acusan a Santos de colaborar con la represión chavista al deportar a Lorent Saleh

| September 9th, 2014 | No Comments »
El Nuevo Herald


Representantes de la comunidad venezolana en Miami expresaron el lunes indignación por la decisión del gobierno colombiano de deportar a Venezuela a Lorent Saleh y a otro dirigente estudiantil, acusando al presidente de ese país, Juan Manuel Santos, de alinearse con un régimen ampliamente denunciado por sus violaciones a los derechos humanos.

Los dirigentes juveniles Lorent Gómez Saleh y Gabriel Valles Sguerzi, quienes están bajo custodia del Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia de Venezuela (SEBIN), fueron expulsados esta semana de Colombia, donde habían buscado refugio de la feroz represión que el régimen de Nicolás Maduro ha emprendido contra la disidencia.

Al explicar su decisión, el gobierno colombiano argumentó que Gómez Saleh había violado las leyes al emprender actividades proselitistas desde territorio colombiano.

Pero para algunos activistas venezolanos que residen en Estados Unidos, la decisión de Bogotá no es más que una muestra más de ... Read More

Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach in Peru

| September 9th, 2014 | No Comments »
Global Post

LIMA, Peru — When police here unearthed nearly 8 tons of cocaine — a national record — hidden inside lumps of coal late last month, it was little surprise that two Mexican citizens were also arrested.

The brutal Mexican cartels that control the drug routes from remote Andean villages where raw coca plants grow to the world’s largest consumer market, the United States, are known to have been present in Peru since the 1990s.

Nevertheless, the haul found in a small seafront warehouse in Huanchaco, a fishing village known for its surfing on Peru’s northern coast, stood out for another reason: It was bound not for the US but, in two separate shipments, for Spain and Belgium.

“What is surprising is that this implies a change in the criminal map,” said Peru’s former anti-drug czar Ricardo Soberon. “For Mexicans to be running drugs from Peru to Europe, ... Read More

Enrique Peña Nieto is a charismatic reformer with a popularity problem

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Economist

WATCHING President Enrique Peña Nieto in shirt-sleeves among his whooping, sombrero-wearing supporters is a lot more fun than seeing him as he prefers to be seen: in a suit and tie, with slicked-back hair, deploying all of Mexico’s sash-laden presidential paraphernalia. At a recent meeting in Guadalajara the women call out to him flirtatiously, asking him to pose for selfies. Though many of the men tower over him, he has a strong presence. He beams—even when they break into an old agrarian anthem decrying capitalism.

These are Mr Peña’s people: campesinos (peasant farmers) from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). During his 21 months in power, the president has positioned himself above the fray of party politics, working with the opposition to enact a host of constitutional reforms, in areas from education to energy, designed to modernise Mexico’s economy. But in this setting the old-style politician emerges. The energy reform ... Read More

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s popularity slips despite legislative wins

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
From the Washington Post

By Joshua Partlow and Gabriela Martinez

MEXICO CITY — With movie-star ease and glamour, President ­Enrique Peña Nieto has seemed to feel no pain as he goes about grasping all the third rails of Mexican politics.

Peña Nieto has pushed through the legislative thicket into a new landscape few thought possible: where American oil companies will soon be drilling in Mexican waters and where Carlos Slim’s grip on the telephone monopoly that made him the richest man in the world has slipped.

In all, 85 changes have occurred to the constitution during Peña ­Nieto’s 1 1/2 years in office. Higher taxes on junk food, confrontations with the teachers union and more political positions for women, plus the telecom and energy reforms. He has cobbled together an alliance of the three largest political parties. Foreign investment is high.

Yet his popularity is flagging. A poll released this week by the independent Consulta Mitofsky firm showed that his approval rating had ... Read More

Miami conference: Better roads to improved ports creates business opportunities in Latin America

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Miami Herald

Some 450 government and business leaders from 28 countries have gathered for the two-day Trade Americas & ConnectAmericas Expo — an opportunity to explore ways to bridge Latin America’s infrastructure gap.

But speakers at the conference, which was organized by the Inter-American Development Bank and Latin Trade Group, said that with growing populations — the region is expected to have 700 million people by 2030, more people moving into the middle class and globalization, most countries’ infrastructure is woefully inadequate.

Relatively brisk economic growth in Latin America in recent years also has “revealed the need to improve infrastructure,” said Bernardo Guillamon, the IDB’s manager of outreach and partnerships.

Even ... Read More

Christie’s Mexico Trip Touches on Trade, Politics

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
ABC News

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is multitasking in Mexico, officially talking trade as he gets some foreign policy schooling should he decide to run for president in 2016.

Christie spends his first day meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Wayne, and Sandra Fuentes, the Consul General of Mexico in New York, who helped to plan the trip. He’ll then deliver two speeches, including a keynote address on the relationship between Mexico and the U.S.

The remarks will serve as one of the Republican’s first opportunities to begin to sketch out his policy positions on issues like free trade. In the evening, Christie will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and attend a welcome reception at the ambassador’s residence.

With his state exporting $2 billion worth of goods to Mexico, and tens of thousands of New Jersey jobs relying on the relationship, Christie becomes the latest potential ... Read More

Colombian and Mexican drug traffickers join forces in Guatemala, paper says

| September 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
From Fox News Latino

Drug cartels from Colombia and Mexico have formed an alliance to produce designer drugs and cocaine in Guatemala that will later be smuggled into the United States, the Prensa Libre newspaper reported Tuesday.

Drug traffickers are focusing on Guatemala because of its geographic location, the war being waged by the government on the cartels in Mexico and the increasingly global nature of the narcotics trade, the newspaper said, citing an unidentified source in the special drug enforcement prosecutor’s office.

Colombians supposedly trained in chemistry and biology have entered the Central American country to plan, design and build drug labs, as well as to teach people to produce synthetic drugs, Prensa Libre said.

The newspaper, however, did not identify the Colombian cartel involved in the Guatemalan venture.

The majority of the drug laboratories are run by Mexicans who belong to the Gulf, Sinaloa and Caballeros ... Read More

Fmr. CIA operative: ISIS cells are here in the U.S., and they’re capable of striking

| September 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
From CNN

(CNN) – Militant group ISIS released another gruesome video, showing the beheading of a second American, journalist Steven Sotloff.

The terrorist group has gained strongholds in eastern Syria and northeastern Iraq, and, according to a former CIA operative, ISIS cells have already infiltrated the U.S.

“The people who collect tactical intelligence on the ground, day-to-day – and this isn’t Washington – but people collecting this stuff say they’re here, ISIS is here, they’re capable of striking,” said CNN national security analyst and former CIA operative Bob Baer. “They don’t know what their plans and intentions are. But it’s a definite concern,” said Baer.

U.S. intelligence agents are keeping an eye on suspected ISIS militants who they believe have come across the Mexican border, or are American citizens that have come back from Syria, says Baer.

“They can’t prove it. They’re waiting to get enough intelligence to ... Read More

Mexico’s Energy Reform: So Far, So Good

| September 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
Inside Sources

By Roger F. Noriega and Felipe Trigos

The enactment of the “secondary legislation” to implement Mexico’s energy reform is an impressive step forward.  That country’s economic future could be fundamentally transformed, if Mexico’s leaders follow through on a transparent, sustained effort to modernize the oil, gas, and electricity sectors and keep government spending and interference from undermining prosperity.

For the first time in 80 years, Mexico has opened the door to private investment in the energy sector, leaving behind years of anachronistic resource nationalism that has contributed to the decline of the state-owned oil company, Pemex, and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

Insufficient investment in exploration and infrastructure, over-taxation, political interference, union influence, and corruption all have contributed to the decline of Pemex.  From 2001 to 2013, oil production in Mexico fell more than 30 percent. Meanwhile, the CFE has lost almost a billion dollars in 2012 and 2013 for similar ... Read More

Mexico Turns to Army, Drones for Security

| September 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
ABC News

By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press

The Mexican government says it is increasingly turning to the use of the army and drones in security patrols, reducing the role of the once-successful Marine forces.

In an annual report on the state of the nation submitted to Congress Monday, the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto said army patrols had increased 52.2 percent between September and July as compared to the same period of the previous year.

The number of marine patrols decreased 28.3 percent in the same period. The marines have carried out some of the biggest take-downs of major drug lords.

The government also gave one of its first detailed accountings of the use of drones, saying it had flown 149 security drone missions with over 581 hours of flying time.

The report said homicides, especially those relating to organized crime, had dropped over the last year. It said Mexico’s homicide rate for all of 2013 ... Read More

Mexico officials pull CentAm migrants from trains

| August 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Associated Press


U.S.-bound Central Americans are fleeing urban areas and hiking into the woods and low jungle for fear of being detained by Mexican officials rounding up migrants in southern Mexico.

Until recently, the streets of Arriaga bustled with migrants who would stay at cheap flophouses and shelters and hop aboard the northboundfreight trains at will. The streets of the city of about 40,000 people now look empty.

Federal official Humberto Mayans said Tuesday that immigration officials have pulled 6,000 migrants off the trains they call “The Beast” but offered no details on the roundups.

“We won’t allow in any way for them to board the trains,” Mayans told Radio Formula. He was recently appointed to head the federal government’s southern border improvement plans.

Mexico’s Interior Department said in a statement later Tuesday that the migrants were from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and had been returned to their countries.

Mexican officials say the raids seek ... Read More

La Marina detiene a hijo de El Azul, padrino de El Chapo Guzmán

| August 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

CULIACÁN, 25 de agosto.- Autoridades estatales informaron sobre ladetención de Juan José Esparragoza Jiménez, uno de los supuestos hijos de Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, conocido como El Azul, durante un operativo de la Secretaría Marina Armada de México en Culiacán.

De acuerdo con la información proporcionada, fue el miércoles pasado cuando elementos especiales de las Fuerzas Armadas arribaron a un domicilio ubicado en el fraccionamiento Interlomas de la ciudad capital, donde arrestaron al vástago de uno de los líderes del Cártel del Pacífico.

Juan José, de 25 años, fue detenido junto a una mujer de nombre Lourdes Morales y algunos menores de edad que se encontraban en el mismo domicilio ubicado en el norponiente de Culiacán.

El Azul nació el 3 de febrero de 1949 en Huichiopa, comunidad perteneciente a Badiraguato, mismo municipio de donde es originario el capo Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán ‒de quien era socio y considerado su padrino‒ y la dinastía de los hermanos Beltrán Leyva.

Dentro de su trayectoria criminal, Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, El Azul, se inició ... Read More

Perry Says Terrorists Could Be Entering the U.S. From Mexico

| August 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times


Gov. Rick Perry of Texas warned Thursday that militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups may have already slipped across the Mexican border.

Mr. Perry said there is “no clear evidence” that terrorists have entered the United States illegally across the southern border. But he argued that illegal immigration should be considered a national security issue as well as a social and economic problem, and as evidence he cited the increase in violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

“I think there is the obvious, great concern that — because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across — that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be,” ... Read More

Mexican mayor detained for alleged links to cartel

| August 15th, 2014 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Associated Press

A mayor in the western state of Michoacan was detained for allegedly ordering the killing of a friend and extorting her employees and street vendors in her city on behalf of a drug cartel, authorities said Thursday.

Michoacan state prosecutors said in a statement that Huetamo Mayor Dalia Santana told her friend to meet her for breakfast at a Chinese restaurant, where a gunman shot him to death last year. The gunman was a member of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which is based in Michoacan.

Officials said Santana demanded 20 percent of her employees’ salaries and also extorted street vendors and gave the money to Servando Gomez, the alleged leader of the Knights Templar cartel.

Santana is the fifth official detained in Michoacan this year for alleged links to organized crime. Authorities have also arrested the mayors of Aguililla, Apatzingan and Lazaro Cardenas. In April, federal investigators detained Jesus Reyna, Michoacan’s former ... Read More

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