Archived posts from category ‘Mexico’

26.01.12
Danger Room: Vigilante Torturer Dies in Mexico

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This is the end for Jonathan Keith “Jack” Idema. The vigilante adventurer and terrorist hunter once jailed in Afghanistan for running a private prison and torture shop has reportedly died in Mexico. According to local press reports first spotted by Robert Young Pelton, an emergency call placed Saturday led to the discovery of Idema’s [...]

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06.01.12
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Bolivia Bolivia is officially no longer party to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The reason: the treaty’s prohibition of the coca leaf, used in traditional Bolivian medicine. The reason the coca leaf is banned by the U.N.? It’s the raw material for cocaine, one of the world’s most lucrative illegal [...]

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28.12.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico The Gulf coast city of Veracruz fired more than 800 police officers and 300 staff — the city’s entire municipal police force — in response to infiltration by the Zetas drug cartel. And until the city’s police force can be rebuilt, marines first deployed to the city in September to fight [...]

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14.12.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico Zetas commander Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, alias “Lucky,” was captured by Mexican marines, reported the Associated Press yesterday.  ”A founder” of the cartel, Hernandez was detained in eastern coastal Veracruz state, which has seen increased violence in recent months between the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. Further north, across the Texas [...]

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07.12.11
Danger Room: Gadhafi Son Tried to Flee to Mexican Resort, With Mercenary Help

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Ten miles up the Bay of Flags from Puerto Vallarta along Mexico’s Pacific coast, along tourist traps and getaways for the wealthy and celebrity, is Punta Minta. Its developers boast of large gated villas, luxury hotels, fine beaches and a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Following a tabloid-fodder August visit to the [...]

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05.12.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico The Zetas cartel “dumped” the bodies of 26 people in the western metropolitan city of Guadalajara. The killings were the latest in a series of exchanges between Mexico’s criminal groups: high-profile, mass slayings of rivals, with bodies transported and abandoned in busy downtown areas. The killings follow the discovery of 16 [...]

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10.11.11
Danger Room: Mexican Man Decapitated in Cartel Warning to Social Media

The moderator of a popular Mexican social network has been murdered, allegedly for tipping off the authorities about the local drug cartel.

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09.11.11
Danger Room: Border Surveillance Plan Stumbles as Two-Thirds of Mexico Declared Unsafe

The Department of Homeland Security’s new attempt to build a mobile, virtual “fence” along the southern border is starting to show some of the same troubling characteristics of their last try. You know, the one that was canceled earlier this year after wasting a billion dollars.

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31.10.11
Danger Room: Anonymous Threatens Mexico’s Murderous Drug Lords

A ruthless campaign of killing, extortion and kidnapping by Mexico’s powerful Zetas drug cartel has created plenty of enemies, from the Mexican government to paramilitary vigilantes to rival cartels. But now the Zetas have a new adversary: the hacker collective Anonymous.

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24.10.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Chile A university boycott by thousands of Chilean students demanding education reforms has led to a shortage of military recruits, provoking the government to call up 57,000 18-year-olds for potential service in 2012. The military usually has more than enough volunteers to fulfill its needs, but as the boycott has shut the [...]

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17.10.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Central America Rains and mudslides created by a tropical depression swept into the region last week, killing 81 people from Nicaragua to southeastern Mexico. “The situation has got even worse, it’s still raining heavily in various parts of the country,” Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes said. El Salvador bore the brunt of the [...]

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10.10.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

Mexico
Thirty-six bodies were found in the eastern coastal city of Veracruz on Thursday, two days after the Mexican government announced a major military operation in the city. Marines found the bodies hidden in three homes during neighborhood searches, reported the Los Angeles Times.

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