Archived posts with tag ‘Mexico’

Danger Room: Majority of Mexicans Want More U.S. Help in Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This summer, Mexicans will go to the polls to choose their country’s next commander-in-chief. But the new president will also have to deal with ominous developments in the drug war and the fact that few Mexicans believe the government’s strategy is working. He or she will also have to negotiate with the [...]

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Danger Room: Mexico Kills Cartel Big Shot, But Drug Violence Worsens

For months, Mexico’s army has gradually moved thousands of troops into territory controlled by the country’s largest and arguably most dangerous drug cartel. The mission: kill or capture the top bosses of the Zetas, right in the heart of their prime terrain. Last week the manhunt started paying dividends, as the army took out a senior cartel leader during a major shootout — although it came at the cost of turning a Mexican city into a warzone.

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Danger Room: Texas’s New Weapon Against Cartels: Armored Gunboats

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Don’t accuse Texas of being gun-shy. This morning, the Lone Star State commissioned the second out of six armored gunboats now being sent to the Rio Grande to fight Mexico’s drug traffickers. According to press reports, the Texas Department of Public Safety — state police who also oversee the Texas Rangers — [...]

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Danger Room: Big Sis Can’t Quit the Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Three years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the war on drugs “had not worked” — and admitted that the American appetite for narcotics “fuels the drug trade.” But now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would like to take that all back. It’s full steam ahead for the drug [...]

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Danger Room: He Double-Crossed the Zeta Cartel… And Somehow Lived to Tell About It

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Two years ago, Antonio Pena Arguelles was handling millions in drug money and working as the intermediary between the violent Zetas cartel and senior Mexican politicians. On Tuesday, U.S. authorities seized him at his suburban San Antonio home, where Pena was allegedly hiding from his former employers. What brought him there, however, [...]

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Danger Room: Cartel Assassin, Accused of Slaying 75, is Captured

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In a cartel known for its bloodlust, he might be the biggest killer of all. Enrique Aurelio Elizondo Flores, variously called “El Arabe” (“The Arab”) or “The Raven,” has confessed to heading a cell of assassins responsible for the deaths of at least 75 people, according to the state investigative agency of Nuevo Leon [...]

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Danger Room: Mexico Launches New Offensive Against Cartel, Ratcheting Up Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Faced with the risk of losing half of Mexico to a network of marauding drug traffickers, the Mexican army is digging in for a major new offensive into the heart of Zetas country. According to Excelsior, the Mexican army is building a string of new bases across the Zetas cartel’s stomping grounds [...]

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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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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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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 [...]


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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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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