Archived posts with tag ‘Mexico’

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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22.11.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico No story has received as much in attention last week as the death of Mexico’s interior minister, Francisco Blake Mora, in a helicopter crash on the morning of Nov. 11. Effectively the vice president in a country without one, head of domestic affairs and CISEN, Mexico’s equivalent of the CIA, Blake [...]

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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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03.10.11
Danger Room: Perry Arrives Late for U.S. Invasion of Mexico

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry is floating the idea of invading Mexico. Too late: the U.S. military is already up to epaulets there. “It may require our military, in Mexico, working in concert with them, to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off our border and to destroy [...]

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29.09.11
Danger Room: Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears ‘Civil War’ Proportions

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN A scrawled sign was placed next to a decapitated body near a main road in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo. Its message was simple: Stop talking about drug cartels on the internet — or anywhere else. “Nuevo Laredo en Vivo and social networking sites,” the sign read, “I’m The Laredo [...]

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22.09.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

Haiti
The United Nations believes now is the time for a “gradual drawdown” of some peacekeepers from Haiti, according to statements by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Force in Haiti) chief Mariano Fernandez. Currently, MINUSTAH comprises more than 12,000 soldiers and police. The U.N. wants to reduce this number to 9,450, near the level of peacekeepers before the January 2010 earthquake. That’s effectively two infantry battalions and more than 1,000 police officers.

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15.09.11
Danger Room: Mexican Cartels Hang, Disembowel ‘Internet Snitches’

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN It’s no secret Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous places for working journalists. However, you’d think commenters on web forums and blogs would be treated differently — exempt, perhaps, from retaliation for speaking openly about the country’s deadly drug war. You’d be wrong. On Tuesday morning in the sprawling northern [...]

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