WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama should address human rights violations related to Mexico’s Washington-backed war on drugs when he visits the country this week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Monday.
Obama is slated to meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in December and inherited a drug war that had killed some 70,000 people in six years under his predecessor Felipe Calderon.
Pena Nieto has shown a willingness to modify Calderon’s strategy of deploying 50,000 troops to crack down on powerful cartels, which are themselves engaged in vicious turf wars.
In a letter to [...]
By Mollie Reilly / Huffington Post
Former President George W. Bush rejected a request from former Mexican President Felipe Calderon to use armed drones to curb the growing influence of drug cartels, the Washington Post reported Saturday.
In a story examining the United States’ role in the intelligence war against Mexico’s drug cartels, the Post’s Dana Priest details how Calderon reached out to Bush for help ahead of his 2006 inauguration. Bush agreed to commit U.S. resources to help with the growing problem, launching the $1.9 billion Merida Initiative to combat the violence resulting from the [...]
Retired Gen. Tomas Angeles, freed from prison with charges dropped, says his arrest was political. His was the second high-profile Calderon-era case in as many days to be dismissed.
By Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY — Gen. Tomas Angeles Dauahare, who once held the plum post of military attache to the Mexican Embassy in Washington, was rumored to be the next defense minister of Mexico.
Until that day in May last year when he and three other top military men were arrested on suspicion of working on behalf of a notorious drug cartel.
By Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY — Operation Cleanup was a showcase effort to stamp out corruption within Mexico’s elite organized-crime bureau. Twenty-five top law-enforcement officials were arrested in the weeks after the operation was launched in 2008, most accused of acting as highly paid moles for a leading drug cartel, the very villains the officials were supposed to be chasing.
Today, the cases against them are a shambles, yet another example of Mexico’s systemic corruption and a weak judiciary unable to fix it. The operation is also the most high-profile prosecution among the [...]
By Mark Stevenson / Associated Press
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government is trying to put a new linguistic spin on the country’s drug war, in part by trying to convince the public that it’s not a drug war.
Government spokesmen have been told they should avoid using drug gang slang that has crept into public discourse.
“If we want to recover the streets, we first have to recover the words,” said energy department spokesman Víctor Aviles Castro.
“The drug cartels have managed to impose their terminology in the media,” he said, pointing to now commonplace [...]
(Article from The Narcosphere showing that the facts are just opposite to the official version. The old PRI using old tactics, just as expected.)
Mexico-based Private Security Firm’s Intelligence Shows Big Jump in Murders, Political Assassinations Since December 2012
by Bill Conroy / The Narcosphere
The administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has made it a priority to divert the media’s focus from the drug war and toward his economic efforts to bring the Latin American nation in closer alignment with the international corporate agenda of assuring a cheap supply labor and nearly risk-free return on [...]
Mexico City – The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) determined to reserve official reports related to organized crime in the country, such as the number of cartels that exist, their names, and their leaders for 12 years.
The argument of the agency headed by Jesús Murillo Karam, is that the dissemination of these data affects the strategies to fight organized crime and even jeopardizes the life of the mentioned criminals.
Reforma newspaper requested PGR, via Transparency organization, data on the number of cartels operating in the country, their structure, and territories.
However, the PGR claimed that due to [...]
By Jim Kouri / Examiner
A new monument was unveiled in Mexico on Friday to memorialize the tens of thousands of Mexicans and visitors killed by members of the nation’s drug cartels since the start of the drug war in 2006 by then-President Felipe Calderon, according to U.S. drug enforcement officials.
The impressively large structure pictured above is divided into several steel walls. Each wall showcases poems and quotes from famous writers and philosophers but lists no names of the victims of gang violence.
The massive memorial is situated adjacent to Chapultepac National Park in Mexico City, [...]
By RANDAL ARCHIBOLD / New York Times
MEXICO CITY — Reeling from a drug war that has killed tens of thousands and a boom in violent crime in general, Mexico has built a memorial to victims of violence. But like a crime scene still under investigation, it sits off limits behind white tarp, wrapped in questions and uncertainty.
A series of rusted metal slabs amid reflecting pools in a corner of Mexico City’s biggest park, the memorial now stands as an accidental metaphor for the fog and doubts that swirl around the country’s layered debates on violence [...]
Under the administration of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, more than 20,000 people went missing over the last six years, a period that also saw thousands of people killed after the government launched a crackdown against drug cartels.
Propuesta Civica, or Civic Proposal, said the database it posted on its website contains details on 20,851 missing people that it says were collected by the federal Attorney General’s Office during the just-ended Calderón administration.
The missing include police officers, bricklayers, housewives, lawyers, students, businessmen and more than 1,200 children under age 11. They are listed one by one [...]