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AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexico’s Drug War Prompts Exodus

Mexico’s drug war has been blamed for the deaths of more than 34,000 people, and now comes a report showing that the violence has uprooted nearly a quarter of a million people south of the border, with many of them thought to have fled to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

2010 Bloodiest Year Yet in Mexico

Estimates now place 2010 as the bloodiest year yet in Mexico’s ongoing war against the drug cartels. Drug-related conflict led to the deaths of more than 15,000 people last year as the government and cartels continued to do battle across the country.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Bernandino Hernandez

21 Bodies Turn Up in Acapulco

Fifteen decapitated bodies were found strewn outside an Acapulco shopping center Sunday and six more bodies were discovered in a taxicab as a bloody turf war rages in the resort city over control of drug shipment routes. 

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Rodridgo Abd

Mexican Drug War Spills Into Guatemala

The hold of Mexican drug traffickers has overflowed the country’s southern border, as the Zeta cartel has seized control of parts of northern Guatemala, leading the government there to declare a state of siege in the area.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Antonio Sierra

Leaked Cables Show Drug War Concerns

While it may just prove what we already know, WikiLeaks’ gold mine of information has birthed yet another gem. It seems the U.S. is worried about the prospects of Mexico’s fight against its rampant drug trade, describing the army there as “risk averse” and official corruption as widespread.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Jesús Villaseca Pérez

Unifying Mexico’s Police

In the face of news that at least 20 tourists had just been kidnapped in Acapulco, the Mexican government has announced the preparation of a plan to alter the nation’s police structure that would essentially federalize the country’s 2,200 local police departments under a unified command.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Guillermo Arias

Violence Rules in Mexico

An investigator probing the deaths of 72 migrants in violence-racked Tamaulipas state in northern Mexico has turned up missing. The massacre victims, apparently people trying to reach the U.S. border, were reportedly slain by members of the notorious Zetas drug gang.

Posted on Aug 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP

Drug Cartels Block 13 Roadways in Mexican City

Mexican drug cartels in the city of Monterrey have stepped up their public presence, blocking at least 13 major roadways in the city on Saturday – dragging drivers out of their cars and using their vehicles to cut roads – as a show of force in the face of government crackdowns.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Mexican Drug Lord Killed

Mexican troops shot and killed Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa drug cartel, in a firefight Thursday. The U.S. had offered a $5 million reward for Coronel’s capture.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / lorenzoavila

Blood and Ballots in Mexico

Sunday is election day for several important regional contests in Mexico, but it will also conclude an extraordinarily bloody week that has seen at least several dozen people killed, including a candidate for governor in the border state of Tamaulipas, as rival drug gangs struggle violently for turf and power.

Posted on Jul 3, 2010 READ MORE


Drugs
welt.de

Drugs Are Sick

U.N. drug chief Antonio Maria Costa believes drug use should be treated as an illness and not criminalized. Costa says international law enforcement should shift focus to traffickers rather than users, an intriguing (look at the U.S. prison population) but problematic (look at Mexico’s drug war death toll) strategy.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


Like a cop car
USA Today

Mexican Mayors Arrested

Twenty-seven politicians in the western Mexican state of Michoacan were arrested by police in the largest operation to target mayors and other officials in Mexico’s drug war. The politicians are suspected of collaborating with the state’s powerful narco-syndicates.

Posted on May 27, 2009 READ MORE


Ciudad Juarez Troops
csmonitor.com

Mexico Militarizes Border Town

The confrontation between the Mexican state and violent drug gangs is escalating, with the Mexican government moving to stomp out the bloody drug-related conflict in the border town of Ciudad Juarez. The first of some 7,000 troops have moved in to try to take control of the city.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


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