Category Archives: Mexico/Central America

March 20, 2017

Another Journalist Murdered in Mexico

Mexican authorities continue to look into how another journalist was murdered in Veracruz, making him the 20th killed in that state in the past six years.

On Sunday morning, unknown gunmen shot and killed Ricardo Monlui Cabrera, a journalist for El Politico and syndicated columnist for various other outlets, Mexico’s Proceso magazine reported.

Monlui Cabrera was at breakfast with his wife in the rural community of Yanga moments before the murder. As the couple walked out of the restaurant, a gunman shot Monlui Cabrera and fled the scene. According to Proceso, the victim had not been threatened before and did not have any security measures in place.

The crime marks the second murder of a Mexican journalist in 2017. According to Reporters without Borders, in 2016, 13 journalists were killed in Mexico with at least nine of those murders being related to their work. On March 2, Cecilio Pineda Brito, a crime reporter in the State of Guerrero, was gunned down. Pineda Brito was a reporter for the El Universal and El Debate dailies. According to Reporters Without Borders, Brito was outspoken about local corruption and had been the recipient of numerous threats.

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March 18, 2017

Mexican Government Allows Top Cartel Bosses to Escape Prior to U.S. Extradition

One of the top lieutenants of the Sinaloa Cartel and four other key bosses chose to escape from a Mexican prison rather than face the U.S. justice system. Sinaloa Cartel members previously warned their key leader would not set foot in the United States.

The brazen escape took place on Thursday at the Aguaruto State Prison in Culiacan, Sinaloa, when authorities received a 911 call alerting them about an escape by Juan Jose “El Azulito” Esparragoza and some other key members of the Sinaloa Cartel. The fugitive cartel members are tied to the group led by Sinaloa top boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and the sons of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, said Cristobal Castañeda Camarillo, the Sub-secretary for Public Safety in Sinaloa. Mexican authorities would not go into details about the escape since the case remains under investigation and prison officials and guards are under investigation.

“Since they were inmates held on federal crimes, on repeated occasions state authorities had requested that they be taken to maximum security federal facilities; we are requesting for Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office to take over the case, Castañeda Camarillo said during a news conference.

Esparragoza Monzon is the son of the late Juan Jose “El Azul” Esparragoza, who along with “El Chapo” Guzman and “El Mayo” Zambada founded what became known as The Sinaloa Cartel. As Breitbart Texas previously reported, El Chapo escaped twice from Mexican maximum security prisons before being extradited to the United States.

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March 9, 2017

Graphic: Mexican Cartel Spreads ISIS-Like Beheading Video to Gain Border Turf near Texas

Narco-terrorism is thriving near Texas as one of the Mexican cartels controlling the U.S.-Mexico Border is resorting to ISIS-like beheading videos to intimidate rivals and to scare the civilian population into complete compliance. The cartel, Los Zetas, is fighting for control of lucrative border drug and illegal immigration corridors into Texas. Breitbart Texas obtained exclusive video of Los Zetas’ narco-terror which can be viewed in full on LiveLeak.

A video that was leaked to Breitbart Texas by our sources in Mexico this week shows the moment when two gunmen wearing masks stand behind a shirtless man and begin to interrogate him. The gunmen claim to be members of the Los Zetas and fire off a series of threats against other Los Zetas factions; including Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), Vieja Escuela Z, and others. You can see the entire video in the Darby-Ortiz LiveLeak Channel; warning–the content is extremely graphic in nature.

Roughly an hour after publication, LiveLeak removed the video despite having served as a reliable platform for those wishing to share graphic content strictly for non-journalistic purposes. Should any law enforcement or other officials wish to review the footage, feel free to contact Breitbart Texas.

In the video, the shirtless male kneels as he is interrogated. The victim says he is David Mandujano Montoya and had been sent to Ciudad Victoria to carry out crimes in order to spark fear.

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March 3, 2017

‘Tsunami of sewage spills’ at Mexican border ‘deliberate,’ says California mayor (Video)

“It saves (the Mexican agencies) a lot of money in pumping costs, and ultimately, they can get away with it and do it all the time, just on a much smaller scale,” Dedina said.

The massive sewage spill in Tijuana, Mexico that polluted Southern California beaches last month appeared to be a deliberate move, a local official said.

More than 140 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico that flowed into the Pacific Ocean on the U.S. side of the border.

The spill, which spanned from Feb. 4 to Feb. 23, was caused during repairs to a major sewer pipe, the International Boundary and Water Commission said

Serge Dedina, the mayor of Imperial Beach which is located about 10 miles outside Tijuana, told the Los Angeles Times the spill looks like it was “deliberate.”

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February 18, 2017

Mexican Presidential Candidate Holds Anti-Trump Rally in L.A.

Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel López Obrador held a mass rally in Los Angeles on Sunday to criticize American President Donald J. Trump’s plans to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The populist López Obrador hoped to rally supporters against his country’s ruling party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and to capitalize on resentment over Trump’s border wall proposal, wire service Reuters reported.

“I think the wall and the demagoguery of patriotism are no match for the dignity and humanity of the American people,” López Obrador said during his rally.

The Mexican politician went on to praise California as “a refuge and blessing for immigrants,” and exclaimed “long live California,” to the cheers of the crowd.

The candidate added that Trump is “stirring up” Americans against Mexicans, according to a version of his speech published on his website.

“Donald Trump and his advisors have gained from stirring up members in certain sectors of U.S. society against immigrants and, particularly, those of Mexican nationality,” he said.

“When they want to build a wall to segregate populations, or when the word ‘foreigner’ is used to insult, denigrate and discriminate against our fellow human beings, it goes against humanity, it goes against intelligence and against history,” López Obrador told the crowd.

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February 14, 2017

Mexican Cops Sentenced for Kidnapping, Murdering Ranchers

Half of the victims from the kidnappings were incinerated inside the state prison in Piedras Negras. High ranking government officials, including a former Coahuila governor, have been implicated in U.S. court hearings of having provided protection to Los Zetas.

Two former cops from this border state have been sent to prison in connection with the murder and kidnapping of three ranchers in 2015.

During a court hearing on Friday afternoon, Juan Carlos Favela Mares and Lauro Arturo Lerma Orozco were formally sentenced to 40 and 45 years in prison, respectively. The two men had been Coahuila state police officers since 2011 until their arrest.

The two former cops were convicted of having kidnapped and murdered three cattlemen from the Mexican state of Zacatecas, who were traveling to Piedras Negras. The cowboys were moving about 300 head of cattle to the border when the kidnapping took place near the rural community of Castaños, Coahuila, about 250 miles south of the Texas border. Court records do not reveal if the kidnapping was for ransom, however the three were eventually murdered. Authorities discovered the bodies of the three victims inside a vehicle. The victims had been handcuffed and shot in the head.

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February 3, 2017

Bill Whittle: VIVA MEXICO! Now Get To Work

I hope that this wall jolts Mexico out of their self-inflicted misery. The Mexicans I have known here in Los Angeles are some of the kindest, most family-oriented and most especially hardest-working people I have ever met. Perhaps their re-discovered pride will make them take a close look at a government that steals from them the way the Conquistadors have always stolen from them.

Trump’s wall seems to have re-awoken in Mexicans a fierce patriotism that we may not have seen since the days of Pancho Villa tweaking gringo noses a century ago.

We know this movement is serious and consequential because the Mexicans have deployed theater-specific, state-of-the-art hashtags aimed directly at the American homeland: #AdiosProductosGringos is one of them, but for those who do not speak Spanish there is also #AdiosStarbucks, #AdiosMcDonalds and #AdiosCocaCola.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto – coming off an approval rating of twelve percent a few weeks ago – exclaimed that “Today like never before, I feel proud to be Mexican.” He may not qualify as the George Washington of his nation, but he has an excellent shot at becoming the Michelle Obama of Mexico.

Well, ain’t that grand? I’m not kidding, either. I think a surge of Mexican patriotism is exactly what Mexico needs.

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February 2, 2017

U.S. Media Ignore Mexican President’s Ties to Drug Cartels

U.S. news outlets appear to have forgotten that the Juarez Cartel and multiple acts of corruption have been linked to the election of the current Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto. The Mexican president’s ties to cartels, the mysterious release from prison of major cartel figures during his presidency, and the fact that regions of Mexico are under operational control of these paramilitary transnational criminal organizations during his presidency are rarely, if ever, reported in the U.S. The outrageous number of journalists who have been murdered or who have simply disappeared in Peña Nieto’s Mexico is also rarely reported.

Last year, Breitbart Texas reported on an investigation that revealed that a series of shell companies had been used by members of the Juarez cartel to funnel funds into Peña Nieto’s 2012 election. The investigation was carried out by Mexican award winning journalist Carmen Aristegui and her team; the subsequent scandal became known as Monexgate for the cash cards that were given out during Peña Nieto’s campaign. Those journalists have been under criticism by the Mexican government after discovering the cartel finance link, as well as the fact that Peña Nieto had received properties as bribes from government contractors.

A few examples of the current Mexican president’s softness towards his nation’s drug cartels provide some insight into the realities in Mexico that are ignored by U.S. media.

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January 28, 2017

The Fruits of Mexico’s Cheap Labor (Video)

In their 2014 global slavery index, the Walk Free Foundation estimated that more than a quarter of a million people in Mexico could be classified as modern day slaves.

January 14, 2017

Meth And Madness In Mexico (Video)

Stacey Dooley Investigates.