Category Archives: Mexico/Central America

December 18, 2020

‘The Winners Are the Cartels’: Mexico Slaps Cuffs on the DEA

“The DEA miscalculated just how militarized this country has become … maybe the CIA should have warned them.”

Mexico’s House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at reining in the powers of “foreign agents.” Critics say the move is intended to restrict the role of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) operations related to the country’s drug war.

The legislation is described as a series of “reforms” to the country’s National Security Law. As it was first proposed by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (often known by his initials as AMLO), and ratified last week by the Mexican Senate, it now becomes law.

AMLO has framed the bill as an attempt to defend national sovereignty and “provide order,” saying, “We need to have clear rules for cooperation” with “outsiders” present on Mexican soil.

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November 1, 2020

Cartel-Linked Mexican Governor Calls on Immigrants in U.S. to Vote for Biden

A Mexican governor took to social media to ask people originating from his state who live in the U.S. to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in what he called an opportunity to end “a long night of racism and hate.” The governor was previously accused by a top cartel boss for exchanging money for votes in his own election.

Through a video posted on Twitter, Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles asked “paisanas and paisanos” in the U.S. to vote in support of Biden, claiming that President Donald Trump hates migrants.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Mensaje a nuestras paisanas y paisanos con motivo de las próximas elecciones presidenciales en EUA. <a href="https://t.co/VcxEebViM8">pic.twitter.com/VcxEebViM8</a></p>— Silvano Aureoles (@Silvano_A) <a href="https://twitter.com/Silvano_A/status/1321859305008746497?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

“This November 3, the U.S. is having elections that are determining for you who live and work and have family on the other side,” Aureoles said. “You have an opportunity to choose a humanitarian government with a different approach that knows and understands the needs of migrants.”

According to Aureoles, there are more than 4 million with roots from Michoacán living in the U.S. and he called on those with voting rights to give voice to those “living in the shadows.”

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August 12, 2020

‘Spa’ raids in resort towns spark outrage over Mexico’s human trafficking problem

These cases, in what are supposed to be resort paradises, highlight Mexico’s not-so-secret human trafficking issue.

It was an unusual scene, especially for two Mexican cities known more for beaches and tourism.

“We want justice!” shouted dozens of people gathered at dawn outside a state courthouse in the beach resort of Cancun on Thursday last week. The crowd, mostly activists, students and human rights attorneys, was pleasantly surprised when their numbers increased by the arrival of members of a bikers’ club.

Several hours later, the same protesters showed up at another state courthouse in the nearby beach resort of Playa del Carmen, chanting the same message and adding another one: “No more impunity!”

In both cases, judges would hear evidence about the state’s biggest human trafficking raid in years, involving women from as far as Argentina and Germany who were allegedly tricked into working as prostitutes.

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April 19, 2020

El Chapo’s daughter, Mexican cartels hand out coronavirus aid

Famed for brutality, including beheadings and dissolving victims in vats of sulphuric acid, the cartels also have a history of trying to win over hearts and minds of impoverished communities where they operate.

A daughter of famed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and several Mexican cartels have been doling out aid packages to help cash-strapped residents ride out the coronavirus pandemic.

In one video posted on Facebook, Guzman’s daughter, Alejandrina, can be seen stuffing toilet paper and food into a cardboard box bearing slick logos and a designer stencil-style image of her father, the former Sinaloa cartel chief who is now in a maximum security U.S. prison.

The oil, sugar, rice and other items in the boxes, which the video narrator calls “Chapo’s provisions”, were distributed in Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara, in western Jalisco state.

Alejandrina’s handout was linked to her company, which legally markets clothing and alcohol associated with her father’s image under the “El Chapo 701” brand.

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April 12, 2020

Aztec Perspective on First Contact with Europeans / 16th cent. Florentine Codex / Primary Source (Video)

Mountains on the sea that signalled the coming apocalypse. This was the news that terrified the Aztecs and most of all their leader Moctezuma II. Here we have their description of first contact with Europe, researched and written down by Bernardino de Sahagún and the Nahuatl people throughout the second half of the 16th century.

March 30, 2020

Cortés Meets Montezuma // Cortés’ letters // 8th November 1519 (Video)

In the early Sixteenth Century a force of hundreds overcame an empire of millions. This is the story of one of the most momentous events of the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec Empire – the meeting of Spanish leader Hernán Cortés, an obscure career soldier from the Castilian badlands, and Montezuma, the ruler of the Aztec Triple Alliance, a man revered as a god upon earth by his millions of subjects.

March 11, 2020

Violence so commonplace that an unknown disease is a serious worry

After thousands upon thousands of killings, people are becoming numb to it

Our interview with the lifeguard had come to an end. A spate of robberies along the beach had the locals concerned, and his testimony had told us just that.

The entire town depends on tourists, particularly the ones bringing dollars, and a surge in crime is poisonous. Being told to turn out your pockets at knifepoint tends to overshadow even the nicest of beach getaways.

The local consensus was that the cops were to blame. They laugh in the faces of tourists who come to report robberies, and the lifeguard says there’s no security after dark. For the bad guys, there’s free reign to target anyone they think might be vulnerable, and ultimately the victims are seen as the ones to blame. They know they shouldn’t be around here after dark, so what were they thinking? Of course, something like this was bound to happen.

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March 7, 2020

Inside Mexico’s Warring Cartels and the Millions of People They’ve Displaced (Video)

For decades, the Mexican government has struggled to figure out what to do about warring cartels. And that’s led to a massive and mostly ignored crisis: Entire towns are being displaced by violence, leaving ghost towns behind. The problem is so severe — and stubborn — that a recent study concluded that just between 2011 and 2017 as many as 8 million people were displaced within the country because of violence stemming from the constant battle for territory. But there are virtually no laws, programs, public policy or official government initiatives to help those displaced. And, because people flee their homes individually or in families — not in caravans — the problem has largely stayed out of the public eye.

January 13, 2020

Ed Calderon Predicts Military Intervention in Mexico in 5 Years | Joe Rogan (Video)

American Soldiers in Mexico in 5 Years.

December 24, 2019

Cartel Money Man: “We Control All the Territory” Used to Smuggle Migrants

According to Manuel, the cartel pays $25,000 a month each to Mexico’s local, state, and federal police and to the National Guard. While the Mexican army does not accept the bribe, they allegedly turn a blind eye in exchange for favors.

The fight to protect the border, part of the greater war to preserve America’s national sovereignty, has a multi-faceted and ever-changing landscape. Criminal cartels and human smugglers have adapted to the Trump administration’s efforts to thwart illegal migration.

As part of a recent report, the Associated Press spoke with a human smuggling “money man” identified only as Manuel.

“We control all the territory” along the Arizona border he told AP, which wrote that Manuel works for the Sinaloa cartel. He claimed to handle the income from smuggling migrants along a 375-mile territory along the U.S.-Mexico border — a jurisdiction that brings in an average or $1 million a month in illegal money.

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