Narconoia Podcast: Mexico’s Narco-Insurgency, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion

May 21, 2015 in Preview 2, TOR Radio

Narconoia Podcast #2 | In the past three months, Jalisco’s “New Generation” cartel has conducted well-coordinated attacks against Mexican authorities, culminating with a large-scale offensive and helicopter shootdown on May 1. But how did this organization suddenly become so dangerous and powerful?

Narconoia Podcast 1: Peña Nieto’s “Captured without a Shot Fired” Narco-Theater

March 26, 2015 in TOR Radio

Narconoia Podcast #1 | Peña Nieto’s “Captured Without a Shot Fired” Narco-Theater: As Mexico’s government proclaims that the country is “open for business,” courting investors, tourists, and foreign diplomats, narco-violence continues to escalate. What about all of those druglords they’ve caught?

Mexican Gang-Bangers Fighting in Syria? Not Quite

March 3, 2014 in TOR Blog

Danny Benavides | I caught an interesting link in my Twitter feed yesterday that I wanted to share on this blog and ruminate upon. Those of you that are reading this may already be familiar with some of the subjects Guillermo and I have discussed on previous TOR radio shows and podcasts…

Mexico Seeks to Ramp Up Tourism By Rebranding Drug War

May 21, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | The Mexican government under recently empowered President Enrique Peña Nieto has gone to great lengths to promote the nation as a rising economic contender while downplaying the disastrous war on drugs — which, to date, has led to more than 125,000 homicides…

Mexican Vigilantes Stand Up Against Crime (VIDEO)

May 1, 2013 in News

Vice | The state of Guerrero (which means “warrior”) is one of the poorest in Mexico and the site of some of the worst violence in the battle between the drug cartels and Mexican authorities. As a result of the violence, hundreds of civillians have armed themselves…

Mexican Cartels Invade America: End The Drug War To Stop Them

April 12, 2013 in News

United Liberty | If we’re going to discuss how to stop the cartels, we must first ask why the cartels are doing what they are doing. Why are the cartels doing so much to smuggle illegal narcotics into the United States? The answer to that is simple…

Mexican government seals cartel information for twelve years

April 11, 2013 in News

Borderland Beat | The Mexican Office of Attorney General (PGR) has decided to restrict official reports about organized crime in the country for 12 years, such as the number of cartels, their names and their areas of operation.

Mexican Cartels Move Agents Deep Inside US Borders

April 4, 2013 in News

Borderland Beat | Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States — an emboldened presence that experts…

His Life Threatened: “ValorXTamaulipas” Disappears from Facebook and Twitter

April 3, 2013 in News

Borderland Beat | This past February the organized crime offered 600 thousand Mexican Pesos(about 50000 USD) to anyone who gave information about the creator of Valor Por Tamaulipas. The objective: “To shut his mouth”.

Cartel Watchdog Disappears From Social Media After Death Threats

April 3, 2013 in News

Robert Beckhusen | The Twitter and Facebook accounts for a popular crime watchdog in one of Mexico’s most dangerous states have been abruptly taken down, without their owner providing a reason. But he had a $46,000 cartel bounty on his head.