Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles in Caleta: In His Own Words

May 31, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | Video and English translation of the legitimate spokesperson of Michoacan’s Autodefensas, Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde speaking before a crowd gathered in Caleta de Campos — ground-zero for the Mexican government’s latest attempt to disrupt, co-opt, and disparage the self-defense movement.

Is the U.S. Helping Mexico Undermine Michoacan’s Vigilantes?

May 7, 2014 in News

Danny Benavides | Allegations made by former Mexican General Jesus Jaime Garcia Miramontes suggesting a US plot to undermine Michoacan’s autodefensas were quickly dismissed by the press. However, what is more of a “national security” threat to the U.S. and Mexico: organized crime that can “play ball,” or an armed vigilante revolution?

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…

Drug-War Homicides Spiking Under Mexican President Peña Nieto

April 16, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | Mexico-based Private Security Firm’s Intelligence Shows Big Jump in Murders, Political Assassinations Since December 2012. The administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has made it a priority to divert the media’s focus…

US Training of Mexican Troops Has Escalated in Step With Mexico’s Murder Rate

February 19, 2013 in News

Bill Conroy | US training of Mexican military forces spiked in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, coinciding with a sharp rise in drug-war homicides in Mexico, an analysis of records made public under the Foreign Assistance Act show…

Colombia as Model: Texas Congressman Cuellar Urges Continued U.S. Subsidies for Mexico to Fight Drug War

February 6, 2013 in News

Jared Janes The Monitor February 6, 2013   U.S. aid allocated under the Merida Initiative will continue to be delivered to Mexico as the country transitions to a new presidential [...]

Mexico’s “Operation Armor” Sets Up Mobile Checkpoints in Scramble to Secure Major Roads Near Capital

February 1, 2013 in News

Agence France-Presse (via Terra Daily) February 1, 2013   Less than two hours away from Mexico City, 50 marines and police officers manned a checkpoint, pulling over trucks, cars and [...]

Under New President Peña Nieto, Mexico’s Security Strategy Shifts To Muzzle Press Coverage

January 31, 2013 in News

E. Eduardo Castillo Associated Press (via The Republic) January 31, 2013   MEXICO CITY — Two months after President Enrique Pena Nieto took office promising to reduce violent crime, the [...]

Top Mexican Generals Implicated in Drug Trafficking for Cartels Lose Appeal

January 17, 2013 in News

Reuters | A Mexican court said on Wednesday that two army generals, one retired and one still serving, should remain in jail and face trial in one of the highest-profile cases linking the military to organized crime.