May 28, 2015

Mexico may buy 50 Airbus military helicopters -source

Reuters: Mexico is in talks to buy 50 more Caracal military helicopters from Airbus Helicopters a source familiar with the negotiations said, confirming a report on the La Tribune news website.

A deal for the H225M helicopters could be concluded as early as the Bastille Day military ceremonies in Paris on July 14 when Mexico has put negotiations on the agenda for a visit by its president, the source said, asking not to be named. Read more. 

El Bronco: Blunt, Frequently Vulgar, and Aiming to Run Nuevo León

NYTimes: He goes by the nickname El Bronco, and he aims to buck the political system in Mexico.

For the first time since a constitutional change in 2012 allowing independent candidates, one is making a serious run for governor in Mexico. And the political world is eager to see if he upsets the entrenched order, not just in his state but also in a nation increasingly frustrated and exhausted by the status quo.

It also helps that the insurgent comes in the form of Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, 57, a cursing former mayor and rancher in cowboy hat and boots who wants to run Nuevo León, a large state along the Texas border that is a hub for big business as well as organized crime. Read more.

Pre-Election Day Violence Spikes in Mexico

Frontera NorteSur: Less than two weeks before Mexicans are scheduled to go to the polls in mid-term Congressional, municipal and state elections, violence is on the upswing. The most affected regions include the border city of Tijuana, the Chihuahua-Sinaloa borderlands, and the states of Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Michoacan and Jalisco.

Tijuana killings between groups of street-level drug dealers apparently connected to the Sinaloa, Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and Arellano Felix cartels, the last group repeatedly declared finished by U.S. and Mexican authorities, recalls the bloodletting of the past decade when the city was considered one of the most violent in the country.

Later touted for its presumed public safety, Tijuana recently has been replete with narco banners threatening individuals displayed in public, executions in broad daylight and the dumping of victims’ severed heads on public streets.

May 24, 2015

Cartel operated surveillance cameras in Mexican city

AFP: A drug cartel installed 39 surveillance cameras in a Mexican city bordering the United States to monitor the movements of residents and security forces, authorities said Friday.

It underlines the pervasiveness of Mexico's powerful drug cartels, who have eyes and ears in towns and cities across the country thanks to human "halcones," or hawks, who act as lookouts and relay information to the gangs. Read more. 

May 21, 2015

Gunfight in blood-soaked western Mexican state kills at least eight

Reuters: At least eight people died in a shootout between Mexican federal police and suspected gang members in the troubled western state of Jalisco, a government official said on Tuesday.

The gunfight took place on Monday in the municipality of Villa Purificacion, where members of the Jalisco New Generation (JNG) cartel shot down an army helicopter on May 1, killing six military personnel on a day of clashes that claimed 15 lives. Read more. 

May 17, 2015

Mexican Government Compensates Kin of Victims of Army Massacre

Latin American Herald Tribune: The Mexican government announced it will distribute more than 50 million pesos ($3.3 million) to the families of 22 civilians killed by soldiers in a June 2014 incident that has become known as the Tlatlaya massacre.

The Executive Commission on Assistance to Victims, or CEAV, said in a statement it has begun integral reparation actions as recommended by the independent National Human Rights Commission. Read more. 

May 11, 2015

Probe alleges illegal arms sales to Mexico

Note: The German government and press has at least tracked, investigated and channeled the case of illegal arms sales. Also note that four states were banned for weapons sales: Guerrero, Chiapas, Jalisco and Chihuahua. How many lives could be saved if the United States banned high-powered weapons sales and aid to these states? It will be interesting to see how prosecution goes. Meanwhile, we cannot even get a list of what units are prohibited for human rights reasons for receiving lethal aid. This makes one suspect that the law is not being applied. As the situation in Mexico just gets worse...

Mexico News Daily: Allegations that a German arms manufacturer illegally sold guns to Mexico have gained more credence following the publication of a report yesterday.

A report published by a German newspaper says Heckler & Koch could face a heavy fine for delivering G36 assault rifles to four Mexican states, contrary to export restrictions. Those restrictions were imposed on the basis of suspected police corruption and collaboration with organized crime in Chiapas, Chihuahua, Guerrero and Jalisco. Read more.