Category Archives: Security & Law Enforcement

The People’s Justice, Vigilantism and Militarization

In the wave of the citizen uprisings against insecurity that have swept the southern Mexican state of Guerrero since the beginning of the year, fundamental issues defining the future of the nation are at stake. Far from being just a pent-up reaction to long-running public safety problems, the uprisings involve indigenous rights, the relationship between…
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War or Peace in Mexico?

Do messages attributed to three Mexican underworld organizations portend war or peace? Retrieved by Mexican soldiers, three so-called narco-banners displayed last week in the southern state of Guerrero and purportedly signed by three groups-the Gulf cartel, La Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar-announced not only a truce among the signatories, but also a new “brotherhood”…
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Citizen Uprisings Spread in Mexico

In the final days of the Calderon presidency, anti-crime uprisings are spreading in parts of rural Mexico. Similar to the “citizen uprisings” in the Michoacan indigenous communities of Cheran and Urapicho, residents in a section of neighboring Guerrero state have now taken security matters into their own hands. The most recent flashpoint is an indigenous…
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Contraband Unlimited

A great deal of government and media chatter is focused on the U.S.-Mexico trade in drugs, guns and illicit cash. Yet much less attention is paid to the flow of other contraband products, perhaps less sexy to the mass media, but arguably having an equal or greater impact on the economy, environment, public health and…
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Traitors, Tattlers, Tourists and Terror

Special Report As the administration of Mexican President Felipe Calderon enters its final weeks, parts of Mexico remain awash in blood from the so-called narco war. And Mexico’s old beach  resort of Acapulco is among the most violent places. Practically on a daily basis, executions, shoot-outs and the discovery of dismembered bodies disturb the social…
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Feds Close Juarez Casinos

Mexican federal law enforcement agents swooped down on three Ciudad Juarez casinos last weekend, detaining employees and placing “closed” seals on the businesses. The target of the July 28 raids was the Uno bingo and sports book chain that maintained  three casinos in different sections of the border city. Cesar Augusto Peniche Esquivel, Chihuahua state…
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Border Security Outsourcing under Fire

A Texas state senator is calling for an investigation of border security contracts granted to a private, Virginia-based firm. In a letter earlier this month, state Senator Jose Rodriguez requested that the Texas State Comptroller probe a series of no-bid contracts awarded by the administration of Republican Governor Rick Perry to Abrams Learning and Information…
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Texas and Mexico Spar over Spring Break

Special Report The latest Mexico travel warning emitted by the state government of Texas has set off a wave of criticism south of the border. Government officials and representatives of the international tourism industry lashed out against a March 6 advisory issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) that urged young springbreakers not…
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Violence Batters Former Mexican Showcase

A retired Mexican general took charge of security this week in the troubled Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon, even as violent incidents continued to bloody the landscape. On Monday, February 27, four men were reported slain in two gangland-style incidents in the state capital of Monterrey. A day earlier, on February 26, five young…
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Super Embassy on Order

The U.S. government is moving ahead with plans to construct a large new embassy in Mexico City. Slated for the upscale Polanco section of the Mexican capital, the planned complex is envisioned to cover about 13 acres on a plot of land that was purchased from the Colgate-Palmolive company. Estimated to cost between $350 and…
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