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Mexico’s Doctors, Health Workers Send Out an SOS

Dr. Adela Rivas Obe had a stellar reputation. In addition to being a respected member of her profession, Rivas was by many accounts socially committed. A supervisor of Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in the Costa Grande of Guerrero state, Rivas walked out of an IMSS clinic September 22 in the small port city of…
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Indigenous Community Police Look Back, Look Forward

Twenty years ago, a revolution in policing and community justice broke out in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.  Fed up with constant robberies and sexual assaults, Indigenous communities in the Costa Rica and La Montana regions of Guerrero formed armed community police forces that grew into the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC). Taking…
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Drugs and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, were among leaders praising the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact agreed upon this week in Atlanta. Involving 12 Pacific Rim nations, the accord (which still requires the approval of national governments) has been likened to a super North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) covering…
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Old Cartels Never Really Die…

Despite recurrent pronouncements of death by some U.S. and Mexican officials, high-profile organized crime groups continue operating and shedding blood south of the border. Tijuana, where control of both the local and export drug business is the prize of contention, figures once again as a significant flashpoint of violence. Violent rivalries were on public display…
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Sun, Sex, Slaughter and Social Disaster: Summer Vacation in Acapulco 2015

Bullets and bodies haven’t stopped Mexican tourists from visiting the traditional summer playground of Acapulco. Despite a cresting wave of violence in recent days, local authorities tagged the hotel occupancy rate at 69.8 percent on July 21, when summer vacation 2015 was in full gear. But since the beginning of the month, Acapulco’s streets have…
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He Did it Again! El Chapo Escapes from Prison

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is once again on the loose. In a July 11 escape from a supposedly maximum security prison, Guzman apparently fled through a sophisticated tunnel out of the Altiplano prison near Mexico City. According to Monte Alejandro Rubido Garcia, Mexico’s national security commissioner, 18 prison personnel have been detained…
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Pre-Election Day Violence Spikes in Mexico

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…
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Mexico’s May Day Uprising-Narco Style

In an apparent counterattack against a government attack in the making, coordinated guerrilla-style attacks sowed chaos at the beginning of Mexico’s three-day holiday weekend in celebration of International Workers’ Day. Commencing in the state of Jalisco, home to the important city of Guadalajara (Mexico’s second largest metro area) and the international resort of Puerto Vallarta,…
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Organized Crime Targets Higher Education

Thousands of students with dreams of higher education have had their educational careers seriously disrupted in the northeastern border region of Mexico. In the state of Tamaulipas, for instance, extortion and threats of violence attributed to the Zetas and Gulf Cartel have forced the closure of the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM) in…
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The Bloody Sundays of Albuquerque

The good news is that Easter Sunday came and went without a murder immediately reported in New Mexico’s four-county metro area.  The bad news is that, if the year’s homicide pace continues, the greater Albuquerque area could be facing its most violent year of the last five, based on a glance at statistics compiled by…
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