May 28, 2009

In a visit to Chihuahua to talk with local and military officials about the security situation in the state, Pres. Calderón acknowledged that the Mexican military is key in confronting the nation’s powerful drug cartels, but reiterated that troop...

May 28, 2009

The Mexican Congress passed a flurry of legislation in the waning days of April defining terms for drug prosecutions, asset forfeiture laws, and surveillance powers for federal police. The rapidity with which the bills were passed through congress...

May 28, 2009

The Senate has decided to postpone its debate over public security proposals recently sent by Pres. Calderón until after the June elections. The proposals seek to reform the penal code to increase sentences for military personnel involved in...

May 28, 2009

So-called “narco-banners” were hung in cities throughout Mexico in mid-May, including the border states of Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, and Sonora, the Pacific state of Guerrero, and the Gulf state of Veracruz. As in the past, the banners were...

May 28, 2009

After a sharp downswing in cartel-related slayings or ejecuciones in reported in April’s news report, such killings have leveled off since our last reporting period, according to Reforma’s Ejecutometro 2009. As of May 15, the number of nationwide...

May 28, 2009

Amnesty International's annual report on human rights in Mexico reported an increase in torture, abuse, arbitrary arrests and illegal searches of homes, which they relate to the deployment of 45 thousand members of the army to fight drug...

May 27, 2009

Gernaro Guizar Valencia-Apatzingán-PRD Uriel Farias Alvarez-Tepalcatepec-PRI Jairo Germán Rivas-Arteaga-PRI Antonio González Rodríguez-Uruapan-PAN Audel Méndez Chávez-Coahuayana-PRI Osvaldo Esquivel Lucatero-Buenavista-PRD Adán Tafolla...

May 27, 2009

Jose Luis Rosas Bárcenas, former policemen of a Special Forces Group of the local Public Security Secretariat (SSP), was arrested for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of a young Antonio Equihua. Sixteen year-old Antonio Equihua...

May 11, 2009

This morning, three individuals, Ernesto Cruz Valenzuela, Pedro Solorio Jiménez y Anastacio Herrera Basurto, whom were part of the local police force were assassinated in La Huacana.  Two other police members, Silvano Pacheco Guzmán y Romualdo...

May 11, 2009

Presidents Felipe Calderon and Barack Obama had a telephone conversation last week about what measures both countries should take against the H1N1 influenza A virus, which is still affecting Mexico and the United States.  Calderon thanked Obama...