June 2, 2009

As of May 15, the two chambers of the U.S. Congress were far from reconciled as to appropriations for Mexico as part of the Merida Initiative, the planned 3-year, $1.6 billion aid package to supply Mexico – along with Central American and Caribbean...

June 2, 2009

In the early hours of Saturday May 16, an armed group entered the prison in Cineguillas, Zacatecas, and freed 53 prisoners without firing a shot. According to governor Amalia García, preliminary investigations point to probable official involvement...

June 1, 2009

Elements of the Army, the Federal Police and the State Agency of Investigation  arrested at least 37 police officers yesterday from four corporations in the state for allegedly appearing on a narcolista seized in a recent federal actions. The...

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...