Jun 28, 2015

Child migrant crisis endures on Mexico's south border

AFP: His face lit up every time he mentioned his destination -- the United States -- but like many Central American children, Juan's dream ended abruptly when Mexican officers caught him riding a freight train.

The willowy 16-year-old boy's story is the same as that of thousands of minors from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who are still crossing Mexico's southern border alone despite a crackdown on illegal migration. Read more. 

Jun 25, 2015

Pemex confirms Gulf oil platform accident, impact unclear

Reuters: Mexico's state-run oil company, Pemex, confirmed on Monday there was an accident on an oil platform at one of its major operations in the southern Gulf of Mexico, but added any impact on output remained unclear.

The company said the accident was caused by an oil and gas leak and three workers performing routine inspections had been evacuated. It said there were no reports of any injuries on the platform, which was uninhabited and operated remotely. Read more. 

Mexican forces capture cartel leader's son

AP: The son and alleged second-in-command of the leader of Mexico's most violent drug cartel was captured in the western state of Jalisco, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said Tuesday.

The suspect, Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, 25, was born in California and holds dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship, Rubido said. Read more. 

Jun 23, 2015

10 dead in attack on beer distributor in northern Mexico

AP:  Note: As always, there is more to this than meets the eye...

At least 10 people are dead after armed men attacked a beer distribution center on the outskirts of the northern city of Monterrey, Mexican authorities said Friday.

Nuevo Leon State Attorney General Javier Flores told a news conference that authorities are investigating the possibility that the attack involved organized crime. He said drugs and a weapon were found at the scene. Read more. 

The 'Unbridled Arms Race' Among U.S. Citizens

WorldMeets.Us: In reaction to the massacre perpetrated Wednesday at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. President Barack Obama referred again to one of his administration's pieces of unfinished business: the need to regulate the sale of firearms in his country, where more than 80 people die from gunfire every day. The president said he has had to deal with this problem too many times and regretted that innocent people have to die because someone with intent to do harm has easy access to a gun or rifle. Read more. 

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.