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  • US slaps highest-level 'do not travel' warning on five Mexican states...

    01/10/2018 8:20:35 PM PST · by caww · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 10, 2018 | Fox News
    All five states -- Tamaulipas on the U.S. border and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero on the Pacific coast -- are hotspots of drug cartel activity, either hosting trafficking routes or extensive drug-crop cultivation. The new warning system designates the states as a "level 4" risk, the highest level of potential danger. Mexico as a whole has a level 2 rating, meaning Americans should "exercise increased caution" because of concerns about crime. But an additional 11 Mexican states got a level 3 warning Wednesday, which urges people to "reconsider travel" there. Mexico has 31 states in all. Those states where...
  • Governor of embattled Mexican state steps down (Michoacan)

    06/18/2014 6:16:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/18/14 | AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The governor of the embattled western state of Michoacan has left his post for health reasons, the Mexican government announced Wednesday. Mexico's presidency said in a statement that Michoacan Gov. Fausto Vallejo met with President Enrique Pena Nieto to inform him of his decision. Vallejo is a member of Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party. Neither the presidency nor Vallejo have said what ails him. Vallejo, 65, took a leave of absence last year to have a kidney transplant and then Michoacan state interior secretary Jose Jesus Reyna took control of the government. Reyna was charged last...
  • Mexico disarms 1,200 police accused of gang ties

    01/20/2014 12:23:56 PM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 20 January 2014 | AFP
    Mexico has disarmed more than 1,200 local police officers suspected of colluding with drug traffickers in Michoacan state and arrested 38 members of the notorious Knights Templar drug cartel active in the region. Among those arrested was Jesus Vasquez Macias, 37, who goes by the alias "El Toro," a leading figure in the cartel, Monte Alejandro Rubido Garcia, a top federal security official, announced late Sunday. Garcia said federal forces have taken control of 27 municipalities in the western Mexico state and disarmed 1,209 of the local police officers. The officers will undergo investigations, Garcia said. They are accused of...
  • Mexican bishop rebukes government for crackdown on self-defense groups

    01/17/2014 4:56:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 16 January 2014 | David Agren
    [Members of a self-defense group guard a road near Nueva Italia, Mexico, Jan. 15. The government wants the groups to give up their guns, but locals, including many priests, say the government has been unable to keep them safe. Members of a self-defense group guard a road near Nueva Italia, Mexico, Jan. 15. The government wants the groups to give up their guns, but locals, including many priests, say the government has been unable to keep them safe.] NUEVA ITALIA, Mexico - A Mexican bishop has rebuked the federal government for sending soldiers to grab the guns of the...
  • Besieged Mexican town cheers arrival of soldiers

    05/25/2013 10:06:04 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | May. 20, 2013 | MARK STEVENSON
    Mexico's top security officials promised Tuesday that a new federal offensive to rescue towns besieged by the Knights Templar drug cartel in western Michoacan state would stay "until there is security and peace for all state residents." Interior Secretary Miguel Osorio Chong and his national security team met with local officials in the state capital of Morelia at a time of escalating tensions in Michoacan, where communities mistrustful of state authorities have been creating their own vigilante forces for protection against the cartels. Michoacan is the Mexican state most visibly dominated by a drug cartel. Gunmen in vehicles marked only...
  • Mexico raids seized campuses, battle protesters

    10/16/2012 8:17:25 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies ^ | October 16, 2012 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police raided three teachers colleges on Monday in the western state of Michoacan, where dozens of students had been hijacking buses and delivery trucks for a week to protest curriculum changes. Masked protesters battled police with rocks and fireworks. Student involved in the campus takeovers burned a dozen trucks and buses before authorities swept in, detaining 176 strikers. Ten police officers were injured, three seriously, the Michoacan state government reported. The massive police raids early Monday indicate patience is running out with campus takeovers, which have become common and often violent in Mexico. In recent weeks,...
  • World's most mysterious buildings

    10/11/2012 5:03:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Yahoo! Travel ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Adam H. Graham
    Mysteries come in many forms: ancient, modern, unsolved, and unexplained. But the world's most mysterious buildings are a physical force to be reckoned with. They've become popularized on websites full of user-generated and editor-curated like,, and, an exhaustive database of the unusual. "In an age where it sometimes seems like there's nothing left to discover, our site is for people who still believe in exploration," says cofounder Joshua Foer. Our definition of mysterious is broad and varied. Some buildings on our list are being eaten alive by the earth, such as a lava-buried church in the...
  • [Mexico:]Gunmen kill 8 men in town accosted by drug gang

    04/20/2012 3:50:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies ^ | April 19, 2012
    MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in western Mexico say two men wielding automatic rifles have opened fire on a group of men from a town that last year defied illegal loggers and drug traffickers, killing eight. Michoacan state prosecutors' spokesman Jonathan Arredondo says another four men were wounded in the Wednesday attack in the town of Cheran.
  • Small-town mayor stoned to death in western Mexico

    09/27/2010 4:44:03 PM PDT · by GVnana · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/27/2010
    MEXICO CITY, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The mayor of a small town in western Mexico was found on Monday stoned to death in the third attack on a public official in the country in less than a week, local authorities said. The bodies of Gustavo Sanchez, mayor of Tancitaro in Michoacan state, and an aide were found, officials said. "It appears they stoned them to death," a source from the local prosecutor's office said on condition of anonymity. Local media reported that the bodies were found in the back of a flat-bed truck. There was no immediate indication whether the...
  • Gunmen kill 15 Mexican officers in 2 attacks

    06/21/2010 4:01:38 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | June 21, 2010 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    MEXICO CITY — Gunmen killed 15 federal police officers Monday in separate attacks in two drug-plagued states, marking one of the bloodiest days for security forces since the government stepped up its fight with drug cartels. Twelve officers died in an ambush near a high school in the western state of Michoacan, while assailants killed three more officers in a northern border state. The latest in a series of mass slayings came as President Felipe Calderon defended his crackdown on traffickers in an essay on his office's website. He vowed he won't back down despite criticism that violence has only...
  • Mexican reporters on gov't tourism trip kidnapped

    06/13/2010 7:49:54 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 13 replies · 675+ views
    AP ^ | 6/13/2010 | GUSTAVO RUIZ
    MORELIA, Mexico — A government media tour to promote tourism in southwestern Mexico went awry when machete-wielding Indians briefly kidnapped 13 reporters on the trip, officials said Sunday. Fifteen people trying to film a beer commercial were also abducted. Nobody was harmed during the abductions Saturday, said a Michoacan state government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media. Government officials were still negotiating Sunday to recover the cameras and other media equipment stolen by the Nahua Indians. The indigenous communal landowners were upset that Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona...
  • VIDEO: Mexican Security Chief Ambushed In Michoacan; Seven Cops Assassinated In Ciudad Juarez

    04/24/2010 5:23:46 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/24/10 | Friends of Ours
    Public Safety Secretary Minerva Bautista, the top security official in Mexico's western state of Michoacan where the cult-like drug cartel La Familia has been engaged in an insurgency against the government, was wounded today in an ambush which killed four others as reported by Gustavo Ruiz for The Associated Press: She was traveling in a bullet-resistant sport utility vehicle. State Attorney General Jesus Montejano told the local Milenio television station that the attackers used assault rifles, grenades, a grenade launcher and a powerful .50-caliber sniper rifle whose rounds are capable of penetrating bullet-resistant materials. * * * The dead included...
  • A Mexican Cartel's Swift and Grisly Climb

    06/14/2009 9:49:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 466+ views ^ | June 13, 2009 | Steve Fainaru and William Booth
    La Familia quickly set itself apart as a kind of criminal organization not seen before in Mexico. The cartel employed a public relations specialist known as El Tio, or the Uncle, and presented itself as a semi-legitimate company that hired only Michoacan residents and worked for the benefit of the mostly impoverished state. .... Rafael Pequeño García, chief of anti-drug operations at Mexico's Public Security Ministry, said La Familia filled a vacuum in social services and community development. "When you needed help, you didn't go to the government. You went to the narcos," he said. "They are a parallel structure,...
  • Bodies of 3 (Mexican) brothers recovered at Lake Houston

    06/02/2009 1:27:26 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 44 replies · 1,381+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | June 1, 2009 | James Pinkerton
    The two teenage boys had arrived in Houston from Mexico last week, hoping to find work and better lives for themselves. On Sunday, they went with an older brother for an early morning fishing trip to one of his favorite fishing holes near Lake Houston. Now, their older sister is making arrangements to have all three shipped home for burial in Mexico’s interior. The drowned bodies of the young men were recovered from a tributary of Lake Houston by Houston Police Department divers Monday afternoon, as their relatives, friends and neighbors watched from behind police lines. Police said they do...
  • UFW signs pact with Mexican state for guest workers on U.S. farms

    04/18/2008 7:29:44 AM PDT · by radar101 · 5 replies · 226+ views
    SacBee ^ | April 18, 2008 | Susan Ferriss -
    The United Farm Workers union has signed an agreement with a Mexican state to help recruit guest workers to labor on U.S. farms legally – and under union contract. "If this is something that's going to be utilized more in the future, then we've got to get in on it," UFW President Arturo Rodriguez said of the H-2A guest worker program. "We're looking for enlightened employers who are willing to sit down and do this with us." The agreement was signed in early April in the western state of Michoacan, which has a long history of migration to California and...
  • Few decide to register for Mexican election[in US]

    07/05/2007 10:00:16 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 654+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2007 | Antonio Olivo
    <p>The ingredients for a huge voter turnout seemed to be there: skyrocketing crime, an administration rocked by fraud allegations and a growing populace seeking a political voice.</p> <p>And for the first time, immigrants from the Mexican state of Michoacan are eligible to vote in their home state's gubernatorial election from thousands of miles away -- the sheer novelty ought to have generated some interest, activists figured.</p>
  • Mexican army kills four in drug gang shootout

    05/07/2007 2:40:45 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 321+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2007
    MEXICO CITY, May 7 (Reuters) - Mexican soldiers backed by helicopters killed four drug gang members in a shootout on Monday that lasted almost two hours in a western state at the heart of President Felipe Calderon's war on drug gangs, police said. Terrified neighbors fled the streets in the town of Apatzingan as more than 300 soldiers battled gunmen holed up in a house and deployed throughout the town. Masked cartel members killed five soldiers in an attack in the region last week, one of the heaviest blows to the military since Calderon sent thousands of troops to tackle...
  • Suspected cartel hit man, 5 soldiers die in Mexico

    05/03/2007 9:03:12 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 446+ views
    MEXICO CITY — Five soldiers and a suspected drug cartel enforcer were killed in a shootout in the western state of Michoacan, which has been plagued by drug violence and is the target of a military-led anti-drug offensive. More than a dozen suspected Zetas — a group of Gulf cartel hitmen that includes former soldiers — opened fire on the troops late Tuesday in Caracuaro, 120 miles west of Mexico City, police spokesman Miguel Covarrubias said Wednesday. The Defense Ministry said five soldiers were killed but declined to give details or confirm media reports that at least four more were...
  • Mexico orders army offensive against drug gangs (Western state of Michoacan targeted)

    12/11/2006 4:50:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 878+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/11/06 | Gunther Hamm
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's new government, struggling with rampant drug trafficking and crime, ordered thousands of troops to the western state of Michoacan on Monday to fight drug cartels locked in a vicious turf war. President Felipe Calderon's security cabinet said more than 5,000 soldiers and Marines were being deployed to crack down on drug gangs in the state, a key air and sea transshipment point for U.S.-bound cocaine. "We will establish control points on highways and secondary roads to limit drug trafficking, along with raids and arrests," Interior Minister Francisco Ramirez Acuna said. The soldiers, accompanied by federal...
  • 6 Mexican Police Murdered in Apparent Ambush

    11/14/2006 3:11:50 PM PST · by james500 · 15 replies · 814+ views
    AP via FOX News ^ | Tuesday, November 14, 2006 | ?
    MEXICO CITY — Six police officers were shot to death in an apparent ambush in a rural part of western Mexico that has been plagued by drug violence, prosecutors said Tuesday. The bullet-riddled bodies of an investigative officer, a group commander and four officers were found after a caller reported gunshots late Monday near Aguililla, a mountain town about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of the Michoacan state's capital of Morelia.