Seven Year-Old’s Murder Sparks Outrage in Mexico

The murder of a seven-year-old girl in Mexico has fueled anger over the brutal killings of women in the country. Fatima Cecilia Aldrighett, a grade school student, was taken by a stranger from her school in the outskirts of Mexico City on February 11. Fatima’s body was found over the weekend wrapped in a bag, abandoned in a rural area and was identified by genetic testing.

DEA Report Reveals How Sinaloa and CJNG Cartels Operate

Mexican drug gangs are expanding their operations in the U.S. by leaps and bounds. This is according to the latest Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report. Despite the best efforts by the government, the criminal enterprises are growing by establishing alliances with international gangs, drug distribution groups inside prisons, as well as Asian organizations dedicated to money laundering.

Lavrov Goes to Latin America to Strengthen Influence in the Region

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Latin America in the coming days in order to deepen relations with his nation’s allies. Lavrov will visit Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela shortly after his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tour of four former republics of the Soviet Union, which became the main arena of competition for influence.

How European Gun Manufacturers are Promoting the Bloody Drug War In Mexico

In October 2019, the Mexican National Guard launched an operation to incarcerate the son of the imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman. They took Ovidio Guzmán López into custody and thought they had made a big catch. Instead, the arrest of López resulted in the Sinaloa Cartel demonstrating its immense firepower and propensity for violence. Hundreds of hitmen working for the criminal organization ambushed authorities on the streets of Culiacan.

El Chapo Tunnel Builder Extradited from Mexico

José Sánchez Villalobos, alias “The Lord of the Tunnels,” has been extradited to the United States. This is according to a statement released by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office. He was one of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman’s main tunnel builders and financial operators. Villalobos’ transfer took place on January 10 at Toluca International Airport, where U.S. agents were waiting to take him into custody.

Bolivia Expels Mexican Ambassador, Two Spanish Diplomats, Over Morales “Extraction”

Bolivia’s interim government announced on Monday that it had expelled the Mexican ambassador to the country and two other Spanish diplomats for trying to “facilitate” the departure of former top officials of the government of former President Evo Morales, who is currently a refugee in Argentina. The foreign diplomats in question have been given 72 hours to leave the country.

El Mayo’s Son has been Extradited to the United States

Authorities in Mexico have extradited Ismael Zambada-Imperial, who is also widely known as “El Mayito Gordo,” to the United States. The latest development comes in the wake of attempts by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration to save face and further cooperation with the United States government. This is following a spate of violent attacks that have highlighted the government’s failing efforts to contain the growing influence of drug trafficking cartels.

Questions Raised Concerning Mexican Official Who Worked with El Chapo’s Cartel

The recent arrest and incarceration of Genaro García Luna, a former public security secretary in Felipe Calderón’s government, shocked many of his supporters and the citizenry alike. Now, numerous questions have been raised concerning his ties with several U.S. intelligence officials. Some of them have served as board members in his security company, GLAC Consulting, and they include Raul Roldan, a former FBI chief representative at the U.S. embassy in Mexico.

The Changing Faces of Rafael Caro Quintero

Rafael Caro Quintero remains a top priority for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The U.S. government is currently offering $20 million for information leading to his arrest. The effort to capture him is spurred on by his involvement in the murder of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Kiki was an undercover DEA agent working to bust the Guadalajara Cartel, which was the leading drug trafficking syndicate at the time, and Quintero had strong ties to the organization.

Bolivia: Five Killed in Clashes Between Police, Morales Supporters

Five coca growers supporting former Bolivian President Evo Morales, exiled in Mexico after resigning, died in clashes with police and the army on Friday. The killings took place in the suburb of Cochabamba (central Bolivia), the former president’s political stronghold. The clashes took place throughout the day between thousands of protesters and the police.

Bolivia: Clashes Continue Between Morales Supporters, Opponents

Jeanine Añеz, whо hаd declared herself Bоlіvіа’ѕ іntеrіm рrеѕіdеnt уеѕtеrdау, іntrоduсеd hеr cabinet Thursday. At thе ѕаmе tіmе, rероrtѕ аrе еmеrgіng оf сlаѕhеѕ between supporters оf fоrmеr President Evо Morales and hіѕ орроnеntѕ. Fоllоwіng wіdеѕрrеаd рrоtеѕtѕ in thе run-uр tо thе presidential election, Evо Morales, who wоn his fourth еlесtіоn, was forced to rеѕіgn оn Sundау аnd wаѕ granted asylum in Mеxісо.

Mexican Ambush Leaves 14 Police Officers Dead

At least 14 police officers died in an armed attack in the municipality of Aguililla, in the western Mexican state of Michoacán, authorities said on Monday. The region has been hit by violence linked to organized crime. According to the local press sources, state police were ambushed in the morning by men aboard armored vans when they were on their way to serving a court order in the area.

Mexico Condemns “Astonishing” SCOTUS Ruling on Asylum

Mexico regretted that the Supreme Court of the United States gave the green light to new restrictions on asylum promoted by the administration of President Donald Trump. The regulations directly affect the Latin American country because all applicants who have passed through their territory could not request protection on US soil unless they have done so in Mexico, or another nation, first.

Bar Attack in Veracruz Kills 28

Armed men attacked a bar in the city of Coatzacoalcos, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, Tuesday. The men closed doors and lit a fire in the bar before escaping. The fire has since claimed 28 lives and left 9 people seriously injured, according to information by the country’s authorities on Wednesday. “Twenty-eight people have died, 25 at the scene, and three in hospitals,” a senior Veracruz official told the media.

‘Wobbly’ UFO Filmed Over Mexico. Do Aliens Drive Drunk? (Video)

A UFO video posted to YouTube on August 3rd, 2019 (below), shows an unidentified flying object hovering over the skies of Mexico as witnesses comment and chuckle in the background. What’s so funny? Unlike most UFO sightings, this strange aircraft is reeling crazily in the air, wobbling and dipping up and down and side to side as though the pilot has lost control of the ship.

Mexican Oil Company Pays Workers to Be Thin

Pemex, Mexican oil company workers will receive a bonus of approximately $5,545 for not exceeding 90 abdomen centimeters in men and 80 centimeters in women, and this program is regarded as a weight loss program. In the collective bargaining contract negotiations with Pemex’s union, the company agreed to an increase in the salary and benefits, but what stands out is that every employee will be entitled to this health bonus if they lose weight and maintain the loss until 2021.

El Chapo: Life Imprisonment for the Mexican “Drug Emperor”

Today, a Mexican drug tycoon Joaquin Guzman, a 62-year-old,  known as El Chapo, has been sentenced to life in prison. Guzman managed to escape from a Mexican prison through a tunnel in 2015 but was later arrested and handed over to the United States in 2017. Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa drug trafficking group in northern Mexico, which officials say it was the largest supplier of drugs to the United States.

Southwest Border Migration Recorded a Sharp Drop of 28% in 2019

Is President Donald Trump’s new policy with Mexico working?  Or is the seasonal drop in migration due to the weather?

First, if you take the May to June average for the last five years of Southern Border illegal migration and end prior to this year or 2018, the average seasonal drop is 9%. Without a doubt, there seems to be something real going on because it just dropped around 300% more than the average season decline.

Has Trump Already Gotten Mexico to Pay for the Wall?

One of the President’s loftier promises during his 2016 campaign was that there was going to be a southern border wall, and that Mexico was going to pay for it. Some laughed off the idea as another crazy Trump outburst, much like when he questioned President Obama’s country of birth. Others believed that the then candidate’s words should not be taken literally, but could be used more as a loose metaphor for Mexico helping to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

¡Arriba! Mexico First to Approve USMCA with the Potential of a Win for all 3 Countries

One down, two to go.  On Wednesday, the Mexican Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, becoming the first nation, of three, to ratify the new trade deal.  The agreement was met with little resistance, relative speed, and enthusiastic celebration from the Mexican government upon ratification.  That was the easy part.  The USMCA still faces an uphill battle in Washington, and a race against time in Ottawa.

U.S., Mexico Strike Deal to Avoid Tariffs

Late Friday evening, President Trump took to his favorite platform to make a major announcement. “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” he tweeted. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.” At first glance, the agreement alluded to seems to have been based on earlier reports of Mexico redoubling its border security. The news was welcomed by all sides Friday night, weary of the damage Trump’s tariffs might have caused.

Mexico Wants to Appease Trump and Send National Guard to Southern Border

Negotiations take days in Washington- but still breakthrough is missing. If nothing happens, US tariffs will apply to all imports from Mexico on Monday. The Mexican government is now making concessions.

To appease US President Donald Trump in the migration dispute, Mexico wants to deploy 6,000 National Guardsmen on its Southern border. Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard said this on Thursday in talks with US officials in Washington. This is to prevent the entry of Central American migrants on their way to the USA. The Mexican government wants to prevent with a set of concessions that Trump raises from Monday to punitive tariffs on Mexican imports.

Trump’s Tariffs: Mexican Concessions, Republican Rebellion

President Trump is set to unilaterally levy an escalating 5% tariff on all Mexican goods next week, and just about everybody is working diligently to stop them. The two countries continued talks Thursday, aimed at satisfying Trump’s demands that Mexico do more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America. To that end, Mexico has begun to deploy the National Guard on its southern border with Guatemala. Back in the States, members of the president’s own party have begun to show their own frustrations with Trump’s tariffs. This time, they might be serious.

Is the Economy Slowing? A Few Indicators Are Saying Yes.

  1. Interest Rates: The 10-year Treasury is hitting around 2.08%, down from 3.25% just three months ago.
  2. Oil is down around $53 per barrel. Down from about $65 in April.
  3. Industrial Production has hit multi-year lows.
  4. Gold and the dollar are moving up.

These four indicators have many forecasting both a tougher time ahead and a rotation into safe havens.  The central focus of concern is the trade wars with China and the new tariffs with Mexico.

Return of Tariff Man Imperils USMCA, Shocks Markets

If President Trump wants his free trade deal passed, he has a funny way of showing it. On the same day that Vice President Mike Pence met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, to push the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement through Parliament, the President tweeted out an entirely new trade policy. The United States would impose a 5% tax on all imports from Mexico, “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” The unexpected return of Tariff Man sent shockwaves through the continent and financial markets Friday.

Trump Lifts Steel & Aluminum Tariffs, Urges Ratification of USMCA

It was good news all around on Friday, as President Trump announced a deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico.  The tariffs had been a major obstacle to passing the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement, which would replace NAFTA.  In fact, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) had warned Trump in April that the deal would be dead unless they were removed.  The U.S. will drop the metals tariffs within two days, and Canada and Mexico will do likewise with their retaliatory tariffs.

With Southern Border Family Units Up 400% ~ Biden Wants Healthcare for Immigrants ~ Trump Wants More US Control and Accountability

The US Southern Border with Mexico has seen 531,478 apprehension from October to April 2019, compared to 288,612 during the same time period in 2018–that’s an 84% increase.

There were 109,144 migrants encountered in April at the Southern Border, the highest since 2007, or 12 years.  Using nominal seasonal normality Princeton Policy Advisors predicts that 2019 Southern Apprehensions will double from 2018, and reach the highest level since 2006.

Trump’s Harsh Economics for EU, China, Mexico, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

China, US Trade and the Economic Effects

International Roundup: Rebellion, Provocation, Negotiation

US Border with Mexico: Clashes, Chaos, Crisis

International Roundup: Borders, Migrants and Leadership Changes

Central American Caravan Puts Immigration Issue Front and Center in 2018 Election