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Subway line three construction causing delays

4 DAYS AGO
Subway line three construction causing delays

Construction of Guadalajara’s third subway (tren ligero) line is causing headaches for motorists.

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Car emissions program on last legs

5 DAYS AGO

Jalisco car owners have once again delivered a slap in the face to the state’s beleaguered emissions inspection program.

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Chapala bird fest hypes lake and nature conservation

5 DAYS AGO
Chapala bird fest hypes lake and  nature conservation

In sync with thousands of migratory birds that have started winging in from Canada and the United States for the winter season, the fifth annual Festival de las Aves del Lago de Chapala will take flight on Friday, November 21, with ten days of diverse cultural, educational, academic activities aimed...

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IMSS relocates Chapala clinic

11 DAYS AGO

In the course of next week, Chapala’s IMSS health clinic number 40 will relocate its services from the facility on Calle José Navarro-Estación to a new home at Avenida González Gallo 23.

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UN survey to poll 200,000 Jalisco residents

4 DAYS AGO

The United Nations’ MY World global survey that aims to define a new development agenda for the world is coming to Jalisco on December 4.

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Jalisco government mulls over drug check patrols

4 DAYS AGO

Jalisco’s Health Department is proposing the introduction of anti-doping checks to accompany the nightly Salvando Vidas road block operations to identify drunk drivers.

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Violent protests break out as authorities reveal fate of missing students

8 DAYS AGO
Violent protests break out as authorities reveal fate of missing students

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is under increasing pressure as public anger grows at the government's handling of the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero.  Further protests were held last weekend following the announcement by the federal Attorney General's Office that th...

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Police arrest fugitive mayor, wife suspected in missing students case

11 DAYS AGO
Police arrest fugitive mayor, wife suspected in missing students case

Federal investigators believe they are one step closer to solving the mysterious disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero. Their optimism follows the arrest this week of the former mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 1, 2014

18 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 1, 2014

Local Marketing

The Old Town Farmer’s Market-Tianguis Cultural reopened November 1 and will run every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., until the end of April. The market is located in Lazaro Cardenas Park on the south side of town just one block from Los Muertos beach.

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US citizen murdered in Vallarta

1 MONTHS AGO

The body of a 57-year-old U.S. citizen has been found outside his home in Puerto Vallarta’s Colonia El Cerro.

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After the US midterms: a stormy political landscape?

18 DAYS AGO

All but a handful of political pundits say there’s at least an 80-percent probability that the Republicans will win back the Senate in the U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4.

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ISIS claims refuted

1 MONTHS AGO

The U.S. Department of Homeland says statements by a California lawmaker that people with ties to Islamic State (ISIS) have been crossing the Mexican border are “categorically false.” A spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said the information about individuals “with known ISIS affiliation...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, November 13, 2014

4 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 43,744.57 an decrease of 1,105.29 points from Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, November 6, 2014

11 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,849.86 an increase of 610.92 points from Thursday, October 30, 2013.

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Obituary – November 15, 2014

5 DAYS AGO
Obituary – November 15, 2014

Albert Edward Eversfield

Lake Chapala south shore resident Albert Edward Eversfield died unexpectedly on November 2 at the age of 62.

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Obituary – November 1, 2014

18 DAYS AGO
Obituary – November 1, 2014

Gordon Charles Lakin

Longtime Guadalajara resident Gordon Charles Lakin died on October 22 after a short illness at the age of 89.

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And it’s root, root, root ... no crackerjacks at the Charros ball park but otherwise a lot of fun

18 DAYS AGO

Last Saturday I took my seven- and nine-year-old sons to their first baseball game — the Charros de Jalisco against the Mexicali Eagles. It was my first time in a baseball stadium in more than a decade.

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Charros flying high

18 DAYS AGO

The Charros de Jalisco maintained their impressive start to the Mexican Pacific League season with a 3-0 weekend series win over Mexicali.

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Expat Living

Children’s charity seeks ‘2-hour’ volunteers

12 DAYS AGO
Children’s charity seeks ‘2-hour’ volunteers

Niños Incapacitados recently announced a new “Two-Hour Volunteer Campaign.” Realizing that most expats are overloaded with activities and volunteer positions, the organization is asking local residents to find just two hours to volunteer at an event to raise funds to help sick children of low-income...

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Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

25 DAYS AGO
Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

Going to a Halloween bash and want to bring your dog along? Stop into Monster House and get him a costume. Monster House is a Halloween mask company based in Cuernavaca that ships its products to the United States but also puts up four temporary stores in metro Guadalajara.

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City Living - November 15, 2014

4 DAYS AGO
City Living - November 15, 2014

Amsoc Thanksgiving

Join with the metro-area’s U.S. community and their friends for a big family-style T-day feast at the American Society (Amsoc) on Thursday, November 27. Enjoy turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, salad, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. The doors (and ba...

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City Living - November 8, 2014

12 DAYS AGO
City Living - November 8, 2014

Book Fair

The Fifth Used and Antique Book Fair (Feria del Libro Usado y Antiguo) takes place amid the exterior arches surrounding the Guadalajara Municipal Palace between Friday, November 7 and Sunday, November 16.

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Kindred Quilters welcome wide array of guests

4 DAYS AGO
Kindred Quilters welcome wide array of guests

Eight local textile artists, members of Kindred Quilters sponsored a well-attended show of their work on November 8 in La Floresta. Among the more than 150 people visiting the exhibit were visitors from Monterrey, and Brazil.

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‘Oldies’ fundraiser to bring ‘hope’ to abandoned kids

4 DAYS AGO
‘Oldies’ fundraiser to bring ‘hope’ to abandoned kids

Rock and More is the perfect name for the Wednesday, November 19 fundraising event at La Huerta. The evening will be filled with the great music from the 1950s through the 1970s, dance contests, raffles and awards for the best hippie costumes. This event promises to be a great kick off for the high ...

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Laguna Chapalac - November 15, 2014

5 DAYS AGO

History Club

The Lake Chapala Society History Club will meet Tuesday, November 18, 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. The meeting focus is “Hiroshima, a Study of the First Nuclear Bombing.”

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Laguna Chapalac - November 8, 2014

12 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - November 8, 2014

Homeless Dogs

Lakeside Spay and Neuter’s 12th Annual Country Critter Bash is on Monday, November 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the La Floresta home of Gudrun and Dryden Jones.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 15, 2014

5 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 15, 2014

Daubers Ready

Bingo at Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Bar at Basilio Badillo 287 on the south side of Puerto Vallarta supports two local charities: Pasitos de Luz and the Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

12 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

A warm welcome to all snowbirds from the north as they flock back to the coastal towns of Barra de Navidad and Melaque. November marks the traditional beginning of the high tourist season on the coast.

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NORTH BANDERAS BEAT

12 DAYS AGO
NORTH BANDERAS BEAT

El Buzo

Bucerias now has its own symbol representing its name, taken from the Spanish word buzo, meaning diver.

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North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

7 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

Spring has arrived and the snowbirds are beginning their annual flights north.

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La Manzanilla Memo – November 15, 2014

5 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – November 15, 2014

La Manzanilla’s Best Bites

At last count La Manzanilla had over 40 restaurants!  I’ve sampled most of them and have discovered each has its own personality and particular culinary delights.  If you are visiting our fair village by the sea let me suggest a few of my favorite dishes.

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La Manzanilla Memo – November 1, 2014

18 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – November 1, 2014

Magnolia’s Kitchen & Drinks

At the end of last season, after an eight year run, we said “adios” to restaurant Café de Flores.  The owners decided it was time to retire and enjoy some beach time.

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Arts & Entertainment

Plush Guadalajara hotel hosts unusual antiques showing this weekend

11 DAYS AGO
Plush Guadalajara hotel hosts unusual antiques showing this weekend

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 7 to 9), the glassy lobby of the Demetria Hotel in Colonia Lafayette will resound with the presence of ten exhibitors from throughout Mexico, who are gathering for an exceptional, free event that aims to interest ordinary people in collecting antiquities ma...

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Annual American School Art Fest runs Saturday, Nov. 8

11 DAYS AGO
Annual American School Art Fest runs Saturday, Nov. 8

The American School of Guadalajara’s hosts its 26th annual Art Fest on Saturday, November 8.

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Maestros del Arte fair beckons paradise for folk art collectors

12 DAYS AGO
Maestros del Arte fair beckons paradise for folk art collectors

Outstanding artisans coming from far flung corners of Mexico will showcase a a cornucopia of high quality handicrafts and folk art at the 13th annual Feria Maestros del Arte, scheduled for Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16 at Chapala’s Club de Yates.

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Pinter’s nuanced ‘Betrayal’ enriched by technical enhancements, creative flair

12 DAYS AGO
Pinter’s nuanced ‘Betrayal’ enriched by technical enhancements, creative flair

Lakeside Little Theatre audiences will be thrilled with “Betrayal,” undoubtedly one of English playwright Harold Pinter’s major dramas. Thanks to the creativity and unerring eye for detail of director Neal Checkoway, revolutionary technical innovations have demonstrably enhanced this production.

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Ribera Arts Review - November 8, 2014

12 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 8, 2014

Cancellation

Viva la Musica has announced the cancellation of its November 20 String Quartet concert due to a conflicting charity concert in Chapala. According to a Viva news release, the performers are unable to play during the following week.   Anyone who has purchased tickets for this ...

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Ribera Arts Review - November 1, 2014

18 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 1, 2014

Dia de los Muertos Show

The work of local jewelry artist Sacha Frowine will be featured at Galeria Sol Mexicano from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. Frowine has designed a line of special themed pieces to celebrate el Dia de los Muertos. Galeria Sol Mexicano is at Colón 13 in Ajijic.

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At the Movies: Intersteller

12 DAYS AGO

In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable.

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At the Movies: As Above, So Below

12 DAYS AGO

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls.

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Columns

Hiking up the Santiago River Canyon to Rancho El Mexicano: Seeing Guadalajara from the Vulture’s View

5 DAYS AGO
Hiking up the Santiago River Canyon to Rancho  El Mexicano: Seeing Guadalajara from the Vulture’s View

Salvador Mayorga is a man with a view and is also the owner of a ranch with a view. Mayorga was director of Bosque La Primavera for some 12 years and has a passionate love for nature and animals. Today he runs a ranch at the very top of the Santiago River Barranca on Cerro el Mexicano, due north of ...

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The Pinar Loop: a fascinating & safe hike through the last remnants of an ancient forest

12 DAYS AGO
The Pinar Loop: a fascinating & safe hike  through the last remnants of an ancient forest

Pinar de la Venta, located eight kilometers west of Guadalajara along highway 15, was once an integral part of the sprawling Bosque de la Primavera, but about 40 years ago, it was turned into a Fraccionamiento Campestre (rustic housing development) and today is home to some 300 families. Of course, ...

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Retablos, ex-votos: folk art mirroring fervent religious beliefs with unique, rustic charm

5 DAYS AGO

At the many official and unofficial religious sites in Mexico believers have left engaging painted, drawn and written descriptions of what they consider to be miracles, or at least divine assistance. These informative, culturally revealing, often rustic versions of occurrence and belief have a rich ...

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Ancient legend reaches across time; La Llorona: Why does she weep?

12 DAYS AGO
Ancient legend reaches  across time; La Llorona: Why does she weep?

Not long ago two North American couples mentioned seeing plays in different parts of Mexico based on the heart-twisting “La Llorona” legend, a centerpiece of this country’s rich lore and myth. One couple was introduced to the sad apparition in Mexico City; the other applauded the story in Zacatecas....

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Datacenters: the heart of the Internet that Google et al prefer to keep secret

11 DAYS AGO

I really do love some of the questions thrown at me by friends, clients, and readers of this column.  A good one I recently fielded is “Where is the Internet actually located?”  Some people might be inclined to respond to that with a religious analogy, because it seems like the internet is...

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Facebook & death: ‘memorialized profiles’

26 DAYS AGO

This is the week Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead, that most colorful of all holidays.  And every year about this time I always seem to notice some news article reported on the computer/technical news sites I follow that is at least tangentially related to death and dying. This year will be no...

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The four seasons at Lake Chapala

4 DAYS AGO

People who have spent a lifetime in the northland of dramatic seasonal changes need a bit of transitional space to recognize the changes that indicate the four seasons at Lake Chapala.

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Lest we forget

11 DAYS AGO
Lest we forget

We live in a world of symbols. There are thousands of simple shapes that instantly unlock a wave of images, instructions, relationships and emotions.

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: Cowbells and Memories

4 DAYS AGO

I don’t know if this is common in Guadalajara or just my neighborhood, but several times a week, while out walking, I hear cowbells ringing. When I first followed the sound, I discovered a garbage truck with workers trailing behind, collecting trash and wearing cowbells attached to their belt loops....

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: Hoping for Halloween

11 DAYS AGO

We arrived in Guadalajara in mid-August with my three-year-old grandson who remembers every detail of the trick-or-treating he did once, nearly a year ago.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

3 MONTHS AGO
Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

A growing number of expatriate residents are mystified and miffed at being subjected to a sudden shift in the way they were accustomed to doing banking business here. Many are feeling hassled because certain south-of-the-border financial establishments that are now refusing to handle U.S. dollar che...

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Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

1 MONTHS AGO
Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

It can be argued that no better spot in Mexico exists to honor los Dias de los Muertos than the city of Aguascalientes. 

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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

3 MONTHS AGO
Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

In its latest issue, leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler designated the Marieta Islands off the Nayarit coastline as one of the “101 Most Incredible Places” in the world.

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First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

1 MONTHS AGO
First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

Israel Lopez had been planning to open a lakeside eatery for years, even though he wasn’t in the restaurant business. First he found the spot, then purchased the land and financed the building — a huge 120-seat restaurant with a big bar and a good size kitchen.

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Traditional restaurant affords ‘remedies’ for every ill

1 MONTHS AGO
Traditional restaurant affords ‘remedies’ for every ill

Where you hear a 10-piece mariachi band ringing out nightly, you hardly expect to find an apothecary.  Yet at the Guadalajara restaurant Los Remedios, located on La Paz three blocks west of Chapultepec, they playfully claim to have found solutions — remedios —  to life’s most pressing prob...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

26 DAYS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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English-language book publisher in Mexico announces changes

1 MONTHS AGO

Editorial Wisemaz, the only full-service English-language book publisher in Mexico, announces a reorganization designed to clarify the company’s mission and streamline sales and distribution in the United States and Canada.

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Jalisco hopes to administer 3 million flu vaccines this season

1 MONTHS AGO

A record number of flu vaccines will be made available to residents of Jalisco this fall and winter, Public Health Director Hector Ramirez Cordero announced Thursday.

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‘Stem cell’ treatments blacklisted

2 MONTHS AGO

Mexico’s Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has issued a black list of illegal “stem cell” products that are being marketed as helping with many degenerative conditions, as well as for anti-ageing.

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Leaked emails say US soldiers are operating in Mexico

U.S. special forces are secretly operating in Mexico, while the U.S. government is “allowing” the powerful Sinaloa Cartel to traffic drugs across the border, according to documents released by WikiLeaks this month.

Since February the controversial whistle-blowing organization has been publishing “The Global Intelligence Files” – over five million emails leaked from Stratfor, a Texas-based global intelligence company, which date from July 2004 to December 2011.

“U.S. special operations forces are currently in Mexico. Small-scale joint ops with Mexico’s [special forces],” wrote “US714,” a U.S. law enforcement officer in charge of border investigations, to Stratfor staff in an email from June 2011 released on Sunday.

This was corroborated by a Mexican diplomat referred to as “MX1,” who told Stratfor “I can confirm that there is Marine presence, but I don’t know if it is MFR [Marine Force Recon – the U.S. Marine Corps’ special operations unit].”

“Operational coordination and indeed joint exercises have been conducted, and there are more in the planning stages,” said MX1. “We do indeed have US military presence in Mexico as part of the MI [Merida Initiative] coordination office (even though they are sometimes under official cover as DOS [Department of State], etc…) There are advisors and intelligence operatives that work on the tactical level with their Mexican counterparts.”

Under the Merida Initiative, the United States has been providing Mexico with funds, equipment, training and intelligence in order to help fight drug trafficking. But there are officially no U.S. troops operating south of the border, for this would represent a violation of Mexico’s sovereignty.

“Mexican public opinion would be outraged if there were U.S. soldiers engaged in a direct operational role in Mexico,” said MX1.

“I can’t confirm that there are independent U.S. operations in Mexico of any sort,” he added, but “the repercussions on cooperation from a black op that we are not aware of would be immense, even if the [Mexican] government didn’t care.”

Breaking the story on Monday, NarcoNews.com revealed that another of the leaked emails identifies MX1 as Fernando de la Mora Salcedo, a former member of the Mexican Consulate staff in El Paso, Texas and now a consul in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Stratfor emails were passed on to WikiLeaks by the hacking group Anonymous. Stratfor condemned this “deplorable breach of privacy” in a statement earlier this year.

“Some of the emails may be forged or altered to include inaccuracies; some may be authentic,” stated the Stratfor press release. “We will not validate either. Nor will we explain the thinking that went into them. Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimized twice by submitting to questioning about them.”

In another email from June 2010, MX1 suggested that the U.S. and Mexican “governments will allow controlled drug trades,” alleging that the “the major routes and methods for bulk shipping into the US have already been negotiated with U.S. authorities,” and that large shipments of drugs belonging to the Sinaloa Cartel “are OK with the Americans.”

Run by billionaire drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Sinaloa Cartel is one of Mexico’s most powerful drug-trafficking organizations.

De la Mora’s comments appear to back up the legal defense of a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel soon to go on trial in Chicago for drug trafficking.

Vicente Jesus Zambada Niebla was arrested in March 2009, just hours after meeting with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in a Mexico City hotel. In pre-trial proceedings earlier this year he claimed immunity under a deal allegedly struck between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa Cartel.

In exchange for information on rival organizations, Zambada said he and the cartel leadership were given “carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States” between 2004 and 2009.

As part of the arrangement, he also claimed the Sinaloa Cartel received weapons through the “Fast and Furious,” a botched operation in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) illegally sold 2,000 firearms to Mexican gangs, with the purported aim of tracing the weapons and then prosecuting the criminals.

One of the highest ranking Mexican drug traffickers to ever go on trial in the United States, Zambada’s case is due to begin in October.

WikiLeaks made headlines worldwide this week due to the ongoing controversy surrounding the organization’s founder Julian Assange.

Wanted in Sweden for questioning over two allegations of sexual assault, Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange has offered to be questioned within the embassy but refuses to return to Sweden for fear he will be extradited to the United States.

Ecuador offered Assange political asylum, but last week the British government provoked a major diplomatic row by threatening to enter the embassy and arrest Assange, an action that would represent a clear violation of international law.

If extradited, Assange fears he would face similar treatment to Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army whistleblower who passed thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. Bradley has been imprisoned by the U.S. government for over two years (mostly in solitary confinement) without trial.

Earlier this year the Stratfor leaks revealed a grand jury in Virginia has already issued a secret sealed indictment against Assange for espionage, while prominent U.S. politicians have even called for him to be executed.

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