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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 6

Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 6

Journeyman drummer Ian Hoffman moved to Barra de Navidad five years ago after tr...

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Father who left baby to die in car walks free

-1 DAYS AGO

A man who caused the death of his nine-month old baby by leaving him for eight hours in the backseat of his car has been released, following the refusal of his wife to press charges.

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Children’s cancer hospital to open next year in Tlajomulco

-1 DAYS AGO

The Hospital Infantil Mi Gran Esperanza, Mexico’s first specialist hospital for children with cancer, is 80 percent complete and will open its doors next year in Tlajomulco, says its director Dr. Luis Antonio Alanís Villareal.

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Virtual libraries slated for Chapala, environs

-1 DAYS AGO

Chapala Mayor Joaquín Huerta announced that online libraries are being installed at seven locations in the municipality in a public education enhancement program funded by the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt).

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Crazed woman jailed for fatal stabbing of elderly aunt

-1 DAYS AGO
Crazed woman jailed for fatal stabbing of elderly aunt

Chapala police detained Debra Ann Cuevas Gates, 36, by in the early hours of Tuesday, December 9, as the prime suspect in the fatal stabbing of her aunt, retired Chapala school teacher Maria Eugenia Cuevas Alcantár.

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Judges seek ruling to avoid ‘trust’ tests

6 DAYS AGO

One question asked frequently  by Mexicans: “Why, if Mexico’s police forces are being purged ruthlessly for rogue elements, are the nation’s judges not being subjected to the same treatment?”

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Mexicans’ happiness not in doubt

13 DAYS AGO

Despite the ongoing violence plaguing the nation, economic hardship, large-scale demonstrations and anguish over the disappearance of 43 students, the denizens of Jalisco enjoy “high levels of happiness,” State Social Development Secretary Salvado Rizo Castelo said this week.

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Roulette, blackjack to be legalized soon?

6 DAYS AGO

After many years of discussion, no-holds-barred Las Vegas-style gambling may soon be legal in Mexico.

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President hawks plan to scrap municipal police

6 DAYS AGO
President hawks plan to scrap municipal police

All 125 municipal police forces in Jalisco would be placed under centralized state control if sweeping constitutional reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto last week get the approval of Congress.

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Cirque de Soleil plans permanent Nuevo Vallarta mega-production

20 DAYS AGO

Montreal-based circus arts company Cirque du Soleil is teaming up with a resort developer to host permanent shows at a new theme park to be built in Nuevo Vallarta.

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Barra de Navidad scales back Philippines commemoration celebration

21 DAYS AGO

As is often the case in provincial Mexican towns, plans for grand events are routinely crushed when the realities of economics, logistics and infrastructure are taken into consideration.

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Obama action to benefit 44 percent of Mexico’s illegal immigrants in US

13 DAYS AGO
Obama action to benefit 44 percent of Mexico’s illegal immigrants in US

Around 400,000 migrants from the state of Jalisco will benefit from President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system via executive action.

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After the US midterms: a stormy political landscape?

1 MONTHS 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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Financial indicators as of Thursday, December 11, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 41,372.66 a decrease of 3,299.54 points from Thursday, November 27, 2014.

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Central Bank acts to shore up plunging peso

-1 DAYS AGO

The Mexican government intervened in world currency markets Thursday in a bid to halt the peso’s current slide.

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Atlas soccer fans battle police after quarter final defeat

6 DAYS AGO
Atlas soccer fans battle police after quarter final defeat

Atlas soccer fans fought with police and trashed concessions stands in the wake of their team’s Liga Mx quarter-final defeat to Monterrey on Sunday.

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Famed Mexican pitcher frozen in bronze

20 DAYS AGO
Famed Mexican pitcher frozen in bronze

Mexican baseball legend Fernando Valenzuela and his family dropped into Guadalajara last weekend as guests of honor of  the Charros de Jalisco, one of his former teams. The highlight of the visit was the unveiling of a bronze statue of the famed pitcher in the forecourt of the Pan American Base...

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Expat Living

Children’s charity seeks ‘2-hour’ volunteers

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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 - December 13, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

Expos

Outlet de la Moda at Expo Guadalajara this weekend offers a slew of discounts on brand name clothes, footwear, jewelry and accessories, organizers say. Runs Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14, 1 0 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry free.

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City Living - December 6, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
City Living - December 6, 2014

St Mark’s Advent service

Join the congregation at St. Mark’s Angligan/Episcopal Church on Sunday, December 14, 6 p.m. for a beautiful, hourlong service called “Lessons and Carols.”

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Hospitality students remain focused through power outage

-1 DAYS AGO
Hospitality students remain focused through power outage

The students at the hospitality school in Jaltepec received an unexpected lesson in coping with the unexpected while their guests received an additional holiday tradition during the December 3 evening Christmas dinner event.

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Christmas concert to showcase progress made by CREM Orchestra & Choir

-1 DAYS AGO
Christmas concert to showcase progress  made by CREM Orchestra & Choir

The Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales (CREM) Children’s Orchestra and Choir are hard at work rehearsing for the annual Christmas concert at the Auditorio de la Ribera on Saturday, December 20, 7 p.m. The remarkable progress of both groups means that this year they will be performing all but one ...

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Laguna Chapalac - December 13, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

Arts and Crafts Fair

American Legion Post Seven’s 12th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair opens Saturday, December 13, 9 a.m. with back-to-back features, including a popular assortment of bake and take foods – prepared, ready-to-eat favorite entrees. Shoppers will find a selection of homemade holi...

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Laguna Chapalac – December 6, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – December 6, 2014

Charros Baseball

The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) and Restaurant Santo Coyote are sponsoring another Sunday bus trip to a Charros de Jalisco baseball game in Guadalajara. The bus will leave from the sculpture in La Floresta at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 7. Tickets at 250 pesos for members, and 275 ...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

20 DAYS AGO
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

1 MONTHS 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 - December 6, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - December 6, 2014

Food Bank

Sandi Nystrom, an organizer of the John Ozello Memorial Food Bank in Bucerias, wants to give something a little special to the needy people who receive regular despensas (food parcels).

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North Banderas Beat - November 22, 2014

21 DAYS AGO

Hot stuff shootout

The Marina Nuevo Vallarta malecon will host the 2nd annual Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 14th annual Cruisers Chili Cookoff on Saturday, December 6, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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La Manzanilla Memo - December 13, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - December 13, 2014

La Manzanilla’s first Green Technology and Sustainability Fair was Friday, December 5.  The event took place throughout the village and highlighted the mission and programs of local non-profit Tierraglegre.

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La Manzanilla Memo - November 29, 2014

14 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - November 29, 2014

Health food products

Dean Klompas and Daniela Zuleima Klompas, the husband and wife owners of La Manzanilla’s popular day spa Spacifico, have just introduced a new line of health food products. Vegan, raw, and gluten free snacks can all be found for sale at the spa this season. For a quick sna...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 6

7 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 6

Journeyman drummer Ian Hoffman moved to Barra de Navidad five years ago after traveling extensively throughout Mexico. He says he is “amazed and excited” by all the talented musicians who now play in the area, including many students from the Instituto Universitario de Bellas Artes de Colima.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

21 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

With snowbirds and tourists trickling back to Barra de Navidad and Melaque, now seems the right time to provide a sampling of watering holes and restaurants to begin one’s coastal adventure. We’ll start with a few popular and friendly locales that feature good music, food, cold cerveza or a mojito c...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 13, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 13, 2014

A Whale of a Time

Enjoy nature at its largest. Officially whale watching season runs December 8  through March 23, 2015. The waters of Banderas Bay offer some of the most spectacular whale watching opportunities in the world. This is a great time to see humpback whales, dolphins, and other mar...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 29, 2014

13 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 29, 2014

Guadalupe parades

Combining traditional Aztec and Christian motifs, young warriors dance in the streets commemorating the miraculous apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the indigenous peasant Juan Diego on December 12, 1531.

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Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide – December 13, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
Homage to Richard Strauss: Marco Parisotto, music director; Stefan Dohr, horn (Berlín Philharmonic). Richard Strauss’ “Salome op.54: Dance of the seven veils,” “Concerto for horn no.2, TrV 283 in E-flat major” and “Ein Heldenleben, op.40.”
Teatro Degollado...

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Up close with the Joven Ballet of Jalisco

6 DAYS AGO
Up close with the Joven Ballet of Jalisco

I have always had a passion for dance – especially ballet – and have seen performances by many of the world’s premiere ballet companies.  Therefore, one of my big disappointments when moving to Guadalajara in 2008 was the fact that professional dance seemed to be ignored here.

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Lakeside Auditorium administrator honored

6 DAYS AGO
Lakeside Auditorium administrator honored

Auditorio de la Ribera administrator Victoria Corona was honored this week for her steadfast dedication to preserving local customs and traditions.

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Popular choir to set holiday mood

7 DAYS AGO
Popular choir to set holiday mood

It’s hard to believe, but Los Cantantes del Lago’s Christmas Concert “Lakeside for the Holidays,” is going to be even more impressive than ever!

Having been invited to attend a rehearsal, I came away feeling as if I’d had a week’s holiday. The music is so joyful, everyone is happy and clearly thoro...

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Ribera Arts Review - December 13, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - December 13, 2014

Fiesta Purepecha

If you’re keen on experiencing the arts and culture of Michoacan without going on the road, don’t miss the annual Unión de Pueblos Purépecha Festival, running Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14 on the Ajijic plaza.

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Ribera Arts Review - December 6, 2014

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - December 6, 2014

Jazz & Artists

The Artistas del Lago are sponsoring the Blue Velvet Jazz Band free performance in the Ajijic plaza on Saturday, December 6, from 6-8 p.m. The concert hosted by the compendium of art is billed as an opportunity for the public to experience art.

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At the Movies: Paddington

-1 DAYS AGO

Paddington

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please...

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At the Movies: The hobbit: The battle of the five armies

-1 DAYS AGO

The hobbit: The battle of the five armies

In the final film of the Hobbit trilogy the ultimate fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance and the races of Men, Elves and Dwarves must decide whether to unite or die. The series goes out with a bang, ending with a 45-minute battle sequence that finds f...

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Columns

NatGeo photographer Ben Horton visits Guadalajara: How ‘Wow’ photos can save sharks and teach English

-1 DAYS AGO
NatGeo photographer Ben Horton visits Guadalajara:  How ‘Wow’ photos can save sharks and teach English

This was a talk I did not want to miss. National Geographic photographer Ben Horton was to speak about his work as an explorer during a conference promoting a new series of textbooks for teaching English with NatGeo photos and themes.

Since I’m interested in both exploration and teaching, this look...

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‘Outdoors in Western Mexico, Vol. 2’ about to hit the shelves

6 DAYS AGO
‘Outdoors in Western Mexico, Vol. 2’ about to hit the shelves

Whew! Putting a book together is quite a job and, believe me, it’s twice as difficult if the text is bilingual. Yes, this second volume describes, in both Spanish and English, 25 new sites chosen from among more than 200 attractive outdoor locations which I wrote about in this newspaper over the las...

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Yuletide is in full swing: Why spell it ‘xmas’? When was Jesus born?

-1 DAYS AGO

While many in the United States are doing a little better this winter than last, others are still feeling the economic crimp caused initially by the 2008 Great Recession. A significant portion of the United States and Mexico are on thin consumer rations.

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A salto of holiday assemblies, Guadalajara-area haciendas, The Virgin of Guadalupe’s name

7 DAYS AGO

Along with a slew of Christmas-born pastorales that will soon be taking place, especially in rural areas, all the way into February, there are a salto of gracious — and boisterous — holiday gatherings going on right now. This celebratory time turns the final page of the year into a torrent of hen-sc...

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Getting the most from your Mac keyboard

14 DAYS AGO

While more than 90 percent of the world’s personal computers run on Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, Mac computers have more than doubled in popularity over the last decade.

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Buying computers: Can you pay little and get a lot?

20 DAYS AGO

A quote often attributed to John Ruskin says, “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply.  The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.”  It astounds me to realize this far-sighted 19th century English ...

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Lakeside holiday spirit

-1 DAYS AGO
Lakeside holiday spirit

For those from the north, lakeside’s lack of snow and cold may not, at first glance look much like Christmas. True, there’s not a single decoration display with 300,000 lights, but a quick glance at the towering poinsettias lining area streets is enough to pump up a good deal of holiday spirit.

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Early holiday deadlines

6 DAYS AGO
Early holiday deadlines

Just when, like most lakesiders, I thought my December calendar couldn’t possibly get any more complicated, an email from the powers that be at the Guadalajara Reporter office delineating the early deadlines for the month’s final two issues threw me right into a full-blown tizzy. No doubt the news o...

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: Driving to Tapalpa

-1 DAYS AGO

I spent last weekend with my daughter, her husband and my two grandsons in the magical mountain town of Tapalpa. It was an excellent trip, with fun shopping, a quaint hotel, the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had, and scenery completely different from the cityscape of Guadalajara that I’m getting used...

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: A Happy Shopper

6 DAYS AGO

The day will come, I suppose, when I’ll find myself thinking in pesos instead of dollars. When that $169 price tag on the scarf at the Galerias Mall won’t feel like sticker shock.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

4 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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Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

-1 DAYS AGO
Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

In offering tours of substance to Lakeside residents, the husband-and-wife team of Rosie Cepeda and Carlos Alfaro bring some uncommon experience.
With her background as a high-school chemistry teacher in northern Mexico, Cepeda’s interest in natural sciences and education shows.

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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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Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

28 DAYS AGO
Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

Ask any two Tapatios where to find the best fish tacos in Guadalajara and a long discussion is sure to ensue, with each extolling the virtues of his or her particular neighborhood haunt.

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First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

2 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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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

1 MONTHS 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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Weighing up the risks of common medications

13 DAYS AGO
Weighing up the risks of common medications

With some public health experts warning about the overuse of antibiotics and vaccines, many individuals struggle with uncertainty when faced with situations that call for their use.

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Vaccines: An objective evaluation

14 DAYS AGO
Vaccines: An objective evaluation

There are two questions that many people ask themselves about vaccines: “Are they safe?” and “Do they work?”

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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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