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Obituary – August 16, 2014

Obituary – August 16, 2014

Chapala resident Robert (Bob) Charles Carruth Sr. died July 14 at the age of 86....

Expat Living

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City Living - August 16, 2014

Traditional mariachi

As in past years, the 13th Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi T...

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Outrage as alleged dog killer walks free

2 DAYS AGO

Despite strict new laws governing cruelty to animals, a judge has released a man neighbors say killed a dog by throwing it from the second floor window of a house in Guadalajara’s Colonia Paseos del Sol.

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More speed traps for city motorists

2 DAYS AGO

Speed cameras will be set up at seven more points in the Guadalajara metropolitan area before the end of this month, the Jalisco Traffic Department (Semov) has announced. 

Cameras will be used on Avenidas Adolf Horn, Lázaro Cárdenas, Mercedes Félix, Juan Pablo Segundo,  Juan Palomar y Ari...

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Here today, gone tomorrow! Chapala’s new regulations director calls it quits

2 DAYS AGO
Here today, gone tomorrow! Chapala’s new regulations director calls it quits

Frustrated by his inability to promptly bring order out chaos at Chapala’s waterfront commercial zone, Carlos Rosales Pérez has thrown in the towel as head of the municipality’s Regulations office less than a month after taking up the post.

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Ajijic street improvements unveiled

2 DAYS AGO
Ajijic street improvements unveiled

Residents of Ajijic’s west end joined Cahapala Mayor Joaquin Huerta and other municipal officials for two ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Monday, August 11 to unveil recently completed public works projects on Calle Flores Magón and Privada Francisco Villa.

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Guadalajara to lose out if Zapotillo Dam curtain is stalled at lower height

2 DAYS AGO

Residents of Guadalajara will be the main sufferers if the Zapotillo Dam in northeast Jalisco is not built to its planned height of 105 meters, the director general of Mexico’s National Water Commission (CNA) said this week.

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One-quarter of Jalisco’s cops unfit for duty

9 DAYS AGO
One-quarter of Jalisco’s cops unfit for duty

One out of every four cops in the state of Jalisco has flunked the national police vetting exam, known as control de confianza.

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Foreign firms waiting in wings as energy reform enters home straight

16 DAYS AGO
Foreign firms waiting in wings as energy reform enters home straight

Despite heated opposition from the country’s left-wing, Mexico’s lower house has approved secondary laws (enabling legislation) detailing the implementation of the energy reforms passed last year.

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RR firm vows to speed up ‘The Beast’

16 DAYS AGO

Thousands of Central American illegal immigrants ride on top of a freight train in Mexico known as “The Beast” in order to reach the United States.

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Puerto Vallarta sees foreign tourism surge this year

2 DAYS AGO

Puerto Vallarta appears to be back in favor as foreign tourists head for the resort in far greater numbers than in recent years.

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Vallarta may get pet friendly beach

1 MONTHS AGO

Red Parque Caninos, which has pioneered the opening of two parks in Guadalajara designed exclusively for dogs, has focused its eyes on Puerto Vallarta, where it hopes to create a “pet friendly” beach.

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Poni cards: a money transfer innovation

2 DAYS AGO

Residents of the United States can now send money to Mexico and other countries from their local grocery stores with the Poni PIN card from American Cash Exchange, which is being offered as the first  Point of Sale (POS) -based foreign money transfer product.

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Tapatios call for peace in Gaza; end to 'genocide'

9 DAYS AGO
Tapatios call for peace in Gaza; end to 'genocide'

A small group of pro-Palestine Tapatios demanded an end to the conflict in Gaza during a protest staged outside the Israeli Consulate in Guadalajara’s Colonia Monraz this week.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, August 14, 2014

2 DAYS AGO

Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,723.96 an increase of 287.19 points from Thursday, August 7, 2013.

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Fitch upgrades Jalisco’s debt rating

2 DAYS AGO

Moody’s, Fitch Ratings and HR Rating have raised Jalisco’s credit rating from BBB to A, an indication that the state government has overcome the financial difficulties that led to a default on a 1.4-billion peso debt in December 2012. 

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Obituary – August 16, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Obituary – August 16, 2014

Chapala resident Robert (Bob) Charles Carruth Sr. died July 14 at the age of 86.

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Obituaries – August 9, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – August 9, 2014

David M. Price

Lakeside resident David M. Price died peacefully in his sleep on July 12, following a protracted battle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was 74.

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Ajijic ‘savage’ runners scorch earth on racing circuit

9 DAYS AGO
Ajijic ‘savage’ runners  scorch earth on racing circuit

The avid young athletes associated with the Salvajes Ajijic running club have been gaining fame as they have steadily burnt up tracks in every race they have entered since the group was formed just over a year ago.

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Jocotepec designs panoramic route for October road race

9 DAYS AGO

Organizers of Jocotepec’s Primera Carrera Panorámica met with the press last week to announce details of the 12.6-kilometer race to be held on Sunday, October 12, with backing from the Federation of Mexican Athletics Associations  (FMAA). 

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Expat Living

Guadalajara mothers, infants take part in Big Latch On

9 DAYS AGO

On Saturday, August 2, 105 women and their children came together to breastfeed simultaneously for one minute in Guadalajara’s Parque Metropolitano as part of the Global Big Latch On.

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Dinner at six in Grandma Gail’s kitchen

16 DAYS AGO
Dinner at six in Grandma Gail’s kitchen

An expat “foodie” who loves to cook is now offering a variety of “north of the border” dishes, either served family style on select Saturday evenings each month, or packaged “to go” in individual to family sized portions.  Living in a foreign culture and experiencing the culinary diversity is w...

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City Living - August 16, 2014

2 DAYS AGO

Traditional mariachi

As in past years, the 13th Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (Traditional Mariachi Festival) will precede the big annual mariachi bash, with performances scheduled at several city venues from August 18 to 24.

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City Living - August 9, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
City Living - August 9, 2014

Following the recent opening of the tunnel under the rail tracks at Novelistas and Avenida Juan Palomar y Arias (above), the latter avenue has finally been extended all the way to the Periferico.  The new stretch of Juan Palomar y Arias between Av. Naciones Unidos and the Perifierco which ope...

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Apreciation for graffiti program backers

2 DAYS AGO
Apreciation for graffiti program backers

Averial Miller (second from left), the president of the Lakeside Garden Guild, presents Michael Kavanaugh (second from right), the 2014 president of the Chapala Association of Realtors (CAR), with a certificate of appreciation for their continued commitment to the Wipe Out Graffiti program. O...

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A lakeside school that enriches the learning experience

2 DAYS AGO
A lakeside school that enriches the learning experience

Once best known for the cattle and horses wandering on the long, lonely stretches, the Libramiento (Chapala bypass) is now a center of education. The newest of the schools built on the hills overlooking the shortcut joining La Floresta and the highway to Guadalajara is perhaps also the most innovati...

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Laguna Chapalac – August 16, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – August 16, 2014

Toastmasters Club

The Lake Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters Club meetings have moved to the Lake Chapala Society Sala and are held every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The August theme is “Building Enthusiasm.”

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Laguna Chapalac – August 9, 2014

9 DAYS AGO

Toastmasters

“Building Enthusiasm” is the theme of the August meetings of Lake Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters Club. The group recently changed their meeting place to the Lake Chapala Society Sala.

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

4 MONTHS AGO
Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

The extravaganza combining dance, music and theater has returned to Teatro Vallarta, Uruguay 184, for another exciting run.  Fandango is a contemporary musical interpretation of Mexican cultural traditions. The production has 30 dancers and 15 musicians.

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Chacala looks to boost artistic credentials with first music festival

5 MONTHS AGO
Chacala looks to boost artistic  credentials with first music festival

Organizers are inviting one and all to enjoy “six days of music, singing, art, dancing and creativity” at the first Chacala Village Music Festival from March 24-30.

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North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

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

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North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

The north shore of Banderas Bay is once again hosting the Mexico Cup Regatta.

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La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

4 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

The semi-annual La Manzanilla Regatta was held Friday, March 21.

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La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

5 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – March 7, 2014

The high winter season is pulsing along at a rapid pace.  Here’s what a typical week looks like in our little fishing village.

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Arts & Entertainment

Indigenous peoples have their day

2 DAYS AGO
Indigenous peoples have their day

Craftsmen show off their skills at the Palacio de Gobierno as Guadalajara marked the United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People on August 11. The Jalisco government used the occasion to promise financial stimuli to promote indigenous arts and carafts.

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Entertainment Guide – August 16, 2014

2 DAYS AGO

Martes de Musica
Free classical performances by talented musicians are held each Tuesday at the Degollado Theater. No tickets are sold – just turn up.  August 19: Classical musicians from San Jose, California, with the Nima Quartet; August 26: recital with flautist Nancy Ulate and invited guests...

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CREM’s stable of young musicians shine in the spotlight

2 DAYS AGO
CREM’s stable of young musicians  shine in the spotlight

A huge, enthusiastic audience packed the Auditorio de la Ribera on Saturday, August 9, as yet again the Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales’ (CREM) Concierto de Verano proved to be a winner for one and all.

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Lakeside Little Theatre presents digital theater from UK

9 DAYS AGO
Lakeside Little Theatre presents digital theater from UK

On Saturday and Sunday last weekend Lakeside Little Theatre introduced a wonderful new innovation to local audiences – large-screen presentations of HD digital recordings of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s internationally acclaimed production of “’War Horse.”

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Ribera Arts Review - August 16, 2014

2 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 16, 2014

Cantos y Redes in concert

A reminder that lakeside’s renowned Cantos y Redes chorus will present a free performance on Saturday, August 16, 6 p.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera, La Floresta. The lively stage show celebrating the group’s 28th anniversary will feature a repertoire of Mexican folk so...

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Ribera Arts Review - August 9, 2014

9 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 9, 2014

Correction

The annual Summer concert of the Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales (CREM) will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 9 at the Auditorio de la Ribera – not at 4 p.m. as published in last week’s Reporter.

Always a popular event, this year’s fundraiser looks to be no exception....

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At the Movies: The Purge: Anarchy

2 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: The Purge: Anarchy

A vengeful father comes to the aid of a mother, her teenage daughter, and a defenseless young couple on the one night of the year that all crime, including murder, is legal in this.

As the countdown to the Purge starts ticking, struggling waitress Eva returns home to her elderly father and daughter...

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At the Movies: Last Love

2 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: Last Love

Cynical professor Matt Morgan is lost after his wife passes away. They had planned on spending their golden years in Paris, but now the widower has no idea how to fill his days.

By chance he strikes up a friendship with a young dance teacher named Pauline Laubie. Through their interactions, he redi...

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Columns

Around the world on a bicycle: The reflections of Salva Rodríguez

2 DAYS AGO
Around the world on a bicycle: The reflections of Salva Rodríguez

In 2006, Salvador Rodríguez of Granada, Spain decided to visit the world by bicycle. Since then, he has covered 135,150 kilometers on two wheels, fixed 258 flat tires and written two fascinating books on what he has learned. Recently he gave a talk on his adventures at Estación Bici, a popular R&...

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Potrero de Mulas: A jungle paradise only 30 river-crossings away

9 DAYS AGO
Potrero de Mulas: A jungle paradise only 30 river-crossings away

Years ago my friend Roy Sánchez told me about a wonderful place to camp and hike, hidden away deep in the misty mountains of San Sebastián del Oeste. “It’s called “Potrero de Mulas,” he said, “and the only hangup is that you have to cross 20 rivers to get there.”

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Practicing the Latin haggle: the art of regateando – bargaining – still holds sway in much of Mexico

2 DAYS AGO
Practicing the Latin haggle: the art of regateando – bargaining – still holds sway in much of Mexico

The techniques, exasperations and informative joys of bargaining are familiar subjects to long-time foreign residents and visitors in Mexico. But the proliferation of supermarkets and the merchandising practice at many public and street markets of placing fixed prices on goods has confused some newc...

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Lake Jalisco was a vast Pleistocene sea covering great portions of central-west Mexico

9 DAYS AGO

Lake Chapala, presently at about 40 percent of its recent historical capacity, was once more than the republic’s largest inland sea. At one time it was Lake Jalisco, a massive body of water that not only covered most of this state, but substantial parts of adjoining regions.

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Coffee shop, restaurant Wi-fi connectivity: a quick primer

2 DAYS AGO

Recently, all the major news networks repeated the story of an anonymous New York City restaurant owner whining about how wireless internet access was causing food to get cold and waiters to perform their jobs less efficiently, leading to more customer complaints and costing the restaurant owner mon...

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Wet devices: do’s, don’ts & white rice

9 DAYS AGO

Several times in previous columns I have addressed the subject of the best way to deal with a wet laptop.  While I am loathe to bore the readership by repeating myself, I can justify doing so this time because it was not her laptop that my girlfriend got wet but her smartphone. 

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My street: the carnival of errors

2 DAYS AGO
My street: the carnival of errors

The only thing constant here in Mexico is change.  A front-page article in the August 9 edition of the Guadalajara Reporter announced that the Wednesday tianguis (street market) would temporarily move one block, from Revolución to Juan Alvarez, so that workers can rehabilitate the street and in...

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Sharing amusing experiences

9 DAYS AGO
Sharing amusing experiences

When the lakeside community loses one of the true “old-timers” as we did this week with the death of Tom Faloon, those of us who have been here for shorter periods of time spend time on memory lane.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

23 DAYS 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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Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements

1 MONTH AGO
Foreign employees use new strategies to satisfy strict immigration requirements


With major changes in Mexican law that began in 2012 and 2013, people coming from outside Mexico to work here are finding it necessary to do more advance planning than in the past.

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Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

5 MONTHS AGO
Savvy travelers use range of tactics to get cheaper flights

An airline’s load factor – the percentage of seats sold on a particular flight –  would seem to be a mathematical calculation of scant relevance to most fliers. 

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Tequila trail to expand to include Tala, Ameca

11 MONTHS AGO
Tequila trail to expand to include Tala, Ameca

The International Development Bank (IDB) is prepared to inject new funds into the Tequila Trail (Ruta del Tequila) next year to permit further growth in two more Jalisco municipalities.

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Ajijic’s Number Four takes a final bow

9 DAYS AGO
Ajijic’s Number Four takes a final bow

Restaurant Number Four, Ajijic’s fine-dining and entertainment venue, will close its doors for good on September 2.

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World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

1 MONTH AGO
World’s leading authority on Mexican cuisine talks to BBC

An absorbing episode of BBC Radio Four’s “Food Programme” featuring British-born Mexican food guru Diana Kennedy, which aired on June 29, is available as a podcast.

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Former Reporter staffer pens novella

23 DAYS AGO
Former Reporter staffer pens novella

“The Hostages of Veracruz” is a romantic thriller set in Mexico written by former Guadalajara Reporter staffer (1996-2001) Grady Miller.

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Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

3 MONTHS AGO
Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

In 2000 Karen Blue published her first book, “Midlife Mavericks: Women Reinventing Their Lives in Mexico.”

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City embraces CrossFit phenomenon

23 DAYS AGO
City embraces CrossFit phenomenon

“Someday all this pain will make sense to you,” says the enormous wall sign painted over my head as I go through my thrice-weekly workout at my local CrossFit gym.

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Legal pointers: Unpaid hospital bills and debt collectors

1 MONTHS AGO

In a recent interview Chapala attorney Spencer McMullen offered advice on how area residents can plan avoid insurance and hospital payment problems by carefully planning for an eventual illness or hospitalization.

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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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