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US Consulate issues security message following blockades in Guadalajara

US Consulate issues security message following blockades in Guadalajara

The United States Consulate General in Guadalajara...

Local Deepak Chopra talk shaping up as a blockbuster

Local Deepak Chopra talk shaping up as a blockbuster

Lower-priced tickets are already sold out for the ...

The dangers of expired meds

The dangers of expired meds

Elias Iñiguez Mejia, the president of the H...

Cyclists undertake 24-hour protest  to highlight serious safety concerns

Cyclists undertake 24-hour protest to highlight serious safety concerns

Cycling activists upset at an apparent snub by Jal...

Ailing mall looks to future under new owners

Ailing mall looks to future under new owners

A major makeover of the unsuccessful Ciudadela mal...

Philosopher-on-a-bike pens book  charting journey through the Americas

Philosopher-on-a-bike pens book charting journey through the Americas

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The heavens open – is this really March?

The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists sa...

Mexico’s Merry Month of May

Mexico’s Merry Month of May

Part of the joy of living in Mexico is having the opportunity to learn new custo...

Expat Living

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City Living - May 1, 2015

City Living - May 1, 2015

Vegan food sale

Finding vegan food in Guadalajara is more than challenging &nda...

Mexican Lifestyles

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Arts & Entertainment

Creative UK artists showcased at city’s May Festival

-1 DAYS AGO
Creative UK artists showcased at city’s May Festival

The United Kingdom is the invited country for Guadalajara’s 18th Festival Cultural de Mayo, which begins on May 8 and runs through May 31 (see listings below for full schedule).

The festival kicks off with two performances at the Teatro Degollado by the Aakash Odedra Company, a group inspired...

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Entertainment Guide - May 1, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - May 1, 2015

Tuesday recitals

The Degollado Theater opens its doors each Tuesday for the free classical music series Martes de Musica y Opera. No tickets are sold nor is there numbered seating. Just turn up before the performance and grab a seat. The quality is always high, and the theater will often fill up. &...

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Baritone Fernando Loher: one for the future

-1 DAYS AGO
Baritone Fernando Loher: one for the future

Last Sunday’s concert by baritone Fernando Loher at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo was an impressive performance. One of several fund-raisers for his upcoming studies in Berlin, his selection of Bel Canto and Latin American songs provided the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the full ran...

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Train Station festivities rumble to end of the track

21 DAYS AGO
Train Station festivities rumble to end of the track

A series of cultural events at the Centro Cultural González Gallo to mark the 95th anniversary of the inauguration of the Chapala-Guadalajara railway line will continue through next weekend.

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Ribera Arts Review - May 1, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - May 1, 2015

Jazz with Marie Claire

Melodius Tonk Jazz Quartet, featuring vocals by local favorite soloist Marie Claire Figadere, will be performing at El Bar Co on Friday, May 1, 8:30 p.m. This group has a great jazz repertoire that includes funk, R&B, blues, manouche oldies, and much more. 

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Ribera Arts Review - April 24, 2015

7 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - April 24, 2015

Naked Stage

The Naked Stage minimalist readers’ theater presents “Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” by Ed Graczyk on Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. All performances start at 4 p.m.

Directed by Jim Lloyd, the play is centered on ...

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At the Movies – The Boy Next Door, Avengers: Age of Ultron

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At the Movies – The Boy Next Door, Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Boy Next Door

Neglected by her adulterous husband and left feeling particularly vulnerable as her marriage crumbles, lonely teacher Claire has an affair with a younger neighbor that turns terrifying as his fiery lust morphs into dangerous obsession. Director: Rob Cohen. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ry...

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At the Movies – Fast and Furious 7, Mall Cop 2

14 DAYS AGO
At the Movies – Fast and Furious 7, Mall Cop 2

Fast and Furious 7

In the most recent installment of this popular franchise Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner and the rest of their crew have returned to the United States to live normal lives after securing amnesties for their past crimes. But Deckard Shaw, a rogue special forces assassin seek...

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Columns

Stubborn Spaniard endures steep slopes, gnats in Chihuahua sierra

-1 DAYS AGO
Stubborn Spaniard endures steep slopes, gnats in Chihuahua sierra

In this passage from “America Un Viaje de Cuento,” Rodriguez is in Raramuri territory in northern Mexico, which, these days, is also narco territory. He is trying to get from Tubares, Chihuahua, located 440 kilometers north of Mazatlan, to a place called Piedras Verdes, site of a large g...

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Buying bootlegs, illegal downloading: stealing or response to price gouging?

7 DAYS AGO
Buying bootlegs, illegal downloading:  stealing or response to price gouging?

Mexico recently made headlines when it was included in the U.S. Trade Representative’s “Notorious Markets List,” which identifies markets around the world that harm business through intellectual property rights infringement. It was stated that the main Mexican markets selling illeg...

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‘Packet switching’ allows data to travel the world

7 DAYS AGO

Many professional disciplines have their own “bible” enumerating the industry minimums required to maintain safety standards.  Ask any fireman about the fire code and be prepared to witness a solemn mood descend as they explain that the code is “written in blood.”  ...

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Windows 9 goes way of 2014 World Series

1 MONTHS AGO

An upcoming event to watch for this new year of 2015 is the debut of Microsoft’s newest Operating System, Windows 10.  Some people aware of Windows 7 and Windows 8 may be asking “What happened to Windows 9?”

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The heavens open – is this really March?

1 MONTHS AGO
The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists say.  Tlaloc, the Aztec rain God, obviously thought it was time for that stat to change.

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Mexico’s Merry Month of May

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Mexico’s Merry Month of May

Part of the joy of living in Mexico is having the opportunity to learn new customs, traditions and holidays. The Merry Month of May gives us plenty of opportunities to learn – after all there are seven holidays this month, and most of those are in the first ten days! 

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A very special day out

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A very special day out

The plan of winter lakeside residents Van and Sue Campbell to surprise the 30 children who live at the Villa Infantil de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San Jose shelter with new shoes and a treat grew into a day-long procession of special events on Wednesday, April 29, the day before el Dia de...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – May 1, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

My sister and I have started writing daily emails to each other.

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Stepping Back In Time In Mexico

7 DAYS AGO

It’s easy to step back in time in Mexico. A walk through the Centro Historico or the Panteon de Belen cemetery in Guadalajara can take you there in minutes. So can a stroll down the cobblestone streets of Gaunajuato or crossing the threshold of  any of the colonial churches that dot the s...

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Expat Living

Needy moms focus of church’s Mothers Day celebration

-1 DAYS AGO
Needy moms focus of church’s Mothers Day celebration

On Sunday, May 10, besides special food and activities to honor moms, parishioners of St. Mark’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Guadalajara will also wrap up layettes that they are assembling for new mothers who deliver babies at clinics in tiny communities west of Chapala, such as San Juan Cosa...

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GDL city hall stymied in Fiestas, tower block projects

14 DAYS AGO

The Guadalajara municipal government appears to be pushing ahead with an ambitious development in the north of the city despite the fierce objections of neighboring residential communities.

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City Living - May 1, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - May 1, 2015

Vegan food sale

Finding vegan food in Guadalajara is more than challenging – it’s almost impossible. In such a meat-loving society vegans are definitely in a tiny minority. 

But the city’s vegans are finally becoming organized and using social media to spread the word and ne...

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City Living - April 24, 2015

7 DAYS AGO
City Living - April 24, 2015

Flower show & sale

The wide central divider of Avenida Chapultepec will host its annual Feria de Flores from Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.  Expect to find viveros (nurseries) showing off their floral offerings from all over the state, in particular the flower centers of Atemej...

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Free fruit on offer as Ajijic marks Holy Cross Day

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Free fruit on offer as Ajijic marks Holy Cross Day

During Sunday’s boisterous celebration of the Feast of the Holy Cross householders in Ajijic’s westside Barrio de Guadalupe will set up doorstep shrines laden with flowers, candles and large supplies of seasonal fruits and assorted pantry staples offered free to all takers. The only co...

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Jocotepec honors Señor del Guaje

-1 DAYS AGO

Jocotepec’s second most important religious celebration comes to an end on Sunday, May 3. The nine-day festivity honoring the deeply revered Señor del Guaje culminates with an impressive street procession starting at 6 p.m. that departs from the chapel located on Calle Hidalgo opposite ...

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Laguna Chapalac – May 1, 2015

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Laguna Chapalac – May 1, 2015

LCS news 

The Lake Chapala Society is hosting a Summer Fashion Show showcasing trends and attire from Cugini’s Boutique on Thursday, May 30, 3 p.m.

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Laguna Chapalac – April 24, 2015

7 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – April 24, 2015

Genealogy Forum

The Genealogy Forum will meet on Monday, April 27, 2 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Sala. This month’s session will include a webinar by Legacy Family Tree called “Hookers, Crooks and Kooks: Aunt Merle Didn’t Run a Boarding House.”

Many of us want to...

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

2 MONTHS AGO

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to gi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

5 MONTHS 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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North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

1 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

Altruism Festival

Paraiso Felino, the no-kill cat shelter in the northshore inland town of San Juan, will again be  one of the 24 Vallarta-area community service organizations to benefit from the annual International Altruism Festival, set for May 17 at the Hotel Marriott, in cooperation with ...

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La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

1 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

Bare Bones Theatre 

Since 2011 La Manzanilla’s Bare Bones Readers’ Theatre, headed-up by Arleen Pace, has been entertaining us with their annual productions. During their inaugural shows the group had us laughing and blushing during lively performances of The Vagina Monologues.   From int...

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Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

1 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

The International Language

Barra’s families come from fishing and agriculture ancestry, so locals are drawn to certain musical styles. Of course, the town’s population includes tourists and expats, who along with locals, like to kick back and groove to banda, norteña and grupera sounds. 

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

1 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

Cat Tails

A cool cocktail, awesome hors d’oeuvres, live music and a spectacular sunset awaits at the PuRR Project Sunset Cocktail at Daiquiri Dick’s on on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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Mexican Lifestyles

Raising Cain against unwanted developments

6 DAYS AGO

Chapala area residents who are burning to thwart Lake City and similar developments that they believe will bring radical and undesirable changes to the community can recur to Jalisco’s Procuraduria de Dessarrollo Urbano (PDU), a legal arm of the state government that deals with urban planning ...

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New app for drivers warns of hazards

20 DAYS AGO

Tec de Monterrey University has developed a new app so smartphone users can avoid hazards on the roads. Drivers will be able to consult their handheld devices to keep an eye out for breeches, landslides, fallen trees, rain, animals and traffic. The app was developed for Continental Automative Servic...

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Upscale Tequila hotel up & running

1 MONTHS AGO
Upscale Tequila hotel up & running

The first Gran Turismo hotel has opened in the town of Tequila and has set an initial promotional rate of US$160 to entice guests.

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Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

4 MONTHS 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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Chili cookoff bonanza for charities

14 DAYS AGO
Chili cookoff bonanza for charities

The success of the 2015 Mexican National Chili Cookoff, held February 27-March 1 at the Tobolandia Water Park, is reflected in a generous pay-out of proceeds split in equal shares among eight lakeside area charitable causes. 

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Continent’s oldest winemaking nation looks for yet another revival

1 MONTHS AGO
Continent’s oldest winemaking nation looks for yet another revival

Wine has been an integral part of European culture for millennia and, until not so long ago, part of the daily diet. 

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

1 MONTHS AGO
The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

The production line of books on Mexico seems to get longer with each passing year. Dozens of tomes were published in 2014, the best selling titles of which appear below (guide books excluded) in no particular order.   Only one of the books in this list was self-published, which goes to disprove...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

6 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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IMSS seeks new ways to ease patient congestion

1 MONTHS AGO

The Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) in Jalisco is struggling to cope with the increase in the number of new subscribers to the national health care system.

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Weighing up the risks of common medications

5 MONTHS 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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News

Market Traders Don't Trust City Hall

-1 DAYS AGO

Traders from Guadalajara’s Corona Market, destroyed in a fire in May 2014, have been stepping up protests outside city hall in a bid to get assurances from the mayor that they will be allocated spaces in the new market currently under construction on the original site.  The vendors say th...

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Casino evacuated after late-night blaze

-1 DAYS AGO
Casino evacuated after late-night blaze

Dozens of clients were evacuated from the Diamonds Casino in Zapopan Monday after a fire broke out around midnight in the room housing the establishment’s generator.

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Chapala Campaign

-1 DAYS AGO
Chapala Campaign

PAN candidate accepts transparency challenge

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Ajijic volunteers paint highway crosswalks

6 DAYS AGO
Ajijic volunteers paint highway crosswalks

A recent Facebook posting on pedestrian safety shared by Ajijic native Denis Arrabi quickly snowballed into a citizen initiative to repaint several of the town’s most perilous highway crosswalks. Over the past week volunteer crews have spread out to touch up the yellow and white roadway mark...

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Elections not high on agendas of many

-1 DAYS AGO

Despite the millions of pesos being spent on publicity this election season, the majority of voters in Jalisco don’t recognize the candidates for political positions, according to a survey conducted by Guadalajara daily El Informador. 

Seven out of ten potential voters who took part in t...

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23 Jalisco cops quit after recent massacre

-1 DAYS AGO

Following the drug cartel ambush of a police convoy in Soyatan on April 6, which caused the deaths of 15 officers, 23 members of Jalisco’s elite Fuerza Unica Regional (FUR) have resigned. 

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Mexico’s murder rate is dropping, new US study finds

-1 DAYS AGO

A significant drop in the murder rate in Mexico last year is not only good news for the nation’s beleaguered president but a positive trend as Mexicans cling to the hope that the cycle of violence that has characterized so much of the last decade will eventually end.

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May 1 closings

6 DAYS AGO

Friday, May 1 is Dia del Trabajo in Mexico and a national holiday.  All government offices, schools, diplomatic missions and many stores will close. Many towns and villages hold morning May Day parades through their centers. Guadalajara’s parade usually features labor unions and workers&r...

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5,000 Chinese set foot in Manzanillo

-1 DAYS AGO

Manzanillo has scored a coup, hosting the first around-the-world cruise with almost entirely Chinese guests. The seaside town is the only Mexican port being visited by the Costa Atlantica cruise liner, which is on an 86-day, 29-country voyage of the world. Roughly 5,000 Chinese passengers were greet...

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Briefly: Vallarta recovers

1 MONTHS AGO

Puerto Vallarta has recovered from the sharp decline in tourism suffered between 2008 and 2011, when visitor numbers dropped by 37 percent. Bird flu, security issues and international economic woes were largely responsible for the fall. In 2014, Puerto Vallarta received 1.55 million visitors.

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Son of famed Colombian drug capo explains how to tackle narco threat

-1 DAYS AGO

The son of infamous Colombian cartel leader Pablo Escobar visited Guadalajara last week to speak about how to combat drug violence. Sebastian Marroquin, 38, delivered a talk for the “Youth Launch” forum at the Instituto Alpes Cumbres. Speaking to a packed lecture theater, Marroquin said ...

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New Canadian envoy takes charge in Mexico City

-1 DAYS AGO
New Canadian envoy takes charge in Mexico City

Pierre Alarie, Canada’s new ambassador to Mexico, presented his credentials to President Enrique Peña Nieto this week. he had arrived in Mexico City on April 7, to replace outgoing ambassador Sara Hradecky.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 30, 2015

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,942.23, a decrease of 289.81 points from Thursday, April 23, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was down at 2.85 percent from Thursday, April 23, 2015.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 23, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,232.04, a decrease of 30.9 points from Thursday, April 16, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was down at 2.96 percent from Thursday, April 16, 2015.

–Bank Interest paid on 28-day 10,000 to 50,000 peso P...

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Obituaries–Jerry Unger

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries–Jerry Unger

Jerry Unger of Riberas del Pilar died February 6 in a New Jersey VA hospital, following a short bout with lung cancer. He was 75.

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1939, Unger graduated from St. Mel’s Academy in 1957, and went on to graduate from Wright Junior College in 1962. He was drafted into ...

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Obituaries – Egon Johannes Beer

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Obituaries – Egon Johannes Beer

Egon Johannes Beer died March 25, peacefully and suddenly in his Guadalajara home. Although 90 years old, he remained active and alert, attending weekly luncheons at the American Society and entertaining friends in his home in Colonia Jardines de Guadalupe.

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US star blasts away rival in tennis final

-1 DAYS AGO
US star blasts away rival in tennis final

Rajeev Ram of the United States won the 2015 Jalisco Open after crushing his compatriot Jason Jung 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday’s final at Guadalajara’s Estadio Panamericano de Tenis.  The one-sided encounter took just 48 minutes to complete, leaving most fans somewhat disappointed. Ram power...

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Home-grown pitcher living the dream

7 DAYS AGO
Home-grown pitcher living the dream

A fairytale unfolded at Fenway Park last week and, for once, a Red Sox player wasn’t involved.

At the age of 30, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Martin became the fourth Jalisco-born player to make his debut in Major League Baseball.  

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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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