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Road rage redux

Road rage redux

A recent email message from a reader brings up a sore subject previously address...

Important Public Announcement!

Many area expats are still unaware that there is prank-filled holiday observance...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide - June 25, 2016

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Tuesday recitals

The Martes de Música y Ópera series sponsored by the Jalisco Culture Department attracts some truly stellar classical performers and it’s all free!

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Entertainment Guide - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - June 18, 2016

Tuesday recitals

June 21: Pianist Lourdes Santiago and Manuel Delaflor in concert, with the second half featuring a “four-hands” demonstration.  June 28: Recital by Pedro Velázquez Cardoso (flute) and José Guadalupe López Luévano (guitar).

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Harps put zing in Chapala music fest

17 DAYS AGO
Harps put zing in Chapala music fest

Pleasing strains of traditional Mexican music will fill the air throughout next week as musicians from near and far congregate in Chapala to engage in the 14th Encuentro de Arpas, Salterios y Mas. 

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Posthumous homage to master sculptor at Old Train Station

27 DAYS AGO
Posthumous homage to master sculptor at Old Train Station

The works of renowned sculptor Miguel Miramontes Carmona, a longtime Chapala resident  who died in October of last year at the age of 97, will be exhibited at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo, with the inauguration slated for Saturday, May 28, noon. 

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Ribera Arts Review - June 25, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - June 25, 2016

Naked Stage

The Naked Stage presents “Bakersfield Mist” by Stephen Sachs from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26.  Directed by Diana Rowland, the play features Roseann and Tony Wilshere. 

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Ribera Arts Review - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - June 18, 2016

Concert

A concert of piano and violin featuring David Borboli and Rosa Maria Valdez will be held Sunday, June 19, 4 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo. Entrance is 100 pesos.

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At the Movies - June 25, 2016

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Independence Day: Resurgence

Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough? Director: Roland Emmerich. Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman. Rated: PG-13. Time: 2:00.

Marguerit...

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At the Movies - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
At the Movies - June 18, 2016

War Craft

Humans and orcs clash in this feature-film adaptation of the popular fantasy video-game series. After realizing that their home is becoming uninhabitable, a race of orcs travel to the land of Azeroth. There, they encounter the realm’s human denizens, who fight back against the invad...

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Columns

Canadian initiates first geological study of Jalisco’s obsidian deposits

6 DAYS AGO
Canadian initiates first geological study of Jalisco’s obsidian deposits

In 2013 I paid my first visit to Selva Negra, the popular name for the Ahuisculco Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, located 30 kilometers southwest of Guadalajara.

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Oye, what’s that, a Cyathea or a Podocarpus? Following botanists into the Talpa Maple Forest

17 DAYS AGO
Oye, what’s that, a Cyathea or a Podocarpus? Following botanists into the Talpa Maple Forest

“In May I’m taking a group of botany and biogeography students to El Bosque de Maples,” Professor Miguel Muñiz told me some months ago. “Would you like to come along?”

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Big killing zones appall us; Overwhelming, unbelieving; Yet such places exist, even thrive

-1 DAYS AGO

Mexican memories were brutally hauled back into bitter recall with this nation’s student massacre, October 2, 1968, and the killings two weeks ago, June 11, in Orlando, Florida.  

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Wide-swath evil compared: Omar Mateen and the administration of one of Mexico’s inventively intricate and brutal regimens

6 DAYS AGO

Before Saturday night, June 11, many people believed, either quietly or noisily, but with considerable exasperation, that the United States wouldn’t allow itself to become more self-destructive. Omar Mateen changed that.

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Lincoln & Mexico: Local author, teacher sets the record straight through sound research and a nudge from his students

27 DAYS AGO
Lincoln & Mexico: Local author, teacher sets the record straight through sound research and a nudge from his students

Back in January 2013, many of the 11th-grade students in Michael Hogan’s U.S. history class at Guadalajara’s American School attended an early screening of “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s much touted biopic.

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Trump puts the bite on Mexico

2 MONTHS AGO

Most commentators are calling it morally bankrupt; his supporters say it’s further proof that he’s the right man to bring “greatness” back to the United States. President Barack Obama describes the plan as “half-baked.”

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Important Public Announcement!

6 MONTHS AGO

Many area expats are still unaware that there is prank-filled holiday observance between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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Mexico’s Christmas gift to the world

6 MONTHS AGO
Mexico’s Christmas gift to the world

When the Spanish arrived in the Western Hemisphere, they recorded that the Aztecs viewed all flowers as gifts of the gods. The ancients in this area cultivated the red star-shaped cuetlaxóchitl (flower with leather petals) as an offering to their supreme diety – the god of the sun &ndas...

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - A Rocking Chair in the Median

29 MINS AGO

Some of my most vivid memories of Mexico will come from the people I see along the streets. People whose names I don’t know and who I have only fleeting contact with.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Grace in Oaxaca

6 DAYS AGO

And, suddenly, I heard music. A cadence of drums and horns and a rhythmic clomping that I couldn’t identify. 

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Road rage redux

-1 DAYS AGO
Road rage redux

A recent email message from a reader brings up a sore subject previously addressed in this space. The irate Ajijic resident wrote: 

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Figments of childhood imagination

6 DAYS AGO
Figments of childhood imagination

A furtive mouse became our family’s big cheese this week. I’m talking about El Ratoncito Pérez, a.k.a. el ratón de los dientes, the mythical character of Spanish-speaking countries, equivalent to the Tooth Fairy of fond childhood memory.

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Expat Living

City Living - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - June 18, 2016

Wrestling for Father’s Day

Zapopan’s huge Plaza de las Americas (facing the Basilica) will host a wrestling extravaganza on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. 

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City Living - June 4, 2016

17 DAYS AGO

Things to do at Amsoc 

There’s plenty going on at the American Society (Amsoc) over next few weeks. 

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Lake Chapala Society prepares its annual Summer Art Camp

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Lake Chapala Society prepares its annual Summer Art Camp

The fourth Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Children’s Art Program (CAP) Summer Art Camp runs Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to noon daily.

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Fun-filled LCS picnic kicks off summer season

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Fun-filled LCS picnic kicks off summer season

Nothing says summer fun better than an old-fashioned backyard picnic and the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) did it up big Saturday, June 18 with a well-attended outdoor fling.

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Laguna Chapalac - June 25, 2016

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Laguna Chapalac - June 25, 2016

Open Circle

Three highly accomplished musicians —

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Laguna Chapalac - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - June 18, 2016

LCS summer picnic

Join in with fellow expats and friends at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Summer Picnic for some good old-fashioned fun complete with food, drinks and games for everyone. 

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US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

27 DAYS AGO
US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

Crew members of the USCGC Active, a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter, rolled up their sleeves to help out at Puerto Vallarta community projects last week.

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PV Legion post holds Memorial Day event

1 MONTHS AGO

The David F. Lilley Post 14 of the American Legion in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay will hold a Memorial Day event for veterans at Steve’s Sports Bar at Basilio Badillo 286 in Colonia Emiliano Zapata Monday, May 30, from noon to 4 p.m.

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North Banderas Beat - March 19, 2016

3 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 19, 2016

The Philo Legacy

The Northshore was shocked by the sudden death of Philo Hayward due to heart failure in the summer of 2015. 

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North Banderas Beat – March 12, 2016

3 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat – March 12, 2016

Chacala Festival

Chacala is a relaxing fishing village situated in the heart of the Riviera Nayarit, about 25 miles north of Bucerias/northshore.  Each March, the Puerto de Chacala Music and Art Festival brings together musicians and other artists for a three-day, three-night celebration, comp...

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La Manzanilla Memo – April 1, 2016

2 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – April 1, 2016

A Dream Come True

Walt Disney once said that “Any dream can come true if you have the courage to pursue it.” Well Mr. Disney, our pueblo just proved you were right!

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Laguna Chapalac - March 19, 2016

3 MONTHS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - March 19, 2016

Something’s Cooking!

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the cooking classes offered by local legend Eileen Zack.  

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 26, 2016

3 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 26, 2016

Labour of Love

At least 18 years have passed since work began on the Church of San Felipe de Jesus in Barra’s barrio. With continuous effort by the community half of the church is complete.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal – March 12, 2016

3 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal – March  12, 2016

For Bibliophiles

When Leone Ewoldt built her house in Villa Obregon in 2006, she had a room made for a book exchange because of her love of reading and sharing books with others. Having sold everything, including hundreds of books when she left Seattle, her new little room soon filled up and the bo...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - April 16, 2015

2 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - April 16, 2015

Shop-A-Holic

Only a few Fridays left to shop at the Marsol Hotel Market, which takes place in the lobby from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and runs through the end of April.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – April 1, 2016

2 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – April 1, 2016

Making New Friends

There are many informal get-togethers organized by the ExPats group in Vallarta. This gives you a chance to meet others living here full- or part-time, or people who are on vacation. Here are April’s events:

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Mexican Lifestyles

Giving back to Mexico’s neediest

17 DAYS AGO
Giving back to Mexico’s neediest

Aguagente has committed itself to an ambitious social responsibility program, pledging its support for the nonprofit group Techo, which builds homes for Mexico’s poorest citizens. 

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#FreeGadgetSlaves

3 MONTHS AGO
#FreeGadgetSlaves

The other day, still in an early morning daze, I dashed out of the house to do a few errands. As soon as I got to my first destination I realized I had left my cell phone behind, recharging on the bedside table. 

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Surf’s up in Michoacán

6 DAYS AGO
Surf’s up in Michoacán

In the depths of New York’s bitterly cold winter, a glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon: two friends would be available for a two-week surf trip in May. 

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

11 MONTHS AGO
A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

It’s a glorious feeling as you swim into the beautiful secluded beach of the Marieta Islands (Islas Marietas). As you pass under a rocky arch in the island there is a moment when the tide turns in your favor and washes you gently towards the sandy shoreline. It is as if the island has deemed y...

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CocinART: Charming Ajijic retreat with great food & prices

6 DAYS AGO

Ajijic’s CocinART restaurant is centrally located just off Colon in a courtyard-like setting that is loaded with charm and atmosphere, not to mention an interesting menu and excellent food. 

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Gossip’s Kitchen delights with Cajun and African-fusion flavors

17 DAYS AGO

If you want some of the best tasting and most creative food in Ajijic … go to Gossip’s Kitchen! 

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New novel asks, ‘Could culture war over same-sex marriage evolve into civil war?’

1 MONTHS AGO

Ajijic resident Tom Nussbaum says he watched the November 6, 2012 election results on television with disbelief and joy. 

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Popular Ajijic author pens new thriller

6 MONTHS AGO
Popular Ajijic author pens new thriller

Robert Bruce Drynan of Ajijic is the author of “Domain of the Scorpion” (2009), a thriller set in Colombia and Venezuela and Panama, that introduces several characters we meet again in his latest novel, “The Shadow of Nemesis,” set largely in Mexico. “Domain of the Scor...

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Laughter: medicine kids actually enjoy

2 MONTHS AGO
Laughter: medicine kids actually enjoy

More than 600 doctors in some 24 cities in the country are registered with Risaterapia (laughter therapy) A.C., a group that brings doses of medicine that smiling children take willingly.

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Six transplants from one donor

2 MONTHS AGO

The relatives of a 30-plus year old man declared brain-dead after an automobile accident donated his organs and tissues and brought new life to six patients last week.

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News

Doctors down tools

32 MINS AGO
Doctors down tools

Should doctors in Mexico be immune from facing criminal charges when accused of negligence?

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Former advisor to state attorney general arrested in Texas

39 MINS AGO

A former senior official at the Jalisco Attorney General’s Office (FGE) has been arrested in Texas on several federal charges, including laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking.

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Speed traps slated for Chapala bypass

56 MINS AGO

Now that the Chapala-Ajijic bypass (Libramiento) is in good condition, Mayor Javier Degollado is asking Jalisco’s Transportation Department (Secretaria de Movilidad or Semov) to implement regular speed traps to keep lead-footed motorists in check.

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Ajijic first target of junk Collection campaign

6 DAYS AGO
Ajijic first target of junk Collection campaign

The Chapala government launched the Limpiemos Nuestro Municipio (Let’s Clean Our Municipality) campaign with a program of door-to-door junk collection roaming through Ajijic neighborhoods.

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Cardinal admits to providing ‘refuge’ for pedophile priests in Tlaquepaque

14 DAYS AGO
Cardinal admits to providing ‘refuge’ for pedophile priests in Tlaquepaque

Catholic Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, the outspoken former archbishop of Guadalajara, admitted this week that a rehab center in Tlaquepaque was used to provide shelter to priests who were known pedophiles.

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Nonagenarian swims across Nayarit lake

14 DAYS AGO

A 90-year-old woman who only learned how to swim 20 years ago has won a competition in which she had to traverse the entire width of the Laguna Santa Maria del Lago in Nayarit.

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New US envoy stresses importance of respecting ‘other’s point of view’

13 MINS AGO
New US envoy stresses importance of respecting ‘other’s point of view’

Roberta Jacobson, the new U.S. ambassador to Mexico, struck all the correct brotherly/sisterly notes after she “presented her credentials” to President Enrique Peña Nieto this week.

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‘Three Amigos’ to meet in Ottawa June 29

50 MINS AGO

U.S. President Barack Obama will attend a Three Amigos leaders summit in Ottawa and address a joint session of the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday, June 29.

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Cuastecomates: the ground-breaking ‘disabled-inclusive’ beach town in Jalisco

1 MONTHS AGO
Cuastecomates: the ground-breaking ‘disabled-inclusive’ beach town in Jalisco

Jalisco’s first “disabled-inclusive” beach has opened in Cuastecomates in the municipality of Cihuatlán just north of Melaque.   

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Beach paradise closed as degraded coral reef is nursed back to health

1 MONTHS AGO
Beach paradise closed as degraded  coral reef is nursed back to health

Visitors to the Marieta Islands off the Jalisco/Nayarit coast will be prohibited from visiting the fabled Playa de Amor (Beach of Love, or Hidden Beach as it it is more commonly known)

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VIEWPOINT: Mass shootings — We have met the enemy and he is us

6 DAYS AGO
VIEWPOINT: Mass shootings —  We have met the enemy and he is us

The massacre in Orlando, with its record number of dead, leaves us afraid that nothing more can be said, except that another one is coming.

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Local crews tackle Alberta wildfires

14 DAYS AGO
Local crews tackle Alberta wildfires

Forty-one Mexican firefighters have left the country to help fight the wildfires ravaging the Canadian province of Alberta.

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Tips and tricks for US ‘persons’ filing a Foreign Bank Account Report

-1 DAYS AGO

I cannot stress enough the importance of timely and correctly filing a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) if you are required to.

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BMW starts work on new plant

6 DAYS AGO

German carmaker BMW has laid the first stone of its new assembly plant San Luis Potosi.

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Obituary - June 25, 2016

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Obituary - June 25, 2016

James Spencer Collins 

James Spencer (“Spense”) Collins, an oilman raised in West Texas who spent his life chasing oil and gas around the globe, died June 16 at the age of 94. 

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Obituary - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary - June 18, 2016

Domenic Anthony Valenti

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Tapatio racer on Ferrari’s radar

43 MINS AGO
Tapatio racer on Ferrari’s radar

Guadalajara Formula One racer Sergio “Checo” Perez obtained his second podium finish in three races at last Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, kicking off rumors that the next step in his career could a seat with the famed Ferrari team.

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International women’s bike polo tourney this weekend

17 DAYS AGO
International women’s bike polo tourney this weekend

The Ladies Army 8 Championships (a tournament of the World Women’s Open Hardcourt Bike Polo) will be held Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 at the Instituto Tecnologico de Zapopan.

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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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