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Anxiously awaiting Uber

Anxiously awaiting Uber

I took my first Uber ride on a jaunt to Guadalajara last summer to attend a jour...

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Entertainment Guide - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - January 14, 2017

A Streetcar Named Desire

A performance of the opera version of the famous 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “A Streetcar Named Desire” composed by André Previn with a libretto by Philip Littell.

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Entertainment Guide - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - January 7, 2017

Live from the Met

The New York Met presents a simulcast of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. 

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Sangre Viva fest celebrates Mexican identity

-1 DAYS AGO
Sangre Viva fest celebrates Mexican identity

The fourth Festival Cultural Sangre Viva, slated for Friday, January 27 through Sunday, 29 in Ajijic, will encompass diverse activities accenting Mexico’s ancestral roots. 

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LLT’s psychological thriller gives plenty of food for thought

-1 DAYS AGO
LLT’s psychological thriller  gives plenty of food for thought

Lakeside Little Theatre’s current production, “Death and the Maiden,” is not an enchanting, feel-good play, but one that gives a glimpse of the reality many throughout the world suffer under the hands of a cruel police state. 

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Ribera Arts Review - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 14, 2017

Bravo one-day show

Catherine Clarkson presents the world premier of “Mr. and MissAdventure” at the Bravo! Theatre Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. 

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Ribera Arts Review - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 7, 2017

 ‘Threepenny Opera’

Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) will present National Theatre Live’s HD screening of “The Threepenny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill on Saturday, January 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 8, 3 p.m.

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At the Movies - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO

Office Christmas Party

When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch,

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At the Movies - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
At the Movies - January 7, 2017

Passengers

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers.

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Columns

How to enjoy a No-Noise New Year

6 DAYS AGO
How to enjoy a No-Noise New Year

“Foreigners often complain about Mexicans shooting off cohetes (rockets) for certain feast days,” said my neighbor Jorge.

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US ‘Travel Detective’ shares ‘Mexico’s best-kept travel secret’

14 DAYS AGO
US ‘Travel Detective’ shares ‘Mexico’s best-kept travel secret’

The other day I got a call from the United States. “Peter Greenberg is in town and would like to interview you for his radio program,” a cheery voice said.

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In a nutshell: The top techie news of the year

6 DAYS AGO

Every year at this time I sit down to pen a piece looking back at the top technical news of the year just past.

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Ad blocking update: Forbes.com has a sudden change of heart

27 DAYS AGO

Last week I began relating my experience using a program “uBlock Origin” (not to be confused with the similarly-named “uBlock”), the function of which is to block advertising from appearing on web sites. 

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Ireland meets Mexico in new fusion album based on fiddle player’s ‘unique’ experiences in both countries

21 DAYS AGO
Ireland meets Mexico in new fusion album based on fiddle player’s ‘unique’ experiences in both countries

When musician Catherine John arrived in Cuernavaca from San Francisco in 2008, she could hardly have imagined that her subsequent journey would lead eight years later to the release of ¡Fandango Bragh!, a fusion album she describes as an expression of her “unique Irish-Mexican identity.&...

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Is this a life-changing moment for America’s ‘Dreamers’

1 MONTHS AGO

Only U.S. citizens devoid of all empathy could fail to be concerned for the plight of the “Dreamers” – young immigrants whose futures are up in the air following the result of the presidential election.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

5 MONTHS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

6 MONTHS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Anxiously awaiting Uber

6 DAYS AGO
Anxiously awaiting Uber

I took my first Uber ride on a jaunt to Guadalajara last summer to attend a journalists’ seminar on Mexico’s new justice system. 

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Off on the right foot

13 DAYS AGO
Off on the right foot

Now that the December holidays are over, I’m determined to start off the new year on the right foot. 

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I am very enfermo

-1 DAYS AGO

I think as denizens at Lakeside we have an obligation to try to learn Spanish. Even if just to show our hosts that we, as guests, don’t expect them to bear the burden of speaking English for our convenience.

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Discovering Mexico Part 1: Landfall, ‘assimilation’ & the practicality of the sword

6 DAYS AGO
Discovering Mexico Part 1: Landfall, ‘assimilation’  & the practicality of the sword

Could there be a sincere 500th anniversary celebration for the discovery of Mexico by the Europeans? Or not? At the time of this writing, there seem to be none planned.

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Expat Living

AMSOC Book Club doubles up, seeks donations

-1 DAYS AGO

The American Society (Amsoc) Book Club will discuss “The Prisoner of Heaven” by Carlos Luis Zafon at its meeting on Thursday, January 19, 10 a.m.

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Building a culture of peace

27 DAYS AGO
Building a culture of peace

A November 11 closing ceremony at the José Maria Arreola school in Riberas del Pilar marked the end of training cycle II of the Rotary International Global Grant “Providing Teacher Training to Create Safe and Healthy Schools & Communities in Jalisco, Mexico.”

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City Living - December 2, 2016

1 MONTHS AGO
City Living - December 2, 2016

Sunday Croqueton to help strays

Dog lovers should head over to the Parque Italia in Colonia Providencia along with their pooch/es Sunday, December 4 for the annual Croqueton Navideño.  

One of the main aims of the event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is to receive donations of dry food (croq...

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City Living - November 5, 2016

2 MONTHS AGO
City Living - November 5, 2016

Students present ‘Wizard of Oz’

The Fine Arts & Technology Department of the American School Foundation of Guadalajara presents four performances of the musical “The Wizard of Oz” from November 4 to 6. 

More than 120 students, from elementary to high school, will p...

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Weekly Worship - January 14, 2017

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Little Chapel by the Lake

Please take note of the new service time: 11 a.m. 

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Chili Cook-off committee readies recruitment round-up

-1 DAYS AGO
Chili Cook-off committee readies recruitment round-up

Organizers of the 39th annual Chili Cook-Off are turning up the heat to attract more participants to the February 10-12 wingding.

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Laguna Chapalac - January 14, 2017

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Laguna Chapalac - January 14, 2017

Military Ball

The 904 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association will host this year’s gala Military Ball on Saturday, January 14 at the Real de Chapala Hotel.

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Laguna Chapalac - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - January 7, 2017

Chapala Mud Fest  

Off-road motorheads will roar into Chapala Sunday, January 8 for a day of high adrenaline sport at the 4x4 Festival en Lodo.

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PV vets mark their day with service, golf, evening buffet

2 MONTHS AGO

American Legion Post 14 and the Puerto Vallarta Navy League invite U.S. Canadian and Mexican citizens to celebrate Remembrance Day and Veterans Day at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 11 at Steve’s Sports Bar (Post 14 headquarters) for free coffee and pastries (breakfast can be purchased).

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Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

6 MONTHS AGO
Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta American Legion Post 14 Commander Dennis Rike and his wife Dinia on the Vallarta Adventures special Canada Day/July 4th cruise across Banderas Bay to Las Caletas on July 2.

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North Banderas Beat - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - January 14, 2017

Good news story

Bucerias resident Andrea Demers-Lynch shared with us this story of Christmas generosity. 

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North Banderas Beat - December 31, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - December 31, 2016

Christmas Program

The 24th annual Bucerias Children’s Program took place Christmas Eve, with local children lining up for Santa Claus two hours before the 11 a.m. start time. 

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La Manzanilla Memo – January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – January 7, 2017

Wasn’t That a Party?

As the town overflowed with tourists, 2017 was ushered in with all-night-long celebrations.

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La Manzanilla Memo - December 24, 2016

21 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - December 24, 2016

Five New Houses

Unbelievable, but true!  This past Friday, at our primary school, the Grade 6 class feverishly worked to not only build, but decorate five Gingerbread Houses. (Got you!)

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - January 14, 2017

Water aerobics

Water aerobics takes place in the ocean at 9 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the far end of the beach in Melaque (in front of Tito’s Restaurant onCalle Las Palmas.) 

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 31, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 31, 2016

Navidad in Navidad

Christmas in Barra de Navidad brought together the spirit and efforts of many, both Mexican and expats, making this a most memorable Christmas celebration for the hundreds in attendance.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - January 7, 2017

Street party

The block festivities continue. The Southside Shuffle started on Friday, November 18 of last year and will continue every other Friday through April 21.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 24, 2016

21 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 24, 2016

Fancy Acts

The multiple stages at Act II Entertainment are full of laughter and good cheer.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Maids, gardeners will expect seasonal bonus

1 MONTHS AGO

Employees in Mexico will be expecting a little extra in their pay packet prior to Christmas.

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Looking Back: A review of November news from the last 50 years

1 MONTHS AGO

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our November editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Surf’s up in Michoacán

6 MONTHS 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

1 YEAR 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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Traditional city restaurant carves out niche based on longtime owners’ personal touch

-1 DAYS AGO
Traditional city restaurant carves out niche based on longtime owners’ personal touch

Every night of the week, La Fonda de la Noche, nestled on an urban street corner behind a thick, distinctive hedge of trees trimmed into archways, serves up a selection of Durango-style dishes to patrons tucked away in about eight small dining rooms scattered throughout the three floors and terrace ...

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Punto Verde: Discover the snack that became a culinary wonder

6 DAYS AGO

“If you don’t like it, you don’t pay,” goes the Punta Verde slogan. Talk about confidence.

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New tome uncovers obscure details about amazing Mexico

1 MONTHS AGO
New tome uncovers obscure details about amazing Mexico

“Mexican Kaleidoscope,” the latest book by Tony Burton, takes readers on a delightful romp through Mexican history and culture, spanning 10,000 years from the Pre-Hispanic era to modern times. 

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Humanizing Abraham Lincoln

3 MONTHS AGO
Humanizing Abraham Lincoln

“Abraham Lincoln and Mexico” by Michael Hogan. Fondo Editorial Universitario. (Guadalajara, 2016), 322 pp.

Reviewed by A.S. Carbonell, Tel Aviv University

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Alzheimer’s Disease set to double by 2030

3 MONTHS AGO

World Alzheimer’s Day was marked on Wednesday, September 21 but Genaro Gabriel Ortiz, president of the Asociación Jalisciense de Alzheimer, said there was no positive news to celebrate regarding the disease.

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Laughter: medicine kids actually enjoy

8 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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News

Cabify ups its prices but much less than Uber

-1 DAYS AGO

Cabify, the younger sibling of Uber, has decided to increase its prices by just six percent in Guadalajara following the recent gasoline price hike.

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Alcalde walkway ready to roll

-1 DAYS AGO

Preliminary work will begin this month on the pedestrian walkway that will run along Avenida Alcalde from La Normal Glorieta to the Aranzazu and San Francisco churches. 

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Faith & Fun at Feast of St. Sebastian

-1 DAYS AGO
Faith & Fun at Feast of St. Sebastian

Neighbors of upper Ajijic will honor San Sebastián, the barrio’s patron saint, on Friday, January 20. 

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Dog poisonings slack off, culprit still at large

-1 DAYS AGO

Ajijic residents concerned about the rash of apparently deliberate dog poisonings in recent months should be relieved to learn that no new cases have been reported since early December. 

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Don’t pay your taxes, protestors say

-1 DAYS AGO
Don’t pay your taxes, protestors say

Demonstrators picket outside a state tax collection center (recaudadora) in downtown Guadalajara Wednesday. 

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911 now in service in Jalisco

-1 DAYS AGO
911 now in service in Jalisco

The new 911 emergency hotline number has taken effect in Jalisco, although the 066 number will still be active for several months more.

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Mexico holiday calendar 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Mexico holiday calendar 2017

As you ring in the New Year and hang up the 2017 calendar, you may want to make note of major Mexican civic holidays, traditional festivities and special events that will come up over the next 12 months. 

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Delta-Aeromexico sign historic agreement

6 DAYS AGO
Delta-Aeromexico sign historic agreement

The U.S. Department of Transportation has authorized a trans-border alliance between Delta and Aeromexico that will benefit customers through the expansion of their destination schedules and more streamlined connections.

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Puerto Vallarta bypass now a priority

1 MONTHS AGO

Faced by the possibility of further federal budget reductions in 2017, Jalisco legislators are urging Governor Aristoteles Sandoval to give his commitment to building a “macrolibramiento” (ring road or bypass) around Puerto Vallarta.

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Hidden Beach tour guides get certified

3 MONTHS AGO

The Commission for Naturally Protected Areas (Conamp) has carried out workshops and accredited 173 guides who will be the only ones allowed to take tourists to the Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach) on the Marietta Islands off the Nayarit coast.

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Mexico pays its respects to Latin America’s eternal revolutionary

1 MONTHS AGO
Mexico pays its respects to Latin America’s eternal revolutionary

Both Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu will travel to Cuba this weekend to attend the funeral of Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban Revolution who died November 25 at the age of 90.

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Uncertainty will bruise Mexican currency, economy as Trump awaits coronation

2 MONTHS AGO
Uncertainty will bruise Mexican currency, economy as Trump awaits coronation

It’s a sad truth that when Mexico chooses a leader, few Americans could care less which party they belong to, what political viewpoints they represent or how this might impact their lives.

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Weak peso not all bad news for Mexico

14 DAYS AGO
Weak peso not all bad news for Mexico

It may not be music to the ears of the U.S. president-elect, but Mexican exports rose to their highest level ever in November, fueled by the weak peso.

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Interest rates rise for fourth time this year

1 MONTHS AGO

With the peso continuing to bleed amid the fallout from the U.S. presidential election result, the Banco de Mexico, Mexico’s Central Bank, Thursday raised its base interest rate by half a point to 5.25 percent – the fourth rate hike this year.

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Obituary - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituary - January 14, 2017

Susana Douglas

Beverly Doty Holmes (known at Lakeside as Susana Douglas) died peacefully at her home in Jaltepec on December 9, 2016 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer six months ago.  

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Obituary - December 24, 2016

21 DAYS AGO
Obituary - December 24, 2016

Sandra Brown Kingham

Sandra Brown Kingham died December 2 at the age of 73 in her home in Chapala after a long battle with leukemia. 

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Charros’ season ending in shame

21 DAYS AGO

They started so well, scoring 17 runs in their opening home game back in October.  But it’s been a downhill ride since then.

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Women’s soccer league planned

27 DAYS AGO

The Liga MX will launch a semi-professional national women’s soccer league in a bid to develop players to the level of other nations.

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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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