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City Living - July 25, 2015

City Living - July 25, 2015

Campus Party

This week, several thousand developers, gamers, geeks and hackers de...

Columns

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Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Calculated buffoonery or eccentricity in politics can be a clever tactic, if emp...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide – July 25, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

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 exceptional, and the theater will often fil...

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Entertainment Guide – July 18, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

Zaikocirco

Local exponents of the circus arts showcase a variety of skills (juggling, acrobacy, puppetry, etc.). They will present their new CD, “Porky Style.”

Teatro Diana, Friday, July 17, 9 p.m. 150-350 pesos. 

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Chapala pulls out the stops for beloved Virgin icon

6 DAYS AGO
Chapala pulls out the stops for beloved Virgin icon

Festivities surrounding the annual summer visit of the Virgen de Zapopan to Chapala were replete with all the usual religious fervor and pageantry, plus some novel twists for the several thousand pilgrims in attendance.

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Folk dance show to benefit equine therapy program

6 DAYS AGO

Two top-notch Mexican folk dance troupes are scheduled to appear Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 p.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera.

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Ribera Arts Review – July 25, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review – July 25, 2015

Folk Dance Double-header 

The Ballet Folclórico Ozomatli from Reynosa, Tamaulipas and Guadalajara’s Ballet Tierra y Libertad will take the stage at the Auditorio de la Ribera, La Floresta, Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.

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Ribera Arts Review – July 18, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review – July 18, 2015

Clarinet & Piano

Viva la Musica presents a summer concert featuring Daniel Estrada Aguayo on clarinet and Hans Peter Aull on piano on Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. in the Auditorio de la Ribera. 

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At the Movies: Paper Towns

-1 DAYS AGO

Adapted from the young adult novel by John Green, Fox 2000’s Paper Towns tells the story of the bizarre mystery that unfolds in the wake of an acute youthful trauma.

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At the Movies: Pixels

-1 DAYS AGO

When aliens mistake images of 1980s arcade games as a sign of aggression, they attack Earth with evil versions of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and other video-game characters.

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Columns

An easy walk to Balanced Rock: The high point of gorgeous Sierra de Tapalpa

6 DAYS AGO
An easy walk to Balanced Rock: The  high point of gorgeous Sierra de Tapalpa

“I’m organizing a hike to La Piedra Balanceada de Juanacatlán,” announced Mario Guerrero. “It is so short and easy that even my wife is going to go.”

I passed this news around to lots of friends, most of whom decided to pass, commenting that too many of Mario&rs...

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Hiking down the lush, pre-Hispanic trail of Ixcatan to the dying Santiago River

13 DAYS AGO
Hiking down the lush, pre-Hispanic trail of Ixcatan to the dying Santiago River

“You’re going to love hiking with Don Pepe,” said my friend Susan Street. “He’s a school teacher in Ixcatan, but also one of the most knowledgeable persons I’ve ever met about flora, fauna and the environment.” 

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Hard times with memory, plunges into unfamiliar worlds, experiences, people, finding life-changing guides

-1 DAYS AGO

Putting aside a recent dip into life’s and the electronic world’s bumpy lessons (illusive wifi presence) that mauled a useful column into unintelligible mush, ventures into new territory are exciting, metamorphosing experiences.  But such change demands both unwavering and lively at...

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People had been gambling if Chapo could get out of prison; now that is clear, the betting is: ‘Can he stay out?’

6 DAYS AGO

President Enrique Peña Nieto is generously feeding a eager and hungry nationwide gambling market, even among near-empty-pocketed campesinos.  He’s stimulating a Niagara-sized, eager exchange of money among betting-inclined folks who find the antics  of Mexico’s chief exe...

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fixr.com: Most searched-for prices reflect pressing concerns of different nations

13 DAYS AGO

A site found on the World Wide Web is fixr.com on which anyone may search for building and remodeling prices.  The next time you need to know how much it might cost to wallpaper a room in Boston, this web site is a good place to start.  The programmers who created this web site obviously h...

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How an extra second could provoke electronic chaos

1 MONTHS AGO

When you wake up  on the morning of Wednesday, July 1, if you discover some electronic device or another is not working, here is a possible explanation.  Tuesday, June 30 is going to be a longer day than the days before … by exactly one second.  Time kept by atomic clocks is co...

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Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

1 MONTHS AGO
Trump blows out-of-tune trumpet

Calculated buffoonery or eccentricity in politics can be a clever tactic, if employed by clever people (example, London Mayor Boris Johnson). Trouble is, Donald Trump ain’t smart. He’s only rich – “really” rich, as he told us loudly Wednesday while announcing his candid...

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The heavens open – is this really March?

4 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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Cooling, refreshing fruit-infused water

-1 DAYS AGO
Cooling, refreshing fruit-infused water

Maybe it’s just my age or my mood, but it seems like there’s a new fad every week and each one seems less likely than the one before it … well until there started to be this new wave of talk about water. No question, water’s been around a while, but it’s not been the s...

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No Good Deed

6 DAYS AGO

Unfortunately not everything is pure peach ice cream – from time to time we come upon a situation that isn’t as it appears. 

Back in March I heard about a Mexican man who had served in the military in the United States and then later had been deported. The story seemed perfect for ...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico: My Translator Wears Superhero Underpants

-1 DAYS AGO

I can speak enough Spanish to go shopping, order in restaurants and be at least a little friendly with the people I meet. But anything that requires much more than putting a few simple words together and I’m pretty lost. 

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico: Things I Google

6 DAYS AGO

I ran across an old blog post recently where I had written about the things I googled on a random day. I was in the United States back then and consumed by thoughts of things like New York weather, naps of three-month-olds, and how many Republicans would announce for president in 2015. 

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Expat Living

Intermoda stages ‘inclusive’ fashion show

6 DAYS AGO
Intermoda stages ‘inclusive’ fashion show

The Intermoda (IM) fashion expo in Guadalajara this week reflected the industry’s trend of becoming more inclusive of individuals with disabilities.

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Consul general packing her bags, replacement due September 17

13 DAYS AGO
Consul general packing her bags, replacement due September 17

Susan Abeyta, the U.S. consul general in Guadalajara, is coming to the end of her three-year diplomatic posting and will shortly be leaving the city along with her husband Victor.

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City Living - July 25, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 25, 2015

Campus Party

This week, several thousand developers, gamers, geeks and hackers descended on Expo Guadalajara for Campus Party 2015.  The five-day, round-the-clock technology festival is a magnet for tech savvy folks, many of whom camp out in tents on the Expo floor for the duration of the even...

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City Living - July 18, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 18, 2015

Farmer’s markets 

As more Tapatios become aware of the benefits of eating sustainably produced food, more farmer’s market spring up in the metro area. Perhaps the most well-known is the one held in the plush Andares Mall in Zapopan each Saturday morning. But there are others, some ...

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South shore children’s home welcomes much needed truckload od from border city

-1 DAYS AGO
South shore  children’s home  welcomes much needed truckload od from border city

A large container truck pulled up at the Villa Infantil de Guadalupe y San Jose last week loaded with non-perishable Heinz foods, fruits and other supplies with an estimated value of around 120,000 pesos.

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Raquet Club opens new courts with free tournament

-1 DAYS AGO
Raquet Club opens new courts with free tournament

A group of Mexican and expat tennis aficionados have been working with San Juan Raquet Club pro Juan Carlos Castro to construct four new clay courts. 

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Laguna Chapalac – July 25, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

Wildlife Bazaar

A special charity bazaar and wildlife expo is set for Sunday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Flora Exotica, across the Libramiento from Centro Laguna Mall. 

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Laguna Chapalac – July 18, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – July 18, 2015

NCA Honors

The organizers of the Niños of Chapala and Ajijic (NCA) will host the 2014-2015 students and their parents and sponsors in a Saturday, July 19, noon graduation fiesta at the NCA office, Chacaltita 20A in Chapala. Receiving special recognition will be those students who are graduat...

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

5 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

8 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

4 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

Becoming fluent in Mexican body language

1 MONTHS AGO
Becoming fluent in Mexican body language

Expats in Mexico may take comfort from the fact researchers estimate that just seven percent of human communication is verbal. Tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and gestures account for the rest. While mastering Spanish requires hours of study, becoming fluent in hand signals is a whole lot...

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

20 DAYS 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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Direct flights to Costa Rica in Sept.

1 MONTHS AGO

Discount airline Volaris will connect Guadalajara with San Jose, Costa Rica, with two direct weekly flights, beginning September 10. The flights will leave Guadalajara on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:20 a.m., returning the same days at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are already on sale on the airline’s...

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Tips on buying low-cost wines

13 DAYS AGO

Wine critics dedicate most of their time to investigating and tasting rare, small production, high-class – and therefore expensive – wines. While these labels account for no more than 10 percent of worldwide wine sales, they receive more than 70 percent of critics’ attention. ...

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Getting the biggest bang for you buck: Sven Clyde’s low-cost wine selection

13 DAYS AGO
Getting the biggest bang for you buck:  Sven Clyde’s low-cost wine selection

In my selection I’ve put some interesting wines not complying with “generic” tastes (i.e. from less diffused grape varieties or of unusual blends) in the category under 170 pesos. They are mostly of Mexican origin. It is interesting to note that this country’s wines are still...

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

3 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

9 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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Chikungunya virus spreading throughout Mexico

1 MONTHS AGO

The chikungunya virus has extended to ten Mexican states, and while only two cases have been reported in Jalisco, neighboring Colima has 34 confirmed cases.

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The dangers of expired meds

2 MONTHS AGO
The dangers of expired meds

Elias Iñiguez Mejia, the president of the Health Committee in the Jalisco Congress, is pushing for a statewide campaign to disseminate the risks posed by out-of-date medicines, as well as their correct disposal.

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News

Motorcyclist dies in likely road rage incident

-1 DAYS AGO

In what on the surface appears to be a case of road rage, a motorcyclist was shot to death in the Colinas de Atemajac neighborhood of Zapopan on Monday, July 20.

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Should Guadalajara be renamed 'Bachelandia'?

-1 DAYS AGO
Should Guadalajara be renamed 'Bachelandia'?

The pothole plague is testing Guadalajara and Zapopan work crews to the limit, but it’s a war they cannot win, experts say.

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Getting down and dirty at Mud Fest 17

-1 DAYS AGO
Getting down and dirty at Mud Fest 17

Hundreds of off-road enthusiasts roared into Riberas del Pilar last Sunday to mix it up at lakeside’s 17th Festival del Lodo.

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Traffic cops on prowl for emission test violations at lakeside

-1 DAYS AGO

Although enforcement of Jalisco’s obligatory vehicle emission testing program has been lax in the lakeside area in the past, local traffic department commander Eduardo Miranda Moreno warns that officers are now on the lookout for cars and trucks lacking up-to-date inspection stickers and out-o...

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Jalisco crowns 2015 senior queen

-1 DAYS AGO
Jalisco crowns 2015 senior queen

“Mexico needs women with balls and senior citizens have this, as well as love for the homeland and respect for themselves.”

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Traffic police target speed camera dodgers

-1 DAYS AGO
Traffic police target  speed camera dodgers

The Jalisco Transportation Department (Semov) has issued more than 5,700 tickets to motorists who have fitted plastic covers (known as micas) over their license plates to avoid them being read by speed cameras.

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Mexico tightens border entry

-1 DAYS AGO

U.S. tourists crossing from San Ysidro into Tijuana will be obliged to show passports or passport cards as of September, the Mexican Immigration Institute has announced. 

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Homicide rate falling in Mexico

-1 DAYS AGO

At a time when few Mexicans are prepared to cut their chief executive much slack, some brighter news has landed on the desk of beleaguered President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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Police officer killed in Puerto Vallarta

-1 DAYS AGO

A senior state police officer was shot and killed at a taco stand in Puerto Vallarta’s Palmar de la Aramera neighborhood on the evening of Friday, July 17.

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No hitches expected as PV highway nears completion

13 DAYS AGO
No hitches expected as PV highway nears completion

Federal authorities are committed to completing  the “Via Corta” (Short Route) from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta and are adamant the much anticipated toll-road will not be not be shelved like all the previous projects proposed over the past five decades.

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GDL-New York non-stop with low-cost Volaris

6 DAYS AGO
GDL-New York non-stop with low-cost Volaris

Discount Mexican airline Volaris launched direct flights between Guadalajara and New York (JFK) on July 15.

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Jalisco firefighters sent to battle wildfires in Alberta

13 DAYS AGO
Jalisco firefighters sent  to battle wildfires in Alberta

Sixty-two Jalisco firefighters have flown to Canada to help their colleagues batting severe wildfires in Alberta. 

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 23, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,670.42, a decrease of 436.71 points from Thursday, July 16, 2015.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, July 9, 2015

13 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,497.74, a decrease of 420.78 points from Thursday, July 2, 2015.

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Obituaries – July 25, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – July 25, 2015

Mary George Gibbons

Ten-year lakeside resident Mary George Gibbons, 85, died in a Lake Chapala nursing home on July 12 after suffering two strokes. 

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Obituary – July 18, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary – July 18, 2015

Concluding far too soon a life of intellectual curiosity, extensive travel and abundant love, Jim Stork, 68, died of the effects of brain cancer on June 28 at his home for the past decade in Ajijic. 

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Huge field of runners relish Chupinaya’s slippery slopes

-1 DAYS AGO
Huge field of runners relish Chupinaya’s slippery slopes

More than 700 hard-core runners congregated in Ajijic Sunday, July 19 to tackle the rocky, rain-slicked trails of the back-to-back 2015 Chupinaya mountain races. At the end of the day, Guadalajara’s Fernando “Dory” Mejia Gonzalez sailed through as the overall champion on the 13.8-k...

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Canadian athletes happy at home

6 DAYS AGO

Although Canada may not end the 2015 Pan American Games with the most medals (that honor usually goes to the United States), they are making a good go of it. 

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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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