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Obituaries - August 20, 2016

Obituaries - August 20, 2016

Jaime Lopez-Balbontin

Jaime Lopez-Balbontin, a long-time California Central Coa...

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CREM does Disney to perfection

-1 DAYS AGO
CREM does Disney to perfection

The Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales (CREM) offered a heart-warming tribute to Disney at its annual summer concert, presented August 6 at the Auditorio de la Ribera.

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Traditional Mariachis to take the stage

-1 DAYS AGO

This year’s 15th Traditional Mariachi Festival runs from August 15 to 21 and will feature seven free concerts at the Degollado Theater. 

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Painters’ enclave thriving in Ajijic

6 DAYS AGO
Painters’ enclave thriving in Ajijic

Lake Chapala Painting Guild President Lois Schroff is eager to bring her group of painters into the limelight – especially painters new to the area. 

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LCS Art Camp ends

13 DAYS AGO
LCS Art Camp ends

The week-long summer Art Camp that finished up with a successful sale of the children’s art last Saturday at the Lake Chapala Society allowed 125 local children to create and innovate under the tutorship of 55 volunteer artists and the help of 15 parents.

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Ribera Arts Review - August 13, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 13, 2016

Art auction 

Efren Gonzalez will wield the gavel at an art auction Friday, August 12, 4 p.m. at the Ajijic Plaza to help fund his skull mural project. 

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Ribera Arts Review - August 6, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 6, 2016

Art Camp wrap-up

The Lake Chapala Society’s fourth annual Summer Art Camp concluded activities Saturday, July 30 with a graduation event. Ajijic Delegado Chuni Medeles and Centro Cultural Ajijic acting director Beto Muñoz were on hand to assist camp organizers in handing out diplomas t...

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At the Movies - August 13, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO

Ghost Busters

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

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At the Movies - August 6, 2016

6 DAYS AGO

Suicide Squad

Adapted from the DC Comics series about a secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

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Columns

Searching for ‘Cool Guachi’ and finding mud, weeds, mosquitoes, ticks ... and satisfaction

6 DAYS AGO
Searching for ‘Cool Guachi’ and finding mud, weeds, mosquitoes, ticks ... and satisfaction

A few days ago my friend Mario Guerrero phoned me and mentioned some archaeological ruins indicated on an INEGI (Statistics and Geography Institute) topographical map.

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Scouting the Tequila Volcano

13 DAYS AGO
Scouting the Tequila Volcano

Regular readers of my columns will by now surely know of “The Magic Circle,” the name I have coined for an easily reachable area around Guadalajara – including Jalisco, Colima and Aguascalientes, plus parts of other Mexican states – that contains all five of Mexico’s ec...

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A legal issue for our times: Encryption on smart phones

20 DAYS AGO

A story that has disappeared off the front pages is the controversy over encryption on smart phones, but you may still read about this on the inside pages.

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Cybercrooks unveil ransomware

1 MONTHS AGO

Sometimes I can tell where there is a new virus/malware scam in town. 

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VIEWPOINT: Pothole politics & ‘velocity patching’

13 DAYS AGO
VIEWPOINT: Pothole  politics & ‘velocity patching’

When Guadalajara Mayor Enrique Alfaro began to speak about baches at a press conference this week, I was rather hoping he would announce a contest – with a new car as the prize – to identify the biggest pothole in the city. 

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A band rises through ‘force of will,’ makes the big time

20 DAYS AGO
A band rises through ‘force of will,’ makes the big time

Thousands of bands all over the world spend years perfecting their craft and never get the chance to walk out on a prestigious stage in front of a large audience.

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

20 DAYS 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

27 DAYS 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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Shout out for those dancin’ fools

-1 DAYS AGO
Shout out for  those dancin’ fools

If there’s one thing you can say about expats who put down roots at lakeside it’s their tendency to live large.  

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Confessions of a convention junkie

6 DAYS AGO
Confessions of a convention junkie

For two full weeks I spent long hours glued to the TV watching the proceedings of the Republican and Democratic conventions and endless follow-up commentary by media talking heads.

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Expat Living

Body builders flex muscles for top prizes

-1 DAYS AGO

Lakeside’s Zona Fitness Gym is once again sponsoring the Jalisco Body Building Competition Sunday, August 21, at the Auditorio de la Ribera. 

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Local flavors on offer at food fest

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Local flavors on offer at food fest

The Colores y Sabores de Jalisco will showcase traditional artistic and gastronomic products from various parts of the state from Thursday, August 18 to Saturday, August 20. 

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City Living - July 23, 2016

20 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 23, 2016

Mushroom Festival at Lion’s Club

The Circulo de Produccion farmer’s market cooperative hosts a Feria de Hongos (Mushroom Festival) Sunday, July 31 at the Club de Leones, Av. de los Leones 75, Colonia Tepeyac Casino, Zapopan.

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City Living - July 15, 2016

27 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 15, 2016

Tourism fair in Plaza Liberacion

An annual tourism fair showcasing more than 80 Jalisco-based attractions and services will set up shop in downtown Guadalajara’s Plaza de la Liberacion Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17. 

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Used dog leashes, collars needed

-1 DAYS AGO
Used dog leashes, collars needed

The Humane Education Alliance (Alianza por una Educación Humanitaria) is collecting used dog leashes and collars for their World Animal Day 2016 event.

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Weekly Worship - August 13, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO

Little Chapel by the Lake

Says Pastor Jonathan Admire: “Everybody in the whole cell block was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock. Paul’s missionary journey makes its final stop in Rome where he finds himself in prison.

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Laguna Chapalac - August 12, 2016

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Laguna Chapalac - August 12, 2016

Quince Fest continues

Atotonilquillo celebrates its quince harvest with the 23rd annual Expo Membrillo Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 featuring music, dance and gastronomy from 11 a.m. to midnight. at the the pueblo’s Plaza Centenario. 

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Laguna Chapalac - August 6, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - August 6, 2016

Lakeside British Society

The next Lakeside British Society lunch is Saturday, August 6, 1 p.m. at Manix Restaurant when Ruth Baker from Sweets & Treats Ajijic will be the featured speaker this month.  

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Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

1 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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US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

2 MONTHS 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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North Banderas Beat - March 19, 2016

4 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

5 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

5 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

3 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

4 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

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

27 DAYS AGO

In this monthly series, the Guadalajara Reporter republishes a few of the headlines from its July editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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The wisdom of the Mexican will

27 DAYS AGO

Wills are documents many detest.  The mere act of putting one together recognizes that inevitable fact of life. 

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Surf’s up in Michoacán

1 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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Al fresco dining at Pranzo Bisto

-1 DAYS AGO

Pranzo Bistro is a popular restaurant and hang-out spot in La Floresta perhaps best known as a go-to place for al fresco dining. 

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Adelita’s: destination dining on a quiet San Antonio street

13 DAYS AGO

Adelita’s Bar & Grill, tucked away in the historic part of San Antonio Tlayacapan, offers great ambiance and some of the best dining experiences in the area.

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

3 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

7 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

3 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

3 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

Transgender shelter opens

-1 DAYS AGO

The first shelter in Mexico dedicated to providing attention to transgender people has opened in Guadalajara.

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Free business hot line to local cops

-1 DAYS AGO

Guadalajara city hall is issuing free alarms to convenience stores and other retail businesses to inform police of burglaries in progress.

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Local wildlife images to grace Ajijic plaza

-1 DAYS AGO
Local wildlife images to grace Ajijic plaza

Galeria de Aire Libre Axixic will showcase an exhibition “We Exist!: The Flora and Fauna of Ajijic” in the garden area of the Ajijic Plaza Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m.  

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Busy Chapala street closing for repairs

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A short and busy stretch of Chapala’s Calle Veustiano Carranza will be closed to traffic as of early next week to undergo reconstruction. 

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Boost for corn husk crafts

-1 DAYS AGO
Boost for corn husk crafts

Jalisco Governor Aristóteles Sandoval and Jocotepec Mayor Manuel Haro (center) visited the Manos Creativas de Maíz workshop in the south shore town of San Cristóbal Zapotitlán

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Tequila’s new music festival

-1 DAYS AGO

La Academia y Festival de Música de Tequila from August 12 to 21, sponsored by the Cuervo Foundation, will feature master classes given by renowned international musicians and voice coaches,

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Most schools decline shorter calendar year

-1 DAYS AGO

Only 813 primary and secondary schools in Jalisco out of 11,298 have taken the option of reducing the number of work days in the coming school year.

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Olympic misery for Mexico

-1 DAYS AGO

“Mexico: A gold medal for excuses,” ran one headline this week as the nation’s athletes failed to pick up a single medal in the first week of the Rio Olympics.  

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Kids with cancer swim with dolphins

1 MONTHS AGO
Kids with cancer swim with dolphins

Children in the Puerto Vallarta area undergoing treatment for cancer enjoyed an unforgettable day of fun and adventure, swimming and cavorting with dolphins Saturday, June 18.

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

2 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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Del Toro’s ghoulish monsters on exhibit in Los Angeles

6 DAYS AGO
Del Toro’s ghoulish monsters on exhibit in Los Angeles

Fans of Guadalajara-born film director Guillermo del Toro who happen to be in Los Angeles this fall should head over to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see an exhibit featuring around 600 spooky monsters and objects from the filmmaker’s private collection.

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US birthday marked in style

1 MONTHS AGO
US birthday marked in style

The United States Consulate General marked U.S. Independence Day with a party for around 650 guests at the Tec de Monterrey campus in Guadalajara Friday, July 1.

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

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS AGO

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

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Obituaries - August 13, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - August 13, 2016

Patricia Joanne Moir

Patricia Joanne Moir died July 20 in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California. 

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Obituary - July, 30 2016

13 DAYS AGO
Obituary - July, 30 2016

Nanette Phillips de Enciso

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World’s top athletes gear up for greatest challenge

13 DAYS AGO
World’s top athletes gear up for greatest challenge

A Mexican delegation of 126 athletes will march proudly behind the national flag at the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games on Friday, August 5, at 6 p.m.

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Major League Baseball coming to Guadalajara?

28 DAYS AGO

Mexican businessman Carlos Bremer met with Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred last week to discuss plans to bring the big league to three cities in Mexico in 2017.

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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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