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Important Public Announcement!

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

Arts & Entertainment

Acclaimed flutist-director, orchestra, painter put on ‘gutsy’ performance

-1 DAYS AGO
Acclaimed flutist-director, orchestra, painter put on ‘gutsy’ performance

The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) got off to a novel start on its 2016 winter/spring season last weekend as world renowned French flutist-turned-director Patrick Gallois headed up a program that was innovative in many ways, most obviously in bringing on stage his wife, Finnish artist Tiina Os...

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Entertainment Guide - February 6, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - February 6, 2016

Organ Festival

The Domingo Lobato Association organ festival, featuring some of Mexico’s most accomplished organists, continues at various Guadalajara churches.

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Two acclaimed string musicians to hit town for winter festival

-1 DAYS AGO
Two acclaimed string musicians to hit town for winter festival

Violinist Benjamin Bowman and cellist Joel Noyes, among the most distinguished of the 27 musicians in this year’s Northern Lights Festival de Febrero, are set to arrive from New York in mid-February and be billeted in Ajijic homes for the duration of the series, which runs February 20 to March...

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Northern Lights Festival packages available, tickets on sale soon

6 DAYS AGO

While the generous Cultura Jalisco grant has kept the Northern Lights Festival’s engine churning, there still remains a large shortfall that organizers hope can be recovered by further local donations, sponsors and partners and its enthusiastic group of festival members, devotees and music lov...

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Ribera Arts Review - February 6, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - February 6, 2016

Doo-Wop 

That’s Entertainment presents “Forever Plaid,” a musical review by a quartet singing songs from the 1950s, including “Heart and Soul,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” Chain Gang” and many more. Relive the jukebox years with performers...

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Ribera Arts Review - January 30, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 30, 2016

Naked Stage

The Naked Stage Readers Theater presents “Italian American Reconciliation” by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Pierre Blackburn, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 29, 30, and 31 at Rio Bravo 10, Ajijic.

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At the Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

-1 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Adapted from from Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel,

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At the Movies: The Danish Girl

-1 DAYS AGO
At the Movies: The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl 

Based on the book of the same title by David Ebershoff, this film is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.

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Columns

The Carbon Loop: Short, easy walk showcases history of Primavera Forest

6 DAYS AGO
The Carbon Loop: Short, easy walk showcases history of Primavera Forest

Arroyo el Carbón is a fascinating slot canyon in the Primavera Forest, located ten kilometers west of Guadalajara, near La Venta del Astillero.

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Balneario El Rincon: Crystal-clear pools, birds, butterflies, otters & a great place to camp

13 DAYS AGO
Balneario El Rincon: Crystal-clear pools, birds, butterflies, otters & a great place to camp

El Rincon translates as “the Nook.” It’s a natural spring located 420 meters southwest of the Guachimontones archaeological site and the source of the Teuchitlan River. In 1895, British archaeologist Adela Breton visited burial sites near here and made references to “ceremoni...

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Understanding why computers sometimes turn into tortoises

-1 DAYS AGO

It’s sooooo slooooow!  A couple of weeks ago I warned readers that this was a complaint I frequently hear from clients about their computers and that I was sure to have more to write on this topic than would fit into one column.

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Understanding why computers sometimes turn into tortoises

13 DAYS AGO

It’s sooooo slooooow!  A couple of weeks ago I warned readers that this was a complaint I frequently hear from clients about their computers and that I was sure to have more to write on this topic than would fit into one column.

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VIEWPOINT: Peña Nieto & Saudi Arabia: a not so proud encounter

13 DAYS AGO

Maybe this will exclude me from ever receiving such an honor but I shall say it anyway: the  Order of the Aztec Eagle (Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca) has fallen into disrepute.   

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Did vanity bring down ‘ranchero’ El Chapo

20 DAYS AGO
Did vanity bring down ‘ranchero’ El Chapo

When Sean Penn gets involved in “foreign affairs” one should expect weird stuff to happen.

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Ribera Arts Review - December 26, 2015

1 MONTHS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - December 26, 2015

Bravo! Theatre

“Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet, the quintessential American playwright, will be performed with an almost all female cast at the Bravo! Theatre from Tuesday, January 5 through Thursday, January 14. 

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Important Public Announcement!

1 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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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Mexican Jumping Beans

-1 DAYS AGO

We went to Tlaquepaque last weekend. Mainly looking for rugs and furniture that my daughter has been wanting to buy.

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico - Acclimated and Cold

6 DAYS AGO

I’ve been sleeping under two blankets for the last week and a half. Pulling out a throw to cuddle under on the couch when I watch TV.

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Expat Living

Dog adoption event Sunday

6 DAYS AGO
Dog adoption event Sunday

A dog adoption event is planned during the Via RecreActiva on Sunday, January 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parque Azuela (off Av. Vallarta between Los Arcos and the Minerva Glorieta). 

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Furniture, fashion, schools at Expo

6 DAYS AGO

Expo Guadalajara will be a hive of activity this weekend with several events taking place that are certain to attract a good number of visitors. 

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City Living - February 6, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

Super Bowl party at the Minerva

Cable company Megacable will be setting up a large screen at the Minerva glorieta on Sunday, February 7 to show Super Bowl 50.

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City Living - January 22, 2016

13 DAYS AGO

American Society news in brief

Tickets are now available for the American Society (Amsoc) Valentine´s Day and board members’ installation luncheon on Thursday, February 11. The Menu Committee are pulling their aprons out of winter storage and preparing a fabulous meal of tossed green sa...

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Kids enjoy day out at the movies

-1 DAYS AGO
Kids enjoy day out at the movies

Steve Cross and Fernando Gomez (center), owners of Casa Flores B&B, hosted a day at the movies for nearly 100 students, parents and staff of the Jocotepec School for Special Needs Thursday, January 28.

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Flapjack feast to assist first responders

-1 DAYS AGO

Saturday, February 13 is just the date to start your day with a tasty pancake breakfast. 

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Laguna Chapalac - February 6, 2016

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Laguna Chapalac - February 6, 2016

British Society

Laura Elena Fernandez Davalos, mother of renowned dancers Isaac and Esteban Hernandez, will talk about encouraging young dancers and her ties to social work in the community at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala British Society, Saturday, February 6, 1 p.m. at Manix Restaurant, Oc...

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Laguna Chapalac - January 30, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - January 30, 2016

Open Circle 

Understanding the Death with Dignity Movement is the theme at the next meeting of Open Circle, Monday, February 1.

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Veteran’s Day to be observed in Vallarta park

3 MONTHS AGO
Veteran’s Day to be observed in Vallarta park

The Navy League of Vallarta and American Legion Post 14 invite all American, Canadian and Mexican citizens to pay tribute to all those who  served in their country’s armed forces.

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

11 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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North Banderas Beat - January 30, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - January 30, 2016

Spay/Neuter Clinic

January’s long overdue four-day, free public spay/neuter clinic held at the Bucerias Cultural Center was deemed a roaring – or barking and meowing – success.

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North Banderas Beat - January 15, 2016

20 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - January 15, 2016

Manos de  Amor

The first of several annual fundraisers for the children’s shelter in Bucerias will be the annual cocktail party, Dancing Under The Stars, on Wednesday, January 20 at the Star Bay Hotel Resort, starting 6 p.m.

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La Manzanilla Memo - February 6, 2016

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La Manzanilla Memo - February 6, 2016

Art Walk 2016

Always a favorite affair here in La Manz and surrounding area, this year’s Art Walk drew one of the largest crowd ever this past Sunday.

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La Manzanilla Memo – January 22, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – January 22, 2016

Da Doo Run Run

The streets of La Manzanilla were filled with the sound of hundreds of footsteps this past Sunday morning.  Both large and small, each one signified another step into fun and fitness.  

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - January 30, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - January 30, 2016

Carnaval

Carnaval (carnival) has been celebrated worldwide dating back before Christianity.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal – January 15, 2016

20 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal – January 15, 2016

Bar None The Best

Bar None Publishing Group recently released its third anthology of “Last Call, Poems, Stories, and Art From The Costalegre.” 

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 6, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 6, 2016

Bejeweled

Just in time for that sweetheart of a day, New York jewelry designer June Rosen Lopez is hosting her Third Annual Valentine’s Day Party on February 11 and 12, 1-8 p.m. at her home gallery in the Romantic Zone on the corner of Pino Suarez and Francisca Rodriguez. This will be a great...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – January 22, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – January 22, 2016

Sweet Strumming

Catch the smooth guitar sounds of acoustic covers, originals and Spanish songs at a performance by Rebecca Stoelinga, a.k.a. Stolie. She is a singer and musician from Chicago, Illinois and has been performing live music around Chicagoland for over 15 years. 

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Mexican Lifestyles

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

6 DAYS AGO

1966

January 6, The Colony Reporter completed two full years of publication. Editor Bob Thurston remembered some of the accomplishments and gains made. 

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Mexican nicknames economize, simplify & extend familiarity

13 DAYS AGO

Chucho. Pancho. Nacho. Lupe. Cuca. If you live in Mexico, chances are you know at least one of these people. 

Have you ever wondered where their nicknames come from? “Many abbreviated names have their origin in infantile language,” explains Professor Jose Luis Iturrios, an applied ...

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

7 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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Direct flights to Costa Rica in Sept.

8 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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Johanna’s: Wie Lecker Authentic German food

-1 DAYS AGO

Possibly the most original and authentic menu in Ajijic can be found at Johanna’s. 

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Restaurant charm and amicability, ingredients that linger long after a meal

6 DAYS AGO

At Yves’s restaurant, Saturday night, my partner and I had a splendid experience from seating to our final chat with the restaurateur, Yves, himself.

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Popular Ajijic author pens new thriller

1 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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UK pavilion to be focus of FIL

2 MONTHS AGO
UK pavilion to be focus of FIL

The United Kingdom pavilion at the FIL is sure to be a hive of activity.  Here a just a few of the highlights. See fil.com.mx for a full schedule.

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Chikungunya virus spreading throughout Mexico

7 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

9 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

US training in anti-terrorism

-1 DAYS AGO
US training in anti-terrorism

Tanya Anderson, the U.S. consul general in Guadalajara, hands out certificates to 25 high-ranking officials from various metropolitan area law enforcement and civil protection organizations who participated in a recent course administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Antiterrori...

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Downtown Tunnel reopens

-1 DAYS AGO
Downtown  Tunnel reopens

Drivers in the city center breathed a huge sigh of relief this week when the Avenida Hidalgo tunnel reopened after a four-month reconstruction hiatus.

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Taming Mardi Gras madness?

-1 DAYS AGO
Taming Mardi Gras madness?

The brains behind the organization of Ajijic’s annual Fat Tuesday parade are suggesting some etiquette guidelines for this year.

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Chapala’s new Immigration chief

-1 DAYS AGO
Chapala’s new Immigration chief

Guillermina Cortés Sanabria was recently named to take over duties as head officer at the Chapala branch of the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM).

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Tequila to host major spirits contest

-1 DAYS AGO

The town of Tequila will host the fourth 2016 Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles competition from August 24-26.  

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News Briefs - February 6, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO

Bodies dumped

The bodies of four men were discovered this week dumped by the side of the Guadalajara-Chapala highway, near the turn off to El Salto. 

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Pope Francis’ schedule in Mexico

-1 DAYS AGO

Friday, February 12

12:30 p.m. Departure from Rome.

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No more DF

-1 DAYS AGO

Mexico’s capital has changed its official name as it starts the process  of becoming a federal state.

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Mazatlan: the music mecca of Mexico

1 MONTHS AGO
Mazatlan: the music mecca of Mexico

Mazatlan is the music mecca of Mexico, or at least that’s the word around town. You can see signs of it everywhere, from banda, Mexican ballads, mariachis, and the sweet sound of Jazz and blues, rock, folk, country and classical music.

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Explore Nayarit’s coast

2 MONTHS AGO
Explore Nayarit’s coast

Holiday events & gift ideas

The holidays are quickly approaching. To help make your holiday a little bit brighter – and shopping for friends, family and neighbors a little easier – our team has compiled a list of holiday events and creative gifts ideas that give back to the communit...

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Mexican Anglicans opt for friendship as rumors fly about ‘banishment’ of Episcopalians

13 DAYS AGO
Mexican Anglicans opt for friendship as rumors fly about ‘banishment’ of Episcopalians

The Anglican Church of Mexico has issued a statement urging a calm and conciliatory reaction after media and social media reports, many of them erroneous, about a rift between the worldwide Anglican Communion and the U.S. Episcopal Church (TEC) based on TEC’s approval of same-sex marriage last...

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‘Make or break’ months for US presidential hopefuls

27 DAYS AGO

The U.S presidential campaign schedule through March.

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Obituary - February 6, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituary - February 6, 2016

Katherine Elliott Joachim

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Obituaries - January 30, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - January 30, 2016

Glenn Vernon Magnuson

Glenn Vernon Magnuson died peacefully at his home in Brockville on Sunday, January 10 at the age of 88. 

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‘Canelo’ to take on British challenger

-1 DAYS AGO
‘Canelo’ to take on British challenger

Guadalajara boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will defend his WBC World Middleweight title against Great Britain’s Amir Khan on May 7 in Las Vegas. 

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Charros dumped from baseball playoffs

27 DAYS AGO
Charros dumped from baseball playoffs

It was always going to be tough for the sixth seed Charros to make it through the first round of the  Mexican Pacific League playoffs, but the fans, and the Charros themselves, probably did not envision a four-game sweep at the hands of the top-seeded Aguilas de Mexicali.

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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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