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21 Feb 2012 00:58


World: Massive Mexican prison riot: Not exactly what it seems?

  • whatIn a Mexican prison, 44 prisoners died in an early-morning riot Sunday. The riot, wich lasted around two hours, stemmed from a conflict between two cell blocks of around 750 prisoners each, many of whom were held without convictions. It was one of the deadliest prison riots since the Drug War gained steam.
  • why? Some rioters may have belonged to rival gang factions. Those rivals were normally separated within the prison, however, leading some to suspect that the guards used the fight as a cover to allow for a prison escape. The guards on duty at the time have been detained, along with their supervisors and the director of the prison. source

01 Nov 2011 00:16


U.S.: We just hope “Breaking Bad” doesn’t end the way this drug cartel did.

  • 76 arrested in a major drug ring which ran from Mexico into Arizona
  • $2B in profits over the past five years collected from the ring
  • 3M number of pounds of marijuana the drug ring brought to the U.S. source
  • » Their leader “El Chapo,” or “Shorty,” is still at large. Officials admit that it took them a long time to bust this particular ring, which also sent tens of thousands of pounds of cocaine and heroin into the United States. The drug ring, linked to the Sinaloa cartel, reportedly operated right under the noses of authorities by staying on rugged terrain. There are still plenty of holes in the U.S./Mexican border, but this is a very big win in the Drug War, regardless.

31 Oct 2011 20:25


World: Anonymous threatens Mexican drug cartel over captured member

  • You made a huge mistake in taking one of us. Release him, and if anything happens to him, you will always remember this upcoming Nov. 5.
  • A message from Anonymous • Threatening a Mexican drug cartel with the disclosure of information if they do not release an Anyonymous member taken by the Zetas. Anonymous threatens to release the names of officials, taxi drivers and police officers who have allowed the Zetas to have a run of the region. “We demand his release,” said an Anonymous representative. “We want the army and the navy to know that we are fed up with the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways.” The date is symbolic — it’s Guy Fawkes Day; the representative, speaking in a YouTube video, was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Curious to see what happens next. source

10 Oct 2011 23:32


World: Hurricane Jova, two other storms strengthen in Pacific

  • Another strong storm in a strong Pacific hurricane season: Currently a Category 3 storm, Jova could become a Category 4 relatively soon. It’s already the fifth major Pacific hurricane this season, and it’s one of three storms currently brewing along the Mexican coast. Either way, when it makes landfall, expect “torrential rain and coastal flooding.” Different models suggest that the storm could head a number of different directions — including a direct hit on Mexico. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one, folks. source

29 Sep 2011 01:18


World: In Acapulco, Mexico, a brutal manifestation of the drug war’s violence

  • 5 severed heads discovered in front of a primary school in Mexico source
  • » A sign things are getting worse: The city, once noted as a popular tourist destination, is now one of the drug war’s most violent battlegrounds, and this particular story is no exception in this often-disturbing tome. In this case, the heads were discovered while young students and pedestrians stood nearby, causing panic. But for those perpetuating the violence, that’s not their concern; their concern is power and control. (And apparently, stealing teachers’ salaries.) The police say it’s likely that the heads to belong to five decapitated bodies they discovered on Monday.

09 Sep 2011 11:56


U.S.: Power service restored on West Coast; power grid “very fragile.”

  • Restoring power in the aftermath of the loss of the entire local grid serving San Diego and southern Orange counties was a monumental task. The restoration process, however, has left our local power grid very fragile and we are asking our customers to conserve electricity throughout the day Friday.
  • SDG&E vice president of electric operations David Geier • Discussing last night’s blackout, which affected nearly five million people in Mexico, Arizona and California. The blackout led to some great photos, but fortunately, it looks like it ended relatively painlessly. We’ll keep an eye on this today. source

22 Jun 2011 10:26


World: Mexican drug gang leader arrested, authorities say

  • With this capture, what was left of the command structure of this criminal organization is destroyed.
  • Mexican security affairs spokesperson Alejandro Poire • Discussing the arrest and capture of Jose de Jesus Mendez, also known as “El Chango.” Mendez is a reported leader of the La Familia drug-trafficking gang, and Mexican authorities accuse him of a number of crimes of many types — extortion, murder, kidnapping and so on. La Familia, a cult-like group, reportedly makes and ships lots of methamphetamine to the U.S. source

09 Jun 2011 00:39


Politics: Herman Cain’s solution to illegal immigration: Alligators!

  • Put me in charge of the fence and it will be a twenty foot wall, barbed wire, electrified on the top. And on this side of the fence, I’d have that moat that President Obama talked about. And I would put those alligators in that moat!
  • Herman Cain • Laying out a portion of his proposed immigration policy. Some pundits wonder why Cain, who’s polling better than guys like Pawlenty and Huntsman, isn’t taken seriously by the beltway media. Sentences like “I would put those alligators in that moat” probably have something to do with it. It’s a gimmicky non-solution to a policy issue that deserves to be taken seriously. One can be pro-immigration, anti-immigration, or somewhere in between, but ideology aside, a fence with alligators isn’t going to solve the problem. source

08 Mar 2011 21:00


World: Depressing: Super-brave Mexican police officer forced to retreat

Marisol Valles, 20, was called the “Bravest Woman in Mexico” for taking up a dangerous post as a police sheriff. Now, she’s seeking asylum in the U.S. She’s still brave. source

08 Jan 2011 12:48


World: Mexico’s drug war: The gruesome deaths keep happening

  • 15 dead bodies were found in a Mexican resort town of Acapulco today
  • 14 of the bodies had their heads decapitated (ugh, disgusting)
  • 30k+ people killed in Mexico since the drug war heated up in 2006 source