Mothers of the disappeared march in Mexico

On Mexico’s Day of the Mother, thousands of mothers and other family members of the disappeared held a March for National Dignity in the capital, calling for action on their missing loved ones. The march, which filled the main avenues of Mexico City, was organized by a coalition of 60 regional collectives of survivors of the disappeared from around the country. In the days before the march, a group camped out at the National Palace, demanding a dialogue with President Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador. (Photo via Twitter)


Control of oil behind Mexico-Spain tensions

Mexico’s President Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador聽called for a “pause” in relations with Spain, in a speech that explicitly invoked the legacy of colonialism going back to the Conquest. But the speech was aimed principally at Spanish oil company Repsol, which had been favored during the presidential term of Felipe Calder贸n. Specifically, L贸pez Obrador questioned the granting of聽gas contracts in the Burgos Basin, in Mexico’s northeast. He charged that Repsol operated the fields less productively than the state company Pemex had. “In the end, less gas was extracted than Pemex extracted” before the contracts, he charged. Repsol is meanwhile under investigation by Spanish prosecutors on charges of graft related to the company’s efforts to fend聽off a take-over bid by Pemex.聽(Photo via Digital Journal)

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Mexico remilitarizes drug enforcement

Despite his boast to have “ended” the drug war and pledge to explore cannabis legalization, Mexico’s new populist president is seeking to create a special anti-drug “National Guard” drawing from the military and police forces. Use of the military in drug enforcement was already shot down by the Supreme Court, but President Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador聽is going around the judiciary by changing the constitution. This plan is moving rapidly ahead鈥攁nd meanwhile the military is still being sent against campesino cannabis growers and small traffickers.


Yet another deadly prison uprising in Mexico

The latest grim manifestation of the unrelenting prison crisis in Latin America comes from the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Le贸n, where authorities confirmed that 16 inmates were killed, and 25 wounded, in an uprising at the dangerously overcrowded聽Penal de Cadereyta facility.


Mexico: violence continues in wake of elections

Mexico's ruling coalition kept its slim majority in elections marred by violence and assassination of candidates. Striking teachers attempted to disrupt the vote, calling it a farce.


Mexico’s notorious ‘Z-42’ busted

Mexican authorities announced the capture of Omar Treviño AKA "Z-42"—leader of Los Zetas, the ultra-violent narco-paramilitary network that has long terrorized the country.


Mexico: Zetas boss busted; kid brother ascends?

Mexican naval forces captured Miguel Angel Trevi帽o Morales AKA “Z-40,” head of the notorious Zetas cartel鈥攂ut his younger brother, “Z-42,” is poised to be the new boss.


Mexico called to task over disappeared

A Human Rights Watch report finds that Mexican security forces took part in thousands of disappearances over the term of President Felipe Calder贸n, with little investigation.