Friday, June 27, 2014

Mexican health officials report first diagnosed case of Dengue-like virus in Jalisco state

Guadalajara -
Mexico's Secretary of Health confirmed yesterday that the potentially fatal Chikungunya virus has made its first known appearance in this country, after a Jaliscan woman was recently diagnosed with the tropical illness.

The symptoms of Chikungunya (cheek-oon-goon-ya) closely resemble those of Dengue Fever, according to medical experts.

In March a prominent Mexico City physician and public health expert warned that the country was due for a serious outbreak of Dengue related illnesses within the next year or two. Mexican public health expert warns of Dengue outbreak.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mexican high court rules that only federal government may legislate against drug cartels, organized crime

Guadalajara -
Mexico's Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that none of the country's 31 states or the Federal District may enact criminal legislation targeting organized crime organizations, a power which it said is reserved exclusively to the federal congress under extensive constitutional reforms passed in 2008.

Meeting in full session, all 11 judicial ministers voted to strike down laws passed by Nuevo León in 2013, which would have authorized the lengthy preliminary detention of suspected organized crime members without trial. Nuevo León has been racked by drug war violence in recent years.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rafael Caro Quintero loses bid in Mexican federal court for protection from U.S. extradition

Guadalajara -
He's been a fugitive from the law since Nov. 6, but that didn't stop attorneys for the founder and former boss of the long defunct Guadalajara Cartel from asking a federal court in Mexico City to prevent the extradition of Rafael Caro Quintero to the United States should he ever be captured. Today a judge denied their request for a protective order, known as an amparo, paving the way for Caro Quintero's eventual transfer to U.S. jurisdiction if and when he is located.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mexican Church calls Peña Nieto tax reforms "deceptive economics," harmful to the middle class

Guadalajara -
The powerful Archdiocese of Mexico City is cutting no slack to the 18 month old administration of Institutional Revolutionary Party president Enrique Peña Nieto, lashing out at his reform dominated agenda every few weeks in its Sunday editorials, published in the influential Catholic journal Desde La Fe (From the Faith).

Today the topic was the nation's staggering economy, which has been grossly underperforming for the last year. Despite promises that 2014 would be a banner year - the same promises the government made in early 2013 - the economic engine is badly misfiring, and nobody seems to be able to fix it. Mexico slashes 2014 growth projection.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mexico's comments on case of jailed U.S. Marine Andrew Paul Tahmooressi will not encourage his supporters

Guadalajara -
On Mar. 31 U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Paul Tahmooressi, 25, was arrested at the San Ysidro-Tijuana border crossing, just inside Mexican territory. He acknowledged to officials that his pickup was carrying several firearms - the possession of which is strictly forbidden in this country - but insisted that he had intended to take the final exit to return to American soil, mistakenly entering a lane which prohibited him from doing so and instead sent him straight into Baja California.

Tahmooressi was charged with federal firearms violations, and has already had several preliminary court appearances before a Mexican magistrate. His case has been elevated to a veritable cause célèbre by some in the U.S. press, most notably Fox News, which writes about Tahmooressi almost daily with a passion suggesting that he should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor just for having to deal with the Mexican criminal justice system.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Yucatán had lowest homicide rate in 2013, Mexico reports

Mérida, Yucatán -
Roberto Campa, Undersecretary for Crime Prevention and Citizen Participation, a department of the Secretary of Government (SEGOB), reported in a national news interview this week that the state of Yucatán had the lowest homicide rate in the nation for the reporting year ending Dec. 31, 2013.

Yucatán recorded but 2.05 murders per 100,000 persons, followed by these states: Aguascalientes (3.29), Hidalgo (4.65), Tlaxcala (5.98), Querétaro (6.07), Puebla (7.41), Campeche (8.15) and the Federal District (8.46).

Monday, June 2, 2014

Jalisco tourism boss was money launderer for Caballeros Templarios, assassinated on orders of Los Matazetas

Guadalajara -
Former Jalisco Secretary of Tourism José de Jesús Gallegos Álvarez, who was executed in broad daylight on a Guadalajara street Mar. 13, 2013, was a money launder for the now defunct Michoacán cartel Los Caballeros Templarios, one of his attackers has testified before judicial authorities.

Gallegos was shot multiple times after being pursued by a hit team during a high speed chase, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. Jalisco Secretary of Tourism assassinated in Guadalajara. He died at the scene.

Only seven Mexican states are well prepared to carry out criminal investigations, analysts report

Guadalajara -
Mexico has 31 states and a Federal District, but only seven of them are equipped with the personnel and equipment to meet international criminal investigation standards, a team of forensic consultants has reported.

The consultants, some Mexican and some from other nations, are collaborating with U.S. officials to modernize the nation's notoriously lagging criminal investigation system, one of the goals of the Mérida Inititiative signed in 2007 by former presidents Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and George W. Bush.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

List of Mexican drug war "disappearances" was grossly overstated from the beginning, says its attorney general

"They went out for cigarettes . . ."

Guadalajara -
In the last months of the administration of former president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and the early ones of president Enrique Peña Nieto, the international press had a field day reporting that over 25,000 persons had supposedly vanished during the first six years of Mexico's drug war (2006-2012). The strong implication was that many if not most had been kidnapped and executed by government police and military forces.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mexican high court: DNA results are but one element in resolving question of legal paternity

Guadalajara -
In a case of first impression, Mexico's Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a legal presumption of paternity based solely upon the presence of a father's name on the child's birth certificate will not prohibit DNA evidence establishing the contrary.

A five judge panel of the 11 member tribunal found that the admission of DNA results would guarantee a child's "natural right" to the determination of his biological identity, a right which the court said is of "unquestioned constitutional dimension."

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mexican security forces capture Gulf Cartel kingpin

Guadalajara -
Mexican army, marine, and federal police units today arrested Juan Manuel Rodríguez García, a man authorities allege is at the top of the Gulf Cartel's hierarchical structure.

Mexican National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido García called Rodríguez García one of the principal leaders of the cartel in Tamaulipas, in charge of drug and human trafficking and allegedly responsible for the kidnapping of thousands of northbound immigrants, most from Central America. The victims were asked to work for the Gulf Cartel. If they refused, they were executed.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mexico slashes 2014 growth projection, on sluggish first quarter economic performance

Guadalajara -
Mexico's Finance Ministry today cut its projection for 2014 growth from 3.9% to 2.7%, as the release of first quarter economic data had officials scrambling to paint a bright picture in the face of yet again disappointing results.

The revised forecast - a 31% reduction from the Ministry's previous estimate in December 2013 - had been widely expected for weeks. Today's publication of first quarter economic results by the National Institute of Statistics (INEGI), an autonomous agency charged with compiling such data, required the Ministry to delay no longer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Los Zetas boss of Ciudad Victoria captured by Mexican troops, government reports

The most wanted narcos continue toppling

Guadalajara -
Moments ago Mexican National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido García announced that the highest ranking member of the Los Zetas drug cartel in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the border state of Tamaulipas, was taken into custody by military units on Saturday (May 17).

Juan Fernando Álvarez Cortez, alias "El Ferrari," was arrested by Mexican marines.

Huge salaries of Mexican Supreme Court judges far outstrip their judicial brethren, north and south

Guadalajara -
Last week the high pay earned by many Mexican public school teachers made national headlines. The story still has not completely died out. On Mexican National Teachers' Day, the sweet racket carved out by their powerful unions is exposed.

Judicial salaries in this country, particularly those of the nation's highest tribunal, could soon join teachers' wages under the public loupe.

Monday, May 19, 2014

In Campeche, the death of a brave forcado

"To show his nervousness was not shameful; only to admit it” - Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon (1932)

Guadalajara -
Eduardo del Villar of Hidalgo state died Sunday afternoon while performing as a forcado in Campeche, a small state on Mexico's western Yucatán peninsula.

Villar, 26, was rushed to a local hospital, where died from a massive injury to the femoral artery in his left thigh after being gored by a bull. He bled to death.