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Drones

Drones

American drones have been flying the skies over Mexico since 2009 to collect intelligence on drug syndicates.  The flights took place with the consent of the Calderón administration, but neither the US nor Mexican governments made it public.
As the story broke …

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Important U.S.-Mexico Summit

President Calderon arrives today on a two-day trip to Washington. The Mexican president will meet with President Obama, Speaker John Boehner, and members of the U.S. business leaders. Though it is a snap visit, it could prove pivotal.

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On U.S. Arms in Mexico

On U.S. Arms in Mexico

STRATFOR recently released a report challenging the oft-invoked statistic that 90% of firearms seized in Mexico come from the U.S. To be clear, the statistic is derived from a 2008 GAO report compiled on data reported to the ATF. Of the roughly …

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Assassination of Manuel Farfan Corriola

Assassination of Manuel Farfan Corriola

Around midnight on February 2 Manuel Farfan Carriola was slain on his way home from work. His four bodyguards were also killed, and several police officers were wounded in a gunfight with the assailants. Early blame for the murder of Carriola, a retired general and recently appointed police chief of …

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Medieval Technology and the American Landscape

Last Friday US Border Patrol observed Mexican smugglers using a catapult to hurl pot from across a small part of the Sonora Desert that included the international border with Arizona. USBP contacted their Mexican colleagues who promptly …

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On Display at Tate Modern

On Display at Tate Modern

London’s Tate Modern is one of the most renowned art museums in the world. And right now Tate is exhibiting the work of Gabriel Orozco, a 48-year-old Mexican artist. Orozco garnered international acclaim in 1993 when he reconfigured a junked Citroen by carving the icon of French industry into three …

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As Goes the Price of Corn…

Mexico produced a record 25 million tons of tortillas last year. But given that tortillas are a staple of Mexican diet the country is still reliant on imports. Spikes in global corn and fuel prices, not to mention rising electricity prices in Mexico, have many worried about pass-on price hikes. …

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Year in Review

Year in Review

Fourteen months ago forecasters had Mexico slated for ongoing recession in 2010, unsurprising given the 7% contraction Mexico experienced in 2009 and the sparse signs of consumer demand increasing in the U.S. Instead, third quarter figures have Mexico on track for

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Crosspost: Mexico's Cartels and the Lake of Fire

In case you missed it on the Latin America blog, Rich just posted on Mexico:
International headlines focused on Mexico yesterday as an attempt at stealing oil from one of PEMEX’s pipelines resulted in 28 deaths and a town being covered in petrol and flames.

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Dead: The Craziest One

A top leader of La Familia drug syndicate, Nazario Moreno González, better known by the media and public as “the craziest one,” was shot dead in a gunfight with Mexican officials on Thursday. The death is being hailed as a …

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Q & A on Mexico-Brazil Economic Integration

Q & A on Mexico-Brazil Economic Integration

World Politics Review: How would you characterize economic relations between Brazil and Mexico??
Sean Goforth: In a word: vacuous. Each nation has liberalized its economy over the past 20 years, in recognition of the benefits of international trade, but they have largely kept …

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Upcoming Climate Change Conference

Mexico will host a climate change conference in Cancun from November 29-December 10. In preparation of the UN-backed talks, Mexico is urging the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters to make serious commitments toward curbing anthropogenic climate change.
In particular, Mexico’s Environment Secretary Juan Elvira Quesada is

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How Prop 19 Would Affect Mexico

Tomorrow voters in California will decide whether or not to approve Proposition 19, legalizing marijuana in the state. The Atlantic magazine just published a transcript in which they ask five Mexico experts what they think the result might be on Mexico. Initially, …

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Writers to Wrestle with Mexico Drama in Forum

Crosspost from the Media and Foreign Affairs Blog
Some heavy hitters will be in New York City from all over the world on Tuesday, October 19 to discuss the crisis for journalists in Mexico:
When: Tueday, October 19
Where: The Great Hall Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York City
What time: 7 p.m.

With readings …

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Brief Update on Landslides

Mudslides in the southern Mexico have killed at least 32 in recent days. In the worst disaster, on Wednesday a landslide killed 16 in the state of Chiapas. On Thursday, subsequent mudslides in rural highlands of Oaxaca state killed 11, …

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