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Pena Nieto government reaching an accommodation with some cartel figures

English: Logo of Agua Prieta.

English: Logo of Agua Prieta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The rumors of the Pena Nieto government reaching an accommodation with some cartel figures such as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera have persisted, even as the Mexican government arrests key operatives in Guzman’s network, such as Ines Coronel Barreras, Guzman’s father-in-law, who was arrested May 1 in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Indeed, on April 27, Washington Post reporter Dana Priest published a detailed article outlining how U.S. authorities were fearful that the Mexican government was restructuring its security relationship with the U.S. government so that it could more easily reach an unofficial truce with cartel leaders. Yet four days later, Coronel — a significant cartel figure — was arrested in a joint operation between the Mexicans and Americans.

Clearly, there is some confusion on the U.S. side about the approach the Pena Nieto government is taking, but conversations with both U.S. and Mexican officials reveal that these changes in Mexico‘s approach do not appear to be as drastic as some have feared. There will need to be adjustments on both sides of the border while organizational changes are underway in Mexico, but this does not mean that bilateral U.S.-Mexico cooperation will decline in the long term.

Opportunities and Challenges

Despite the violence that has wracked Mexico over the past decade, the Mexican economy is booming. Arguably, the economy would be doing even better if potential investors were not concerned about cartel violence and street crime — and if such criminal activity did not have such a significant impact on businesses operating in Mexico. 

Because of this, the Pena Nieto administration believes that it is critical to reduce the overall level of violence in the country. Essentially it wants to transform the cartel issue into a law enforcement problem, something handled by the Interior Ministry and the national police, rather than a national security problem handled by the Mexican military and the Center for Research and National Security (Mexico’s national-level intelligence agency). In many ways the Pena Nieto administration wants to follow the model of the government of Colombia, which has never been able to stop trafficking in its territory but was able to defeat the powerful Medellin and Cali cartels and relegate their successor organizations to a law enforcement problem.   

The Mexicans also believe that if they can attenuate cartel violence, they will be able to free up law enforcement forces to tackle common crime instead of focusing nearly all their resources on containing the cartel wars.   

Although the cartels have not yet been taken down to the point of being a law enforcement problem, the Pena Nieto administration wants to continue to signal this shift in approach by moving the focus of its efforts against the cartels to the Interior Ministry. Unlike former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who was seen leading the charge against the cartels during his administration, Pena Nieto wants to maintain some distance from the struggle against the cartels (at least publicly). Pena Nieto seeks to portray the cartels as a secondary issue that does not demand his personal leadership and attention. He can then publicly focus his efforts on issues he deems critically important to Mexico’s future, like education reform, banking reform, energy reform and fostering the Mexican economy. This is the most significant difference between the Calderon and Pena Nieto administrations.

Of course it is one thing to say that the cartels have become a secondary issue, and it is quite another to make it happen. The Mexican government still faces some real challenges in reducing the threat posed by the cartels. However, it is becoming clear that the Pena Nieto administration seeks to implement a holistic approach in an attempt to address the problems at the root of the violence that in some ways is quite reminiscent of counterinsurgency policy. The Mexicans view these underlying economic, cultural and sociological problems as issues that cannot be solved with force alone.

Mexican officials in the current government say that the approach the Calderon administration took to fighting the cartels was wrong in that it sought to solve the problem of cartel violence by simply killing or arresting cartel figures. They claim that Calderon’s approach did nothing to treat the underlying causes of the violence and that the cartels were able to recruit gunmen faster than the government could kill or capture them. (In some ways this is parallel to the U.S. government’s approach in Yemen, where increases in missile strikes from unmanned aerial vehicles have increased, rather than reduced, the number of jihadists there.) In Mexico, when the cartels experienced trouble in recruiting enough gunmen, they were able to readily import them from Central America.    

However — and this is very significant — this holistic approach does not mean that the Pena Nieto administration wants to totally abandon kinetic operations against the cartels. An important pillar of any counterinsurgency campaign is providing security for the population. But rather than provoke random firefights with cartel gunmen by sending military patrols into cartel hot spots, the Pena Nieto team wants to be more targeted and intentional in its application of force. It seeks to take out the networks that hire and supply the gunmen, not just the gunmen themselves, and this will require all the tools in its counternarcotics portfolio — not only force, but also things like intelligence, financial action (to target cartel finances), public health, institution building and anti-corruption efforts. 

The theory is that by providing security, stability and economic opportunity the government can undercut the cartels’ ability to recruit youth who currently see little other options in life but to join the cartels. 

To truly succeed, especially in the most lawless areas, the Mexican government is going to have to begin to build institutions — and public trust in those institutions — from the ground up. The officials we have talked to hold Juarez up as an example they hope to follow in other locations, though they say they learned a lot of lessons in Juarez that will allow them to streamline their efforts elsewhere. Obviously, before they can begin building, they recognize that they will have to seize, consolidate and hold territory, and this is the role they envision for the newly created gendarmerie, or paramilitary police.

The gendarmerie is important to this rebuilding effort because the military is incapable of serving in an investigative law enforcement role. They are deployed to pursue active shooters and target members of the cartels, but much of the crime affecting Mexico’s citizens and companies falls outside the military’s purview. The military also has a tendency to be heavy-handed, and reports of human rights abuses are quite common. Transforming from a national security to a law enforcement approach requires the formation of an effective police force that is able to conduct community policing while pursuing car thieves, extortionists, kidnappers and street gangs in addition to cartel gunmen.

Certainly the U.S. government was very involved in the Calderon administration’s kinetic approach to the cartel problem, as shown by the very heavy collaboration between the two governments. The collaboration was so heavy, in fact, that some incoming Pena Nieto administration figures were shocked by how integrated the Americans had become. The U.S. officials who told Dana Priest they were uncomfortable with the new Mexican government’s approach to cartel violence were undoubtedly among those deeply involved in this process — perhaps so deeply involved that they could not recognize that in the big picture, their approach was failing to reduce the violence in Mexico. Indeed, from the Mexican perspective, the U.S. efforts have been focused on reducing the flow of narcotics into the United States regardless of the impact of those efforts on Mexico’s security environment.

However, as seen by the May 1 arrest of Coronel, which a Mexican official described as a classic joint operation involving the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration and Mexican Federal Police, the Mexican authorities do intend to continue to work very closely with their American counterparts. But that cooperation must occur within the new framework established for the anti-cartel efforts. That means that plans for cooperation must be presented through the Mexican Interior Ministry so that the efforts can be centrally coordinated. Much of the current peer-to-peer cooperation can continue, but within that structure.

Consolidation and Coordination

As in the United States, the law enforcement and intelligence agencies in Mexico have terrible problems with coordination and information sharing. The current administration is attempting to correct this by centralizing the anti-cartel efforts at the federal level and by creating coordination centers to oversee operations in the various regions. These regional centers will collect information at the state and regional level and send it up to the national center. However, one huge factor inhibiting information sharing in Mexico — and between the Americans and Mexicans — is the longstanding problem of corruption in the Mexican government. In the past, drug czars, senior police officials and very senior politicians have been accused of being on cartel payrolls. This makes trust critical, and lack of trust has caused some Mexican and most American agencies to restrict the sharing of intelligence to only select, trusted contacts. Centralizing coordination will interfere with this selective information flow in the short term, and it is going to take time for this new coordination effort to earn the trust of both Mexican and American agencies. There remains fear that consolidation will also centralize corruption and make it easier for the cartels to gather intelligence.

Another attempt at command control and coordination is in the Pena Nieto administration’s current efforts to implement police consolidation at the state level. While corruption has reached into all levels of the Mexican government, it is unquestionably the most pervasive at the municipal level, and in past government operations entire municipal police departments have been fired for corruption. The idea is that if all police were brought under a unified state command, called “Mando Unico” in Spanish, the police would be better screened, trained and paid and therefore the force would be more professional.

This concept of police consolidation at the state level is not a new idea; indeed, Calderon sought to do so under his administration, but it appears that Pena Nieto might have the political capital to make this happen, along with some other changes that Calderon wanted to implement but could not quite pull off. To date, Pena Nieto has had a great deal of success in garnering political support for his proposals, but the establishment of Mando Unico in each of Mexico’s 31 states may perhaps be the toughest political struggle he has faced yet. If realized, Mando Unico will be an important step — but only one step — in the long process of institution building for the police at the state level. 

Aside from the political struggles, the Mexican government still faces very real challenges on the streets as it attempts to quell violence, reassert control over lawless areas and gain the trust of the public. The holistic plan laid out by the Pena Nieto administration sounds good on paper, but it will still require a great deal of leadership by Pena Nieto and his team to bring Mexico through the challenges it faces. They will obviously need to cooperate with the United States to succeed, but it has become clear that this cooperation will need to be on Mexico’s terms and in accordance with the administration’s new, holistic approach. 

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Posted by on 05/16/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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seven people dead after a gunman opened fire in a bar in northern Mexico

640x480_347517At least seven people have been killed after a gunman opened fire in a bar in northern Mexico, which has seen a resurgence in drug-related violence in recent weeks.
The man, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, killed four men on Friday night who were customers in the bar in Chihuahua state as well as three women who worked there, said a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office.

“It has not been determined whether the attack is connected to drug trafficking, but by the type of weapon involved, it is to be assumed,” said the spokesman, Carlos Gonzalez.

The attack occurred in the city of Chihuahua, the capital of the state that is also home to Ciudad Juarez, considered one of the most violent cities in the world until recently.

The attacker entered the bar with his face covered by a bandana, said the spokesman.

Chihuahua has seen heavy fighting between the local Juarez cartel and the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, who is seeking to control the city that is one of the main routes for trafficking drugs into the United States.
In spite of a change of government in December and a new strategy that avoids direct confrontation with the powerful cartels, violence in Mexico has picked up in recent weeks with fighting along the border, in the western state of Michoacan and the tourist destination of Cancun.

Nearly 3,200 people have been killed in drug-related violence during the first three months of President Enrique Pena Nieto‘s government, according to Mexican government data.

During the government of his predecessor Felipe Calderon, almost 70,000 people died as a result of the drug trade and 27,000 disappeared in one of the most violent periods in Mexico’s history.

 
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Posted by on 03/31/2013 in Border, Crime!

 

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67 municipal corporations are in deep crisis Chihuahua,

Cops uncover psychopaths and Narcos in Chihuahua

The 67 municipal corporations are in deep crisis Chihuahua, infiltrated by organized crime, mainly drug cartels

67 municipal corporations are in deep crisis Chihuahua, infiltrated by Drug Cartels
67 municipal corporations are in deep crisis Chihuahua, infiltrated by Drug Cartels

CHIHUAHUA, – and in some cases psychopaths have been un-covered, as police in Ciudad Juarez, accuse the State Commission of Human Rights (ECHRCH).

In most cases, the main problem is corruption, because it believes that it has been infiltrated by the cartels and, and in some cases, criminal gangs are naming the director of the police and preventive agents.

In other cases, such as Juarez and the state capital, they have created groups that dominate domestic corporations, where they work real psychopaths, who have come to torture and even kill innocent people to death, accused of being hit men.

They call themselves fraternities and meet weekly to share the profits illegally obtained by extortion, bribes, robberies and kidnappings, where leverage to organize and plan criminal acts to be perpetrated in his spare time.

For the ECHR, the case is very serious and critical, because in all municipal companies/corporations are vices that must be addressed immediately.

José Luis Armendáriz González, President of the Commission, explains what, from their point of view, is the root of the problem.

“Why not set-up legislation on electoral matters and eliminate individual contributions to campaigns, especially in small municipalities, where the situation will not change.”

The figures speak for themselves. From the first of January to November 28, 2012 came to this Commission thousand 233 complaints against 67 corporations equal number of municipalities.

The one with the most complaints and the most serious cases of police officers, who have killed innocent citizens to death, is Ciudad Juarez, with 262 cases.

We follow the state capital, with 87 complaints; Cuauhtémoc, with nine; Delicias, with six and striking Parral, much smaller population, but with ten complaints in total.

So, this year in the capital stopped two officers recently graduated from the academy, which settled fake checkpoints and assaulted citizens.

Of the 87 complaints to the ECHR, mostly are for abuse of office, theft, threats, torture and injuries.

Jose Luis Armendariz, ombudsman state, recalls a fact that he lived: in 2007, entering as Mayor Carlos Borruel, during the first month of his tenure there was not a complaint of police abuse, but then returned to normal. “What happened?, Is that the cops were measuring whether there would be a radical change in the new administration, but when he did not change anything, the officers continued with their illegal activities.

A hero murdered

A case in point, although not the only one, is given in Ciudad Juarez, when a man, Ismael Chavira Fierro, 26, saved a woman and her son in a shooting in the downtown area.

It was detailed in the record that Ishmael GR-132/2011 washing a car in the street when there was a chase and shootout between two gangs, a collision, a death and the gunmen fled on foot.

Ismael runs to safety, but he meets a woman and a child he tells the woman to run for help with the child in her arms to get them to safety in a neighbor’s house.

However, local police, thinking it was one of the gunmen, blows him out of the house until he was unconscious, and put him in the patrol.

The Human Rights complaint was laid by the mother of Ishmael, who learned because “I realized through local news that my son was presented to the prosecution and alleged hit man, which flatly refuse, because my son is oblivious to these facts and make it look like it belongs to the group of three gunmen also arrested.

“I could see that he was extremely beaten on his face and body, because he could not stand up,” he said in the document that gave rise to recommendation 11/22 of the 262 there against police municipal city.

Ismael’s story climaxed when submitted by the municipal police, displayed as a hit man and savagely beaten.

A few days later he was released for lack of evidence, but a month later he died from the savage beating.

In documents of the ECHR, with pages 202-252, 2012, can be read complaints against municipal police injury, illegal detention, torture, threats, sexual harassment, forced disappearance, murder, burglary, theft and so on.

The Commission found that, in the case of Ciudad Juarez, the facts are systematic and outlines cases of psychopaths in Preventive Corporation.

“Chiefs impose controls”

In the 21 municipalities of the Sierra Tarahumara and other rural area, corporations are also controlled by drug cartels, state Human Rights reported.

For the Ombudsman, José Luis Armendariz, accuses it is very common that local warlords and drug traffickers to finance the campaigns of candidates for mayor, because in the end they ask in return that the police chief is appointed by them.

In refusing the mayor, criminals kill the first commander appointed without his consent, until such time as his.

Guachochi recently, considered the capital of the Tarahumara, revealed a video where police fired on a civilian city and, in droves, beat him.

Among the agents are civilians armed with AK-47.

For people in the rural and mountainous area, this is a common thing, because “the police can do what they please,” as comments posted to this video posted online.

What certification?

The National System of Public Security revealed that Chihuahua is one of the most backward states in the certification of the police forces.

For the president of the Human Rights Commission is urgent that the government of César Duarte work urgently the situation, it is critical, in Ciudad Juarez, for example, the ECHR receives almost daily complaint against the municipal police. Throughout the added entity thousand 233 complaints against officers.

 
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Posted by on 12/17/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Re-hashing the Marijuana Business Theory

On Nov. 6, three U.S. states legalized the consumption, production, distribution and sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. Thanks to the voters of Washington, Colorado and Oregon, smoking marijuana in the United States gained ground.

Economic theory seems to be clear: produce drugs legally removed from the criminal business and thus limits their profits

Economic theory seems to be clear: produce drugs legally and removed from the criminal business and thus limits their profits

Beyond the debate of opinions and conflicting reasons and speaking purely in economic terms, the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. would affect Mexican drug traffickers.

So says Alejandro Hope, a researcher at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) and author of the document “If neighbors legalized”, which claims that the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. would generate losses to Mexican cartels for billions dollars.

It happens that if Americans can start buying, cannabis legally produce and market, the market for Mexican gangs engaged in this business for decades, begin to fade.

According to the document, thanks to conditions that protect the enervating legal in several U.S. states, could increase production to meet most of its domestic demand with domestic production, in this scenario, the drug trade in Mexico would receive the biggest shock suffered structural from the massive arrival of cocaine in the late eighties.

In theory, buy marijuana without criminalizing the consumer or the chain of production and distribution would result in a substantial loss of income for Mexican criminal organizations drastically changing their business model and method of operation.

If one considers that between 40 and 70 percent of the marijuana sold in the streets of America is Mexican legalization uniquely affect the drug traffickers ‘national’.

Hope explained that the creation of a legal market for this unnerving in neighboring northern country, represent the movement of illegal exports of marijuana from Mexico.

The IMCO conducted an investigation based on specifying the cost of transporting cannabis from Mexico to 126 U.S. cities and from states that have just legalize consumption.

The results indicate that 110 people legalized marijuana is cheaper than from Mexico illegally creating a pretty daunting scenario for Mexico’s drug cartels engaged in the drug trade.

The legalization of marijuana in three U.S. states for recreational purposes would represent a significant loss for producers and Mexican cartels as it is estimated that illegal groups in Mexico, leaving would receive between 300 and 800 thousand thousand million annually by state .

In Washington legalization could mean a drop of about one thousand 300 million dollars in export revenues of Mexican drug cartels, in Colorado will lose a thousand and $ 400 million in Oregon, the decline would be even stronger with a fall one thousand 800 million dollars.

As a result of this new scenario, it is expected also to have a strong impact on this herb producing areas, but mainly in the “Golden Triangle” (Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua) strategic area where marijuana production is more export oriented.

A week after the controversial vote, Mexico and three Central American countries, called on the OAS to discuss the implications and the impact they will have on the region the recent cases of legalization of the herb.

The reactions of the recent study published by the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness, caused various reactions in the United States. Thomas J. Gorman, Head of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking of Rocky Mountain, said that Mexican cartels would simply take their produce to the north.

“If I were a member of a cartel and knew that the states of Colorado and Washington legalized, get a couple of strawmen and do my business in those states. Why not? “Asked Gorman.

Meanwhile Betty Aldworth, legal director of the “Campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol,” in Colorado, was cautious about the conclusions of the study.

Aldworth said that somehow, IMCO research supports what your group has said in the sense that if it regulates and controls the marijuana market, would end the flow of profits to the Mexican cartels.

Meanwhile, Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico, added that these processes are legalizing marijuana “a paradigm shift on the part of nations with respect to the current international system.”

The truth is that with the legalization of the production, consumption, trade and distribution of marijuana will force the Mexican cartels to change their modus operandi and criminal redirect their efforts to recover the decline will mean this controversial measure.

 
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Posted by on 12/12/2012 in Drugs, Politics

 

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phenomenon of ‘the dead women of Juarez’

In 2012 killed 132 in NL and there are 500 girls and young women lost, says NGO adviser

phenomenon of ‘the dead women of Juarez’

Mexico. – Bodies tortured, mutilated and sexual violence were thrown into the streets, canals, railroads, road ditches, drains (…) The balance of Felipe Calderón: 4000 murders of 112 women and 976 missing 3000 only in the last two years: “The phenomenon of ‘the dead women of Juarez’ spread across the country,” says Yuriria Rodriguez Estrada, general counsel of the National Citizen Femicide Observatory and Catholics for a Free Choice.

The cases were accumulated: Arely premiums Sarahí Montelongo Jeniffer Rodriguez Flores and Flores, both 16, decided to go to a party in Saltillo, Coahuila, one Sunday last month. Three days later their bodies were found with signs of torture and sexual disfigured face, lying in a drain in the municipality of Garcia, Nuevo Leon.

In Texas, this year 132 women were killed, and more than 500 girls and young women aged 10 to 20 years are missing. We won two injunctions: in Nuevo Leon state and Mexico, says lawyer femicide specialist before offering a talk at Monterrey in the context of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, established by the United Nations (UN).

Many of the 132 victims of Nuevo Leon have been exhibited in public and 40 percent were not identified, which shows another problem of trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation. For several weeks, the number of crimes in the state increased. The body of a 25 year old woman was located in the middle of an irrigation canal, 20 kilometers north of Montemorelos, another was taken to the edge of a railway line, where he was shot dead in the head and chest, another thrown into the streets of the colonial Coyoacan, a young woman was shot in the shoulder of the Northeast Bypass with feet bound and his head covered with tape, and a more finalized shock and shot on a street in Guadalupe with a message … all with signs of torture.

They are being murdered increasingly high levels of violence and greater display of their bodies. All this has to do with a social pattern: shoot a woman tortured and murdered in the street means that something did. That is the message we are giving the state Yuriria says Rodriguez.

He explains that “the majority of bodies found in public places across the country, have not been identified, may be from co-opted women migrants by organized crime and used for sexual exploitation, as hawks or some group of cooks crime, but they have nothing to do, even if the state involved and the claim that 70 percent belonged to organized crime. Lie. ”

The increase in violence during the presidency of femicide Calderon is linked to the refusal of some states of the Republic to declare gender alert, urgent action mechanism in the absence of prevention to end violence against women, which was rejected by several governors without legal arguments and only under the misconception that it is a punishment or a political coup.

This refusal of the states of Mexico, Nuevo Leon and Guanajuato has caused a significant increase in violence against them: in Texas, for example, grew 698 percent femicide in two years, according to the Arthemisas for Equity, who reported deficiency of the authorities to investigate the killings.

According to statistics from the National Citizen Observatory of Femicide, the Attorney General of Texas, by Adrian de la Garza, said that of 132 murders of women, 52 percent were a result of organized crime, but only appropriated to homicides in 30 percent of cases.

“The authorities tell us that over 70 percent of  these crimes are women who have been killed by organized crime, therefore, claim that they are not investigating drug traffickers. That’s the message they send to society: as belonging to the drug, do not solve the murders, “says Rodriguez Yuriria.

Discriminatory patterns of authority have led to the significant increase in women’s murders and disappearances. They are a kind of breeding ground of which the killings against them and continue sending this message: the women can kill anywhere, for us, they deserved it because they were drug dealers and no charge. Keep killing women.

Impunity has allowed women’s access to justice. In the case of the murder of Rubi Marisol Frayre, daughter of Marisela Escobedo, Sergio Rafael Barraza committed by Bocanegra, who was killed a few days ago by the Army, the reaction of the governor of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, was to shelve the matter: “I kill him, and not investigated. Instead, research should continue to achieve real reparations not only moral, but with guarantees of non-repetition of such crimes, “he says.

Gender Alerts

The existing mechanism in Mexico to prevent violence against women, gender alert called, is unique in the world, came after the phenomenon of so-called dead women of Juarez, to prevent spread across the country, based on the coordination of state and federal authorities and financial resources allocated to it.

“We are identifying a context of systematic violence in different states of the country, where several factors converge: crossing internal and external migrants, high levels of violence against women sector, not only in domestic but also in the community; rates femicide and especially in states where there is lack of control of the armed forces and police, “said Rodriguez Yuriria.

The highest rates of violence against women were reported in Chihuahua, Veracruz, State of Mexico, Nuevo Leon, Morelos, Chiapas and Guerrero: The alerts mean more attention from state and federal resources to eradicate aggression actions against this sector of the population.

In the case of the State of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto former governor refused to gender alert “no investigations or judgments, even a thousand cases, in 592 did not know the victim-offender relationship. If he had gotten a declaration of alert would have been generated gender-sensitive protocols and actions to evaluate the work of prosecutors. And there did not follow the same systematic pattern of violence against women and zero access to justice. Carpetazos were hundred “.

For the National Citizen Femicide Observatory, formed by 50 organizations in 20 states, Felipe Calderon has a debt to women and must pay it before leaving. Yuriria Rodriguez has no doubt: “One of the things you should do before going Calderón’s post reform Regulation of the General Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence, to ensure the immediate implementation of the declaration of alert eradicate femicide and safeguard the lives and safety of women. ”

 
 

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USA the largest consumer of Drugs in the world!

Ensures that its main objective is the safety of Mexicans, in combating crime. Rejects the concept of “war”

Ivonne Melgar

 

USA the largest consumer of Drugs in the world! says the Mexican President Felipe Calderon

Vladivostok, Russia, September 9. – President Felipe Calderon said the drug problem in Mexico is that “America is the largest consumer of drugs in the world.”

In an interview with Russian Television, while participating in the APEC forum, the president said that “it has brought a fateful consequence to Mexico and other nations. If America consume far less drugs, we would have far fewer problems. “

He noted that the term “war on drugs” he does not like, “because my main goal is not drugs. What I want for Mexico is a state of law, a place where the law is enforced, which is enforced and where families are safe. “

He acknowledged that the problem of violence due to territorial control of criminal gangs, now not only exported to America, but seek to place their goods in Latin America, which leads them “to a struggle for territorial control”, generating more violence .

“Difficult, being a neighbor of the U.S.”

The President spoke on the Russian television that if the U.S. consume less drugs “we would have less problems”

President Felipe Calderon took up the phrase of Porfirio Diaz “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States” to recognize that the relationship with its northern neighbor is complicated and that “it is a problem that live next to the biggest drug consumer in the world and everyone wants to sell drugs through your door or in your window. “

He said his priority is not to eliminate drugs, but to create safe conditions for families, for the problem of drug trafficking in Mexico is that “America is the largest consumer of drugs in the world.”

“If the United States consumed far less drug, we would have far less problems,” he said.

In an interview with Russian Television (Russian Television ) broadcast yesterday, the Federal Executive hoped that Enrique Peña Nieto will have a general government will continue with the tasks in this administration pushed.

“On security, he has said he will support efforts to modernize the institutions and combating organized crime, I hope so,” said the president to the question about what direction the country will take the next presidential relay 1 December.

He argued that such continuity expected because “Mexicans rest day that police have reliable when banish corruption in general, but particularly of the police forces and prosecutors and judges. And in that sense is the biggest challenge. “

Asked about the proximity to the United States, Calderon said he had “a very good relationship” with his counterpart staff Barack Obama, even though he admitted that the link has always been and will be historically complex between the two governments.

The President described as “complicated and sometimes tense” relations between Mexico and the United States.

“There was a President over a hundred years ago that had a phrase that became famous and say, ‘Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States’. I think, however, that the very proximity to the U.S., it does bring a complexity of problems, also brought us very clear benefits, it’s just a great economic advantage, at least, have the world’s largest market, the greater consumer in the world right on your doorstep “, said input.

Then, it is also assumed that the relationship entails complications in the field of migration and security.

“It is also a problem living next to the largest consumer of drugs in the world and everyone wants to sell drugs through your door or your window, and that the relationship becomes more complicated. However, we have established a constructive relationship, at least in my government, to address these problems together, “he noted.

The President expressed confidence that the U.S. electoral balance in November will not change its relationship with the government of Mexico, as happened before.

“Because there are always temptations everywhere election, parties always incur unfortunate decisions, please him suddenly to a sector that supports them,” he warned.

Felipe Calderón recalled that in the past, during the elections of the neighboring country, it was the case that if any agricultural sector had problems, sought to put political protection trade barriers against Mexico.

He noted that the Federal Executive, in the current electoral process, “fortunately these temptations have not yet been expressed.”

He expressed his expectation that this may not express these behaviors. “I do not want to intervene in the future of a decision that applies only to Americans, but I do hope that this relationship matures, co between Mexico and the United States, continue after the elections.”

Calderon also made an assessment of the social actions that prompted management to raise the quality of life of Mexicans, and concluded that this resulted in the reduction of emigrating to the United States. He said that this trend also helped the country’s economic recession.

Throughout the interview, the President stressed the idea that drug trafficking is one of the main causes in the fact that the United States “is the largest consumer of drugs in the world, and that has brought a fateful consequence for Mexico and other nations. “

Regarding the pending changes that Mexico needs, said reforms are needed, particularly well in the labor field and reducing corruption.

What’s next for Mexico?

“That’s a good question for my successor. Well, I hope that to be successful, the truth, beyond our ideological differences, Mexico requires that each stage of its history results in success, and who govern have the support, at least in substance, to address the big issues national. “

Ensures that ended his political career

Ten weeks of concluding his term, President Felipe Calderon said yesterday the Russian TV : “I’ve arrived at the end of the road, in a political career.”

Asked by journalist Jelena Millincic about his immediate future, the federal Executive expressed his expectation to live many years. He joked that with the help of medical science would like to reach the centennial, and outlined several activities they devote their time after December 1.

He spoke of his pending reads and how much he cares now devote their three teenage children (Mary, Luis Felipe and Juan Pablo), and their interest in the academy and the role of public policy advisor.

Calderon said in its response that the policy will remain part of their exercise of citizenship, a vision he learned from his father since childhood.

He defined politics as a service activity, being aimed at the common good.

“So I hope as a citizen to make policy that manages the common good and in that sense will keep working for Mexico,” forward.

He explained that in the country as “no reelection, presidents and we cannot reelect, or within six, 12 or 18 years, so I already got that way down the road to a political career. That (the President) is the highest office to which they can aspire. “

Calderón recalled that in August reached its half century of life. “And I intend to live another 50 more, and I live them well, or at least close, I hope that science can give us the opportunity to extend our lifespan.”

While said it would seek a life intense, the Federal Executive said: “I do not know exactly what I will do.”

Calderón traveled to this city on the Russian border with Asia, the last station of the Trans-Siberian Railway, to participate in the Forum of the 21 economies with access to the Pacific.

The president called it passes through Los Pinos as “a wonderful experience”.

The President also aired his plans to combine professional and family activities:

“I hope I’m probably in the academy for a while, writing, teaching, and reading. I have read many books. And being a little closer to my children (…) are becoming teenagers and I have to be very close to them. “

 
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Law to Combat Crimes against Women require mandatory 40-60 year jail term

Law to Combat Crimes against Women require mandatory 40-60 year jail term

The amendment requires the Attorney General’s Office to train nationwide to prosecutors and specialize them so they know to distinguish the cases

From now on anyone who commits the crime of femicide will receive a jail term of 40-60 years, which is already incorporated in the Federal Criminal Code and was announced by President Felipe Calderon in enacting the amendments to the Law to Combat Crimes against Women.

During the event held in Los Pinos, the President announced that the reform law requires the Attorney General’s Office to train nationwide to prosecutors and specialize them so they know to distinguish the cases of femicide.

He noted that another major reform of this law is that in addition to punishing the perpetrators of sexual harassment and abuse, an offense which a subordinate away his head to avoid being accused of sexually abusing her.

Also issued in Los Pinos, the General Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Trafficking and from this day all government ministries in the country are required by law to act on its own after being informed that a woman, man or child a victim of trafficking.

In announcing the new law, the president announced that in Mexico there are thousands of women against their will are forced into prostitution, begging or working without pay, by their traffickers, who deprived them of freedom.

The new law, he said, requires three levels of government, federal, state and municipalities to work together to rescue those who are victims of this crime. He said that behind many nightclubs “there is this which is one of the worst forms of slavery … the Mexican state cannot remain silent about this, the decrees promulgated today respond to that.”

 
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