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Mexico News and Analysis: June 6-12

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)
2 - U.S. ASSAULT RIFLES INCREASINGLY AVAILABLE IN MEXICO
3 - FORMER CHIAPAS GOVERNOR ARRESTED FOR MISUSE OF FUNDS
4 - PRISON HUNGER STRIKE IN CHIAPAS ENDS
5 - CARAVAN FOR PEACE ARRIVES IN CIUDAD JUAREZ
6 - ALABAMA INITIATES ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW

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Mexico News and Analysis: October 1 - 7

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN166
2 - FEDERAL POLICE SUSPECTED IN CARTEL ATTACK ON C.I.A.
3 - FRIENDLY FIRE BLAMED FOR BORDER PATROL DEATH
4 - PROTESTERS PUT INCOMING PRESIDENT ON NOTICE

The Junta of Good Government in the northern zone of Chiapas issued an unprecedented third public denunciation of armed attacks, displacements, threats, robbery and intimidation directed against Zapatista support bases from the community Comandante Abel. Paramilitaries from the communities Union Hidalgo and San Patricio are responsible for the illegal activities. A detailed description is available at http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/.

2 - FEDERAL POLICE SUSPECTED IN CARTEL ATTACK ON C.I.A.
Federal police working for a major drug cartel are suspected in the August 24th ambush of two CIA agents working near Cuernavaca in central Mexico. Police apparently knew the agents worked for the CIA and specifically targeted them under orders from the Beltran Leyva cartel, according to knowledgeable Mexican and US officials. The attack on an armored SUV with diplomatic license plates wounded two CIA agents after hundreds of rounds from high-powered weapons were fired at close range, overwhelming some of the armor plating.

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News and Analysis: October 3-9, 2011

1 - ANOTHER US GUN “WALKING” PROGRAM REVEALED
2 - CITY POLICE FORCES ARRESTED
3 - SANTA MARIA OSTULA SUFFERS ANOTHER MURDER
4 - ALABAMA LAW WREAKS HAVOC IN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
5 - FIGHT OVER I.F.E. CONTINUES

The Bush administration allowed illegal exports of military style weapons to Mexico from 2006 to 2007 in an undercover program dubbed “Wide Receiver,” similar to the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious.  Both programs were intended to track weapons bought in the US until they reached cartel leaders in Mexico, but agents quickly lost track of most of the “walked” firearms.   Watch for Republicans, who mounted a Congressional investigation of Fast and Furious in hopes of political gains, to quietly bury their efforts.  The Calderon administration, anxious to maintain cozy relations with the US, complained briefly about threats to national sovereignty, but appears anxious for the issue to simply disappear.

2 - CITY POLICE FORCES ARRESTED
Last Sunday, Mexican soldiers, federal police, and state investigators arrested the entire police force in the towns of Linares and Villadama, about 75 miles from Monterrey.  The detention of 145 local officers comes after a rise in kidnapping and extortion, with reports that local officials in Juarez, a suburb of Monterrey, allowed cartel members to hold kidnapped victims in the local jail.

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News and Analysis: September 19 - October 2, 2011

1 - ZEDILLO SUED FOR ACTEAL MASSACRE
2 - U.S. GENERAL CLAIMS “SHARED RESPONSIBILITY” FOR DRUG WAR
3 - FAST AND FURIOUS GETS MORE COMPLICATED
 
A small group of relatives of victims of the infamous Acteal massacre are suing former President Ernesto Zedillo in US District Court in Connecticut for his complicity in the killings of 45 indigenous and the subsequent cover-up.  Zedillo thought he was living in relative obscurity, teaching part time at Yale, but a Miami-based law firm tracked him down in a wealthy New Haven neighborhood.  The 1997 massacre by paramilitary groups acting in concert with local military authorities resulted in the forced resignation of then-Governor Julio Cesar Ruis Ferro and Interior Minister Emilio Chuayfett, but Zedillo finished his six year term in 2000 largely untouched.  The Zedillo administration has long been suspected of complicity, if not outright coordination of the crime.  According to the suit, Zedillo conspired with former Attorney General Jorge Madrazo Cuellar to hide the President’s links to this and other covert operations. 

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Mexico News and Analysis: Aug 22 - Sept 4, 2011

1 - MARCOS AND SICILIA EXCHANGE THOUGHTS
2 - UNDOCUMENTED BORDER CROSSINGS DECLINE
3 - CASINO DEATHS REVEAL CORRUPTION SCANDAL
4 - FEMICIDES INCREASE IN CHIHUAHUA STATE
5 - RADIO HOSTS CALLS FOR “FLATTENING” BIKE RIDERS
6 - OBAMA OFFICIALS RESIGN OVER “FAST AND FURIOUS”
7 - PRI LEADER CAUGHT IN SCANDAL

Subcomandante Marcos wrote a letter last week addressed to Mexican sociologist Luis Villoro, with significant comments directed to Javier Sicilia and his national peace movement.  Marcos begins with a powerful critique of Mexico’s entire political class, a group of criminals that “don’t understand - their time is up.”  Politicians simulate governing through media representations while the nation falls apart.  Marcos singles out President Felipe Calderon for, among other things, his “war on drugs” waged from the “cartel of Los Pinos” (a reference to Mexico’s White House), and his tendency to “blame the victim,” whether blaming the poor for economic failure, women’s clothing for rapes, or the victims of violence for being “criminals.”

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Mexico News and Analysis: July 4-17, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
2 - GORDILLO SCANDAL BROADENS
3 - NEW GUN REGULATIONS ALONG BORDER
4 - OIL PRODUCTION DECREASES
5 - FALLING HOUSEHOLD INCOME
6 - FAST AND FURIOUS BECOMING COMPLICATED AND CONFUSED
7 - MEXICAN TRUCKERS WILL CARRY GOODS IN U.S.

NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/
The Junta of Good Government in La Garrucha condemns the federal government’s increasing counter-insurgency campaign, especially the private titling of recuperated lands that tends to pit campesinos against campesinos.

The Junta of Good Government in Oventic condemns threats and aggressions by political parties against Zapatistas in San Marcos Aviles.

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News and Analysis: June 27 - July 3

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)

2 - PRI LIKELY TO SWEEP GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS

3 - FAST AND FURIOUS GENERATES REPORT ON U.S. GUN LAWS

4 - GORDILLO FISHING FOR POLITICAL OFFERS

5 - IMMIGRATION CHIEF ADMITS WIDESPREAD PROBLEMS


-The Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center denounces death threats, harassment and an imminent risk of forced displacement in the Zapatista community San Marcos Aviles.
-The Junta of Good Government in Morelia denounces forced displacement and violent actions by ORCAO (Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo) directed against Zapatista communities. 

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Mexico News and Analysis: June 20-26

1 - CALDERON AND SICILIA MEET
2 - BORDER PATROL AGENT KILLS IMMIGRANT
3 - "FAST AND FURIOUS" BECOMING "DODGE RESPONSIBILITY"
4 - MEXICAN MILITARY ASSUMES MORE POLICE FUNCTIONS
5 - HACKERS PUBLISH DOCUMENTS FROM ARIZONA POLICE

Javier Sicilia, the poet/journalist who inspires a growing national movement against corruption and violence, and Felipe Calderon, the spurious President who initiated a "war on drugs" in 2006 as his signature policy, met on Thursday in a televised encounter at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.  Sicilia, always the gentleman, awkwardly embraced Calderon at the end of a contentious three-hour exchange on militarization, social policy, political corruption and ineffective governance.  Unfortunately, the embrace was a photo op, carried on the front pages of many Mexican newspapers.

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