February 5, 1990 |
It was the year of living dangerously in Colombia. A presidential candidate was assassinated in August, leading to a declaration of war by the government against the drug cartels. By the end of 1989, the death toll reached more than 300. Yet, when Credencial magazine polled 344 people in four cities about the year's top news story in Colombia, the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan finished second at 19.8%. The drug war was third at 12.3%. The winner, 39.
March 25, 2010 |
In Ciudad Juarez this month, Mexican President Felipe Calderon insisted that appearances notwithstanding, drug violence had begun to recede thanks to the yearlong presence of 10,000 Mexican troops in the border city. Yet according to his own government's figures, there have been 536 executions in Juarez since Jan. 1, which is 100 more than during the same period last year. And the violence is not localized to a few border towns like Juarez. Over a holiday weekend in Acapulco this month, 34 people were assassinated in drug-related incidents; nearly 20 suffered the same fate in the drug-producing state of Sinaloa; and perhaps most poignant, two graduate students from Mexico's premier private university, Monterrey Tech, lost their lives March 19, victims of crossfire as the Mexican military pursued drug cartel members at the entrance to the campus.
May 14, 1995 |
Police intensified a nationwide hunt for the leaders of Mexico's notorious Arellano drug cartel Saturday after state and federal prosecutors named them as prime suspects in last week's murder of former Jalisco Atty. Gen. Leobardo Larios Guzman.
January 14, 2005 |
Once Mexico's deadliest drug trafficker, the weakened Arellano Felix cartel of Tijuana has merged with another gang in a desperate bid for survival, the country's narcotics prosecutor said Thursday. Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, deputy attorney general for organized crime, said recent intelligence showed that the Tijuana cartel had merged with the so-called Gulf cartel, led by Osiel Cardenas, to fend off usurpers.
August 14, 2010
More than 28,000 people have died in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's nearly four-year war against drug cartels. The government of Mexico says a majority of those killed were traffickers, dealers and their associates, including kingpins Arturo Beltran Leyva in 2009 and Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel Villarreal last month. According to the U.S. State Department's International Narcotics Control Strategy report issued in March, removing such important cartel leaders has "narrowed the operating space of criminal gangs, who are now fighting among themselves for diminishing territory and profits.
May 8, 2011 |
Last year I visited a friend of mine, journalist Raúl Silva, in a working-class neighborhood of Cuernavaca. A popular destination for tourists and students of Spanish, the city, about 60 miles south of the Mexican capital, was on edge. Only a few weeks before, a drug gang had audaciously displayed its power, issuing a curfew one Friday night, warning that anyone out after 8 p.m. might be "mistaken" as an enemy and killed. A terrified public huddled indoors, and although no serious violence occurred, the incident left a deep scar.
July 10, 1990 |
OPEC appears to be edging toward a price and production accord that may begin to erase a glut that has slashed world oil prices by a third this year. Key ministers report progress in strategy sessions ahead of a conference of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Geneva on July 25. They say the goal is a pact to restore average spot prices to OPEC's declared target of $18 per barrel. Benchmark prices in Europe are around $14, down from $21 at the start of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2001 |
Democratic legislators on Wednesday urged Gov. Gray Davis to form a "buyers cartel" with Oregon and Washington that would refuse to pay exorbitant prices for electricity. Frustrated by the refusal of the Bush administration to limit the high wholesale electricity prices that are draining California's budget, the legislators are essentially proposing that the Western states trump the federal government and set a regional price cap.
October 2, 1996 |
The top Baja California federal prosecutor has been replaced amid a string of unsolved killings of senior law enforcement officials--a bloody barrage for which Tijuana's notorious drug lords are responsible, federal authorities said Tuesday. A top Mexican official said his government is outraged by two recent slayings on its doorstep in Mexico City and views them as a direct challenge by the Arellano Felix brothers, the reputed leaders of the Tijuana cartel.
December 3, 1999 |
When cocaine boss Amado Carrillo Fuentes died in July 1997 during plastic surgery to disguise his identity, some predicted the collapse of his Juarez cartel, one of the hemisphere's premier drug-smuggling gangs. But the four suspected burial sites of Juarez cartel victims discovered this week near the border city of the same name provide gruesome evidence that Mexico's major drug gangs remain powerful and vicious threats, both to Mexico and the United States. The key Mexican drug cartels, U.S.