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Human Rights Violations dominated the news from Mexico this week. A major national drama unfolded after two students in a normal school (teacher training college) were shot and killed by police while participating in a demonstration seeking changes in the school in the southern state of Guerrero. At first,...

Mexico Drug War The media debut a week ago, in the state of Veracruz, by a group calling themselves the Mata Zetas, the Zeta Killers, raised discussion in the press of whether or not they were a "paramilitary" group or just another cartel spinoff. In one article, the Mexican government denied the existence of paramilitary groups in the country, but another article discusses the reality of such groups, which are tied to political and economic powers in various parts of Mexico. In Acapulco, the government announced an agreement to protect teachers who have been on strike because...

Mexico Drug War: Three articles focus on the efforts of Mexican citizens to use social media to inform one another about the drug war in their communities and the violent response by the Zetas cartel in order to stop this flow of information. Three articles talk about the Mexican police and army. The first reports the poor pay police continue to receive, while the second analyzes how simply raising salaries without instituting other major reforms will not end police corruption and collusion with the drug cartels. The third is about the army's request for a huge increase in...

Mexico Drug War news focused on threats to users of social media seeking to inform their neighbors or the government and the release of two "twitterers" in Veracruz charged with "terrorism." A massacre in Veracruz pointed to a new battle between cartels for control of that port. President Calderon was speaking in many venues in New York City about the need for the U.S. to consider "market alternatives" to drug prohibition. And the Mexican attorney general was talking about being kept in the dark about the "Fast and Furious" gun walking scandal.

Mexico Movement...

We lead off this week’s summary with two articles related to the Merida Initiative. The first looks at the U.S. drug czar’s comment to a Spanish news agency in support of demilitarization of the counternarcotics struggle in Mexico--a comment ‘clarified’ the next day by the Obama administration. The second is the appointment of the new U.S. ambassador to Mexico, whose swearing-in remarks include explicit support for Merida Initiative.

The following two articles report on statements by Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary that Mexico expects an acceleration of...

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