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Former Mexican President Has Strong Words for 'Crazy Guy' Trump

Guess who's not paying for 'that [expletive] wall?'

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have finally met his match—at least when it comes to un-presidential language—in former Mexican president Vicente Fox. “I declare, I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall,” Fox told Fusion this week. “He should pay for it. He’s got... More »

Ex-Mexican Prez Not Impressed With Trump's Border Wall Plan

Mexico will not be paying for any 'stupid,' 'useless' wall

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only one who can throw around words like "stupid," "useless," "crazy," and "ignorant." Trump, of course, has claimed during his presidential campaign that not only will he get a border wall built if he's elected, but... More »

NSA Hacked 2 Mexican Presidents' Emails

New Snowden leaks reveal NSA expolited key government mail server

(Newser) - Last month, it was revealed that the NSA had spied on the emails of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto before he was elected. Turns out, US snooping on Mexico's government runs way deeper. According to a new documents leaked by Edward Snowden to Der Spiegel , the NSA ran a... More »

Mexico: Calderon Drug War Spawned 60 New Cartels

New AG says just 10 big ones existed when Calderon took office

(Newser) - The bloody war President Felipe Calderon launched in 2006 to squash Mexico's big drug cartels instead created scores of smaller ones, the country's new attorney general says. "I would calculate there are between 60 and 80 (new cartels), both medium-sized and small," Jesus Murillo told Mexican... More »

25K Missing in Mexican Drug War

Leaked list arrives day before Calderon's exit

(Newser) - More than 100,000 murders were recorded in Mexico during Felipe Calderon's presidency—and now, a day before he leaves office, a staggering new figure has emerged. Some 25,000 people have gone missing over the past six years, according to an unreleased list by the country's attorney... More »

Mexico Prez: Let's Change Country's Name to ... Mexico

Technically, country is 'The United Mexican States'

(Newser) - Mexico's president is making one last attempt to get the "United States" out of Mexico—at least as far as the country's name is concerned. The country's formal name is "The United Mexican States," but few people use it. President Felipe Calderon wants to... More »

Mexico Nabs Gulf Cartel Boss 'Fatso'

Arrest seen as major blow to fading drug war power

(Newser) - In a huge victory for President Felipe Calderón, Mexican authorities have arrested the head of the infamous Gulf Cartel: Mario Cardenas, alias "Fatso." Marines captured Cardenas in a raid in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas on Monday, and authorities showed him off to the media yesterday, Reuters... More »

Dozens Killed in Wave of Mexican Drug Violence

More than 40 bodies found in three locales

(Newser) - Dozens of people were murdered in the last week in a new surge of Mexican drug attacks. Fourteen bodies were found in the state of San Luis Potosi, 17 in the port of Acapulco, and 12 in Mexico City itself, a locale relatively shielded from drug violence, reports the Los ... More »

Mexican Candidates Would Yank Army From Drug War

US concerned over frontrunner Peña Nieto

(Newser) - Mexico will choose a new leader on July 1—and whoever it is, the country's drug war is set for big changes. The three frontrunners say they want the army to drop its anti-drug efforts, arguing that its involvement, championed by current President Felipe Calderon, has resulted in increased... More »

Former Mexico Prez Dead at 77

Miguel de la Madrid led country through economic crises, earthquake of '80s

(Newser) - President Felipe Calderon says on his Twitter account that former President Miguel de la Madrid has died at age 77. A spokeswoman for Calderon's office speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the press confirmed today that the message was posted by Calderon.... More »

Mexico's Bloody Toll in 2011: 12K

Country sees increasing torture, beheadings, violence against women

(Newser) - The sixth year of Mexico's murderous war against drug cartels claimed a staggering 12,000 lives, according to bleak tallies being reported in the Mexican press that show upticks in beheadings, torture, and violence against women and children. There is no official number from Felipe Calderon's government, which... More »

Mexico Activists to Hague: Investigate Drug War

Human rights activists also want president, officials investigated

(Newser) - With an estimated 45,000 dead in Mexico’s drug-related violence, and a growing number of those civilian casualties, human rights activists think it’s time for the Hague to step in. A petition signed by 23,000 citizens asks the International Criminal Court to investigate President Felipe Calderon, top... More »

Helicopter Crash Kills Top Mexican Official

He helped fight drug cartels, but crash seen as accident

(Newser) - The country's top Cabinet secretary, Francisco Blake Mora, a key figure in Mexico's battle with drug cartels, died today in a helicopter crash that President Felipe Calderon said was probably an accident. Calderon said the helicopter was flying in fog when it went down in a remote area... More »

Calderon Accuses US of Dumping Criminals in Mexico

Because, he theorizes, it's cheaper than prosecuting them

(Newser) - Felipe Calderon delivered a scathing speech at an immigration conference yesterday accusing the US of foisting criminals off on Mexico instead of prosecuting them itself. “The American authorities have gotten into the habit of simply deporting 60 (thousand) or 70,000 migrants per year to cities like Ciudad Juarez... More »

Calderon: US Shares Blame for Casino Massacre

Says US isn't doing enough to reduce America's demand for drugs

(Newser) - Some 52 people are dead after gunmen burst into a casino in Monterrey yesterday—and some of that blood is on US hands, says Mexico's president. "We're neighbors, we're allies, we're friends, but you are also responsible," said Felipe Calderone in a televised address... More »

Mexico's Future Hinges on Monterrey's Cartel Plight

Once-thriving city falling victim to drug cartel violence

(Newser) - Mexico's future may well be playing out on the streets of the city of Monterrey, says Reuters in a special report. The city had once been a shining model of entrepreneurial success, a lure for foreign companies, and a symbol of Mexico's global ambition. Now it's on... More »

US Ambassador to Mexico Quits Over Cables Flap

Carlos Pascual called Mexico's police inefficient and risk-averse

(Newser) - WikiLeaks has toppled its highest-ranking US official yet—the US ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual. In diplomatic cables, Pascual called Mexico's police and armed forces corrupt, risk averse, inefficient, and "reliant on the United States for leads and operations," which really didn't sit well with Mexico's conservative, nationalist... More »

US Drones Quietly Spy on Mexico Drug Lords

Flights kept hush-hush because they're probably illegal

(Newser) - The Obama administration has begun sending high-altitude spy drones deep into Mexican territory to keep an eye on the movements of drug traffickers, the New York Times reports. The information is intended to be shared with Mexican law enforcement, and Felipe Calderón formally agreed to the flights in his... More »

Mexico Says 'The Craziest' Drug Lord Killed in Shootout

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez reportedly dead in Michoacan shootout

(Newser) - The man who once announced his gang's arrival on the Mexican drug scene by rolling five severed heads into a nightclub has been killed during two days of shootouts between police and gang members, reports the AP. The death of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, variously dubbed "The Doctor" and "... More »

Mexican Drug Honcho Killed in Shootout

Fed sting in border town yields top prize

(Newser) - Shots rang out for hours in a pitched gun battle between Mexico's military and a drug cartel, and when the dust cleared, a key drug kingpin, Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, or "Tony the Storm," lay dead along with four cronies and three marines. Cardenas, 48, is one of... More »

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