The New Zapatistas. Vice News goes to Cherán, an indigenous rebel town located in the southwestern state of Michoacán, Mexico, to celebrate the first anniversary of their fight against organized crime and the local municipal government. The townspeople have banned all political propaganda within the town and refused to participate in the presidential elections that were held this past July.Read more »
Mexico’s old ruling party, Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), is set to return to power after early election results indicate the PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto has won the presidential election. "Peña Nieto is pretty clearly the candidate who will give continuity [to] [outgoing Mexican President Felipe] Calderón’s drug war strategies and total subservience to the dictates from the U.S.Read more »
There it was on video: Five heavily armed policemen barge into a hotel in western Mexico before dawn and march out with three handcuffed men in underwear. But police weren't making an arrest. Prosecutors say they apparently were taking orders from criminals. Just hours after the three were seized, they were found asphyxiated and beaten to death. Mexicans have become inured to lurid tales of police collaboration with narcotics gangs during 5 1/2 years of a drug war that has cost more than 47,500 lives.Read more »
In Mexico, where criminals are armed to the teeth with high-powered weapons smuggled from the United States, it may come as a surprise that the country has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world.Read more »
"This is not a conspiracy theory, nor a piece of fiction. It is now an openly-admitted fact that this was pulled off by the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, more commonly called "ATF") under orders from Washington. The program was called "Fast and Furious.""Read more »
Police allege Vasquez broke a window in a Jerome police car, which had its keys in it, and took off. Almost two hours later, he was stopped and arrested in Carey, about 60 miles away.
What this article originally said was the car actually ran out of gas before he was caught. Guess the Kops didn't like that.Read more »
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that he intends to put together a volunteer vigilante force to hunt "undocumented persons". The announcement came by way of press release and is one long advocated for by Arpaio supporter and open neo-Nazi J.T. Ready.Read more »
With much of the nation in the throes of a bloody drug war against violent cartels, more than 200 people gathered Sunday in a Mexico City park to smoke marijuana and demand its legalization.
The activists braved pouring rain to rally on the popular tourist drag of the Alameda to have a smoke-in protesting marijuana's illegal status in Mexico, reports AFP.Read more »
Mexicans are seething over the second death of a countryman at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol agents in two weeks, an incident near downtown El Paso that is threatening to escalate tensions over migrant issues.Read more »
"Five students at a South Bay high school stirred up some controversy Wednesday for wearing t-shirts depicting red, white and blue American flags on Cinco de Mayo...One of the students said it appeared school administrators were worried the patriotic shirts could trigger fights...Four of the five students...were facing unexcused absences because they chose to go home early rather than take off what they were wearing."Read more »
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