If you are interested in Mexico, especially if you want to read more on drug trafficking and crime, then Alejandro Hope is your guy. He’s a researcher who studies these issues and tweets regularly on them. Here is a link to his blog and his twitter handle is @ahope71. (By the way, he posts in English and in Spanish).
The reason I bring this up is that Alejandro recommended a bunch of great articles on Mexico this morning. Here are the titles and links:
1. Exporting pacification to Mexico “Mexico has held talks with the Israeli defence ministry on confronting the Zapatistas of Chiapas. Why now?”
2. In the hot land, Mexicans just say no to drug cartels. “Communities in Michoacan’s Tierra Caliente are rising up against the drug-trafficking gangs that have terrorized them for years.”
3. ‘Zetas Spend All Their Drug Trafficking Profits on Fighting Gulf Cartel’ “During his testimony, Rejon also implied that the Zetas enjoyed the backing of Mexican police and military during its struggle against the Gulf Cartel, stating that the authorities would take bribes in exchange for information and other services, among them kidnapping.”
4. Políticos mexicanos encomiendan a Dios el control de sus Gobiernos (roughly, Mexican politicians are symbolically turning over political power to God). 4 mayors have recently given Jesus the key to the city in hopes of reducing violence.
and lastly (not from Alejandro), there is the cat that is running for mayor (to wit, the candigato). While it’s obviously a joke, the cat’s popularity probably demonstrates how cynical and disenchanted the population is of politicians.
Morris The Cat For Mayor: Xalapa, Mexico Candidate Promises To Sleep And Do Nothing “He promises “Xalapa Without Rats” and guarantees that he’ll lounge around and do nothing all day. He also admits that he’s likely to make a mess in office. But at least he’ll cover it up rather than leaving it around for others to clean up.”
Apparently he is not the first. Stubbs the cat ran and won a mayorship in Alaska in 1997. He apparently did such a good job that he is still honorary mayor. Way to go Stubbs!