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Honduran Journalist Seeking Asylum Murdered in Mexico

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 11, 2017, 2:57 pm

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Edwin Rivera Paz, a Honduran journalist who was taking refuge in Mexico due to death threats he had received in his country, was killed last Monday in Acayucan, Veracruz, by an armed unit that was travelling by motorcycle, according to Ruben Figueroa, director of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement.

Rivera Paz, 28, arrived in Mexico after fellow journalist Igor Padilla was murdered in Honduras last January by suspected members of Mara 18. The young journalist had applied for political asylum to the Mexican Aid Commission To Refugees (COMAR).

The Attorney General of Veracruz confirmed the death of the Honduran and detailed that he has already begun an investigation to capture those responsible for the murder. Meanwhile, Martha Sánchez Soler, president of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, demanded that the authorities of Veracruz bring those responsible for the murder to justice.

Last April, a commitment was made to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), and federal and state authorities, to strengthen the security of the migrants’ route from Coatzacoalcos to Acayucan, where the organization has warned that during the first six months of this year there have been massive amounts of kidnappings of Central Americans who travel through Veracruz to reach their final destination in the United States.

Seven Hondurans with mutilated fingers have been found among the victims who have been registered in at least three mass kidnappings along this route.

Cartels and criminal gangs in Mexico are widely believed to operate with impunity, and have often threatened journalists who investigate their activities. The Mexican state is seen as a weak and ineffective actor, incapable of guaranteeing the safety of journalists in the Aztec country. Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a journalist.

Source: Political Animal

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Methamphetamine Trafficking From Mexico to US is Exploding

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 11, 2017, 2:30 pm
A US crackdown on ephedrine has created a lucrative opening for Mexican cartels to manufacture meth (

Español An investigation by Financiero Bloomberg has revealed that methamphetamine trafficking between Mexico and the United States has gained strength while Mexican efforts in border security and interdiction are in "a historic dip" based on statistical reports from the DEA, Border Patrol, as well as the National Defense Secretariat of the Aztec country. According to the newspaper's report, the Mexican government has reduced seizures of methamphetamine in the border states, while in the United States they have increased. Meth-related deaths are also on the rise. Read More: Argentina Could Face the Same Fate as Mexico in the War on Drugs Read More: Mexico's War on Drugs Has Cost $50 Billion, and Countless Lives According to figures from the Mexican Department of Defense, seizures in the Aztec country during 2016 compared to 2015, decreased by 35.2%, while the US Border Patrol increased seizures of meth by 139%. The majority of meth that enters the American market is manufactured in Mexico, and then transported across the border. The Border Patrol data also gives a more accurate picture of the gains made by Mexican cartels in the methamphetamine business as the value of the seizures made in the last five years exceeds USD $3 billion, a figure that is three times as high as the entire budget of the National Defense Secretariat, and eight times higher than that of the Mexican Federal Police. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); According to the DEA and the Department of Homeland Security, New York City, El Paso, Laredo, Rio Grande, and Tucson are the key hubs for illicit substance trafficking and it is in those places where the most powerful cartels have been consolidating their power: Los Zetas, Sinaloa Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Gulf Cartel and New Generation Jalisco Cartel. While meth was once largely produced domestically, a nationwide crackdown on the chemicals required to produce the lethal drug, greatly expanded the role of Mexican cartels in manufacturing and distribution. Ephedrine, a key ingredient of some cold medications, was once widely available over the counter, but was heavily restricted by the US government, in a bid to make it more difficult to produce meth in small-scale laboratories. Source: El Financiero Bloomberg

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