Can’t Eat My Veggies, Mom. Farm Workers Are On Strike!


Photo courtesy of the LA Times.

Farmworkers in Baja California continue to strike, threatening the harvest which much of the U.S. has come to enjoy. A number of Mexico’s laborers have been arrested during protests, which got testy. The Mexican government has responded by sending soldiers as well as state and local police to provide some sense of security to this region 200 miles south of San Diego, California, which is known as the vegetable basket of North America.

Singing Earns Javier Rosas Six Bullets


Javier Rosas, a popular Mexican singer, who gained attention for his  song about a high-heeled female drug trafficker, is in intensive care after being shot six times in an ambush that killed two other people. He was injured early on Sunday morning when gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles opened fire on his car in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state, known as the home of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The attack was a latest in a spate of incidents targeting groups who singnarcocorridos – ballads which glorify drug traffickers to the music of accordions, Sousaphones and machine gun sound effects.

New Name. Same Game.


Handcuffs, a boot, and some keys lay on the ground at the site where a criminal gang ambushed a police convoy near the town of Soyatlan, in the municipality of San Sebastián del Oeste, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (Photo via AP)

One of the Deadliest Cartels Has Made Its Way onto the Stage

New Generation is a brand new drug cartel in Mexico and is growing stronger by the hour.  According to a story by The Washington Post, the cartel, operating out of Jalisco, Mexico, ambushed a convoy of state police, killing 15 and wounding five more. Twenty-one state police officers have been killed in the past three weeks.

Mexican government officials report that New Generation is operating in several Mexican states, and also have foreign underworld ties across the globe. New Generation makes its money in more than drug trafficking. It also sells guns, stolen gasoline, and adds income through extortion and kidnapping.

Source: The Washington Post, Joshua Partlow, April 9, 2015.

Desperate Parents Turn to Drug Cartel to Locate Missing Children



Six months after the disappearance of their college-age children, parents have given up on the Mexican government to locate them, and have turned to the boss of Los Rojos, a drug cartel involved in a turf war with Guerreros Unidos. According to an Associated Press story,  parents hung a banner near the town of Iguala, Mexico where their children disappeared on September 26, 2014 while heading to a protest. The banner asks for information on the disappearance of their 43 children. The DNA of only one student has been found in a pile of debris pulled out of a local river.