North America

Colombia’s ELN Rebels Kidnap Five Workers, Including a Canadian

January 18, 2013

“The five were taken hostage by members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia’s second largest guerrilla group, at a site next to a gold mine, army General Alejandro Navas told reporters.”

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Mexican Judge: Two Army General to Remain in Jail and Face Drug Trafficking Charges

January 18, 2013

“The court rejected an appeal by the generals, who were senior figures in the government’s crackdown against drug cartels under former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose term in office ended at the start of December.”

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Ontario Court Rejects U.S. Request for Full Access to Megaupload Servers Seized in Canada

January 16, 2013

“Last week, an Ontario court rejected a request to send mirror-imaged copies of 32 computer servers to authorities in the U.S., indicating that a more refined order is needed.”

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Government Accountability Office: Dramatic Increase in Corruption Cases Among U.S. Border and Immigration Agents

January 16, 2013

“Since 2005… 144 [agents] were arrested or indicted for direct corruption-related activities such as drug and human smuggling. By Oct. 2012, 125 of these agents had been convicted.”

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Mexican Police: 38 Violent Deaths in Mexico Over the Last 3 Days

January 15, 2013

“At least 16 bodies were found in the Toluca region on Monday and another 22 in Mexico City over the weekend.”

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Canada Housing Market Struggling: Real Estate Crash Possible but Unlikely

January 11, 2013

“The pace of housing construction fell slightly in December in yet another sign that Canada’s once-hot real estate market may be headed for a soft landing with home sales declining while prices remain stable.”

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Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal: Company’s Mexico Unit Accused of Bribing Local Mexican Officials

January 11, 2013

“Yesterday, Walmart officials said they didn’t dispute that Duke had known of bribery allegations in 2005, and insisted their previous denials referred to bribery charges in 2004.”

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Former Marine Jon Hammar Released From Prison in Mexico, Escorted to the United States Border

December 24, 2012

“A former U.S. Marine who languished for more than four months in a Mexican prison on a questionable gun charge was on his way to spending Christmas with his family Friday after U.S. politicians intervened for his release.”

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Former U.S. Marine Jailed in Mexico after trying to Declare an Antique Shotgun

December 18, 2012

“After being told by U.S. agents the shotgun posed no problem and could be reigstered in Mexico, Hammar and McDonough crossed the border, tried to declare the weapon, and found themselves separated and behind bars.”

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Mexican Navy captures Said Omar Juarez, a Local Commander in the Zetas Drug Cartel

November 9, 2012

“Juarez was described by the navy as the Zeta operative in charge of Saltillo, who “presumably” has direct ties to Miguel Angel Treviño, the Zetas’ top leader.”

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Mexican Official: Marijuana Legalization in Colorado and Washington will force Mexico to re-consider anti-Marijuana Smuggling efforts

November 8, 2012

“A top aide to Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto says votes to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state will force the Mexican government to rethink its efforts at trying to halt marijuana smuggling across the Southwest border.”

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Analysis: Legalizing Marijuana would help the U.S. defeat Mexican Drug Cartels

November 5, 2012

“According to a recent study by the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), a think-tank in Mexico City, the American marijuana business brings in about $2 billion a year to Mexico’s drug traffickers.”

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Canada officially joins the closed-door Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

October 11, 2012

“More than 100,000 people signed a petition protesting Canada’s participation in the agreement, which Open Media warns could impose draconian restrictions on the Internet and cost Canada its sovereignty when it comes to Internet law.”

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Report: Mexican Drug Lord was killed in a gunfight because Marines believed he was a common criminal

October 10, 2012

“The Mexican navy says a team of marines had no idea that they had killed the leader of the country’s most-feared drug cartel in a gunfight that erupted when they tried to search a group of suspicious men outside a baseball stadium.”

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Body of Zetas Drug Cartel Leader taken in a raid on a Funeral Home

October 10, 2012

“The theft of the body believed to belong to Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano adds a bizarre and embarrassing twist to one of the most significant victories in Mexico’s militarized battle with organized crime.”

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