U.S. firms investing in Mexico might face cartels

Breitbart – As U.S. oil companies look south of the border in order to take advantage of the new energy reform, one of Mexico’s sad realities surfaces. Drug cartels have unrivaled control of vast territories in that country and in order to exploit the natural resources, American companies will likely have to deal with theft and other crimes from those cartels just like other companies are already doing. In some cases, they will even have to pay protection money.


Water availability, quality and overuse are putting pressure on Mexico

Greenpeace activists on the Santiago river, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, protesting against industrial pollution of water courses in 2014. (Greenpeace)
Greenpeace activists on the Santiago river, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, protesting against industrial pollution of water courses in 2014. (Greenpeace)

By Emilio Godoy / IPS

Laura Romero has piped water in her home for only a few hours a day, and at least once a week she is cut off completely.

“When there is no water, they send out water trucks. We insist they should mend the leaks in the infrastructure, but they tell us they have to draw up preliminary specifications” in order to calculate costs, Romero, a member of the Frente de Organizaciones Sociales en Defensa de Azcapotzalco (Front of Social Organisations in Defence of Azcapotzalco), complained.

Issues related to availability, quality, pollution, monopoly and overuse are putting water resources under pressure in this Latin American country of 118 million people.

The National Water Resources Plan for 2014-2018 indicates that average natural water availability per capita in Mexico fell from 18,035 cubic metres a year in 1950 to 3,982 cubic metres in 2013.

Nearly 14 million people have no water in their homes. Moreover, 34 million people depend for their water on aquifers that are gradually drying out.


Even with social programs, poverty rises in Mexico

Palabra de Caribe – Even with social programs, in two years the number of Mexicans living in poverty rose half a million, from 52.8 million in 2010 to 53,3 million in 2012. Of this total, 11.5 million were in extreme poverty and 41.8 million in moderate poverty with problems of access to housing, food, education and quality education.


Drugwar violence continues despite top cartel arrests

Forbes – Over the last few days Mexican authorities have detained the leaders of both the Juarez Cartel and the Gulf Cartel, groups that have historically controlled drug trafficking in Ciudad Juarez and eastern Mexico.

The bad news is that the splintering of Mexico’s once powerful organized crime groups has coincided with a jump in crimes such as extortion and kidnapping as former cartel enforcers have looked for new revenue streams.